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25 years ago:Boasting a 41-percent increase in...


25 years ago:

Boasting a 41-percent increase in sales in 1973, Ben Grubbs has gotten an increase in his gasoline allocation over the amount initially set aside for him based on 1972 sales at Eldersburg, before Mr. Grubbs took over as manager. Part of that increase arrived Wednesday morning. Word spread quickly that the station was pumping from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. When Mr. Grubbs closed the pumps at 1 p.m., 12,000 gallons of gas were gone and the "regular" tank was dry. That's the most Mr. Grubbs has ever sold in a day. Sundays, he used to sell 8,000 gallons. -- The Herald, Feb. 28, 1974.

50 years ago:

Whittaker Chambers and his wife, Esther, of Bachman's Valley, were sued for $75,000 in Baltimore in a damage suit brought by two sons of Maggie Thomas, Sykesville, 70, who was killed by an automobile driven by Mrs. Chambers last Dec. 17. The suit, filed in Superior Court by David J. Markoff, attorney for William Howard and James A. Thomas, of Sykesville, charges that Mrs. Chambers was driving in a reckless, carefree manner and at a speed greater than reasonable. Mrs. Chambers was dismissed in traffic court of a charge of reckless driving in the accident, on Jan.18. -- Democratic Advocate, Feb. 28, 1949.

100 years ago:

For four days last week and three this week, snow fell almost continuously. The depth attained was nearly three feet. The extreme cold has exceeded all records in severity and duration. On the 9th, the mercury was 10 below zero at 7 a.m. and 12 below at 2 p.m. On the 10th, 20 below at 7 a.m. and 5 below at 2 p.m. On the 11th, from 14 below to 27 below at 7 a.m. -- the latter at Hood's Mills -- and 4 below at 2 p.m. -- Democratic Advocate, Feb. 18, 1899.

Pub Date: 2/21/99

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