50 Years Ago (week of Dec. 29, 1940 -- Jan. 4, 1941):
* Firemen from Halethorpe in Baltimore County successfully put out a fire at a gasoline station on Washington Boulevard in Elkridge last Saturday. The driver of a tractor-trailer loaded with empty beer cases lost control of his vehicle when the brakes locked. The truck to skidded off the road and crashed into the fuel pumps. The truck driver suffered minor injuries in the accident.
* Howard County's January quota for the military draft was filledthis week when seven men were named by the Howard County Draft Board. Three of the seven were volunteers.
25 Years Ago (week of Dec. 26, 1965 -- Jan. 1, 1966):
* The Howard Soil Conservation District this week entered the 19th annual competition to select the country'stop 53 conservation districts. The event was sponsored by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. Soil conservation efforts from January through December 1965 were to be considered in the competition.
* Countyroad crews were busy this week attempting to make steep, winding College Avenue in Ellicott City safer for motorists and school bus drivers. The work was being done at the intersection of College Avenue and Bonnie Branch Road, where several hillside knolls were being gradeddown to provide better sight lines for drivers. College Avenue inclined upward from Bonnie Branch Road more than 80 feet for the approximate distance of a city block.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.