Students lost all of their belongings and their homes in the blaze.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Jenni Pompi
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
One hundred years ago this week in College Park, a huge fire swept through what was then the Maryland Agricultural College, destroying the administration building and barracks, but also giving birth to the modern University of Maryland, reports CBSBaltimore. Though the cause of the blaze is still unknown, what is now known as the Great Fire of 1912 began in the administration building and quickly spread due to high winds, UMd. Archivist Ann Turkos told CBSBaltimore. Low water pressure from a damaged water tower and rifle ammunition in the student barracks made the flames difficult to extinguish, and students lost nearly all of their belongings and their home, Turkos said. The college had to find students new lodgings in the town. Click …
One parishioner recalls her lifelong membership in the church.
The world shook with major events in 1912—the Republic of China was proclaimed; the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank in the Atlantic, claiming 1,500 lives; Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. But here in College Park, it’s the year that the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church set down its roots. It’s grown for the past 100 years, adding a school and becoming the community social place for many area families. “The church was [the] center of our activity,” recalled longtime parishioner Mary Lou Milstead, who has belonged to Holy Redeemer most of her life. “There were school dances that adults would attend and carnivals in the summertime where we raffled off a car.” Milstead was baptized there more than 80 years …