October 9: 100 years ago
October 9, 1922
United’s old steam-powered fire engine will be brought into Little Tuscarora Creek near Yellow Springs this morning at 7 o’clock to replace the Independent steamer, which had been pumping water to the main town at that point since Friday . The charge was made necessary because the Independent steamer was disabled on Saturday.
Two large touring cars were reported to have flipped yesterday afternoon on Baltimore State Highway at a point known as “Whippoorwill Hollow” near New Market. Several of the occupants of both cars were said to have been thrown but were not injured. The names of the occupants of the machines could not be obtained. The cars were not damaged and were able to continue.
Sportsmen in Maryland are gearing up for one of the biggest hunting seasons in years. Hunting reports from all sections of the state forecast unusually large numbers of rabbits, quail, wild ducks, and wild geese. Squirrels are a possible exception. This belief is expressed by Gaming Commissioner E. Lee Le Compte because farmers have not complained about their corn being cut as in previous years.
40 years ago
October 9, 1982
Ten years ago, the idea of a tourist visitor center on US 15 near the Pennsylvania line died because the state lacked funds. But on Friday night at the Sheraton Inn-Frederick, those plans were resurrected. The Gala Auction, sponsored by the Route 15 Information Center Construction Corporation board of directors, got off to a good start with Tommy Grunwell of Frederick radio station WFMD as master of ceremonies and Anne-Lynn Gross started the auction.
Catoctin coach Hal Grau hopes his team’s streak never stops. Middletown coach Tim Ambrose can’t wait until his team breaks its streak. However, after Friday’s game between the two teams, the streaks continued. Catoctin won his fifth straight game, all shutouts, a 7-0 victory over Middletown. Middletown suffered its third straight loss, a tough number to digest after the Knights advanced to the Class C state finals last season.
(Editor’s note: The News-Post does not have access to the 50-year-old archives from August 1972 to March 1973. The “50 Years Ago” digest will return on April 1, 2023.)
20 years ago
October 9, 2002
Rising cost estimates for a highway project and disagreement over a new rail system linking Frederick and Montgomery counties were revealed Tuesday as Frederick County commissioners conducted an annual review of transportation priorities. Projected costs for the revision of Interstate 270/Md. 85 exchanges have more than doubled and now total about $150 million, Commissioner Jan Gardner said. Understated property acquisition costs are at least part of the reason for the gap in estimates, said Ms. Gardner, who plans to hear more from State Highway Administration officials at an upcoming meeting.
The Frederick County Landmarks Foundation and Natelli Communities may be close to a settlement on the John Derr House, but some Landmarks members say the city has been negligent. “It all comes down to the city,” said Sue Fransen. “They have to enforce the agreement” between Natelli Communities and Landmarks under which the property would be transferred from the developer to the foundation. She said the house is being destroyed by vandals and the weather as the deal gathers dust. The 18th-century home along Md. 26 near the Monocacy River has been the subject of nearly a decade of legal wrangling.