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'Von Stueben's Drill Book found In Ohio' [History Matters]

50 Years Ago

Knock, knock

From the Glenwood social column:  

"Mr. and Mrs. John Cotton visited  friends in Holidaysburg, Pa. over last weekend.

"Mr. R. Clyde Pindell was the weekend guest of Mrs. Harry Naylor of Silver Springs.

"Mrs. Warfield McCormick was the guest of her sister, Mrs. William Hugh Harris.

 "Mrs. and Mrs. William H. Stinson, Sr. were dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Stinson, Jr. of Olney Sunday.

 "General and Mrs. William K. Ghormley were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. G. Thomas Clark."

Roaring 20s

September 1927 — Achtung!

"Von Stueben's Drill Book found In Ohio; Rare volume Is Found In Bureau Drawer

"London — Phantom memories of the days of George Washington and the establishment of this nation are revived by the relic of the early days of the United States of America found in an old bureau drawer by Mrs. Bettie Wilson Neville of this city.

"The relic is an old book, said to be one of the only two copies in existence, the other being guarded jealously at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

"It is the first drill book of the United States army, prepared by Baron Von Steuben, friend and aide to Gen. George Washington at Valley Forge, and it bears the publication date of 1794 and is entitled, 'Instructions for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States,' to which is added an appendix containing the United States Militia Act passed by congress May 1792. A new edition illustrated by eight copper plates accurately engraved. By Baron von Steuben, late major general and inspector general of the army of the United States No. 46 Newbury street Boston. MDCCXCIV'

"Mrs. Neville says Henry Ford has offered her $1,000 for the book, but she intends to keep it. Together with other old books which she treasures. Quotations from the book which follow are particularly interesting to military men today, especially those who served in the recent World war."

September 1889

A big bash

Times social note: "The Dance At Senator Gorman's; A Brilliant Affair Attended by Many From Laurel, Baltimore and Washington.

"The dance at the home of Senator and Mrs. Gorman Thursday night of last week and mentioned in The Times of last week, was truly a brilliant affair. The party was given by the Misses Gorman in honor of their friends in the vicinity of Laurel and in Baltimore and Washington. Senator and Mrs. Gorman assisted by their daughters, Misses Grace, Hattie and Ada, welcomed the company in the music room, two parlors having been previously arranged for the dancers. An orchestra from Baltimore was in attendance and the opening began about 8:30 o'clock.

"There were present Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Gambrill, Miss Gambrill, the Misses Gray, of Laurel, the Misses Clarke of Washington, the Misses Snowden, of Baltimore, Freeman Rasiu, Jr., Miss Compton, Dr. Will Compton, Miss Compton, Miss King, of College Station, the Messrs, Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Olivia Gorman, the Misses Johnson, of Washington, B. Grambrill, Jr., Mr. Clarke, Arthur Gorman, Jr. and Messers Lanahan and Chew and others.

"The senator and his family propose to remain at Fairview until the middle of October."

Included in the well-known names of those in attendance, the Chew name was a prominent one, especially in colonial times. Mary Chew married William Paca in 1761. The Paca family had moved from Virginia to Maryland and was deeded 500 acres near Annapolis by Lord Baltimore. William Paca was one of the four Maryland signers of the Declaration of Independence and a governor of Maryland.

FYI: The beautiful Paca House and Gardens in Annapolis makes a nice visit and special events are held there throughout the year.

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