Early Files

150 years ago

Sept. 11, 1869

• James J. Brooks, a government revenue officer, was murdered in Philadelphia on Monday in broad daylight. He had rendered himself obnoxious to illicit whiskey distillers in the discharge of his duty and this is the supposed cause of the murder. He was standing in the store of a dealer who had been punished for violating the law, when two men entered the store and without warning deliberately shot him, and then jumping into a hack escaped. A reward of five thousand dollars has been offered for their arrest. 

100 years ago

Sept. 13, 1919

• The Republican Party in Kent furnished Democrats with lots of amusement and some little pleasure. For some years our friends in the Republican Party have laughed at the foolishness of democrats in fighting each other in the Primary, saying ugly things and doing worse. This year the tables were turned and the Republicans did the "fighting act."

• Mr. A. Parks Rasin is anxious to know who voted for him in Rock Hall precinct. There are ten claiming the honor. 

50 years ago

Sept. 10, 1969

• Sgt. Cooper, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Cooper, Route 2, Chestertown, is home on 35 days leave from Fort Hood, Texas, where he has been assigned after 11 months in Vietnam and three weeks at Scofield Barracks, Hawaii. He is a 1966 graduate of Garnett School. Sgt. Cooper has been awarded the Bronze Star with V Device, the Army Commendation Medal and the Air Medal for his services in Vietnam. 

• PFC. Thomas W. Brockson, son of Mrs. Betty Brockson of Mt. Vernon Ave., left Dulles Airport Wednesday for Oakland, California. From there he will go to Vietnam. Tommy has been home for 20 days after completing his A.I.I. training at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, where he studied engineering.

25 years ago

Sept. 14, 1994

• Just when county commissioners thought they had cleared the last hurdle in their path to build a new $3.6 million airport, snow geese flew into the picture. Federal Aviation Administration officials recently have expressed concern over the possibility of large flocks of snow geese endangering pilots as they take off and land from the future airport.

10 years ago

Sept. 10, 2009

• Six weeks after it was passed, a controversial amendment to the town tree ordinance has itself been amended. Like the original amendment, the new amendment — which consists of removing a requirement for permits to cut trees on private property — passed by a 3-2 vote. Councilman Marty Stetson, who voted for the original bill, reversed his vote after receiving numerous calls from constituents opposing the measure.

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