50 Years Ago (week of March 30-April 5, 1941):
* The 18th annual Farm Bureau banquet was presented at Brendel's Manor Park, drawing a record crowd of 230. Meals were served by the ladies of Bethany Baptist Church. Featured among the evening's entertainment was a speech byMrs. Minier Hostetler of Montgomery County, second-place winner in the Farm Bureau Women's National Speaking Contest. The topic of her address was "Why I Believe the Speaking Contest is Most Important."
* In spite of a heroic, two-hour effort by the Ellicott City FireCo. this week, the College Avenue home of Elmer C. Due was destroyedby fire. A malfunctioning hydrant, which produced only a weak trickle of water, seriously hampered efforts to control the fire. Firefighters had to shuttle two 200-gallon tankers back and forth from a functioning hydrant on Main Street to obtain sufficient water to extinguish the blaze.
25 Years Ago (week of March 27-April 2, 1966):
* The county planning commission scheduled a public hearing on the proposed revision to the county's general plan of highways this week before an overflow crowd at the new Atholton High School. Two major issues discussed at the meeting were the relocation of Route 32 between Clarksville and Atholton, and the relocation of roads leading to Columbia. Residents of the Clarksville Ridge area expressed their displeasure at the plans to relocate Route 32, stating their belief that the change was being made solely to benefit the W.R. Grace Research Lab, and with no consideration of small property owners who were affected by the plans.
* State Superintendent of Schools James A. Sensenbaugh this week granted approval for a community college in Howard Countyin a letter to John E. Yingling, Howard County Superintendent of Schools. The Howard County Commissioners already had granted approval tothe college, and promised a share of county revenues. Plans were in motion to hire a college president and staff members for the 1967-1968 school year. It was planned that the first community college classes would be scheduled evenings at Atholton High School.
Informationfor this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.