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They called two dollar whiskey ‘long life’ and one dollar whiskey ‘early grave’

Excerpt from ‘Cumberland, Maryland Through the Eyes of Herman J. Miller,’ (1978) During the 1920’s and early 1930’s, so many arrests and convictions were made by dry agents that the Allegany County Jail could not hold all of the prisoners, so some were housed in the Garrett County Jail at Oakland, Maryland. One bootlegger on […]

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Maryland’s Oldest Founding-Family-Owned Restaurant

Hanging on the walls of the modern day Geatz’s Restaurant are two photos, one from 1889 and one from 1904, of the family proprietors standing in front of their establishment. On his saloon’s sign (in both photos), Johannes Götz has changed the spelling of his name to ‘John Geatz.’ “The story was told to me that the family changed the spelling for easier pronunciation,” explains JP Geatz, “which I don’t think has helped too much anyway because everybody pronounces it GEETZ or GOATS.” He chuckles, then pauses to consider. “I like Geatz’s, where EAT is in the name – where EAT is in the center of the spelling.”

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Voice from the Queen City of the Alleghenies

Sara Roberta Getty (1880-1973) served as Woman’s Editor for the Cumberland [MD] Daily News from 1924 to 1942. She wrote four books of poetry, including Little songs of every day, (1924) and Maryland Melodies, (1930), the latter dedicated “to the Queen City of the Alleghenies and her warm hearted people who to me have been […]

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Graduates of the Western Maryland Hospital Nurses’ Training School, 1911

Please welcome guest author Carol Wald. The following post ran on Wald’s blog Photographicus Baltimorensis on February 21. “This blog is a product of my preoccupation with Baltimore’s many early professional photographers and the thousands of portraits they took of Baltimoreans between the 1860s and the early 1920s,” Wald tells us. It’s battered, worn, chipped […]

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