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Looking Back 1914: Lake had deep-sea diver
You wouldn’t think that Cumberland, located in the Western Maryland mountains as it is and hundreds of miles from the ocean, would have a need for deep-sea divers. Yet, the city of Cumberland has been known to use them for nearly a century.
Looking Back 1931: Depression keeps county couples together
Depression is good for Allegany County marriages. Economic depression, that is, not emotional depression.
The Cumberland Evening Times looked at the number of marriages, divorces and separations in the county at the end of 1931 and found a “marked decline in bills docketed while for September and October this year actions in court for separation and alimony have dwindled to almost nil.”
Looking Back 1920: Plane makes emergency landing in Elk Garden
Nowadays, the sight of a plane flying overhead is no big deal, but it wasn’t always that way. The Wright Brothers made their historic flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C., in 1903, and Charles Lindbergh flew non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. In between, planes and their pilots were a rarity.
Looking Back: 1923
Thomas Footer knew the formula for wealth. He was a chemist after all. You take one part of good and add to it eight parts of determination and one part belief in yourself.
It was a formula that had worked for him. He was born in England in March 1847. His father was a papermaker, but “he lost both parents in early childhood and began to earn his own living as a boy,” according to the Cumberland Evening Times.
Looking Back: National pastime deadly for local residents
The team may have been amateur, but the baseball game on July 8, 1928, was considered excellent. St. Patrick’s of Mount Savage were the leaders in the Holy Name Baseball League, which was made up of church teams in the county.
LOOKING BACK 1880: Will the real Richard Lindsay please testify?
Cumberland’s nickname as “The Queen City” might have become “The Kingmaker” if a plan to influence the 1880 presidential election had worked. The revelation of the “Morey Letter,” supposedly written by President James Garfield in his own hand, showed the president to be a hypocrite on an important campaign issue.
Nation’s 1922 railroad strike became matter of life and death
It was an accident waiting to happen — one that some people may have been hoping would happen because it might get them a larger salary.
Looking Back: 1911
Editor’s note: This is the second part of two columns about the 1911 mine explosion in Elk Garden, W.Va.
Their wives had waited in their homes, trying to ignore the clamor going on just outside their doors in late April 1911. They had busied themselves cooking and cleaning and all the time praying that what they could feel in their hearts was not true and was simply stress making itself known.
Medicine shows claimed to have cure for ails
The men stood on platforms so they were a few feet off the ground.
Looking Back 1878: Firemen answer the call
When fire destroyed 40 businesses and residences in Frostburg on Sept. 5, 1874, residents began thinking it was about time that Frostburg had its own fire company.
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