50 Years Ago (week Of March 16-march 22, 1941):


March 20, 1991|By Diane Mullaly

* An upcoming vacancy on the school board was the main topic of discussions at a recent meeting of the Howard County PTA Council. Most ofthe delegates present voiced strong support for the idea of appointing a woman to fill the position. It was decided that this resolution would be discussed at local PTA meetings throughout the county, and acted upon at a special meeting of the PTA Council Executive Committeescheduled for April.

* Prince Alexander Hohenlohe of Poland and his American-born wife (the daughter of Mrs. Anthony J. Drexel Biddle Jr.) moved into their new home, historic Burleigh Manor, this week. The couple was overseeing extensive redecorating and remodeling of the180-year-old house. The prince and his wife planned to raise hogs and horses and live quietly on their country estate. The prince had been forced to flee his ancestral home in Poland when the Nazi blitzkrieg began. Burleigh Manor was originally the home of Colonel Rezin Hammond and was built around the time of the Revolutionary War.


* Through the combined efforts of fire companies from Ellicott City, Clarksville, West Friendship, Elkridge and Halethorpe (Baltimore County), a late-evening fire in the Main Street area of Ellicott Citywas prevented from becoming a major disaster. The fire began in the workshop and storage area of the Ritchie Distributing Co., which was located on Columbia Pike near the corner of Main Street. The interiorof the building was heavily damaged, but damage to adjacent structure was limited to minor smoke and water damage to the adjoining TaylorFurniture buildings. The company produced cabinets, kitchen counter tops and other similar products.

* A traveling "Safety Circus" made a stop at Rockland Elementary School in Ellicott City this week. The show, which was touring elementary schools nationwide, featured traffic officer Ernest E. Pressley and his 10 trained dogs. Pressley used his dogs to demonstrate to students the importance of looking both ways before crossing the street, bicycle safety practices and other important day-to-day safety habits.

Information for this column wasculled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.

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