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In Carrie’s Footprints

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March 28 1891

Democratic Advocate

Warfield’s planing mill and sash factory is in full operation. Bill Morgan, a veteran engineer of the B  & O, runs the engine and James
S. Hyatt manages the machinery.

A shrill whistle notes the hours of labor, and so accurate is it that the residents of Sykesville and the country surrounding set their clocks by Warfield’s whistle.


March 4, 1891

Democratic Advocate

Wade H. D. Warfield’s  planing, sash and door factory is nearly completed. The machinery will be in position and ready for operation by March 20th.

Mr. Warfield has moved his office from the rear to the front of his store, and has two rooms elegantly fitted up. In one of the offices is a typewriting machine, where every night can be seen Hyatt and Chipley working at it like two woodpeckers on an old tree.


December 27, 1907

From the Democratic Advocate

John Fite, a well known farmer of Freedom district, died at his home Sunday night, at the age of 85 years. He was an eccentric character, and believed in neither preachers nor doctors.

He was paralyzed on Friday last. He was the last survivor of his family, his wife, who was Miss Lue O’Dell, having died six years ago. He was very well known in Baltimore, Howard and Carrroll counties, and despite his eccentricities, was well liked by a large number of friends.

He was buried at the old Baptist church, near Eldersburg, Tuesday. Services were conducted at his home by Rev. Reginald H. Murphy, the Baltimore county missionary of the Protestant Episcopal Church.



May 3, 1934

Old Book and Paper Fancied Rector Rediscovers Holy Trinity, Eldersburg, Document Dated March 8, 1771

The original deed for the land on which Holy Trinity, Eldersburg, is built, dated March 8, 1771, has been rediscovered in an old Vestry Record book by the Rev. E. Kenneth Albaugh, Rector of the parish. The deed by which John Welsh, “gentleman,” conveyed the land to Abel Brown, Robert Tivis, Edward Dorsey, and John Elder, “planters,” was no doubt pasted on one of the first pages of the Vestry Record, where it was “found,” about 1843, the date the book was begun.

It was in this year that the old Church, having fallen into disuse and ruin once before in its career, was built and reconsecrated. At present the old deed is in Baltimore where it is being properly treated for preservation for future generations.

At the same time the Rev. Mr. Albaugh is on the look out for other documents illustrative of the history of the parish. To use his own words, he has “a yen for old documents and books anyway.”

Already he has received from Miss Kate McDonald information from old letters regarding James Sykes and his relation to St. Barnabas’ Chapel, which was erected on land he donated in 1850. Mr. James Grimes has in his possession a picture of the Rev. Dr. Piggott, one of the Rectors of Holy Trinity during the last part of the nineteenth century, while Miss Ellen Bennett owns one of the three known copies of the only history of the parish ever written, the other two being in the possession of the Diocesan Library and Maryland Historical Society.

The history was written by the Rev. J. J. Purcell in 1892, while he was Rector of the Parish. This eight page pamphlet is deficient in many places, especially regarding the founding of St. Barnabas Chapel, for the simple reason that Dr. Purcell had very little authoritative information at his disposal.

The little he had, to which practically nothing has been added, he used well. “If, and underscore that if,” says the Rev. Mr. Albaugh, “I can discover the necessary evidence to fill in the gaps in Dr. Purcell’s work, I may attempt to supplement his history.”

This is the particular end toward which the Rev. Mr. Albaugh is looking in his efforts to uncover the authoritative information dealing with the history of Holy Trinity.


September 4, 1941

Miss Mary Agnes Shipley Bride of Levin S. Comley Monday Afternoon

The home of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Shipley was the scene of a lovely early Fall wedding on Monday, when their younger daughter, Mary Agnes, became the bride of Levin S. Comley of Chesterstown, Md.

The ceremony took place in the garden of the home before an improvised archway, banked with flowers, autumn leaves, candelabras and tall baskets of cut flowers. While the guests were gathering, a musical program was rendered by Mrs. Karl Justus, pianist, and Joseph Seivold, violinist. Frank Mellor, tenor, sang three numbers — “Because,” “Through the Years,” and Grieg’s “ich Liebe Dicht” (I love Thee).

At four o’clock, to the strains of the Lohengrin wedding march, the bridal party led the wedding procession, followed by six bridesmaids, walking in twos, the maid of honor and two flower girls.

The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Edward R. Brahm, pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Sykesville.

Members of the Bridal Party

The bride, on the arm of her father, who gave her in marriage, wore a gown of white chiffon, in tailored styles, with an illusion veil of fingertip length, caught with a coronet of orange blossoms, and with a short train. She carried a bouquet of white chrysanthemums, baby’s breath and other flowers.

All of the bride’s attendants were attired in chiffon gowns, make alike, of the Fall nasturium shades. Each wore a floral wreath in her hair and each carried a spray of chrysanthemums.

The maids were: Miss Mary Anna Comley, sister of the groom, of Wilmington, Del, and Miss Dorothy Mae Robinson, of Washington, dressed in flame color; Miss Edna Brooks, of Baltimore, and Miss Helen Durding of Rock Hall, in nectarine; and Miss Katherine Cooms, of Washington, and Miss Margaret Louise Bennett, of Sykesville, in rosewood.



More British Sailors Arrive In Community

July 22, 1943 The British Navy landed in force in Sykesville on Wednesday evening when 15 officers and men arrived to spend 10 days with local families. Last week five of the British blue jackets spent a brief furlough here. Miss Margaret Harris of Sykesville and Mr. Marley Cassof of Gaither, working in conjunction with […]

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Services held for Huckeba; slain in line of duty

July 13, 1977 More than 1000 colleagues attend funeral of policeman A Sykesville resident, described by his fellow workers as a man who “loved his job, and loved to help people,” was buried Saturday. The 26-year-old man, Charles Alan Huckeba, died doing what he believed in, thus becoming the first Baltimore County policeman to be […]

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John McDonald Obituary

Special Dispatch to the Baltimore Sun – September 26, 1906 Sykesville, MD, Sept. 25. — Mr. John McDonald, one of the leading merchants of Carroll county, who died Sunday at the Maryland University Hospital, was buried today from his home in Sykesville. Mr. McDonald is survived by a widow, Mrs. Kate A. McDonald, daughter of […]

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A Modern Madhouse: An Inspection Report

The Philadelphia Medical Journal, November 12, 1898 About thirty miles from Baltimore a little off from the main line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, on the undulating land bordering the valley of the Patapsco, lies one of the historic demesnes of the State of Maryland. The manor house built in the classic simplicity of the […]

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Happy Keeney dies at 81; barber, mayor

The News, Frederick, MD November 29, 1982 Mr. Leroy Sinclair “Happy” Keeney, 81, Sykesville, died Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Frederick Memorial Hospital. He had been a guest at the Citizens Nursing Home for the past several months. in Frederick, he was the son of the late Ulysses and Daisey Keeney. His wife, Mrs. Hilda […]

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Death of an Old and Esteemed Citizen — George Patterson

The Democratic Advocate of Westminster, Maryland November 18, 1869 Mr. George Patterson, an esteemed citizen of Carroll county, died on Friday, at his residence, Springfield, near Sykesville. The deceased was the youngest son of the late Wm. Patterson, well known in Baltimore, and who was possessed of a large amount of real estate in this city. […]

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Overcrowded and Understaffed, but Springfield Hospital Is Doing “Remarkable Job”

August 1, 1968 By Carolyn H. Nord Recently Springfield State Hospital has received some harsh and misleading publicity as to how the nurses and doctors care for patients at this local institution. Staff members object to the attitudes and impressions given by one of the large daily papers in particular. Director of nursing Richard Bolin […]

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B & O Train Station, Sykesville, Maryland

The Democratic Advocate of Westminster, MD September 27, 1884 The new Baltimore & Ohio depot at Sykesville, just finished and occupied, is the finest structure of its kind on the line of the road outside of Baltimore City. It is 90 ft. long and 28 ft. wide. Twenty six ft. in the center is two […]

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Sykesville Is a City

The Democratic Advocate of Westminster, MD May 14, 1904 Sykesville is now a city. It has its City Fathers and is prepared to join the great procession — New York, Chicago and all the rest. Because it is as yet, rather small, there is no reason why it should not become a bright and shining […]

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Sykesville Awakening

The Democratic Advocate, Westminster, MD March 3, 1904 Sykesville wants to be Incorporated and Introduce Water to Protect Property There will be a meeting at Sykesville this Saturday afternoon, at 3 o’clock, at the Lyceum in the interest of incorporating the town. There is now an opportunity to get water protection from fire at the […]

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