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From: "John Ashbury" <>
Subject: [MDFR] History Moment - 1-4-09
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 06:20:13 -0500
On January 4, 1786, Frederick's first English language newspaper, The
Maryland Chronicle established by Mathias Bartgis, began publication.
On January 4, 1825, Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American to
become a saint of the Roman Catholic Church (1975), died in Emmitsburg at
The White House.
On January 4, 1844, James M. Smith, president of The Woodsboro Bank and the
Woodsboro and Detour Turnpike Company, was born on his father's farm near
Woodsboro. He died September 12, 1920, in Baltimore.
On January 4, 1851, Enoch Louis Lowe, of Frederick, became Maryland's
governor, the youngest person (30) ever to hold that position.
On January 4, 1894, a mass meeting was held in Mechanicstown to determine a
name change for the town. The popular choice was Blue Mountain City, but the
U. S. Post Office objected to the name because of its length. Thus, the name
Thurmont was chosen.
On January 4, 1970, City Policeman Blessing B. Kaetzel rescued Alvey M.
Lantz, a 75-year-old invalid, from his burning home at 111 West Fourth
Street in Frederick.
If anyone can add information to these History Moments,
or would like to suggest an item for another calendar day,
please contact me privately.
John W. Ashbury
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