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On August 16, 1818, the trial of the Reverend Jacob Gruber for sedition and incitement to revolt began in Frederick with Roger Brooke Taney as one of his defense attorneys.

On August 16, 1839, a banquet was held on “the People’s Bridge” across the Monocacy River near Buckeystown to celebrate its completion.

On August 16, 1852, Dr. John B. Brawner, who was later the physician to both Mt. Saint Mary's College and St. Joseph's Academy in Emmitsburg, was born in Virginia.

On August 16, 1853, the first house built in Frederick [by John Thomas Schley] at the corner of East Patrick Street and Maxwell Avenue (today), was torn down.

On August 16, 1865, the first board of directors of The First National Bank of Frederick was organized. Lawrence J. Brengle was elected its first president.

On August 16, 1911, Dr. Steiner Schley, a prominent Frederick pharmacist, died.

On August 16, 2005, Ella May Stumpe, who learned to operate a computer in her 90s and who authored two books, died at 110 years old at the Record Street Home in Frederick. She was born July 12, 1895, in Dunseith, ND. She outlived three husbands. Her books included a biography and a tome on the “Ladies of Record Street,” about her fellow residents in the retirement home where she died.

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