50 Years Ago (week of May 25-May 31, 1941):
* A fire causing $1,000,000 in damage gutted the Doughnut Corp. of America's Ellicott Cityplant this week.
Hampered by low water pressure in hydrants, firemen pumped water from the nearby Patapsco River to fight the fire.
Hours after the blaze was extinguished, plant manager H.T. Hunter said the facility would be rebuilt as soon as possible.
He also said that as many as possible of the company's 425 employees would be kept on the payroll and would be employed clearing away debris and installing new equipment.
* It was announced this week that free parking would be provided for all patrons of the new Ellicott Theatre.
A 300-space lot was under construction on Columbia Pike just south of the theater.
The owner of the movie theater and the parking lot, I.H. Taylor, also stated that parking in the new lot also would be available to Ellicott City shoppers for a modest fee.
25 Years Ago (week of May 22-May28, 1966):
* Three Howard County tavern operators were given a hearing this week before the Board of County Commissioners for allegedly violating the county's liquor laws.
The operators of the California Inn on Washington Boulevard and the Allview Inn on Route 108 werecharged with serving minors.
The operator of the Cardinal House in Laurel was charged with serving liquor to a man who already appeared to be intoxicated.
The proprietors were advised that if they were found guilty, their liquor licenses could be suspended or revoked.
* The builder of the Court Hill Apartments on Court House drive inEllicott City, which were then under construction, appeared Monday night before the Metropolitan Commission to state his objection to thecommission's policy of installing water and sewer lines within the property lines of an apartment development.
The builder, Richard Wilson, maintained that he could have the work done himself, in compliance with the plumbing code, for much less than the nearly $20,000 the county wanted to charge him.
Commission members told Wilson thatthe policy would be reviewed.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.