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St Patrick’s Day Flood

St Patrick’s day 1936 was a day never to be forgotten.Rainfall during the first two weeks of March 1936, combined with melting snow combined with a major storm which had originated in Texas. The storm resulted in heavy downpours with five inches in the Wills...

Lonaconing’s “Lefty”

Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove  was born on March 6, 120 years ago. Lefty, a native son of Lonaconing, was a professional baseball pitcher who became a star with Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox. One of the greatest pitchers in history, Grove led...

The 18th Amendment in Cumberland

On Jan 16 1789, Congress passed the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the manufacture, transport or sale of intoxicating liquors. (Citizens of Cumberland voted nearly two to one against the idea.) Bars closed while speakeasies flourished, and near-beer...

Jane Frazier – frontiers woman

Jane Frazier was born January 1, 1735. Her life is an example of the hardships endured by the early settlers to the Cumberland area. The Maryland Gazette of October 9, 1755, reported that Indians had carried off a woman from Frazier’s Plantation, near the mouth...

1930s unrest at Celanese plant

In 1918, the Cellulose & Chemical Manufacturing Company, Ltd. (the ‘Celanese’) was opened in Cumberland, Maryland . At times, the plant employed more than 5,000. Most worked about 10 hours a day, six days a week, and earned less than $10 a week.  . Whole...

Do we belong to Dixie?

On November 14 1763, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began surveying the Mason-Dixon line between Maryland and Pennsylvania. The line was established to end a boundary dispute between the British colonies of Maryland and Pennsylvania/Delaware. The most serious...