Fdr's Re-election Brings Big Turnout

FLASHBACKS

November 07, 1990|By Diane Mullaly | Diane Mullaly,Contributing Writer

50 Years Ago (week of Nov. 3-Nov. 9, 1940):

* In the presidential election held this week, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to a third term of office, carrying Howard County by a majority of 875 votes. A total of 7,284 people, -- 77.5% of registered county voters -- went to the polls Tuesday, making this year's turnout the largest percentage in the county's history for a presidential election.

* The Doughnut Corporation of America pledged to its 350 employees that any men drafted to military service would find their jobs waiting for them when they returned from the service. In addition, the company would provide $20 a month to each employee serving in the military, payable to the man's family until his return. (Note: the Doughnut Corporation of America is now the Wilkins-Rogers flour mill, where Washington flour and cake mixes are produced. A lot of residents still refer to the facility as "the Doughnut factory.") 25 Years Ago (week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 1965):

* Howard Research and Development made a presentation to the county Board of Education this week in which it formally submitted for consideration three building sites in Columbia for two elementary schools and one junior-senior high school complex. The three tracts were located southwest of the Beaverbrook subdivision and east of Cedar Lane. It was estimated that the cost of site preparation for the three tracts would run close to $2,000 per acre.

* Two men forced their way into the St. John's Lane home of Mr. and Mrs.

Al Getz this week. Mr. Getz was hit over the head and knocked from his wheelchair by one of the intruders, who then took approximately $300 from a desk drawer. After the robbers left, Mr. Getz managed to get to the telephone and call his wife, who was working at the family's restaurant at the time. (Note: The former Getz's Restaurant was located at the corner of Route 40 and St. John's Lane in Ellicott City. The building, which most recently housed a fireplace accessory shop, is vacant.) * Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's library.

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