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Annals of Oakland, page 4

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snort and tremble. A moment later a black object came hurtling down from a tree, alighting on the haunches of the horse, and almost unseating the terrified boy. The madden2d steed reared and plunged and finally kicked free from its unwelcome assailant, which was doubtless a panther or catamount. That ended the future M. D.'s career as a Post-Rider. He refused to make another trip.

My friends tell of Mrs. Bruce who once owned most of Ryan's Glade coming to the Tavern on her way to her city home. One night she tried every bed in the house before she got one that suited her. Some were too low, others too high; some too hard, others too soft. Her summer home was on what is now Isaac Thompson's place. She had a dozen or two sheep pelts sent to Startzman's Tannery at Mt. Carmel (Aurora), and tanned with the fleece still on. Whenever she took her walks abroad a negro boy was sent ahead to spread down the sheep-skin mats for her to tread upon. One of her daughters (Mrs. Price) built Hawthorn Cottage or "Hazel Dell" now owned by Mrs. Killburn. Years later one of her sons, Upton, lived as a hermit in a little hut near by, and was supported by the county. A grandson is a leading architect in New York City, and his daughter a reigning belle in New York. Thus do extremes meet and force sharp contrasts in families of the same blood.


Mae Yost

The Rasche Family Orchestra. This was the first family instrumental ensemble in Oakland. All of the children were taught a musical instrument by their mother, Mrs Katherine Rowan Rasche. Mrs. Rasche composed and published a number of songs. Standing, left to right: Stella, Leo, Dennis and Harry (deceased). Seated, left to right: Veronica and Agnes, Courtesy of The Republican


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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