November 28, 1990|By Diane Mullaly


50 Years Ago (week of Nov. 24-Nov. 30, 1940):

Two brothers made up the total of Howard County's first draft quota.

Andrew and Henry Ridgely of Mayfield volunteered for military service, even though they held high draft lottery numbers. On the day the brothers reported for duty, they were ceremoniously escorted to the Ellicott City railroad station, where many well-wishers cheered them as they boarded the train for Baltimore.

* Howard County's volunteer fire department received a new piece of equipment this week -- a combination hose and ladder wagon capable of carrying about 1,000 feet of hose and several hundred feet of extension ladders.

25 Years Ago (week of Nov. 21-Nov. 27, 1965):

* The Washington National Symphony this week accepted an offer from James W. Rouse, Columbia's developer, to build a new concert facility in Columbia. The symphony association expressed interest in establishing a summer symphony season for the Baltimore-Washington corridor beginning in 1967. According to this plan, the facility would be called the Columbia Pavilion of Music and would be a "covered amphitheater on an attractively wooded site" in the center of the new town of Columbia.

* Taylor's Jewelry and Furniture Store on Main Street in Ellicott City was robbed twice during the previous weekend. At about 3 p.m. on Saturday, three men walked into the store's unlocked warehouse, uncrated four portable television sets and placed them in the trunk of a car. A Main Street area resident who observed the incident said he was unaware that he was witnessing a crime. At approximately 7 p.m. Sunday, the warehouse was broken into again, and three more portable televisions were taken.

Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's library.

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