Category Archives: Essex / Middle River

Like Bluefins from the Bay, Nobles of the Hardshells Survive

By Jackie Nickel (10/28/1982) The day was hot, the beer was cold, and the steamed crabs were large and well-seasoned on an August afternoon in 1935 when the first gathering of the Ancient and Honorable Nobles of the Hardshells took … Continue reading

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Matriarch of Back River Neck peninsula looks back on 100 years

By Jackie Nickel (Avenue News, 11/26/2006) On Sunday, Nov. 26, 2006, Mrs. Mae Beck greeted over 100 guests at her 100th birthday party wearing a gold locket well over 100 years old. “My father gave it to my mother on … Continue reading

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Turkey Point, 1850

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Happy Easter (1970s)

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H.L. Mencken — All Aboard For Back River!

“Be a roughneck for once and ride down to Back River,” he suggested. “There’ll be rough stuff there if you want it, but you’ll he safe enough if you’re good.” By H.L. Mencken (The Baltimore Sun, 7/23/1911) Click for large … Continue reading

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Underground Moonshine Industry Thrived in Middle River During Prohibition

Illegal stills made eastern Baltimore County a destination during roaring twenties by Keith Roberts (Essex-MiddleRiverPatch, 12/13/2010) The 18th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibited the manufacture, sale, or transportation of “intoxicating liquor” (as defined by the enabling … Continue reading

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For some, Independence Day is Christmas in July

By Jackie Nickel, The Avenue News, 7/4/2006 Following the excitement over the June 30 Marine Trades Fireworks Extravaganza, I’m focusing now on the real Independence Day, Wednesday, the 4th of July. Working folks will get a solitary day off from … Continue reading

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Happy New Year, 1963

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Jackie Nickel Gone But Not Forgotten

Local journalist, community activist passed away from cancer in 2007, but her legacy lives on. By Anna Renault, Essex.patch.com, 11/22/2010 Did you ever have an attack of nostalgia? You know when you feel a little wistful, have a little longing … Continue reading

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Plaque dedicated in Jackie Nickel’s honor

Photo By Anna Ren­ault Thomas Nickel, grandson of the late Avenue News columnist, editor and reporter Jackie Nickel, is pictured with a plaque in Jackie’s honor which was dedicated on what would have been Jackie’s 68th birthday on July 28. … Continue reading

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