quick post

Montgomery County was created on September 6th, 1776, out of the southern portion of Frederick County.  As we have for many years, the Historical Society is celebrating the county’s birthday with a big party (complete with birthday cake!) this coming Sunday, to which all are invited.    Want to help us celebrate Montgomery County’s 235th birthday? Visit the Beall-Dawson Historical Park this Sunday, September 18th 2011, between 2 and 5!

Alas, we have few artifacts in our collections related to birthdays, at least to birthday parties, so today’s post relies on our photo collection to bring home the birthday theme.  Here are a few images of local birthday parties, big and small, to enjoy.  

Billy Hazard’s first birthday party, Garrett Park, August 6 1914.  The birthday boy is seated at left; his guests, according to the record in his baby book, are Miss Elizabeth La Borteaux, Miss Margaret Davis, and Master Robert La Borteaux. Baby book donated by the Barth family. 


Raymond M. Riley’s 85th birthday party featured this adorable C&O Canal-themed birthday cake.  Mr. Riley was born in Lockhouse 24 (Riley’s Lock) in 1897, and he drove a canal boat of his own as an adult.  Photo from the Morris Fradin collection. 


According to Roger Brooke Farquhar’s book Old Homes and History, these guests at Gilbert Grosvenor’s home “Wild Acres” (outside Bethesda) were attending a birthday party in honor of former First Lady Helen Taft in June, 1929. 


This giant birthday cake was made in honor of the City of Gaithersburg’s 100th anniversary, in 1978.  Gaithersburg Mayor Bruce Goldsohn and Willie Max Fullerton are pictured making the ceremonial first cut.  Photo donated by E. Russell Gloyd.

Good afternoon, blog fans!  No new artifact this week, as I am officially on vacation – but thanks to the marvels of the internet, WordPress has followed me home and I thought I should publish something.  Here are two photos for you, a little taste of the blog post I have been working on and theoretically was going to finish yesterday (but I went to the National Gallery instead).  I’ve been reading a lot of census records lately, and I am enamored of the job titles and professions noted over the years.  Below, some Montgomery County residents hard at work.

Workmen constructing Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda, 1911- 1912. Donated to MCHS by Horace E. Hampton, Sr.  The caption in the lower right corner reads “Building Boulevard on Bradly [sic] Hills, Thos. Hampton General Contractor.  Kaye Photo.”

An unidentified woman in the offices of the Enterprise Telephone Company, Sandy Spring, circa 1900-1910.  Donated by the Mutual Insurance Company.  This photo is also occasioned by the recent donation of a telephone switchboard to the Historical Society of Frederick County, of which I am highly envious.

It has occurred to me that I should have posted historic vacation photos instead.  Oh well, there’s always next summer!  If you’re at work, you can use these to think about what you would have been doing 100 years ago.  If you’re on vacation, use them to feel even better about your vacation.