50 Years Ago (week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 1940):
* Quite a few county residents had their draft numbers drawn this week as the first conscription lottery was held in Washington. Those residents whose numbers were drawn would receive a questionnaire in the mail within 10 days of the drawing. The recipients had five days to complete the questionnaire and return it to their local draft board. The local boards would then classify the registrants for possible military service.
* A delegation of Ellicott City merchants and businessmen appeared before the county commissioners this week to appeal for a town parking lot.
Merchants claimed they were suffering a loss of business due to the current parking situation and urged the commissioners to take the necessary steps to secure a WPA grant to finance a parking lot project.
25 Years Ago (week of Oct. 24 -- Oct. 30, 1965):
* Howard Research and Development (HRD) submitted tentative final development plans this week for three areas within the new city of Columbia: (1) a golf course area, including a large lot residential area, west of Cedar Lane and south of Route 108; (2) the Village One area, including a residential area with single family lots, town houses, and apartments, a lake and a shopping center, located south of the Beaverbrook subdivision on the west side of Town Center Ring Road and west of Route 29; and (3) an employment area located on the east side of Route 29 at the intersection of routes 29 and 32.