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Maude Bomberger  (1868-1946) was born to Moses and Laura Brining Bomberger.  Her father’s first wife, Annie Smith Bomberger died in 1861 shortly after the 1860 birth of Harvey Smith Bomberger, the famous son of Boonsboro. Maude was an energetic, talented and well-known woman. In 1907 she published Colonial Recipes from Old Virginia and Maryland Manors.  This 107-page book contains 70 recipes annotated with legends and traditions...

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Folger McKinsey was known as the Bentztown Bard when he served as columnist, writer and poet for the Baltimore Sun.  A protégé and friend of Walt Whitman, McKinsey contributed his “Good Morning” column to The Sun five days a week from 1906 to 1948.  He was eulogized upon his death in 1950 as  “The voice of veritable Maryland. Nobody ever knew the state better, every nook and cranny of it from mountains to sea, understood it more...

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The Independent Order of Odd Fellows fraternal organization traces back to 17th Century England where the masses endured lawlessness, disease and poverty.  Well-meaning people from different trades and walks of life found it necessary to group together and contribute some of their hard-earned wages to a common fund which they could use for easing the burden of sickness, loss of a job and even death.  The altruistic and friendly...

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Two prominent Boonsboro businesses can be traced back to John Christian Brining, Sr., who was born in Wurttemberg, Germany, on August 10, 1810.  During the Brining families’ journey to America in 1817, their vessel was shipwrecked off the coast of Norway and while waiting for an opportunity to continue their voyage, John’s mother died. Two of his sisters also died during the trip and were buried at sea.  His father and the surviving...

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Boonsboro Reflections: Shafer Park

Boonsboro Reflections: Shafer Park


Posted on Sep 19, 2017

Shafer Park is a lasting tribute to the vision of Boonsboro’s leaders and the generosity and commitment of its citizens. In the 1930’s, Mayor John Hershberger noted that the “homecoming week” (perhaps the precursor to Boonsborough Days) created an “inconvenience and burden on the good citizens living on Lakin Avenue” because the celebration was held on that street.  He thought a public park would be an asset to the community. A...

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