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In Carrie’s Footprints

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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.

happykeeneyin Frederick, he was the son of the late Ulysses and Daisey Keeney. His wife, Mrs. Hilda Dudderar Keeney predeceased him in 1979.

He is survived by three sisters, Daisy Irene McClure, Mrs. Helen Virginia Shreve and Mrs. Catherine Bussard, all of Frederick.

Mr. Keeney was a barber for 55 years in Sykesville. He served as the mayor of Sykesville from 1945 until 1949 and from 1949 until 1957 he served on the town’s council. From 1957 until 1963 he served a second term as mayor of Sykesville. He was a life member of the Sykesville Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department where he was the chief in 1943, and again in 1945 through 1947. He was a member for over 30 years of the Sykesville Rotary Club.

Even though Mr. Keeney had no children, he was instrumental in the development of the Sykesville Park while serving the town as mayor. He was a charter member of the Sykesville Fish and Game club, Inc.

Funeral services will be held from the Haight Funeral Home, MD. 32, Sykesville, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1. The Rev. Joseph Burroughs, pastor of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, will officiate.

Internment will be in Springfield Cemetery, Sykesville.

Friends may call at the Haight Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29 and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 30.


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.

He was also the brother of Mrs. Elizabeth Patterson, former wife of the late Jerome Bonaparte. He took possession of his late residence, Springfield, containing about three thousand acres, in 1824, and has made it his home ever since. He was possessed of considerable wealth, and was largely engaged in importing and raising improved stock.

He was a large exhibitor at the agricultural fairs held in the State before the beginning of the late war, but never competed for premiums, taking pride only in adding to the interest of the show by the presence of his fine animals.

His death will be regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.




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 found the report damaging to the morale of his staff. Already worked to and beyond capacity, the staff finds their work even harder when public attitudes are raised against them.

The nursing staff, as the other departments at Springfield, is understaffed, but the people there are dedicated. There has been a traditional esprit de corps in the staff.

Springfield is overcrowded, understaffed, but in general doing a remarkable job. This hospital has an advantage that belongs to the community. It has many local people, families who have been and still are working here. “The morale at Springfield is the best in the state,” observed Dr. Irene Hitchman, director of hospital inspection and licensure from the Maryland Department of Mental Hygiene.

Dr. Hitchman is well qualified to evaluate Springfield as she spent twenty-one years there, eight of those years as clinical director, before assuming her present post with the Department of Mental Hygiene.

Springfield State Hospital presents a tremendous challenge to its staff. It does not say NO to an admission, as general and private hospitals do. About 3600 new patients are admitted each year, some of whom belong in nursing homes or at community health facilities. The hospital will be in real trouble if it cannot discharge SATISFACTORILY  enough patients to meet the influx of new ones.

New staff members are taught to regard patients in the same manner that they would want members of their own families treated if they were patients.

“From the instant of their arrival as human beings in need of hospitalization in the course of their illnesses, they are regarded as patients in the medical fullness of that classification of humanity, and every contact with them is regarded as an opportunity to make of it a therapeutic gesture.” This is the primary philosophy of Springfield.

Because of staff shortages, psychiatric nurses must do total housekeeping and food services in some wards. Despite these extra burdens, the excellence of their care is demonstrated by the most custodial patients being clean and free from bed sores.

A salary increase last summer has helped to decrease the turnover in personnel, but vital jobs in food service and attendants need more people, assistant superintendent Leonard Albert explained.

Springfield Hospital is open to the public to see it in operation. Neither the administration nor personnel try to hide any part of it. Some wards are dismal, overcrowded basements, but the valiant staff strives to treat each patient as an individual human being even in these surroundings.

These situations demonstrate the desperate need for new housing for the patients and greater staff expansion to give more personal care. Few citizens would want to find themselves or members of their families in the dingy storage rooms. All this needs a greater budget.

In any facility as large as Springfield State Hospital, accidents are bound to happen. Hospital Superintendent, Dr. Jess Cohn explained that employees are responsible for (the rest of the article was not scanned and will be provided later.)…



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 stories high.

It is built of Baltimore pressed brick and red mortar, with sandstone sills and lintels and slate roof. The ticket and telegraph office 10 x 13 1/2 is between the waiting rooms, and is elegantly furnished. The waiting rooms are 24 x 24, ceiling 14 ft. high and each have comfortable retiring rooms with water and all modern appliances.

The freight room is in the west end, and has double doors on three sides. A portico extends around the east side to the vestibule in the rear.

It is protected by a railing of unique design. A wide portico runs from this around the remainder of the building.

The roof projects 6 ft. supported by ornamental brackets. There are five small rooms in the upper story. The whole building is well lighted by lofty windows, the upper flight of which are bordered with small panes of cathedral stained glass.

The paining is in red an chocolate, with sage green trimmings. The style is modern. The best of materials was used in the construction, and it is the only depot on the line that has a vestibule in the rear.

Mr. E. F. Baldwin was the architect, C. McLane, Supt. of buildings of the B & O had charge of the work, but it was under the immediate supervision  of Mr. A. J. Leakins, foreman and much credit is due him and those under him in the different branches of trade, as no part of the work was slighted.

The grading, when completed, will give an avenue 100 ft. wide leading from the public road immediately opposite the rear entrance. Everyone, except a few Howard county grumblers, are delighted with the change.


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 light amid the city galaxy.

A few of the little things needing first attention are these: the suppression of piston carrying; the suppression of negro loafing; the suppression of garbage and rubbish throwing in the streets; the suppression of dogs; the suppression of gunning; the suppression of indiscriminate target practice; the suppression of obnoxious hog pens, and the regulation of the streams that are the city’s sewers.

Water works, electric light, fine pavements, fine new stores and dwellings and other attractions can follow, but the little things, with the proper officers, should be the first concern of the City Fathers.

Sykesville is by nature a place of rare beauty. Hardly an acre is not a fine building site. Ex-Gov. Frank Brown has been the first and only man to make an advance in the house building line. This he did many years ago, the many houses he then built have served their turn and the demand now is for something larger and better.


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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Midnight Alarm at Mellor Home

July 23, 1914 A Frog Hunt That Had A Thrilling Sequel for Two People Mr. J. Brooke Mellor, several of the town boys and Archie and Charles Mellor, who are visiting for the Summer, went out after frogs the other night, and thereby hangs a tale–not the tail of a frog nor of a pollywog, […]

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New Well Blown at State Hospital

Louis P. Schultz, Sykesville’s expert well driller, has just completed his fourth well for Springfield State Hospital and Wednesday the well was blown and tested and is nearly ready to hook up with the others that supply the big institution with the purest water. The well is 504 feet deep and most of the way […]

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Once a Slave

March 19, 1914 Death of Uncle John Burgess, Aged 99 Years John Burgess, the oldest and most respected old colored man in Howard County, died on Wednesday last at his home near Glenelg, aged 99 years, from the infirmities of age. He was born near Clarsksville, and was a slave in the family of the […]

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Governor Ignores Sykesville’s Claim

February 19, 1914 No Resident Member of Hospital Board of Managers —– Beasman’s Successor from Baltimore —— It is a matter of genuine regret that Governor Goldsborough did not see fit to appoint a resident member of the Board of Managers for the Springfield State Hospital in place of former Senator Beasman, whose four-year term […]

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E. M. Mellor Urged for Hospital Board

February 12, 1914 Governor Will Probably Name Republican to Succeed Former Senator Beasman —– Would Be Excellent Appointment —– One of the important places to be filled by Governor Goldsborough in the near future is a vacancy on the Board of Managers of the Springfield State Hospital — that is, the term of Former Senator […]

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For Springfield Hospital

February 12, 1914 Senator Campbell, of Baltimore county, has introduced a bill providing $140,000 for additional buildings at the Springfield Hospital at Sykesville.

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Visit to the Hospital

February 12, 1914 On Friday this week committees of the State Senate and House of Delegates will visit Springfield Hospital here. A special train will leave Annapolis at 11 o’clock a.m. and Camden Station, Baltimore, at 12 a.m. The committees will inspect the Hospital with a special view of reporting regarding the proposed $140,000 for […]

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For the Insane

February 12, 1914 A third insane hospital loan is proposed by Senator Campbell, who introduced a bill providing for an appropriation of $800,000, the money to be distributed as follows: $140,000 for additional buildings at the Springfield Hospital at Sykesville. $120,000 for additional buildings at Spring Grove at Catonsville. $140,000 for additional buildings at the […]

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How Patients Live at State Hospital

February 12, 1914 Note: This is only half the article. The first half is supposed to be on page 1, but despite what the paper says, the other half of the article seems to be completely missing. [Continued from First Page] go to the basement, where slippers are changed for shoes or boots and overalls […]

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