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Memories of Oakland, page 8

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not know. It looked like a forlorn hope as the streets, or more properly the roads, were deserted. I was the only customer at the time I made my purchase.

This place was later owned and occupied by Judge Caton, who kept about the same class of goods as "Yankee" did. Mr. Caton was then living with wife No. 5 who was about four feet high and three and one-half feet wide and would probably tip the scales at 250 pounds. She attended the culinary department under stress. I do not remember much about Frank Caton, but Bob Caton was once a schoolmate of mine at the old log school house near Diehl's Run. His greatest effort was to keep awake. In this he was frequently assisted by Mr. Jenkins, the teacher, with his white thorn whip. He might as well have left him rest, for he could not absorb much from his books. Bob's responsibilities were quite weighty when at home. It was his duty to keep the wood supply on hand which he did by carrying it from the woods, then close at hand, and 'rub' it off in proper lengths with a buck saw that had the teeth about all worn off. At times Bob became weary when in search of wood and would lie down in the shade of a tree and naturally dropped off to sleep. The Judge's voice would then be brought into use, and if he succeeded in awakening Bob (which he usually did if he was within a mile of home) he would be prepared for Bob's return with a cane. Bob's existence was not worth the living during a brief space of time. Another duty of Bob's was to take a basket well supplied with snaps, cookies and pies, which were carefully inventoried by the Judge, and be at the depot when passenger trains arrived. As the morning train west always stopped for breakfast in front of the Glades Hotel it gave him considerable time to solicit the train which he did in a mute manner. The proceeds and the inventory had to be right or Bob had great reason to feel sorry. Mr. Caton later had a place of business nearer the depot, also wife No. 6. She was about as large as wife No. 5 but built on better proportions.

On the southeast corner of Oak and Third Streets was the store and residence of Mr. Probst, who kept a general assortment of goods. It was in this store that D. E. Offutt later began the mercantile business. Mr. Offutt then boarded with Mr. King. He roomed with Dr. J. W. Ramsey who succeeded Dr. Dorsey as physician. Mr. Offutt can tell you how Dr. Ramsey evaded a long ride out in the country one stormy night when they were rooming together.

Going south from these corners on Third Street we next come to a tailor shop, but I cannot recall the name of the proprietor. Continuing south we crossed the bridge over the 'deep cut', and next on the right hand side was a long one story building one end of it being occupied by Dr. Schmitt. He must have left his medicine box uncov-


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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