- George P. JOHNSON, formerly of this city, to Isabel H. MAUNSELL, of South Englewood, Chicago, in South Englewood. The groom's father is Geo. JOHNSON of this city.
- Deaths - Robert GORSUCH, of Liberty, died this morning of old age, at about 70 years. His remains will be sent to Baltimore on Monday for burial. - Flodo W. HOWARD, the eldest son of the late Dr. HOWARD, died at the home of his stepmother, in Rockville, yesterday, in his 54th year. Mr. Howard had been a real estate agent in Washington for several years. - About three years ago, Henry KROENING, a widower, and resident of Franklin district, removed to one of the Western states, and engaged in herding in one of the cow-boy communities on the frontier. His parents, who reside in the vicinity of Taylorsville, recently received a telegram announcing, somewhat mysteriously, his death and asking what disposition should be made of his body. The parties were requested to forward the remains which was done. The body reached Mt. Airy on Wednesday. The appearance of the corpse indicated foul play as the cause of death. He was about 30 years of age. His wife was a Miss HOFFMAN of Taylorsville. He left one child-- a daughter who lives with her grandfather Conrad KROENING. - submitted by AB
- Four Generations Represented Mrs. Ann CRONISE celebrated her ninety-third birthday at Lewistown Saturday last. Though ninety-three years old she is hale and hearty yet and has not missed a regular meal, three a day, for eighteen months. She makes up her own bed every morning and goes out of the house to the pump and washes her hands and face in cold water. The bedstead she sleeps on, she has used for seventy-two years. It was given by her father, and the cord, made of flax, or tow, she helped to spin and make in her single days and has been sleeping on it ever since. She has a butter tub 65 years old and a flour sack seventy years old and uses it yet to go to the mill.
She has six living children and three dead. Those living are, Mrs. Peter ZIMMERMAN, Mrs. Daniel GAUGH, Mrs. Alex RAMSBURG, Jacob CRONISE, of this county; Mrs. Jacob HEAGY, of Adams County, PA, and Mr. William H. CRONISE, of Wheatland, Botetourt County, VA. She has living 44 grandchildren, scattered over Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado, and she has been a widow about 30 years. She has pieced and joined 6 quilts in a little over two months past. She lived in Carroll County until married, about four miles from Westminster. Her maiden name was NICODEMUS. - submitted by SS
July 21, 1893
- Marriages - KUHLMER-FOUT Cards are out for the wedding of Mr. David KUHLMER and Miss Myrtle C. FOUT, of Columbus, O., on next Tuesday, at the residence of Mr. Jos. DUTROW, of that place. Miss FOUT is a sister of Mrs. Jacob F. SCHMIDT and Mrs. D. S. RICE, of this city. - Mr. Jean A. MARTZ and Miss Elsie A. STULL, both of Charlesville, this county, were married last evening at the residence of the bride's mother, at Charlesville, by the Rev. S. M. HENCH. - Mr. Frank B. RHODES, son of Mr. F. T. RHODES, and Miss Wilmoth ADAMS, grand-daughter of Ex-Mayor Lewis BRUNNER, were quietly married at 2.30 yesterday afternoon at the rectory of All Saints Episcopal church, by the Rev. Osborne INGLE. After the ceremony they left for Blue Mountain House on the three o'clock train, P. R. R.
- Deaths - Jacob BISHOP, a well-known citizen of Lewistown district, died at the home of Dr. J. D. S. YOUNG, in Creagerstown, Wednesday morning, the 12th instant, aged 73 years 10 months and 4 days. Mr. BISHOP, when a young man, went to Lewistown and began shoemaking, which he continued until recently. Last spring, with his granddaughter, Mrs. Dr. YOUNG, he removed to Creagerstown where he resided until his death. He was a consistent member of the Lutheran church at Utica, and in his younger days an earnest worker in the Sunday School. He was always present at church and Sunday School, no matter how the weather was, until the last few years, when his health did not permit. His funeral took place as (sic) Utica on Thursday last, the Rev. J. U. ASPER officiating.
- Personals - Miss Rose DEMPSEY, of Phoenix, Baltimore county, is visiting her sister, Mrs. Thomas ETZLER, Liberty. - Mrs. Sophronia LINTHICUM and grandson David, of Washington, are visiting relatives in Liberty. - Mrs. Wm. H. ZIMMERMAN, of Frederick, has been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Edward SMITH, her nephew and niece, at Liberty. - Mrs. Rev. B. F. DEVRICS, of Jarettsville, Harford county, has been visiting her mother, Mrs. Lydia DEVILBISS, Liberty. - Mrs. ANDREW, of La Porte, Ind., who has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. Carlton SHAFER, has gone to Washington en route for home. - submitted by AB
January 22, 1894
- Deaths - Mr. Henry ABB died at his home of pneumonia at the age of 58 years, 10 months and 16 days. George F. SCHROEDER of Frederick was the undertaker. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. BEARD of the Lutheran church in Middletown. The pall bearers were Henry KLIPP, Calvin KEFAUVER, Wm. KRANTZ, Edward STALEY. Interment was made in Shook's graveyard, Shookstown. - submitted by AB
January 19, 1895
- Marriages - DEAN - DIGGINS A wedding dinner and reception were tendered by Thomas SPEAKES and wife at their home, No. 56 West All Saints' street, Thursday evening, January 17, in honor of the marriage of their adopted daughter, Miss Fannie DIGGINS, to Weaver DEAN, of Frederick.
- Deaths - George W. TITLOW, formerly of this city, died last night at 10 o'clock at his home in Chicago, after a brief illness of pneumonia, aged about 46 years. George Washington TITLOW was born here, and was the youngest son of the late Daniel TITLOW. In early manhood he went to Baltimore, where for some years he was successfully engaged in the commission business under the firm name of Geo. W. Titlow and Co. For the past four years he had been located in Chicago. Death came to him in the prime of life, but at the mandate of the destroying angel the vigorous frame must always succumb. This visitation is felt deeply by the sorrowing sisters, and more so as one of them is not entirely recovered from a long and severe illness. To those who mourn there is extended the sympathy of a large circle of friends. Mr. TITLOW leaves three sisters - Mrs. George RICHARDSON, of Alleghany City, PA; Mrs. John E. W. HARGETT, of this city; and Miss Kate TITLOW of Chicago. The remains will leave Chicago this evening and be brought here for interment in the family lot at Mt. Olivet. - J. F. ROBINSON, familiarly known as "Judge", one of its oldest residents, continuously since 1869, irregularly since 1842 died in Point of Rocks early on the morning of the 17th, of acute congestion of the lungs (As briefly stated in The News yesterday); he was aged 76 years. For many years he was engaged in hotel keeping, but for the past ten years had been living in retirement. He was a native of Charles county, MD, his early life having been spent in Alexandria, Va., where his mortal remains were conveyed yesterday morning. His was a kindly nature, with malice towards none and charity for all. He has gone to that home from which no traveler returns. He will be sadly missed by all. He leaves a widow. - Ex-Congressman Patrick HAMILL, one of the most respected and honored citizens of Garrett county, died at his residence, in Oakland, Tuesday night, from paralysis. He had been in poor health for two years. Ten days ago, while moving around in his house, he fell and badly injured himself, which finally resulted in paralysis. He had held many public offices. In 1868 he was elected to congress by the Democrats from the Sixth district of Maryland. He was also a member of the Maryland legislature and postmaster of Oakland under the first term of President Cleveland. He was a large owner of lands in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He leaves a widow and five children. He was known personally to a number of people in Frederick. - Mrs. Catharine SULTZMAN, an aged and highly respected lady, who was residing with her son-in-law, M. L. WISE, near Garfield, this county, died January 14th, aged 81 years, 3 months, and 15 days. Her funeral took place at Ausherman's Church, near Burkittsville, on last Wednesday afternoon. T. F. BITTLE was the undertaker. - Margaret E. COBERT died at her late residence on Bentz street, of convulsions, aged 16 years, 8 months, and 17 days. Her funeral took place this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Baptist Church, Rev. Wm. FIELDS officiating. Interment was made at Greenmount cemetery. A. T. RICE & Sons was the funeral directors. - F. E. HARRISON, aged about 25 years, died suddenly at 4 o'clock this morning at his home in Baltimore. He was a son of Mr. J. W. HARRISON, near this city. The remains will be brought here on Monday morning at 11.25 o'clock, via B. & O. R. R. - The funeral of Mrs. Alice L. NOLAN, colored, took place yesterday. Services were held in Quinn Chapel, at 3 o'clock, by the pastor, Rev. L. M. BECKET, assisted by Revs. Wm. FIELDS and Nicholas GASSAWAY. The pall-bearers were: Simon BOWEN, Isaac PLEASANT, Wesley DIGGS, John SKINNER, Richard DIMMY, and Charles STANLEY. Interment was made at Laboring Sons' Cemetery. A. T. RICH & Sons were the funeral directors. - Mrs. Daniel SUNDAY, of near Hansonville, this county, died at her home yesterday of general debility, aged about 65 years. Deceased leaves a husband and four children. The funeral will take place tomorrow from Mt. Prospect Church at Lewistown, the friends and relatives of the deceased to meet at the house at 1 o'clock.
- Personals - Luther PUTMAN and wife, of this place, visited his brother, Noah PUTMAN and family, of Dublin, Sunday last. - John STULL, of Troy, Ohio, visited his brother last week, Leander STULL, of near Walkersville, after an absence of two years in the west. - submitted by AB
July 20, 1899
- Marriages - ADAMS-GIDDINGS Miss Alice Louise GIDDINGS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. G. GIDDINGS, of Loudoun County, VA, was married at Goresville yesterday to Mr. William Clinton ADAMS, of this county. The ceremony took place at 12 o'clock, and was performed by Rev. John D. LaMOTHE, rector of Christ Episcopal church. Mr. Walter PARKER, of Washington, was the best man and Miss Lula WEEDON, of the same city, maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Miss Flossie GIDDINGS, sister of the bride; Miss WATERS, of Montgomery county; Miss SINCLAIR, of Charlottesville, and Miss WEST, of Keyser, W. Va. Mr and Mrs. ADAMS will reside near Adamstown.
- Deaths and Funerals - Miss Mattie SHAW who was living with her brother, Wm. C. SHAW at Plane No. 4, died on Monday, July 10. She was stricken with paralysis on Monday morning and died at 7 o'clock on the same evening. She leaves one sister and two brothers to mourn her loss. They are all married and living in different parts of the country. The sister, Annie E. BEALL, is living at Annapolis, MD; one of the brothers, John W. SHAW, is living at Shiloh, Hardin County, TN; and William C. SHAW at Plane No. 4. The deceased was a member of Marvin chapel, Methodist Episcopal church South. She was devoted to her church and was an exemplary christian, always feeling an interest in those about her. Her kind acts will long remain in the minds of her loved ones. Her remains were interred in the cemetery adjoining the Methodist Episcopal church at New Market. The services were conducted by Rev. A. WELLER, the pastor of the church to which she belonged. The following were the pall-bearers, all of which were members of her church: John F. PURDAM, M. E. BURGEE, J. L. BUXTON, William O. BUXTON. L. T. LEWIS was the undertaker. The members of the family of the deceased express their appreciation of the kindness shown by the neighbors during this sad ordeal. - The funeral of Martha E. CASH, colored, took place from the Baptist church, West All Saints' street, at 9 o'clock yesterday morning. Interment was made in the colored cemetery at Middletown. The pall bearers were: Thomas H. HALL, Noah E. CARTER, Marshall E. JENKINS, Moses STEWART, E. A. BLACK, Hilleary O. JONES. Rev. R. JACKSON, assisted by Rev. MURRAY, conducted services. F. SCHROEDER was the funeral director. - The funeral of Wm. H. POOLE will take place from his late home, East South street, tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock. Interment will be made in Mt. Olivet cemetery. - The funeral of Mr. Joseph Hiram BEARD, a prominent citizen of Feagaville, took place from his son's residence yesterday. Service was conducted by the Revs. H. F. DITTMAR and S. A. HEDGES in the Reformed church of that place. Interment was made at Mt. Zion graveyard. The pall bearers were: D. H. HARGETT, P. L. HARGETT, S. F. HARGETT, Prof. Wm. HARRY, Albert CASTLE, Abraham CASTLE. The funeral director was M. R. Etchison, of Jefferson. - Myrtle B. ONLEY, colored, aged 1 year, died at the home of her father, Charles ONLEY, East street, at 2 o'clock this morning. The funeral will take place tomorrow at 2 p.m. Interment will be made at Greenmount cemetery.
- Miscellaneous - Mrs. Constance WAY, of Owings' Mills, is visiting her sister, Mrs. N. P. ALLEN, South Market street. - Bertha CONRAD, the 17-year-old d/o Mrs. David GEORGE, of Williamsport, it is alleged, was criminally assaulted by Samuel LINDSAY, Jr., a well-known farmer, on Monday night. The mother of the girl swore out a warrant for LINDSAY's arrest. At a preliminary hearing Justice MASTERS held LINDSAY to bail in the sum of $300 for the next term of court. LINDSAY is a married man and stoutly denies the charges. - Miss Mary M. BEALL, who has been visiting her uncle, Mr. L. T. BEALL, for the last six weeks in Rockingham county, Va., has returned home after a very pleasant trip. - The body of the little son of Mr. Edward JONES, who died near Philadelphia last week, was brought to this place on the train and buried at the Beallsville Cemetery. - Miss Emma KOLB, who has been spending a few days with her aunt, Mrs. DOUBLE, of Jimtown, has returned home. - Mr. Edw. B. HARP, wife and family, of Hagerstown, spent the past week with the family of his father, H. HARP, Esq. - Miss Orpha STOTELMYER, of Greensburg, and Miss Annie MARTIN, of the same locality, spent Sunday with their parents near this place. - submitted by AB
Thursday, July 19, 1906
- Ballad of Nancy CROUSE (page 3) (I found this interesting article in my meanderings through The News and thought everyone might enjoy it. I remember there being a controversy over Barbara Fritchie or someone else defying the Confederate Army with a Union flag. - submitted by VC) Thrilling Incident of Civil War Recorded in Verse. Mr. T. C. HARBAUGH, a well-known journalist, whose home is at Canstown (Canton?), Ohio, records in verse in the Middletown Valley Register, a thrilling incident that occurred at Middletown in the early part of September, 1862. At that time Geo. CROUSE, Sr., a baker, lived in a house with a long covered porch, which stood on the site now occupied by Geo. C. RHODERICK's dwelling, just opposite the M. E. church. Mr. Crouse was a warm Union man, while his neighbor, Samuel D. RIDDLEMOSER, who conducted a hotel in the corner property recently purchased from the E. C. HERRING estate, by Dr. A. A. LAMAR, was a rabid Southern sympathizer. Mr. CROUSE's daughter, Miss Nannie, then but 17 years old, now the wife of MR. John H. BENNETT, of Frederick, was equally strong in her Union sympathy and every day would fling a large American flag to the breeze from a second story window. This annoyed Riddlemoser and he taunted her frequently, telling Miss Crouse that her "rag" would come down some day. Early in September a detachment of Confederate cavalry rode into Middletown and seeing the flag floating proudly in the breeze, halted in front of the house. A dozen of the cavalrymen quickly dismounted and were rushing up the steps of the porch to tear the flag down when Miss Crouse, who was a beautiful and superbly formed young lady, stepped out on the porch with her chum, Miss Effie TITLOW, now Mrs. Effie HERRON, of Washington, D. C. Miss Crouse demanded of the Confederates what they wanted. "That damned Yankee rag," said a big trooper, moving toward the door as if to enter the house and tear the flag down. Miss Crouse, anticipating the rebel's intention, with a taunt sprang past him, rushed up stairs, hauled down the flag and, draping it about her form, returned to the porch, looking the very impersonation of the Goddess of Liberty. Again the Confederate demanded "that damned Yankee rag." Again was his demand refused. Drawing a revolver, the brutal soldier placed the barrel at Miss Crouse's head and swore he would kill her if she did not surrender the flag. "You may shoot me, but never will I willingly give up my country's flag into the hands of traitors," boldly declared Miss Crouse. Again the demand was made with drawn revolver and, seeing that the odds were against her, Miss Crouse finally handed the flag to the captain, who tied it around his horse's head and rode away. A detachment of Union Cavalry was notified of the occurrence and they pursued and captured every man except the captain. The flag was secured and returned to Miss Crouse. The Ballad of Nancy CROUSE You've heard the story of Nancy Crouse, The Valley Maid who stood one day Beneath the porch of her humble house And boldly defied the men in gray; Over Catoctin's lengthening ridge, Out from many a bosky glen, Down the pike and over the bridge, Booted and spurred, rode Stonewall's men. Under the spires of Middletown Glinted many a rebel gun; The dear old flag, they said, must down, Nor flaunt its folds in Autumn's sun; Mighty legions clad in gray Cursed the banner of the stars, And o'er the hills and far away Streamed the standards of the bars. Nancy Crouse looked out and saw The old flag floating on the breeze, Emblem fair of truth and law; Then as suddenly she sees Foam-flecked steed and rider stem Who the standard has espied; With an oath his hot lips burn, For the flag he turned aside. From the house the maiden springs, Grips the flag and round her form Wraps it while the cool air rings With the portent of the storm; With an oath the wretch in gray Tries away the flag to tear, Whilst the girl's eyes seems to cry; Bold, defiant: "If you dare!" Closer to her form she claps The beauteous flag our fathers gave, And the rebel's oaths and gasps Threaten her with early grave; "Not for you!" her words rang true, "Not for you this banner fair; You wear gray, its friends wear blue, It was blessed with many a pray'r." With a final curse and threat Rides the rebel far away, And the flag once more is set Over the porch to taunt the gray; Smiling, Nancy sees the horde Vanish down the village street; Gleaming gun and swirling sword Once more in the distance meet. Honor to the Maryland maid Who the banner saved that day, When through autumn sun and shade Marched the legions of the Gray; Middletown remembers yet How the tide of war was stayed, And the years will not forget Nancy Crouse, the Valley Maid. Gone are Stonewall's legions true Battle drums have ceased to beat, And the Banners of the Blue Wave not in the village street; But the years on Nancy brave Will of praise bestow the need; Time for her will honor crave, And the world will hail her deed!
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