The Diamondback September 15, 1976 Many pieces of Lakeland land were purchased by the Urban Renewal project. The University then discusses the use of Lakeland land for the expansion of their community housing through the Urban Renewal project. This idea is presented by the city community development director, Mr. Edwin Finder. In the meantime, some Lakelanders must rent homes from the city because of the Urban Renewal project’s purchase of their homes. Mr. Finder says that they are to be given first priority in the construction of new housing. At the same time, the Urban Renewal plan exceeded its budget of $5.2 million by another $5 million. The city requested $1.8 million in urgent need funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and was approved to receive it to complete the project. The request was sent to the HUD’s office earlier in the summer of 1976. Getting more federal money to complete the project was imperative and was a way to help fix the damage already afflicted on the neighborhood by natural incidents. Mrs. Hollomand part of the Lakeland resident's group stated opposition to the University's involvement in the project. She said the residents had need for new housing.
Washington Post May 12, 1952 Page 1 21 cars derailed from a freight train traveling along the Baltimore and Ohio. The accident happened at the crossing at Lakeland Road. A fire broke out among two of the cars containing naphtha. It burned for 17 hours. Police cars outfitted with loudspeakers were used to alert the community of possible danger. Cargo on the train included naphtha, ale, beer, rock salt, soda and printing paper.
The Baltimore Sun November 4, 1907 Page 7 Henry Bishop owner of Aquariums in Lakeland, Maryland died. He worked to set up a zoo in Baltimore. Born in Germany Bishop was a seafarer before settling in Baltimore. As a youngster he gained a an interest in nature studies. His work included a time in the employ of P. T. Barnum. He built a business which sold more than 1.5 million goldfish a year and had what is thought to be the worlds largest fish breeding operation located in Lakeland. His company supplied fish to Battery Aquarium, New York, Detroit, National Zoo, Young’s Pier, Atlantic City, Luna Park in Pittsburg, and more.
Death report along with biography of former ruler of a group of Indian providences. He made a tour of the Lakeland fisheries operation with Edwin Newman in 1907. The Gaekwar of Baroda was a progressive leader and world traveler.
Washington Post December 3, 2017 Page C3 John Kelly's Washington Henry Bishop, known as the “Gold Fish King” was a German immigrant who turned an interest in birds and fish into a successful business. His company sold the goldfish as well as aquariums, plants, ornaments, and food with the fish having their origin in Lakeland. Edwin Newman started his promotion of Lakeland with homes for sale on monthly payments. A main feature of the development was a park with Lake Artemisia. The lake was stocked with fish and outfitted with boats. Soon Mr. Bishop was using the body of water to raise his fish. In time there were about 25 acres of breeding ponds. The government also used pods in the area for breeding fish. A 1915 report detailed the excellent results of the operation in Lakeland. In Lakeland whites lived on the west while African Americans lived to the east. It is unclear when the use of fish ponds was discontinued. When the Metro’s Green Line was being built engineers realized the land in the are held sand and gravel which could’ve used for construction . One of their number Johann Sikkar proposed a cost saving measure of using that local gravel. Carrying out that plan resulted in a 38-acre park. Helping Hand Fundrasing campaign is underway to raise money for Bright Beginnings, N Street Village, and So Others Might Eat. The goal is $200,000 with $39,613 donated.
Washington Post July 26, 1992 Page B5 The Implausible Park; Metro Fashions New Oasis in Berwyn Heights Fehr, Stephen C. With flooding of Indian Creek, it was difficult to get to the new park built by Metro. The building of a park by a transit agency is unique. It was possible because of cost savings from use of fill from the Lakeland site for the building the Metro line. To bring material from another place would have cost $11.5 million and caused damage to local streets. Metro engineer, Johann Sikkar recommended digging the fill from “an undeveloped 38-accre area near the track bed”. The adoption of this concept saved $3.5 million. This made the new park basically free.
The Baltimore Afro American March 21 1925 p. A. 15 Lakeland, Maryland Rev. Lucas had a large congregation at First Baptist church At Embry AME Church the Sunday School is preparing for Easter. The pastor, Rev. F.P. Turner is getting ready for conference. He preached on Sunday evening. The children of J.H. Gray surprised him with a party in honor of his birthday. Guests included Ambrose Green, Rev and Mrs. J.W. Armstrong and their children, Lillie Welbourne from Bladensburg, Rev. F.P. Turner, Imogene Davis, Lawyer Peters, Mrs. G. Williams, Marie Walker, William Tayler, W,H. Gray and family, Lee Dines, Clem Hawkins, Annie Tate, Leslie Jones, and Rev. A.A. Jones from Washington DC.
Baltimore Afro American News Article April 14 1934 p. 18 Chestertown Five Tops Lakeland On Friday Garnett High School Tigers beat Lakeland High School the champions of the western shore. The venue was at capacity for the game which took place in Chestertown, Maryland. The Tigers star players were Graves and Jones. Stand outs for Lakeland were Davis and Webster.
The Baltimore Afro American January 7 1928 p 19 Lakeland, Maryland Pastor Rev. J.W. Wing held New Year’s Eve services On Friday at 8:00 PM the Embry AME Church Sunday School held Christmas exercises. Effie Stewart from Baltimore is visiting her parents and other family members during the holidays. Mary Walls held a parlor social on Monday to benefit the Odd Fellow’s Club. Julia Mack is home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W.C. Mack for the holidays. She is a student at State Normal School. Bessie Mack has been at home sick for a few months she is getting ready to return to school at the State Normal School. The Sunshine Girls’ Club of DC had an event at Groce’s (Gross’) Hall on December 26th. It was well attended. During the holidays Mary Tinsley and Marie Walls from Chester, Pa visited parents and other relatives in Lakeland. Last Monday Verna Waters from Elkridge. Md visited Georgiana Hughes. Several have new Arcola heating plants in their homes. They include J.W. Mack, James Stevenson, John Spriggs and Harriet Wright.
Afro-American November 3, 1922 “RAZZ” The true story of a half-white, half-colored girl in Lakeland, Prince Georges County, Md Short Story The story takes place in a village called Lakeland and centers on the character of Razz. Her birth name and is not known. Nor is her origin. She appeared in the settlement as a small child who skated around the dusty town. Someone started calling her Razz and the name stuck. Razz was a young woman of strong and independent nature. She wore clothing traditional for men and chose hard labor for her work. She was marked by the belief that she was of mixed race and did not know the identity of her father. Razz did not feel she fit in the white or black communities. Despite this she was the leader among the children due to her athletic abilities.
Washington Evening Times Page 8 One Half Actual Cost Will Buy This Valuable Store Property Ad with drawing of two homes with outbuildings Two store buildings for sale opposite the B&O Railroad Station at Lakeland. Lots are 43 feet front and 150 feet deep This ad appeared several times.
The times. [volume] (Washington [D.C.]) June 10, 1897, Page 8, Real Estate Ad with Drawing Ad with drawing of House with hands adding coins and bills into it Headline – Put Your Money In a House States many benefits of purchase of a house “Every young man should start in life with a trim little cottage as ballast and anchor”. Then advertises homes available in Lakeland which “can be bought very cheap…” 4 room house for $700, 5 room $700, 6 rooms $1000… and a store with 7 rooms for $2000…”
Evening Star December 22, 1926 page 3 Ad "Get your holly, by golly" Advertising the sale of holly, Christmas trees and wreaths on sale 5 miles from the District on Washington-Baltimore boulevard by Pleasant Brown of Lakeland