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Memories of Oakland, page 3

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side out and in such a way that a wafer, sold for the purpose, would seal them and the address written on the back of them. The postage was three cents, paid either when mailing or when delivered, and marked paid or collect, as the case might be, with a pen. Part of the postage could be paid when mailed and balance paid when delivered. Mr. Matthews was short in stature and heavy set. He used "O" instead of "H" in conversation. He would occupy the pulpit in the old M. E. Church in the absence of the regular pastor, and I well remember his splendid voice when fully employed in his fervent prayers.

He was also quite a hunter. When wild pigeons were plentiful he would frequently take a day off and go shooting with that deadly double-barreled gun of his. George Legge, whose father was later a partner in the firm of Matthews and Legge, will tell you about this gun which he used to borrow when he went shooting. I well remember a shot George made in the top of a tree1 when not a pigeon could be seen among the foliage but made their presence known by the whirring of their wings. Down several of them quivered to the ground.

On the southwest corner of Alder and Third Streets was the residence and tavern of John Michaels. Mrs. Michaels was quite deaf, and it was very difficult to make her hear in conversation. As her deafness was of long duration her words were imperfectly delivered, and conversation with her was difficult. Conrad, Mary Ann and Lavenia were the names of the children in the order of their age. "Coon" was the possessor of an accordion which was the only musical instrument owned in Oakland at that time. It was a great treat for me to hear him play "Crossing The River Jordan" and some other tunes. Mr. Michaels later sold his place to Mr. Baker who continued the tavern business for some years. Mr. Baker's boys, Lloyd and Lucius, were the dudes of the town and were quite musical with the flute and the violin. Lloyd Baker was the pioneer tinner of Oakland. His tin shop was located diagonally across from the tavern.

Black Harriet's residence was on the north side of what is now Third Street, and some ten rods north of the corner. She was the washwoman of the town, the Glades Hotel and its patrons. On Saturday evenings she might be seen all togged up in a bright colored gown and a wide ribbon around her kinky hair going over to the hotel to





Thomas J. Brandt


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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