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August 18, 1894 ASKING FOR AID
Friday afternoon Messrs. L.L. LONG and John CREAMER presented a subscription list at this office asking aid for the unemployed of Ocean and Midland. The full committee is as follows: Lewis L. LONG, John CREAMER, Mathew STOKES, Jas. DAVIS, Thos. TAYLOR, Hugh O’ROURKE, Simon KENNEY, Thomas MURPHY, Patrick BYRNE, Thomas LOUIS, Samuel THOMAS, Wm. KANE. ; assistants, Richard CREAMER and David WILLIAMS. Mr. Lewis LONG is chairman of the committee; Jos. DAVIS is treasurer; Richard T. CREAMER, secretary.
The subscription list is being well signed. The committee was appointed at a a special meeting several days ago.
October 12, 1895 Midland’s Boom
Midland, Md. is just about to put on a boom in the shape of a new coal mine, which is being opened by SHAW Bros. of Baltimore. within the next two weeks all the coal will have been taken out of Midlothian, and the mine at that place practically closed, hence the purchasing of a portion of the Big Vein from the Consolidation Coal Company, by the above names gentlemen, which transaction is hailed with delight by the residents of Midland.
February 9, 1898 -
Hibernians Meet, Elect Officers -The seventh biennial convention of the ancient Order of Hibernians of Allegany County was held at Nickel’s Hall in Frostburg yesterday. The following delegates were present from different divisions:
P. J. CREEGAN, County President; P. T. MCGANN, County Secretary; John MULLIN, County Treasurer.
Divison # 1 – Edward WALSH, James F. QUINN, John MORAN, John BRODERICK, P. A. STAKEM.
J. C. BELL, deputy grand master, and John M. JONES, grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of the I.O.O.F. of Maryland, instituted Midland Lodge No. 02 last evening, and the following officers installed: Nobel grand, William STRAUSS, vice grand, James HOWIE, recording secretary, John PATTERSON; treasurer, Nelson DUCKWORTH, R. S. to N. G., Adam PATTERSON, L. S. to N. G., Grant DAWSON, R. S. to V. G., Robt. STOCHAN; L. S. to V. G., Andres WISNER. This lodge starts off with 17 members, and bids fair to be a flourishing order.
Firemen’s Fair in Progress —-Democratic Mass Meeting
Midland, Md., Oct. 30, 1899 —-The United Brethren Church at Gilmore was dedicated yesterday at 2 p.m. the following program was the exercises of the day:
Anthem, Lonaconing Presbyterian church Choir; Invocation: Rev. Wm. W. WAGNER; hymn, congregation; scripture reading, Rev. WAGNER. offering; anthem, Presbyterian church choir; sermon, Rev. A.C. THOMPSON; dedicatory scripture, Minister and congregation. The singing was rendered by the Lonaconing Presbyterian choir, accompanied by Prof. IVISON, cornet soloist. the church was filled with the congregation and invited friends. the Midland Cornet Band was present and rendered some very nice selections. The building is a neat and handsome one and a credit to the untiring efforts of Rev. WAGNER and his followers very handsome collection was taken up to help defray the expenses.
The Midland Fire Company’s fair, now going on in Balteau’s Hall, promises to be a grand success. The fire laddies and their lady friends are doing everything in their power to make the fair successful in every way. Saturday evening the hall could not accommodate the many visitors from Cumberland, Mt. Savage and Frostburg and the fire company appreciated the attendance to a man.
The Consolidation Coal Company at Ocean No. 1 are sinking another well at K of P. Grove, being compelled to do so to secure water for the hoisting engine at the mine.
The Midland football team are diligently practicing and will soon be ready to meet any other team.
A Democratic mass meeting will be held in EAGAN’S Opera House on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Able speakers will be present to discuss the issues of the campaign.
A. M. CRAMER, of Piedmont, who has conducted a shoe store in the Wilson building, leves today for Piedmont.
The much talked of road to Dan’s Rock has begun and it is hoped will be finished before cold weather comes.
The Cumberland Commercial College has opened a night school in K. of L. hall with a good attendance.
MIDLAND, Nov. 21 – the new residence and business block of Postmaster George REID, under the skillful hand of contractor DAVIS, is nearing completion and will be an ornament tot that part of our town. The building contains a large and up to date business room, in addition to a comfortable residence. the building will be ready for occupancy about December 15th and is located on Front Street, being part of the REYNOLDS property. Mr. REID has also just finished an artesian well on the rear of the building from which an abundance of pure, soft water is obtained.
The firm of Marshall & Co., the successors of J. R. Poland, are forging ahead in their cash store in the DAVIS block. Quite a number of clerks are employed by them and their delivery wagon is kept constantly on the rush.
The fair for the benefit of the proposed new fire company was a financial and likewise a social success. Our citizens deserve credit for their push and energy in providing against the fire fiend, and we will soon have a well equipped and efficient fire company, composted of our gallant and hardy young men that will secure us against any great or destructive fires.
Midland has one of the best local papers that ever graced a town in Maryland. the Press, edited and published by C. T. CLAYTON, has been a prime factor in the growth and development of this place and the keen foresight of its editor has brought about many advantages for the coming city of Allegany County. We hope to see the day when the Press will be a daily, published in its own building and will have the largest circulation in the county. This will come in time and the era is not far distant when Cumberland and Westernport will be suburbs of Midland and towns like Frostburg, Lonaconing and Barton will be the central districts of Midland. Rab
Cumberland Evening Times, Mon. Jan. 9, 1905
The St. Joseph’s Church Fair will reopen in Midland Opera House Tuesday evening and continued Thursday and Saturday evenings. The various contests will close Thursday evening.
Rev. Father Mackall, who has been threatened with a serious illness is slightly improved though far from being entirely well.
A. O. H. Division No. 5 held a special meeting yesterday for the purpose of installing their officers for the coming year. County President T. S. Kean of Cumberland conducted the ceremonies of the installation. The officers installed were John T. O’ROURKE, President; John F. CAMPBELL, Vice President; James BRODERICK, Recording Secretary; Martin T. O’ROURKE Financial Secretary; Lawrence DUNN, Treasurer, Michael MANLY, P. J. CREEGAN, James P. CARROLL, T. P. MURPHY and James CONLON, Standing Committee.
Rev. Father Nolan of Frostburg, visited his parents here yesterday evening.
Town Clerk, P. B. CAIN was visiting Frostburg yesterday.
The Midland Citizens Cornet Band serenaded Mr. & Mrs. John T. Malloy Saturday evening at Mrs. Malloy’s home after which the band and invited friends partook of refreshments that were daintily prepared for them. Mr. Malloy is a member of the band and enjoys the good fellowship of the entire membership.
Mr. Myles Thompson, Miss Lizzie McMahon and Miss Mary Broderick were visitors to Cumberland Saturday evening.
Mr. Walter Ort, of the Second National Bank of Cumberland, was a visitor to his parents home sunday, returning to Cumberland by the C & P. yesterday evening.
Dr. James Carpenter arranged to take several of his patients requiring surgical operations to John Hopkins in Baltimore yesterday.
The Midland Fire Company is in possession of 1,000 feed of splendid hose, a reel that would do credit in a much larger town and an engine of the very best pattern, but without sufficient interest among its member to attend any business meetings or cultivate any esteem of using the means in their possession in to systematically fight the dreaded monster, fire. How much longer will this state of indifference exist? Let us hope that before some home is ruined by fire our young men will arise to the fact that it is their duty to be prepared to battle such misfortune.
January 10, 1905
Mr. George Bowen lost his valuable horse, Frank, yesterday through an accident said to have been caused by boys starting him and the sleigh upsetting, one shaft being plunged into the horse’s body, causing him to run down Union St. to Main, where after a few minutes of agony, the valuable animal dies. Mr. Bowen valued his horse, and can hardly replace him with another well adapted to his business.
Mrs. Matthew Gilchrist and Mrs. Will Jackson of Paradise left yesterday for Baltimore to undergo an operation at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
January 11, 1905
Deputy Sheriff Wm. Hodel, of Cumberland, was a business visitor here yesterday.
Carlos Mines has not worked any this week out of respect for Ex-Governor Lowndes.
A great many people from here will attend the funeral of Mrs. Wm. Dillon at Frostburg today.
Letter from the President
Master Paul Grant, son of E. R. Grant was the recipient of a handsome scrap book among his Christmas presents, and has began making a collection of photographs and autographs of prominent people. In response to a request of President Roosevelt for a photograph and autograph the following letter was received inclosing the original autograph of the President.
White House, Washington, Jan. 5 1905
My dear Sir – In reply to your letter of the ?? instant, I regret to say that our supply of photographs of the President is exhausted. I take pleasure in sending you the accompanying autograph.
Very Truly Yours,
Secretary to the President
Master Paul is very proud of his success in securing the President’s autograph and will be pleased to show it to any of his friends.
The Graichen Glove Co.’s representative was calling upon his business friends here yesterday.
The following Hibernians were visitors to Frostburg last night: Mr. Jno. T. O’Rourke, James P. Carrol, Thos. P Murphy, Patrick J. Creegan, Lawrence Dunn, James Broderick, John Campbell, Patrick O’Rourke, Henry Keenan, Henry McVeigh, M. J. Creegan, Owen McGreevy, and several others comprising the A.O.H. Degree team, who were conferring the initial honors upon a large class of candidates. The report having had a pleasant time.
Mr. George Blumenthal of Blumenthal Cigar & Tobacco Co. of Altoona, Pa was calling upon his business friends here yesterday.
The stockholders of the First National Bank of Midland held their annual meeting yesterday and elected the following directors for he ensuing year: L. J. Ort, W. B. Phillips, Philip McMahon, Marx Wineland, Roberdean Annan, DeWarren H. Reynolds, and Duncan Sinclair. Mr. E. R. grant and Michael Manley wee the tellers and judges of the election. The bank has done a very successful business the past year, and is in a flourishing condition.
Mr. J. Henderson of the National Biscuit Co. and J. A. McBeth of Cumberland, were among our business callers yesterday.
January 12, 1905
Mr. George Bowen, who has been suffering from a severe attack of rheumatism, was able to be out yesterday for a short while.
Mrs. Hugh McVeigh and Mrs. Thos. Cummings and son, Nicholas, went to Pittsburg yesterday to visit their son and daughter in that place.
Mr. Chas. McNeal, at Klondike, has a child sick with scarlet fever.
The lecture in Midland Opera House tomorrow night by the Rev. Francis Clement Kelly, under the auspices of the Midland council, Knights of Columbus, promises to be well attended. Reserved seats are on sale at E. R. Grant and are being rapidly disposed of.
The St. Joseph’s church fair tonight promises to attract a large crowd. The barbers’ contest that the three tonsorial artists of this town are engaged in, will be decided and promises to be interesting, as they have each been quietly though earnestly gathering as many votes as possible for the voting tonight and the friends of each candidate have made an earnest canvass. The several minor contested and drawings will very likely not be decided until Saturday evening, when the final closing of the fair will be concluded.
Mr. James Bowen, proprietor of the Bowen Hotel, has placed an order with the Evening Times for a handsome register, which when completed will be one of the finest. Mr. Bowen appreciates good work and realizes where to get it.
The Royal Blue Encampment, No. 11, I.O.O.F., installed the following officers Tuesday night for the ensuing term: Chief Patriarch, W. M. Montgomery; High Priest, James Wagus; Senior Warden, Samuel Brown; Scribe, Jas. ? M. Baker, Treasurer, John Smith; Marshal, Robert Hill; Inside Sentinel, A. J. Wisner, Outside Sentinel, John McGowan; Guide, Chas. Hawe; Trustees, James Wagus for 18 months; A.J. Wisner for 6 months. After the installation, which was conducted by Grand Master Thos. S. Harris, assisted by Grand Warden Jno. Smith, the entire membership repaired to the Bowen Hotel, where a banquet was held, served as the genial proprietor of that well known hotel knows so well, followed by a smoker and general discuss of the future of the Odd Fellowship in this locality.
Mr. & Mrs. W. B. Phillips were at Frostburg yesterday.
Mr. Michael O’Rourke was a visitor at Frostburg last night.
A party of young ladies and gentlemen from here attended the dance at Mr. Savage last night and report having had a pleasant time.
Mrs. Patrick J. Cavanaugh visited friends at Westernport yesterday.
January 13, 1905
Mr. Boston of the Frederick Music Co., of Cumberland, was a visitor to Midland yesterday.
Will Kiddy, Jr. who has been in the employ of the E. R. Grant Co. for some time, left today to accept a position in Pittsburg, where his father is already engaged. Will’s energetic and courteous manner will enable him to give satisfaction wherever he is located, and being young and full of ambition can be expected to make good use of his talents.
Rev. F. C. Kelly, who is to lecture in the Opera House tonight arrived from Elkins, W. Va. today and his appearance confirms the reports from papers where he has appeared, as being of a fine commanding appearance, gifted with a voice full of pathos and eloquence and a strain of wit and humor.
Rev. F. P. Mackall received the sad intelligence of the death of his brother at Baltimore yesterday morning. While the severe illness of the deceased was expected to terminate in death, still at the time Rev. Mackall was not expecting the end so soon, and was grieved at not being with him at his dying moments. Rev. Mackall left on the 10:30 Georges Creek train yesterday morning for Cumberland, from where he took the B. & O. for Baltimore. He is not expected to return till next week, during his absence Rev. Father Stanton, of Lonaconing, will look after the spiritual wants of St. Joseph’s parish.
The children of St. Joseph’s school attended the fair yesterday afternoon and freely enjoyed themselves in various ways. The grab bag was patronized by the majority and ejaculations of pleasant surprise at their prizes were freely uttered.
The contests at the fair last night resulted in a victory for Mr. Hiller in the barber contest, having $127.60; Mr. Myers, having $58.45, and Mr. Paull having $57.72. The voting was spirited though friendly. The ladies contest resulted in a victory for Miss Mary Bush, she having $226.40, and Miss Kenny having $225.04. the little boys’ contest was considered a complete surprise, nobody expecting the result to reach the amount it did. Master James Conlon was the victor, having $35.76, and Simon Byrne having $29.70. The total amount realized on the three contests being $760.67, and is acknowledged a very good evening’s work. Mr. Jos. McKenna was the lucky person for the mat; Wm. Coleman the shoes, and Mrs. J. T. Maloy the pictures on the temperance table. The temperance drawing and the Hibernian drawing as well as the other valuable articles, will be disposed of Saturday evening when the fair will close.
Mr. John Gannon and Miss Gertie Clarke, of Barton, were visitors at the fair last night.
The following people from this place were at “The Volunteer Organist” in Cumberland last night: Messrs. M. J. Creegan, John Wilson, Chas. Stewart, H. O. Barncord, Clarence Ort, Walter Baker, Geo. Seymore, Walter Murray, Mrs. August Frenzel, Miss Ida Speelman, Miss Maggie and Mary McFarlan and Miss Lizzie Vesbitt.
January 16, 1905
The most successful fair ever held in Midland closed Saturday night with an unusually large crowd present. Visitors from the neighboring towns were quite numerous, and assisted very materially in making the fair the success it proved to be. The many valuable articles disposed of were distributed as follows: The handsome picture of Rev. Father Mackall was won by Martin O’Rourke. The large doll on the temperance table was won by Miss Clara McMahon. the drawing on the temperance table resulted as follows: First prize- Rocking Chair, Mrs. Charles Morgan; Second prize- roll matting, Mrs. P. F. Skelly; Third prize,- two pairs lace curtains, Mrs. Wm. Byrne of Ocean; Fourth prize-handsome ring, Mr. Jas. Burton of Frostburg; the rosary on the temperance table was won by Mr. John Nesbit, who resides with Mr. Chas. Morgan; the Carving ?, Mr. Alfred Kelly; the barrel of flour, John McVeigh; the child’s silver set, Mr. Peter Hoye’s child.
On the Hibernian table, the doll contest was won by Loretta Monahan, having $7.68 to Ada Graham’s $9.36; the matting was won by William McVeigh, a student at St. Charles College. the rocking chairs were won by Miss Mary Broderick and Frank Flannigan; the large lamp was won by Mr. Phillip McMahon, and the rug by Jos. Firlie. The net receipts are yet uncertain, but every indication lead to believe the amount will by over $1500.
The Misses Burkey of Mt. Savage, spent Sunday with Mrs. J. B. Stakem.
Miss Maggie Blake of Eckhart, visited her sister, Mr. T. P. Kenny the past few days.
Miss Mae Bell and Miss Cecelia Morgan, of Piedmont, were visitors to Midland Saturday evening and attended the fair.
The popular Byrne’s Orchestra furnished music for the dance at Lonaconing Saturday night.
the entire community was shocked yesterday afternoon by the news of the sudden and unexpected death of Patrick Atkinson, son of John Atkinson. Death is supposed to have resulted from heart failure, from which the deceased has been known to have been afflicted with for some time. Mr. Atkinson had just sat down to eat his dinner, when death claimed him. Deceased was a young man and of quiet and retiring habits. The funeral arrangement have not been completed, though it is supposed interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lonaconing, Md.
Mrs. Frank Scott, of Paradise, have been very ill the past few weeks, but at present is improving.
Mr. Will Cavanaugh, of Paradise, who has been confined to his room the past few weeks is improving very rapidly, and hopes to soon be able to resume his duties.
Rev. Thos. J. Stanton, of Lonaconing, was at Midland yesterday.
January 18, 1905
Mrs. Peter McKenna, an aged lady residing on Paradise Lane, was the unfortunate victim of a coasting party on the lane, while not being seriously injured, the victim of the carelessness of our youthful funlovers, was badly scared, and being troubled with very poor hearing was not aware of the nearness of the sleds, when she was overtaken. Some measure at least compelling a little more care should be inaugurated.
Mr. Wm. Cavanaugh of Pekin was renewing old acquaintances here yesterday and attending the funeral of the late Patrick Atkinson.
Rev. Father Nolan, of Frostburg, visited his parents her Monday evening.
Mr. John F. Drum and wife, of Vale Summitt, and Mr. & Mrs. Sam Nichols, of Eckhart, attended the funeral of Mr. Atkinson yesterday.
Mr. Michael Fahey and daughter of Piedmont, and Mr. & Mrs. Michael Morgan were present at the funeral yesterday.
Mr. F. J. McMahon, of Cumberland, was shaking hands with Midland people yesterday.
The news of the terrible accident at Jackson Mine yesterday evening was the source of deep sorrow to many people of this place. Mr. Timney, the unfortunate victim, being a relative of many families at this place. His wife is a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dorsey of Paradise.
Seldom, if every, was there such a large number of people present at a funeral in Midland as there was followed the remains of Mr. Patrick Atkinson to his resting place yesterday. The many family connections and friends were present from various places and the young man being well and favorably known throughout the county, was honored by the presence of his many friends to conduct him to his grave. A.O.H. Division, No. 1, of Lonaconing, of which he was a faithful member had charge of the funeral. The pallbearers being chosen from their ranks and being all young men associates of the deceased. Division No. 5, A.O.H., of Midland, also attend in goodly number. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. The remains were taken to Lonaconing on the C. & P. train at 10:46, where requiem high mass was sun by Rev. Thos. J. S. Stanton, who also delivered one of the most consoling and sympathetic sermons ever listed to, after which the remains were interred in S. Mary’s cemetery.
The following members of Midland Council Knights of Columbus returned Monday evening from Connellsville, where they attended the institution of a council of their order Sunday, and all report having had a very pleasant time: Messrs. John McMahon, Myles Thompson, Jas. McMahon, James Paul Stakem, John Kenny, John T. Brady, Myles Stakem and Walter R. Murray.
Mr. Mace, the president of Lonaconing athletic association, was at Midland yesterday, and in discussing baseball claims the Lonaconing team for the coming season will be a top notch from the start.
Mr. J. T. Richardson, the shoe merchant, was at Frostburg yesterday.
Mr. Walter H. Baker was in attendance yesterday on the Circuit Court.
Mr. Walter R. Murray is visiting friends at McKeesport, Pa.
Constable M. J. Creegan has a sale of household goods advertised for Thursday evening in front of Firlie’s store.
Mr. Owen P. Winters and Superintendent W. R. Miller, of the street car line drove through town yesterday.
Sleighing parties were plentiful last night. The pleasant weather being so agreeable that all the sleighs in town were in use.
The Midland Athletic Association held a meeting last night and instructed Manager BRODERICK and T. P. KENNY of the executive committee to attend a meeting at Lonaconing Thursday evening, and post forfeit and complete all arrangements for placing team in the county league. Every indication now points to a strong team and all the faithful rooters are anxious for the coming events.
January 19, 1905
Mine Inspector Thos. P. MURPHY was present at the work of recovering the body of Mr. Dan TIMNEY at Jackson min Tuesday night, retuning home Wednesday morning after the body has been recovered.
Rev. U. S. HAVENOR was a visitor to Cumberland yesterday.
The Eldorado Club reopened their dancing class last night after the holiday postponement. Visitors were present from Lonaconing and Frostburg, and a very nice time was spent.
Mrs. Paul MURRAY and Mrs. Myles THOMPSON were at Moscow yesterday.
Mr. A. A. DAVIS is in New York looking over the market for an automobile suitable to carry at least 8 passengers to and from Dan’s Rock. It is Mr. Davis’ intention to carry passengers by automobile the famous natural wonder, as a pleasant and profitable pastime the coming summer.
Mr. James MORTON took a run in his auto yesterday just to keep it in running order.
Mr. & Mrs. Frank SANDERS are rejoicing over the arrival of a young daughter.
Mr. Thos. ROBERTSON was acquitted yesterday by the jury without leaving their seats of the charge of larceny of which the state accused him.
Mr. Simon KENNY, one of the oldest miners in Ocean mine met with a slight accident, while at his employment yesterday. He was engaged in mining the breast when a large amount of top of the breast fell out , striking him on the shoulder and side, bruising and injuring him in a painful manner. While not seriously hurt, Mr. Kenny’s injuries are of such a nature that it may require some days to develop their extent.
A valuable mule was accidentally killed in Ocean Mine yesterday by being caught by a trap door. The mule was driven by Mr. M. MCCABE, who was exonerated from any blame for the accident.
Mr. Garrett BYRNE, the prominent proprietor of the Gem Restaurant on Midland street, went to Pittsburg today for a combined business and pleasure trip.
A jolly party of Vale Summit young ladies enjoyed a sleigh ride to our city last night.
CUMBERLAND EVENING TIMES, 2/13/1906
Mr. James BURNS, leader of the famous Burns’ Orchestra, left today for a week’s visit to Baltimore.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Robert GEORGE Saturday, a son. to Mr. & Mrs. James MCGEE, the same day, a son.
The Midland Gun Club has arranged for a shoot with the Coney sharp shooter in the near future.
The Knight of Pythias had a high old time last nigh in the Opera House. About 150 couples danced to the music of Poland’s Orchestra. About midnight the merrymakers marched to Clise’s Hall, where the Rathbone Sisters had spread the feast. To say the “Sisters” got up the supper is saying that “it was the best possible”. the dancing went on till morning
Constable-at-large Patrick MCGUIRE is enforcing the dog law vehemently. Pat lets no tagless “sooner “escape. If he can’t get near enough to put salt on their tails, he lassos them. Pat is an expert with a lariat, having had some experience as a cowboy in the west.
CUMBERLAND EVENING NEWS, 2/15/1906
Your attention is always more attracted to heroic deed than otherwise. thus it is that in our daily rounds we have learned of the gallant act of James P. RICHARDSON last Sunday, show, regardless of the danger he was in, rescued Miss Maze CAVANAUGH from a watery grave. The young people were enjoying the popular sport of skating on the pond at Ocean, when the ice gave away, and Miss CAVANAUGH sank beneath the frozen surface. Then the act of bravery won the admiration of many spectators. Without a moment’s hesitation James sprang to the young lady’s assistance, and while other stood appalled at the dreaded possibilities, succeeded in rescuing her before any serious damage had resulted other than being immersed in the cold water.
A very pretty wedding was solemnized at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church yesterday eveing at 5 o’clock, Rev. F. P MACKALL officiating. The contracting parties wer Mr. Jos. A. ROWAN, of Lonaconing, AND Miss Christina BYRNES, of Midland. The attendants were Mr. Jos. BYRNES, brother of the bride, and Miss Regina PRATT, of Sharon, PA. , cousin of the bride. After the ceremony a wedding supper was served at the bride’s home, to the immediate friends of the happy young couple.
The C&P Telephone Co. are installing several new subscribers with their phones in this vicinity.
the annual meeting of the Midland Fire Co. will be held in the town hall tonight. Every member should make a special effort to be present, as matters of more than usual interest will be placed before them, and as the future of this very necessary organization depends largely upon the united efforts of every member it behooves all to be present, and voice their sentiments.
CUMBERLAND EVENING TIMES, January 11, 1906
Meeting of the town council was held last night in town chamber with Mayor P. J. CREEGAN, Councilmen W. B. PHILLIPS, Geo. BOWEN, Jas. STAKEM and Wm. BRODERICK present. the amended charter was adopted and Attorney YOUNG instructed to give to delegates STUMP and SOMERVILLE for their attention at Annapolis.
Bailiff, Myles THOMPSON, reported $216.54, making a total of $486.37 since last report.
The stockholders of the First National Bank of Midland held their annual meeting yesterday and elected the following board of directors; Marx WINELAND, L.J. ORT, W. B. PHILLIPS, DeWarren H. REYNOLDS, Duncan SINCLAIR and Philip MCMAHON. the board immediately organized by electing Marx WINELAND, president; and Lewis J. ORT, treasurer.
The Midland Independent Cornet Bank will reopen their fair Saturday night, Jan 13th. in the Midland Opera House. The same high class music that was rendered during the holidays will be repeated and every effort to complete the successful affair will be put forth.
CUMBERLAND EVENING NEWS, 2/15/1906
The Midland Fire Co. meets tonight and all the members are requested to be present.
The euchre held by St. Joseph’s Church on Tuesday night , was a grand success, both socially and financially.
CUMBERLAND EVENING NEWS, 3/10/1906
Patrick O’ROURKE, little son of Jno. T. O’ROURKE, of Midland, had his foot so badly mashed by a car wheel running over it at Midland, this morning that the injured member had to be amputated by Drs. SMITH and O’NEILL.
CUMBERLAND EVENING NEWS, 1/16/1908
Allegany Camp, No. 5006, Royal Neighbors of America, will celebrate Bobbie Burns’ Anniversary on Friday night, Jan. 24, 1908, with a banquet and ball in Midland Opera House. The best of music will be furnished to suit all kinds of dancing. Scotch reels, square dancing, round dancing and cutting out jigs. The ball will be opening with a grand march and a real good time for young and old will be had. A fine supper will be served by the ladies. This lodge is an auxiliary to the Modern Woodmen of America, and also an insurance order, admitting all nationalities. The committee is as follows: Mrs. Allen MUNSIE, Mrs. Martha TRULEY, Miss Dora KIEFFER, Mrs. James BOWEN.
Among those who attended the surprise party given in honor of Miss Beatrice WILLIAMS, on Railroad St, Tuesday evening were: Misses Minnie SHEETZ, Nettie RUSSELL, Ruthe LEAKE, Annie MCGOWAN, Jennie CLOSE, Maggie ROBINSON, Bess WILLIAMS, Marie WILLIAM, Beatrice WILLIAMS, Jack CAMPBELL, Willie MONTGOMERY, Tommy BEVERAGE, Jas. MONTGOMERY, Isaac BRINIGAR, Russell CUTTER, James CAVANAUGH, F. RICHARDS, Irvin SHEETZ, and Charles BEVERAGE.
Tonight there will be a meeting of the Midland Baseball Club for the purpose of putting them in their right positions and electing officers for the coming baseball season. This meeting will be held in Midland Independent Band Hall. IT will be called by Manager Price POLAND.
Miss Mary RYAN, of Ocean, is visiting her sister, Jrs. John HUGHES, out in Ohio.
Mrs. John LOAR, of Railroad St., who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. William GREENSHIELDS, of Bloomington , returned yesterday.
Mr. & Mrs. Clarence ORT are rejoicing over the arrival of a new baby.
Evening times, Jan. 18,1908
John CAVANAUGH, the oldest son of James CAVANAUGH, died very suddenly this morning at his home on O’Mara Ave. Deceased was about 34 years old and was a member of Div. No. 5 AO.H. His is survived by his father and the following sisters and brothers: Mr. Wm. CAVANAUGH, Mr. B. WOODS, Jr. Jas. KEATING, Misses Alice, Sarah, Julia, Ester, Anna and Mr. James CAVANAUGH, all of Midland. Funeral arrangements have not been completed.
Evening Times, Jan. 20, 1908
the Knights of Columbus held a special meeting in their hall yesterday afternoon in which they conferred the first degree and installed officers. District Deputy Joseph MCKENNA and Warden RHINEHART, of Cumberland officiated. The officers are as follows: Grand Knight, James P. KENNY of Frostburg; deputy grand knight, P. B. CAIN, chancellor, Wm. J. CAVANAUGH; chaplain, Rev. F. MACKALL, recording secretary, Richard J. STAKEM, financial secretary, E. R. GRANT, lecturer, T.P. KENNY, warden, Myles B. BYRNES, inside guard, Bernard KILDUFF, outside guard, Jos. MCMAHAN, trustee, Thomas MURPHY; advocate, Wm. B. PHILLIPS; treasurer, P.V. FIRLIE. The meeting then adjourned after a smoker.
Evening Times, Jan. 21, 1908
The funeral of the late John CAVANAUGH of O’Mara Avenue, whose death was noted in the times, took place yesterday from the residence of his father, Mr. James CAVANAUGH. the remains were taken to St. Joseph’s Catholic church, where Rev. F. P. MACKALL celebrated a mass of requiem for the repose of the soul of the deceased. Interment was made in St. Michael’s Catholic Cemetery at Frostburg. Division No. 5, Ancient Order of Hibernians of Midland, of which he was a prominent member, attended the funeral in a body. The floral contriburtions were very beautiful. The pallbearers were as follows: Edward CUMMINGS, Michael MCGEADY, Patrick MCGUIRE, Joseph MCKENNA, Edward MONAHAN. Flower Bearers: Patrick J. CUNNINGHAM, James MOHAN, James MCCABE, John MCGREEVEY.
Evening Times, Jan. 22, 1908
An Interesting Turkey Case from Midland
the most interesting criminal case tried during the present term came from Midland. It was a turkey case. Robert MURPHY and Thomas HUGHES were charged with stealing 4 turkeys from one Thomas LLOYD, valued at $8. The turkeys were stolen just before Christmas and Mr. LLOYD had the turkeys in his coal house. He keeps a restaurant and was going to raffle the turkeys off. The men who are alleged to have stolen the turkeys were tracked in the snow to one of their homes, where one of the turkeys was found in an outhouse.
Acting State’s Attorney WILSON had the jury sworn on its voir dire. The case assumed importance by the fact that large numbers of chickens and turkeys have been stolen at Midland, and at various other places in the county and there is a determination to bring the guilty ones to justice.
The prosecuting witness testified that he missed the turkeys within 25 minutes after they were stolen, as he had expected some one would steal the turkeys and had been watching them.
A number os witnesses testified to following the tracks in the snow from the turkey coop, but it developed that the house to which the tracks led was William MURPHY’s house. The latter has been indicted in connection with the alleged offense, but has not yet been apprehended.
The turkeys were stolen between 11 and 12 o’clock. A witness testified that the accused were in his saloon when the latter was closed. Several other witnesses testified to the same thing. The defense also tried to explain away the tracks in the snow by producing witnesses who stated that they walked along the same route at about the same time. These witnesses had attended a show at Midland that night.
The prisoners were placed on the stand, both of whom explained where they were all the evening of the night the turkeys were stolen and denied having had anything to do with the offense.
the case reached the jury at 3 o’clock this afternoon, after which No. 25 trials, State vs. Mary HESSINGER was taken up before a jury. Mrs. HESSINGER was charged with selling liquor to a boy aged 14 years. The defendant keeps a saloon near Midland. Mr. WATSON appears for the traverser. The case is in progress.
Mr. John Smith, of Keyser, W.Va, visited his mother, Mrs. Smith, at her home on Railroad St., yesterday.
very ill with pneumonia.
A very delightful social gathering in honor of Miss Bessie Robertson took place at her home in Ocean last evening. Games and music, both vocal and instrumental, were the features of the evening. Those present were: Misses Mazie Cavanaugh, Rose Drum, Sara Jenkins, Bertha Creegan, Maggie Cavanaugh, Bessie Robertson and Messrs. David Schutz, Arch McFarlane, Joseph Craze and Peter McMahon. At a late hour all returned home well pleased with the pleasure of the evening, and wishing Miss Robertson many such happy times.