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Memories of Oakland, page 14


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Armstrong was the operator. The message was stamped on a narrow strip of white paper that passed slowly through the complicated construction of a transmitter and could be read at any time.

A few rods west of the telegraph office G. W. Charles started a business which lasted but a short time.

Nicholas Merrill was the first man to open a meat market. It was in a small building which stood near Wilson's Run east of Second Street. His market would be open one or two days during the week. John Armstrong and Denton D. Brown were surveyors, S. L. Townshend, Justice of the Peace, and Perry Spiker, Constable.

And now having led those, who choose to follow, over old Oakland as I knew it long ago I will lay my pen aside. If I should tell all my personal experiences and recollections of Oakland fifty years ago it would fill a volume.

Editor's note: Harrison Hagans conducted a general merchandise business in Oakland, Md. as early as 1837. We have no record how long the store operated here. It was one of six chain stores. The only store that could have preceded it was that of William Armstrong. Judge Caton, mentioned in the above story, was a carpet weaver. He had a small factory which was located together with his own house and a dozen others across the Little Yough opposite to what is known as the "Dead Pond". Judge Caton's house was later occupied by Jim Gower. There used to be a hand-bridge across the stream leading from Oakland proper to what was then called Catonsville. The bridge and houses have since disintegrated.

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THE WILLIAM-JAMES HOTEL
Oakland's Oldest and Most Modern Hotel
GATHERING PLACE FOR SERVICE CLUBS, HISTORICAL SOCIETIES, ETC.
Victoria E. Ingram, Prop. Oakland, Md.

Sharp's Motor Company
CHEVROLET SALES, SERVICE
OAKLAND, MARYLAND DEERFIELD 4-3231




ID:
gctg205

Creator:
Thomas J. Brandt

Date:
1956

Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Subject:
Maryland, History

Coverage:
Western Maryland, 1750-1963

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

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