Early days in Garrett County, Maryland, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data, and individual biographies in this 35-page excerpt from J. Thomas Scharf's History of Western Maryland, originally published in 1882 by Louis H. Everts of Philadelphia. The booklet is printed one-sided on 8 1/2" x 11" 60# opaque paper. The front cover is an 80# card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. Garrett County was created from part of Allegany County in 1872, so for the earlier part of this area's history you might want to obtain our history of Allegany County, MD. Among the subjects included in the Garrett booklet are: Location, a fairly extensive biography of John W. Garrett, the railroad man for whom the county was named, and of the Baltimore and Ohio RR which he rescued; Organization of the County; How "False Alarm" got its name; Physical features; First Court Proceedings; Government officials; histories of the various districts: Altamont and the towns of Altamont, Kitzmillersville and Swanton; Selbysport and the towns of Mineral Spring, Friendsville and Selbysport; Grantsville and the towns of Grantsville, Little Meadows, Tomlinson, Little Crossings, and Piney Grove; Bloomington, and Bloomington Village; Accident, and Accident village; Sang Run; Oakland and the town of Oakland; Ryan's Glades and Fort Pendleton; and Johnson's District; and other interesting bits of history and trivia, such as a very brief courtship, and the capture of a golden eagle. Attention Genealogists: This booklet is filled with names. In addition, there are individual biographies of notable county residents. These vary greatly in length. Among these bios are: Meshach Browning, the famous hunter, and Holmes Wiley another notable hunter; Patrick Hamill, statesman; the Stanton family; George Bruce, Caspar Durst, John Farrell. Henry Fuller, Adam Spiker, the Broadwater family, the Beschey family, Samuel Brown, Capt. Henry Brown, the Custer family (which included Gen. George A. Custer); Adam Schultz, and other Schultz family members; Dr. Bayard T. Keller, Conrad Whetzel, Thomas J. Peddicord, and H. Wheeler Combs.
Garrett County, MD
Sources: History of Western Maryland; History of Garrett County, Maryland
Authors: J. Thomas Scharf
Original Publication Year: 1882
Original Publisher: Louis H. Everts
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