Editor's Query: Tell us about a time when ... a storm resulted in something surprising.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In March 1972, my wife, Nancy, and I purchased a home in the small Frederick County town of Buckeystown. It was the home of our dreams: thick walls of beautiful stone, built in the early 1800s, with a frame addition added in the early 1900s where our kitchen was located.

To our total disbelief, three months after we moved in, Tropical Storm Agnes swamped our new home. It wasn't a Katrina, but several feet of nasty brown water soaked everything.

The cleanup began immediately -- removing drowned appliances, plaster walls, custom-built original cabinetry.

Beneath a ruined kitchen cabinet was a soaked Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper dated 1917. As I carefully turned and examined the wet pages, a headline caught my eye: LOCAL MEN INDUCTED INTO THE WAR.

There was my grandfather's name, Charles Roszier Bodmer, who in 1917 lived in Poolesville, Montgomery County, Md.

What were the chances of that!

Ed Bodmer, Buckeystown, Md.

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