25 years ago Unknown burglars broke into the J. C. Penney department store over the weekend, ransacked the offices and stole a $1.59 flashlight from a basement work table, Westminster city police reported. -- Democratic Advocate, Dec. 30, 1971.
50 years ago The annual beautiful doorway contest at Westminster, omitted during the war years since 1941, was resumed this season. Following a viewing by the judges Saturday afternoon and evening, announcement of the winners was made. The event is sponsored by the Westminster Chamber of Commerce. The judges, Mrs. A. Earl Shipley, Mrs. E. Miller Richardson and Hazard Clarke, reported the decorations added much to the effect of the holiday season in the community. While many were more elaborate and included porch and home in the scheme of lighting and decorations, the judges made the decision on the doorway proposition. In the future, the contest may be broadened to include residential decorations of all kids. -- Democratic Advocate, Dec. 27, 1946.
75 years ago Last week, Pine Knob school near Eldersburg was robbed of its Victroia and a number of other valuable articles. This, week the schoolhouse was entered again and the Near East Contribution stolen, consisting of clothes, fruits, etc. The contribution was ready for shipment. Thieves that will take articles belonging to starving and poorly clad people should be caught and sent to Russia in chains to live the fate of those human beings. -- Democratic Advocate, Dec. 23, 1921.
100 years ago Boys and youths should remember that the pavements in front of the churches and the vestibules of the same should not be used as loafing places on Sunday or Sunday nights. Either go in or go away. Interruption to the exercise will make offenders liable to arrest and punishment. Last Sunday evening there were crowds in front of both the Methodist churches, and their conduct was disturbing to the worshipers. -- Democratic Advocate, Dec. 26, 1896.
Pub Date: 12/29/96