50 Years Ago (week of April 13-April 19, 1941):
* A rash of fieldand brush fires plagued the county this week, the apparent result oflandowners' "cleaning" their fields by burning them off during during the week's unseasonably warm weather. The worst of these was at Ilchester, where a brush fire spread through fields and woods, destroying a meat house, damaging a barn and threatening a nearby home.
* It was announced this week that Lionel Burgess, principal of Ellicott City Elementary School, would be appointed as a faculty memberat Morgan State College in Baltimore for the school's summer session. He would teach three courses: Sources and Materials in Social Studies, Methods and Materials in English and Teaching of Literature on the Elementary Level.
25 Years Ago (week of April 10-April 16, 1966):
* A spark thrown by a train passing between Woodstock and Ellicott City was the apparent cause of a brush fire along a 10-mile stretch of railroad track on Monday of this week. Fire companies from Howard, Baltimore, Prince George's, Montgomery and Carroll counties responded to the blaze, which raged for four hours before being brought under control. Forty-five pieces of firefighting equipment were broughtto the scene. About 75 acres of woodland were burned. Members of thestate forestry division remained at the scene of the fire Monday night checking hot spots to avert further flare-ups.
* Howard County resident R. W. Beall of Holiday Hills, Simpsonville, in a letter to the county commissioners, expressed strong opposition to the Planning Commission's proposal to widen Route 29 to a six-lane expressway. Beall wrote that increasing the size of the road would create both a hardship and a hazard.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.