Early Files

150 years ago

Sept. 17, 1870

• George W. Spencer, Esq., of this county, was severely injured by being kicked by a horse, one day last week. He had been riding on horseback, and had just led his horse into the stable and taken off the bridle and saddle, when the animal kicked him several times upon the head and chest, injuring him severely.

• James A. Pearce, Esq., as Trustee, will offer at public sale on Tuesday next, at the Voshell House in Chestertown, the real estates of the late Samuel A. Smith, and a small homestead on Still Pond Creek.

100 years ago

Sept. 18, 1920

• Robert Moffett, chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee, called to order Wednesday evening in Firemen's Hall, the first meeting held in Chestertown for men and women voters. The first speaker was that wonderful Marylander and Eastern Shoreman — Hon. John Walter Smith. He said he expected moral issues to receive more consideration now that women have the vote.

• Frank Shinn and wife, Charles J. Reiche and wife, while returning to Kent from a trip to Wilmington Sunday evening had a most thrilling experience. When crossing the railroad track at Kirkwood, the machine driven by Mr. Shinn turned in some unaccountable way and went down the track several yards.Help arrived and when they were about to reach a place of safety, along came a southbound train which gave no heed whatever to the flagman! Mr. Shinn fortunately jumped in time to save his life while the others ran away from the scene. The auto was knocked into a hundred pieces.

50 years ago

Sept. 16, 1970

•Some $360 was taken by burglars in a safe-peeling at the Kennedyville store of Southern States Cooperative last night, according to Cpl. Mauritz Stetson, commanding Kent's State Police Detachment. The State Police said entrance was gained through the warehouse section and a hole torn in the roof of the section divided off for an office. The thieves "peeled" the safe using sledge hammers and crow bars, the State Police said.

25 years ago

Sept. 20, 1995

• S. Douglass Cater, a patrician Alabamian whose varied background included stints as journalist. novelist, presidential adviser, public policy thinker and president of Washington College, has died. A spokesman for the school said Cater, 72, died Friday evening during an extended visit to the college. His death followed a lengthy period of declining health.   

10 years ago

Sept. 16, 2010

• It's nearly official, the Harris-Kratovil rematch is on following Tuesday's primary. First-term incumbent Democrat Frank Kratovil is expected to face a tight rematch against Republican Party establishment candidate Andy Harris, whom he narrowly defeated two years ago.

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