History Matters

100 Years Ago

Horses and POWs


From the Woodbine social column:

"Mr. Beverley B. Bennett is spending some time with relatives in Sykesville.

Mr. Charles Krooner spent Wednesday in Westminster.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wolbert spent Sunday with relatives in Sykesville.

Mrs. Thos. Fredricks visited friends in Mt. Airy Tuesday.

Mr. Nicodemus of Mr. Airy spent Friday in Woodbine.

Lisbon news: "Mrs. Sadie Knot is spending some time with relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hartstock and Mr. and Mrs. John Allen of this place spent Thursday in Gettysburg, PA."

One claim to fame for Lisbon is that they were on the old National Road. Another modern day one is Days End Horse Farm. Though it recently moved to a new location in Woodbine, I didn't realize just how well known the farm was until I met a veterinary surgeon from out of state who, when I mentioned Day's End, knew about them and their work with horses down on their luck.

Among this nonprofit's fundraising projects is a 2012 calendar they produce and on Saturday, Dec. 3, a Days End's Masquerade Ball will be held at Turf Valley, in Ellicott City. For more info check out their website.

When Lisbon's Hartstocks and Allens visited Gettysburg, they couldn't have visited the old visitors center. The "old" visitors center wouldn't be built for 10 more years. Once it was built, one of that center's highlights was its electric map depicting the movements of the armies of the North and South during the Civil War battle that took place around Gettysburg. That center was razed in March, 2009 in order to restore the acreage to the original look of 1863, when the Battle of Gettysburg was fought.

Today, the new Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center has many interactive programs, and visitors can also join guided tours from that site. But while there was no visitors' center for tourists 100 years ago, they could have visited the battlefield and the monuments because by the late 1880s, there were almost 100 monuments erected on that field of battle.

Now there are also some period-style restaurants from which visitors can chose in the town, including Dobbin Tavern which was the home of Alexander Dobbin. The home was dedicated in 1776. Later it was used as both a Way Station, for hiding runaway slaves and also as a hospital for soldiers who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg.

Among the dignitaries who have visited Gettysburg are Winston Churchill and Charles De Gaulle. Other visitors, albeit unwilling, were German Prisoners of War who were held in a prison camp on part of the battlefield during World War II.


75 Years Ago

Survival Game

"Game Law for Legislative Vote

In this part of Howard County shooting of partridges should be prohibited for at least 2 years. Rabbits should also have a chance to increase for a season. We can trust to numerous cats and dogs, running at large the whole year, to prevent a too numerous increase as large numbers of baby rabbits are destroyed by these in grain and grass fields and woodlands from spring to autumn every year ... "

And in the social column:

"Kiwanis Annual roast for 4-H Boys"

"Good Eats - Turkey Supper at Harmony Church, near Cooksville,"

"Oyster Supper at Brendel's Manor"

And the new model cars are on the sales lot as noted in an car ad:

"Ford V-8 for 1937, $480, base price."

50 Years Ago

News from Daniels:

"Mr. and Mrs. Elisha Webb of Baltimore were guests of Clarence L. Abel, last Sunday."