50 Years Ago (week of Sept. 15-Sept. 21, 1940):
I.H. Taylor, owner of several lots along Main Street and Columbia Pike in Ellicott City, was accepting bids this week on the construction of a new brick building to sit at the corner of Main Street and Columbia Pike. The new structure would house an air-conditioned motion picture theater with a seating capacity of approximately 500, as well as a store and a second-floor apartment.
A registered Holstein cow owned by J. Natwick of Dunloggin produced a record amount of butterfat in a one-year period, which ended this week. The cow produced 757.9 pounds of butterfat, which was nearly 4 times as much as the national dairy cow average reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
25 Years Ago (week of Sept. 12-Sept. 18, 1965):
Fel's Lane residents appeared before the Board of County Commissioners this week to voice their dissatisfaction with the Fel's Lane renewal project. The list of grievances presented included proposed segregation in the new apartments, a rent schedule beyond the means of most of the families being dispossessed by the renewal project and the fact that no program was in place to help relocate those families whose homes were to be razed. A protest was also lodged against the use of county money to construct water and sewer lines that would serve a segregated development.
At its September meeting this week, the Board of Education adopted a new salary scale for substitute teachers in the Howard County school system.
Substitutes with bachelor's degrees would receive $14 per day, and those with fewer than 60 credits, $12 per day.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's library.