Saturday, July 4, 2020

Caroline and I enjoyed our run at the McDaniel College

Caroline and I enjoyed our run at the McDaniel College Friday night, July 4, 2020.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Celebration of the wonderful life of Tommy Dent at Pritt's Funeral Home.

July 3, 2020: At the celebration of the wonderful life of Tommy Dent at Pritt's Funeral Home. 

The chapel is as full as the COVID-19 guidelines will allow. 

Strawbridge United Methodist Church Pastor Ross graciously gave me an opportunity to say a prayer.

It is wonderful gathering of friends, family, and community leaders.

I shared with the folks a prayer. Please take this opportunity to join me in a prayer for my friend.

Tommy was a wonderful friend, a great leader and lived a life of grace. Tommy got it honest. His parents were wonderful and kind people. Tommy was extremely talented. He worked hard at his small business. Westminster is a much better place because of Tommy. He will be greatly missed.

Let us bow our heads and join in a short prayer. 

O god of grace and glory, we remember before you today our brother Tommy Dent. We thank you for giving him to us to know and to love as a companion in our pilgrimage on earth. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn.  

Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family at this very difficult time. 

Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear. 

May memories of happy times sustain us, the support of family and friends comfort us, and may God's love embrace you and your family and bring you peace. 

Rest in paradise my friend. See you again someday. God be merciful to your good soul.

Thinking of you as you find peace during your journey and sending strength to your family as they mourn. I pray that peace will be found for all.

No words can express how much this hurts. 

Amen

Thursday, July 2, 2020

First Thursdays film series takes on issue of voter suppression

First Thursdays film series takes on issue of voter suppression

You may also find this information here: CC CAACP website

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“Our democracy hangs in the balance. This is not an overstatement.” — Michelle Alexander in the NY Times, June 8, 2020

Attempts to interfere in our election by Russia and other foreign players have received much deserved attention since 2016. But an even more insidious threat to our democracy may be homegrown: voter suppression.

“In a close election the rules matter,” says Rick Hasen of UC Irvine and author of Election Meltdown, “and if the rules can be manipulated it can affect the outcome of elections.”

Recognizing that voting rights are civil rights, the July selection for the MD LMP First Thursday film series is a provocative and disturbing documentary that takes a sobering look at the hydra that is voter suppression: Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook.

Narrated by Jeffrey Wright, Rigged chronicles how our right to vote is being undercut by a decade of dirty tricks - including the partisan use of gerrymandering and voter purges, and the gutting of the Voting Rights Act by the Supreme Court. The film captures real-time voter purges in North Carolina and voter intimidation in Texas.

We are honored to welcome a distinguished panel to discuss the film:

David Blight, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Frederick Douglass, Prophet of Freedom

Tim Smith, award-winning producer of Rigged

Gilda Daniels, Associate Professor at University of Baltimore School of Law and author of Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America

The cause and course of racial justice in our nation is intimately bound to the outcome of the 2020 election. It’s therefore incumbent upon all of us to understand the grave and imminent threat that voter suppression poses to “free and fair elections” and what we, as citizens, can do to protect the vote and our democracy. 

Please join us on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at 7.00p for an important discussion of the issue and this film. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you then.

When you register, you will receive a link and password allowing you to screen the film on your own for free, in advance of the discussion.  

Attendance at the panel discussion is also free, but you must pre-register here.

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For more information go here: https://www.mdlynchingmemorial.org/


+++ Dayhoff Carroll +++

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

NAACP opposes commissioner diversity commission

NAACP opposes commissioner diversity commission

(In full disclosure I am on the board of the Carroll County NAACP)

Carroll County commissioner withdraws diversity commission initiative after NAACP chapter president expresses opposition 

Akira Kyles Carroll County Times |Jun 29, 2020

In the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Thursday, Commissioner Eric Bouchat withdrew his initiative to establish a diversity commission after the president of Carroll County’s NAACP chapter expressed her opposition toward it.
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Bouchat previously said he’d like for the commission to look into memorials to lynching victims and Black Americans who served in the Civil War, but Lewis said the NAACP chapter has already been engaged in projects to do both.

She said the chapter has been involved with rededications at Ellsworth Cemetery in Westminster, where Black veterans are buried. And she said the chapter is involved with the Carroll County Coalition of the Maryland Lynching Memorial Project, which began meeting in February to discuss ways to bring awareness and improved understanding of lynching history.

According to Wantz, after Lewis spoke with him, the board took a step back.
Wantz said, “We’re pulling back the reins to allow for the groups that have been putting the sweat and tears into doing all this research and let them do their job.”
Lewis said she was speaking as an individual, but discussed it with the rest of the NAACP board members.

“We met [Thursday] night, and there was total agreement that we do not do this diversity thing that Commissioner Bouchat introduced,” Lewis said.

“What was going to be the end result? Was this going to be a group that was founded and it would be dropped after an election cycle? Your support would not be there after that? I don’t think it was necessarily heartfelt,” Lewis said.



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+++ Dayhoff Carroll +++

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Monday, June 29, 2020

PayPal donation to the Carroll County NAACP Branch #7104

PayPal donation to the Carroll County NAACP Branch #7104

To make a donation to the Carroll County NAACP Branch #7104 scan the QR code with any mobile device. Thank you for your support. (June 23, 2020)


+++ Dayhoff Carroll +++

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Popular and well-respected community leader Thomas B. “TD” Dent has died

Popular and well-respected community leader Thomas B. “TD” Dent has died

Thomas B. “TD” Dent, 69, of Westminster passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 25, 2020 of an apparent heart attack

Thoughts and prayers for Tommy Dent: I am sad at the loss of my childhood friend Tommy Dent who died suddenly this morning, Thursday, June 25, 2020, despite the valiant efforts of several medic crews from the Westminster Fire Dept. who looked after him and tried to save him until the very end. RESPECT.

The picture above is from a recent picture on May 16, 2020. Tommy was one of our neighbors at the Westminster Fire Department John Street fire station and we will miss him. I understand that flowers are already piling-up at the door to his shop at 26 Winter Street in downtown Westminster.

I just stopped to say hi yesterday – Wednesday June 24, 2020. The last thing I remember of my friend was that smile. I watched him wave goodbye in my side view mirror. Never in a million years did I think it would be the last time I would see him.

Tommy and I have been friends since very early in my childhood. I remember Tommy - and Doug Chandler as among my first friends… Tommy and I first met around 1959 at United Used Cars. We were both there to get candy from Pop Wilson. (Kevin Wilson’s grandfather.)

Tommy grew up on Ralph Street and I grew up several blocks away on Green Street behind Samios Food Market at the corner of Washington Road. Tommy and his Ford, Mark Causey and I spent a good bit of time together – especially during the years of Mark’s illness – and through participating in sports together at Westminster High School.

Tommy was a wonderful friend, a great leader and lived a life of grace. Tommy got it honest. His parents were wonderful and kind people. Tommy was extremely talented. He worked hard at his small business. Westminster is a much better place because of Tommy. He will be greatly missed.

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Thomas B. “TD” Dent, 69, of Westminster passed away suddenly on Thursday, June 25, 2020 of an apparent heart attack. TD was born on May 20, 1951 in Baltimore to the late Thomas Bernard Sr. and Pauline Loretta Brown Dent.

TD was a graduate of the Westminster High School class of 1970. In high school he stood-out as a student leader, a member of the student senate, a great singer, a member of the Key Club, the Varsity Letter Club, and a three-sport athlete. TD - number 32 - was co-captain of the football team, number 30 on the basketball team, and was a record-holder in track and field.

He was a standout singer and performer for high school music teacher Herb Sell. TD performed at Westminster High School with Jester Hairston, and Duke Ellington.

After high school, TD was employed by Black and Decker until it closed. At that time, he opened TOMMY D’S Detailing which he owned and operated for 34 years until his untimely death.

TD is survived by his niece, Krystal Tripp and her husband Kirk of Baltimore, his nephew Chucky Robinson of Westminster, his great-nieces and great-nephews and a host of cousins and friends. He also leaves his cherished friend Michelle Billings.

He attended Strawbridge United Methodist Church in New Windsor. Throughout his life, TD actively participated in various sports. He played football for the semi-pro football team, the Carroll County Chargers, and played on the Jets softball team in Carroll County.

TD was a valued lifetime friend of Dave Johansson and a bouncer for over 30 years at Johannsson’s restaurant in Westminster where he was known by many friends. He was also a fixture at Raphael’s.

He was a great neighbor of the Westminster Fire Engine and Hose Co. No. 1, and a faithful lifetime friend of the Wilson family at United Used Cars.

TD was a very popular, respected, and admired community and business leader. No one was a stranger to TD. He also always had a smile and kind word for everyone.

He was well-known, all his life, for his immaculate black Ford. He will greatly missed.

In addition to his parents, TD was predeceased by siblings Gerald Brown, Pamela Dent Graham, and Jennifer Dent Robinson.

Visitation will be held for TD on Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 4 to 8 pm at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster and on Friday, July 3rd from 11 am to 12 noon at which time his funeral service will begin. Social distancing measures, face covering, and a 50% capacity level will be in place at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Strawbridge United Methodist Church Cemetery. 

The family welcomes friends to join them for the service via video or telephone. We use Zoom for internet video and telephone conference calling. There is no charge for you to participate. Use the link below or dial the telephone number below to be connected to the event.

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or android: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4034588869
Join by telephone: Dial 1 301 715 8592 or 1 929 205 6099
and enter meeting number 403 458 8869 

In lieu of flowers, donations to help defray funeral costs may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.prittsfuneralhome.com

Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848-7533
www.prittsfuneralhome.com
                      
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Let us bow our heads and join in a short prayer.

O god of grace and glory, we remember before you today our brother Tommy Dent. We thank you for giving him to us to know and to love as a companion in our pilgrimage on earth. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family at this very difficult time.

Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.

May memories of happy times sustain us, the support of family and friends comfort us, and may God's love embrace you and your family and bring you peace.

Rest in paradise my friend. See you again someday. God be merciful to your good soul.

Thinking of you as you find peace during your journey and sending strength to your family as they mourn. I pray that peace will be found for all.

No words can express how much this hurts.

Amen

(A shout out to Blaine Brown, Dale Fletcher, Nikki Heuer, Guy Garheart, and Debbie Soper O’Hara for reaching out to me at a difficult time… THX)

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+++ Dayhoff Carroll +++
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Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Daisy and I

Daisy and I took some time off today and took a moment to peer through the blades of grass and reflect.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Gilbert Year of the Woman Commission scholarship contest

Gilbert Year of the Woman Commission scholarship contest

May 15, 2020 by Kevin Dayhoff with Ann Thomas Gilbert, Abby Gruber, and Heather Mullendore and Westminster Parks and Recreation.

The commission would like for applicants to prepare a multi-media presentation or an essay of 500 words or less, about a woman that has had a positive impact.
The contest is open to college students or Carroll County school children, whether they are in public or private schools or being home-schooled.

Please email your submission to WESTMINSTERREC@WESTGOV.COM

The subject line must read: YOW SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST

Please include your name and contact information in the body of the email.

The prize to be awarded is $500.00.

Deadline: June 1, 2020

In January the Westminster Gilbert Commission established a multi-media scholarship contest for the City of Westminster’s celebration of the Year of the Woman in honor of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment. 

The 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, was ratified on August 18, 1920 after a long struggle known as the women's suffrage movement.

On May 3rd, our Time Flies discussion centered on the Westminster Year of the Woman Commission spearheaded by Westminster Councilwoman Ann Gilbert and the leadership of the Westminster Family Center and the Recreation and Parks Department of the City of Westminster.

It was in late February – early March that the commission initially announced a multi-media scholarship contest for the City of Westminster’s celebration of the Year of the Woman. Soon after that the scholarship contest, much of our daily lives were overtaken by the Coronavirus Pandemic of 2020.

Although the commission has received some essays, it was recently decided to extend the submission deadline until June 1st

According to the contest guidelines, the commission would like for applicants to prepare a multi-media presentation or an essay of 500 words or less, about a woman that has had a positive impact. Subject matters could include but are not limited to historical or public figures or a woman you know personally. The contest is open to college students or Carroll County school children, whether they are in public or private schools or being home-schooled

Submissions are due by the end of the business day on June 1st, 2020. 

Please email your submission to WESTMINSTERREC@WESTGOV.COM

The subject line must read: YOW SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST.

Please include your name and contact information in the body of the email. The prize to be awarded is $500.00.

The commission was quick to add that this is donated money and not taxpayer money.


Related: Dayhoff: Feminine touch eased Westminster’s growing pains Kevin Dayhoff, Carroll County Times | May 08, 2020 | https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll/lifestyles/cc-lt-dayhoff-051020-20200508-bdoq37gp5bag7e7i5ucgzyeynq-story.html

And:

Dayhoff: Gilbert commission on Year of the Woman reminder of key events from past century Kevin Dayhoff Carroll County Times |May 01, 2020

Just a few months ago, in January, Westminster Councilwoman Ann Thomas Gilbert gathered many leaders from throughout the county to a meeting to brainstorm how to celebrate the Year of the Woman in Westminster and the many milestones in our local community such as the first women jurors in May 1957.

In Westminster, Gilbert assembled local leaders that included Abby Gruber, Kristen McMasters, Sandra L. Anderson, Stephanie McCown, Jessica Taylor, Heather Mullendore, Melissa Thompson, Kati Townsend, Tasha Cramer, Christina Kuntz, and Val Giovagnoni. For a while, Kevin Dayhoff was the token male in the group. Later I was joined by Steven Jakobovic, the new director of the Historical Society of Carroll County.


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+++ Dayhoff Westminster +++
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Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation provides dinner to the Westminster Firefighters


The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation provides dinner to the Westminster Firefighters


On Friday, May 1, 2020: The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation had Genova's pizza delivered to the Westminster Fire Department to thank them for their service and bring smiles to their faces as well.

In a Facebook post, the foundation said, “‘Let’s all Go Out Be Great’ right now by spreading greatness through our community.”

The Westminster Fire Department would like to express its thanks to The Nathan Chris Baker Foundation for its generous and thoughtful support at a difficult time. Stay safe – stay in the house. 

(Hat Tip: Jeff Leppert)

By Westminster Fire Department Chaplain and PIO Kevin Dayhoff May 1, 2020






+++ Dayhoff Westminster +++
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Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
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Monday, May 4, 2020

The Westminster Fire Department remembers past Westminster Fire Department Chief Robert DuVall


The Westminster Fire Department remembers past Westminster Fire Department Chief Robert DuVall

April 23, 2004 – April 23, 2020 by Kevin Dayhoff

WW II Marine Veteran, Small Business Owner, Welder, and an Avid Motorcyclist

On Friday, April 23, 2004, Carroll County and the greater Westminster community suffered a great loss with the passing of Robert Emerson DuVall, 81, of Westminster.

He was a 1939 graduate of Westminster High School.

During World War II, he served with the 3rd Marines, 4th Air Wing in the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Pelilu.

https://dayhoffwestminster.blogspot.com/2020/05/the-westminster-fire-department.html

Mr. DuVall was born July 12, 1922, in Carroll County, he was the son of the late G. Wilmer and Mercedes Brown DuVall.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 53 years, Leona Hammett DuVall, are daughter and son-in-law Donna and Robert Shaeffer of Westminster; son and daughter-in-law Robert Emerson DuVall II and Patsi DuVall of Atlanta; sister and brother-in-law Donna DuVall Sellman and Russell A. Sellman of Westminster. Granddaughters Nicole DuVall Pomeroy and husband Tim, and Laci DuVall Shaeffer; grandson Robert Emerson DuVall III; and great-grandson Daniel DuVall Pomeroy.

He was a 1939 graduate of Westminster High School. During World War II, he served with the 3rd Marines, 4th Air Wing in the Marshall Islands, Guam, and Pelilu.

He was the owner of Mobile Welding Service, which he founded in 1948. He was the 11th state certified welder in Maryland. 

An avid motorcyclist and trap shooter, he was the Maryland State Trapshooting Handicap Champion in 1966. He was a member of Westminster United Methodist Church, VFW Post 467 and a life member of North Carroll and Carroll County gun clubs. He was a past chief of Westminster Fire Department.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they adjust to life without him. This Memorial Tribute by the Westminster Mayor, Common Council and the Staff of The City of Westminster on behalf of the citizens of the City of Westminster, was signed in Westminster City Hall, this April Twenty-fifth in the year Two Thousand and Four. Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff






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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

The Community Foundation of Carroll County is seeking applicants for the Mike Eaton scholarship fund.


The Community Foundation of Carroll County is seeking applicants for the Mike Eaton scholarship fund.

By Kevin Dayhoff May 3, 2020

Since 2011 a Mike Eaton Scholarship has been awarded annually to recognize inspirational teachers, like Eaton, in the lives of the current graduating class of Westminster High School.

The purpose of the fund is to honor the life of WILLIAM GRANVILLE ”MIKE” EATON by providing a scholarship(s) for a Westminster High School graduating senior(s) and an annual award for an outstanding teacher at that same school both based on the criteria established for this fund in the application

One of the requirements of the scholarship is that the student write an essay about their most inspirational teacher.

More information about the scholarship may be found on the Community Foundation of Carroll County website. Find it at http://tinyurl.com/Mike-Eaton-CFCC.

For a copy of the scholarship application click here.

More information about the life and times of William Granville "Mike" Eaton may be found in article that appeared in the Carroll County Times on March 1, 2019, by Kevin Dayhoff.

An article titled, “Dayhoff: 'Indubitably,' remembering Mike Eaton, who taught so many in our community’ reports, Many folks in Carroll County have heard of William Granville “Mike” Eaton at some point in their life. Eaton taught English and drama in Carroll County Public Schools for 41 years before he retired in 1971 — 36 at Westminster High School.

He was one of the many friendly and kind patriarchs in Carroll County for over a half-century. He passed away from cancer on April 24, 1995; however he maintains to this day, a profound influence over who we are as a community.

Eaton was born in Centerville on the Eastern Shore of Maryland on June 22, 1908. He came to Westminster in 1926 to attend Western Maryland College, where he graduated in 1930. It was in that year that he began his teaching career at Elmer A. Wolfe High School in Union Bridge.

In the early 1930s, he concurrently earned his master’s degree, in 1935, from Columbia University in New York.

After a year at Elmer Wolfe, he taught for three years at Charles Carroll High School in Silver Run before coming to Westminster to teach at the original 1898 Westminster High School on Center Street.

He was there for only one year before the “new” Westminster High School opened on Longwell Avenue, where he taught for the entire life of the building as a high school, in Room 106.

Eaton nurtured future leaders through the Kiwanis Key Club and inspired many students, friends, and colleagues to great success. Among his students was writer, director, and actor Ernest Thompson whose work includes “On Golden Pond.” Thomas has subsequently, over the years, won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and Writer’s Guild of America awards.






Saturday, May 2, 2020

Dayhoff: Gilbert commission on Year of the Woman


Just a few months ago, in January, Westminster Councilwoman Ann Thomas Gilbert gathered many leaders from throughout the county to a meeting to brainstorm how to celebrate the Year of the Woman in Westminster and the many milestones in our local community such as the first women jurors in May 1957.

In Westminster, Gilbert assembled local leaders that included Abby Gruber, Kristen McMasters, Sandra L. Anderson, Stephanie McCown, Jessica Taylor, Heather Mullendore, Melissa Thompson, Kati Townsend, Tasha Cramer, Christina Kuntz, and Val Giovagnoni. For a while, Kevin Dayhoff was the token male in the group. Later I was joined by Steven Jakobovic, the new director of the Historical Society of Carroll County.



Dayhoff: Gilbert commission on Year of the Woman reminder of key events from past century Kevin Dayhoff Carroll County Times |May 01, 2020 

On May 13, 1957 the first women to have been selected for jury duty in Carroll County stopped for a photo on the front steps of the historic Carroll County Courthouse at Court and Willis Street in Westminster.

According to research by Cathy Baty, the curator of collections for the Historical Society of Carroll County, the “The Democratic Advocate newspaper noted in an article that for the first time “in addressing the jury the attorneys will say ‘ladies and gentlemen of the jury.’”

The women pioneers included, Mary Rineman, Nellie Hare, Maurice R. Leister, Margaret E. Stewart, Dorothy F. Cootes, and Pearl L. Bollinger, Estalla Frick, Marie Powell, Nellie Lantz, Katherine S. Chrysler, and Dorothy Stegman; third row, Maude Seipp, Lynda Hahn, Ruth G. Elderdice, Lillian Chew, Ethel Devilbiss, and Dorothy Card.

Just a few months ago, in January, Westminster Councilwoman Ann Thomas Gilbert gathered many leaders from throughout the county to a meeting to brainstorm how to celebrate the Year of the Woman in Westminster and the many milestones in our local community such as the first women jurors in May 1957.

According to Carroll County Times writer Akira Kyles, a similar effort had also begun in Mount Airy — under the leadership of Mount Airy Councilwoman Pamela Reed and Wendi Peters, special secretary of smart growth for the Maryland Department of Planning.

In Westminster, Gilbert assembled local leaders that included Abby Gruber, Kristen McMasters, Sandra L. Anderson, Stephanie McCown, Jessica Taylor, Heather Mullendore, Melissa Thompson, Kati Townsend, Tasha Cramer, Christina Kuntz, and Val Giovagnoni. For a while, I was the token male in the group. Later I was joined by Steven Jakobovic, the new director of the Historical Society of Carroll County.

It now seems like it was ages ago that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared 2020 as the “Year of the Woman.” Hogan made the announcement on December 12, 2019. He was joined at the event by leaders from the Governor’s Commission on the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment.

On March 12, three months after the Hogan announced the Year of the Woman, he issued an executive order that because of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we all had to stay home and most of our social, business, and religious activities had been cancelled. Of course this included many events that had been planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

Meanwhile, in Carroll County much of our quality of life today is the result of the leadership of women in the community. It is a topic I have visited a number of times over the years. An article published in The Sunday Carroll Eagle in 2008 reported that women being granted the right to vote got mixed reviews in Carroll County after the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. constitution was ratified on August 18, 1920.

For historic context, in 1878 a constitutional amendment to grant women the right to vote was finally introduced by Senator A. A. Sargeant of California. Suffrage supporters called the proposal the “Anthony Amendment,” named for Susan B. Anthony.

The issue remained contentious for four decades. When President Woodrow Wilson delivered his State of the Union message to Congress in December 1916, women in the galleries unfurled a large banner that read, “Mr. President, What Will You Do for Woman Suffrage?”

In October 1920, after women were finally allowed to vote, the local newspapers “carried several articles about women and the election,” according to research for the Historical Society of Carroll County by historian Jay Graybeal.

An Oct. 29, 1920 newspaper article carried the headline: “The Republican Meet, A Remarkable Gathering.” “On Tuesday evening the Armory in this city was filled both to its seating and standing capacity with men and women voters of the county to hear the issues of the campaign discussed…

“The first speaker was Mrs. S. K. Herr, of this city. Mrs. Herr received an ovation as she rose to speak and was frequently interrupted by outbursts of applause. She urged the women not only to vote but to study the issues and candidates that they may vote intelligently.”

The article goes on to report: “The Republican women of Westminster district have arranged for (an instruction) room near the polling place in each precinct…

“The voting place in precinct No. 1 will be the old Farmers and Mechanics Bank building. … Voting place in No. 2 is Herr & Babylon's shop... Voting place in No. 3 is Firemen's Building… In precinct No. 4 the voting place is on Liberty street…”

After the election, the Nov. 5 issue of the American Sentinel, carried the headline: “Women Disappointed Them.” “The men and women who were so bitterly opposed to giving women the ballot must have been keenly disappointed on Tuesday. None of the distressing scenes, turbulent conditions, verbal or physical combats predicted have been reported from any voting place in Carroll county, the State of Maryland or anywhere in the country.

“The women did not lose their womanly dignity or sacrifice the respect of the men and we have not heard of any babies neglected or husbands compelled to cook their own meals while their wives were electioneering around the polls.”

Kevin Dayhoff writes from Westminster. His Time Flies column appears every Sunday. Email him at kevindayhoff@gmail.com.


Kevin Dayhoff writes about history and current events for the Carroll County Times. He is a Carroll County native, artist, retired farmer, and former appointed and elected official. Over the years Kevin has written for a number of publications, including the Baltimore Sun, The Advocate, and most recently the Carroll Eagle. In 2009 he won a MDDC Press Association award for editorial critical thinking. He volunteers for the Westminster Vol. Fire Department as the public information office and chaplain. He lives in Westminster with his wife Caroline.
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Kevin Dayhoff for Westminster Common Council
Westminster Municipal election May 14, 2019
Authority Caroline Babylon, Treasurer.

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