Cumberland Chamber of Commerce scrapbook, 1921-1923
The Allegany County Chamber of Commerce recently found boxes of archival material in the attic of their current building. Among the papers were scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from 1921 through 1961. They document many mentions of Chamber activities in the newspapers, articles about chamber member companies, programs from special events, and other miscellaneous items. The material was given to Allegany College of Maryland and was made available to Western Maryland Regional Library by the staff of the Donald L. Alexander Library.
This online collection contains some of stories from the 1921-1923 time period, with clippings mainly from the Cumberland News, the Cumberland Times, and the Baltimore Sun. They cover many events in which the Cumberland Chamber was the instigator or an active participant. Franklin C. Ankeney, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and W. R. Moore, traffic manager, appear in many of the reports.
Stories cover the "Dastardly and riotous outrage in Barton" (a riot at a mine there) and the debate whether state troops should be brought in to deal with it; the need for a market and a library in Cumberland; a demand for increased funding of Normal School No. 2, now Frostburg State University; the arrival of Kelly Springfield Tire; the new subdivision of Fort Hill; the need for an Armory and a "flying field".
The papers informed of a complaint that the Maryland customers of W. Va. and Maryland Gas Company were charged twice as much as West Virginia customers, and a rebuttal from "a Cumberland woman" who noted that the raise in the price of gas will amount to 10 cents per month or $2.40 per year, the price of one theatre ticket. Ask the housewife who has to do the cooking (not the man) which she would rather have. Another complaint registered was the need for expeditious service over rural telephone lines. The Chamber heard of an alleged monopoly of the service by persons who are said to continue unimportant conversations for long periods.
Cumberland Chamber of Commerce
Herman and Stacia Miller Collection,
used with permission of the Mayor and City Council of Cumberland
The City Health Department reported Cumberland in the healthiest state in its history. For the first week in August, the deaths averaged one a day, considered remarkably low according to the population. July, August and September are the typhoid fever months in the year, but in recent years since the sanitation laws have been enforced and the Evitts Creek water system has been in use, this former scourge of Cumberland has been gradually eliminated and brought down to a few isolated cases. Cumberland also participated in the debate on daylight savings, and voted against the idea, despite the Chamber and the Rotarians supporting it. The League of Women Voters were active too, demanding a new school be built to replace the one on Maryland Avenue, while the American Legion supported Education Week.
|Western Maryland Regional Library is grateful to Bob Baldwin and Barbara Browning of Allegany College and the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce for making this scrapbook available. The Chamber of Commerce scrapbooks are available at the Donald L. Alexander Library, Allegany College of Maryland.