100 Years Ago
April 24, 1918
“American sailors aren’t afraid of submarines, they object more to the cold,” said First Class Quartermaster John O’Rourke, of the U.S. Navy, yesterday afternoon in talking to the members of the Winfield Scott Schley branch of the Navy League at their regular meeting at the Y.M.C.A. Quartermaster O’Rourke has been in the navy several years and recently has been stationed on the battleship New York, which is with the American and British fleet in the North Sea.
Elmer McC. Phebus, one of the most picturesque characters ever to hold a seat in the Board of Aldermen, will not look with disfavor upon a return to his old chair as the southeast corner of the council table. Be it known rather, Phebus has a particularly warm spot in his heart for this particular chat, and he won’t take much persuading to induce him to run his characteristic hot campaign of economical aggressiveness.
Orders have gone out to all the patrons receiving mail on the rural routes to have their mail boxes placed on the right hand side of the road, as driven by the rural carriers. This has always been the rule of the Post Office Department, but was never enforced. Now the order has gone out that this must be done and in a number of places patrons getting their mail by rural carriers have already made the change.
50 Years Ago
April 24, 1968
Rain finally came to Frederick County last night and this morning. It was not quite a third of an inch but still enough to temporarily ease forest fire danger. The last appreciable amount of rain here was on April 1, when .37 of an inch fell. Since that time, .07 of an inch was recorded on April 11 and again on April 15.
Area outdoorsmen will try and capture some of the history of the C&O Canal Saturday in the 14th annual C&O Canal Association’s reunion hike. The hike is only part of the association’s annual gathering. Friday night a campout is scheduled at Western Maryland Sportsman’s Club where a camp dinner will be served along with breakfast for the strong-legged hikers on Saturday.
Administrators of the Frederick Memorial Hospital and the Maryland Society for Crippled Children and Adults signed a contract this morning for the creation of a new treatment center. The facilities to be located at the hospital will be known as the Frederick Memorial Hospital Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center.
20 Years Ago
April 24, 1998
County treasurer Lois Filby is making her list and checking it twice and finding more than 1,000 county properties with overdue taxes. This year property owners owe back taxes on 1,174 properties. That’s 124 more than last year.
A sheriff’s office police dog may have lost part of an ear last month in a struggle with a Thurmont man, but he’s doing very well, thank you, said his handler, Cpl. John Williams. Earlier this month, Eno was certified by the United States Police Canine Association on narcotics detection, ranking eighth out of 44 teams seeking certification, Cpl. Williams said.