Historic and Remarkable People of Montgomery County


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A 19th Century Reminiscence with Mrs. Elizabeth Magruder of Brookeville and Dr. Edward Stonestreet of Rockville

Reenactors: Jan McKee & Clarence Hickey

Jan and Clarence, in 19th century period attire, portray real historic people, Mrs. Elizabeth Magruder of Brookeville and Dr. Edward Stonestreet of Rockville. Sit in (or listen in) on a late 19th century encounter and conversation between Elizabeth and Edward. They knew each other through Elizabeth’s husband, Dr. William Magruder of Brookeville, with whom young Edward served as a medical apprentice on the doctor’s Oakley Farm during the latter 1840s. Elizabeth and Edward reminisce about their lives in the latter 1800s, talking about Dr. Magruder, medical training of that era, and his wide ranging practice. Elizabeth explains her husband’s strong views on good citizenship, and opening their home to traveling ministers who boarded with them and brought news from far and wide. Elizabeth expounds on home remedies and herbal medicines, while recalling farming and a farming life. Elizabeth talks about the Oakley farmhands, who were at first enslaved, but later were hired free men. Edward describes the Montgomery County he served from 1852 to 1903, its population, the poor state of the roads, the arrival of the B&O Railroad in the 1870s, making house calls during all seasons and at all hours of the day and night, and serving as the County’s first Public Health Officer.

*in person only*



The History of Reed Brothers Dodge, 1915-2012 

Speaker: Jeanne Gartner

Reed Brothers Dodge was one of the longest running automobile dealerships in Montgomery County history, operating from two locations in Rockville for 97 years. This PowerPoint presentation features historical photographs taken by the dealership’s founder, Lewis Reed, and highlights how Reed Brothers Dodge came into being, and how the company overcame the inevitable changes and challenges throughout almost a century of being in business.




Thurgood Marshall: A Trail-Blazing Civil Rights Victory in Montgomery County

Speaker: Ralph Buglass

Civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall delivered an early blow to school segregation right here in Montgomery County—gaining equal pay for the county’s African American teachers in 1937. This little-known legal case is often seen as the first step in Marshall’s successful drive to have separate schools for white and black children declared unconstitutional, as the Supreme Court did 17 years later in a landmark decision. This illustrated talk details this remarkable local story and its national significance. Spoiler alert: the victory came at a tremendous cost to the teacher bringing the case.



The Loughborough Family of Montgomery County

Speaker: James H. Johnston

For 162 years, the Loughboroughs were one of the most prominent families in Washington and southern Montgomery County. Nathan Loughborough was a Quaker, working for the Treasury Department in Philadelphia, who moved here with the government in 1800. After he left government, he applied his financial expertise on the board of the Farmers and Mechanics Bank in Georgetown, the C&O Canal Company, and the Washington (Rockville) Turnpike. He owned twin townhouses in Georgetown, a 250-acre estate in northwest Washington called Grasslands, an 800-acre tobacco farm in Bethesda called Milton, and an estate in Middleburg, Virginia that later became the famous Melon farm there. Loughboro Road and Loughborough Lane are named for him. Later generations of the family fought in the Civil War on the Confederate side and aided the Confederacy. They also left memoirs of those times which can now be found in speaker James Johnston’s new book on the Loughborough family entitled, The Recollections of Margaret Cabell Brown Loughborough: A Southern Woman’s Memories of Richmond, VA and Washington, DC in the Civil War. To learn more about the book and the Loughborough family visit the speaker’s blog.



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Clara Barton’s Washington

Speaker: Susan Rosenvold

Join Speaker Susan Rosenvold and discover Washington D.C. through the eyes of one of its residents – Clara Barton.  Barton lived in Washington several times, first, to become an independent woman, second, as a humanitarian and later as s lobbyist attempting to found the American Red Cross.  Discover what Washington was like, who Clara rubbed elbows with, and her success as a humanitarian. PowerPoint presentation/guided tour/portrayal.



Father Divine of Montgomery County: Early 20th Century Advocate for Peace and Equality
Speaker: Judith Christensen