Charles Carroll background info
Y.M. I. HONORS ITS PATRON Enjoyable Banquet Last Evening In Keystone Hall. A FINE SPREAD SERVED. Carroll Council's Remembrance of Great Signer of Declaration Was Worthy of Praise Over 200 Cou plet In Attendance. The most auspicious occasion In tho history of Charles Carroll Council, No. 411, Y. M. I, of this city, occurred occurred last evening, when a banquet was held in honor of the 167th annl versary of the birth of the man aftea. whom the council is named. The af fair was held in Keystone Hall and was attended by more than 200 cou pies, each member of the council being entitled to take a lady friend, Carroll council never forgets the an niversary of the birth of Carroll, but In the past the day was celebrated with a smoker, to which only mem' hers were admitted. The members of the council and their friends gathered a short time previous to the banquet In the rooms .of the Father Mathcw society, under the hall, and at 9:30. to the strains of stirring selection by the Elite or chestra, the members and guests marched to the banquet hall. Rev Father CMallev and J. A. Tlmio. nre ident of the council, in tW lead. The tables had been neatly arranged and when the guests were seated Mrs. Dora Lee Cook, catcrcss, served the following menu: Potato Salad. Cabbage Salad, Chicken Croquette. Cold Boiled Ham. Cold Roast Meat . Deviled Eggs. Pickles, Olives Bread and Butter, Coffee. Brick Ice Cream. Mr. Tigue presided while a brief post prandial programme was roa dered, consisting of addressee by Father O'Malley, John Burke and Jno. T. Howley. A letter of regret was read from Father Peeley. The tables were then cleared during intermis sion and dancing was afterwards en joyed. Carroll council is one of tho largest fraternal organisations, it not the very largest, in this vicinity, having & membership of about 450, which is continually increasing. The success of last eveningis affair was due chief ly to the efforts of the following com mittee: Charles Lahey, John GaJf - ney, John Sheridan, John Hcfferon, William O'Haire, J. J. Burke, W. J Kilgallon and J. A. Tigue. The officers of the society are: President, J. A. Tigue; first vice president, president, Charles lahey; second vice president, J. J. Burke; recording sec retary, J. J. Hefferon; financial sooro tary, William O'Haire; treasurer, J. J, Gaffney; marshal - at - arms, J. J. Sher idan. Charles Carroll, of Carrollton, in honor of whose memory the banquet was held, was one of the most pron inent figures in the colonies at the time of the breaking out of the Rev olutionary war and at the period pre ceding his death was one of the most respected of tho citixens of the na tion, being the only survivor among the signers of the Declaration of In dependence. He was born at An napolis, Md., September 20, 1737, aud when 8 years old was 6ent to France. where he studied uudcr the English Jesuits. After ten years ho went to Bourges, where he spent a year in the study of civil law, later going to Paris and completing his course by spend ing several years in London in judi cial research. Brilliantly educated, Carroll returned to the colonies in 17G4 and in 1768 was married to Mary Darnell, at this time securing posses sion of his patrimony, the last of the old manorial grants in the colonies, He was considered the richest mau in America at the time of the Revolu tion and his fortune was estimated at $2,000,000. At that critical period, just previous t3 the Revolution, when the minute men were drilling in Massachusetts, Carroll, imbued with the patriotism of the times, threw all his energies into the cause in the South. It was due to him and to Judge Chase that there are 13 stripes in the American flag Instead of twelve, for when Maryland Maryland sent her delegation to the con gress of the colonies, with binding instructions to declare against inde pendence, it was the energetic work of these two on the return of the Car nadian commission that induced the Maryland Assembly to withdraw their instructions. In February, 1776, Car roll was sent asvone of the commissioners commissioners to Canada to try and induce that country to join with the strug gling colonies and it was after his re turn, June 12, that he and Judge Chase returned to Maryland for tho purpose stated above. He was one of the earliest signers of the Declaration of Independence, affixing the title "of Oarrollton" so that his Identity, could not be misunderstood. No greater patriotism patriotism than his actuated any of the signers, for with his name went the stake of the greatest fortune in Amer ica, in 1788 he was elected United States senator and served in that capacity capacity until 1810. The death of Adams and Jefferson July 4. 1826. left him the last surviving signer of the immortal Declaration. At tho age of 95 years, he died November 14, 1832.