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From: "John Ashbury" <>
Subject: [MDFR] History Moment - 7-18-08
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 05:59:55 -0400


On July 18, 1775, 300 Frederick Countians left Frederick to re-enforce
troops after the Battle of Bunker Hill. They were the first militia from a
southern state to join the Continental Army.



On July 18, 1797, Thomas Sim Lee, Maryland's second governor, offered his
farm near Burkittsville - called "Needwood" - for sale. He lived at Needwood
off and on from 1784 until his death in 1819.



On July 18, 1841, John Walker, after whom the town of Walkersville is named,
died. He was buried in Israel Creek Cemetery at the intersection of
Devilbiss Bridge Road and MD Rt. 194.



On July 18, 1886, the new brick sanctuary of the German Baptist Church at 23
West Fourth Street, was dedicated. It stood on the old Mantz Family
Cemetery, land which had been donated to the church by Mrs. W. A. Worman.
The church is today called the Church of The Brethren and is located at
Fairview Avenue and West Second Street.



On July 18, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt made his first visit to
Shangri-La near Thurmont. With him were Wild Bill Donovan, head of the
Office of Strategic Services, now the CIA, and Supreme Court Justice James
F. Byrnes.



On July 18, 1978, Mrs. Janie H. Quynn, widow of William T. Delaplaine, Jr.,
publisher of The Frederick Post and The News, died at her home at 273 Dill
Avenue. She was a founder of the Frederick Garden Club and was an active
supporter of the arts in the county. She was born January 9, 1888.



On July 18, 2005, James M. Powell, retired chief of the U. S. Capitol Police
in Washington and a resident of the Lake Linganore area of Frederick County,
died. He was born May 13, 1914, in Chapel Hill, TN. He was the first person
to hold the position of chief of that police department when it was formed
in 1965.



If anyone can add information to these History Moments,

or would like to suggest an item for another calendar day,

please contact me privately.



John W. Ashbury
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