Reclimbing Stair Steps


June 26, 1991|By Diane Mullaly

50 Years Ago (week of June 22-June 28, 1941):

* Mrs. Emory Burdette and Mrs. Irene Hardy conducted a meeting of the Long Corner 4-H Girls Club at the Burdette home. Seventeen members attended the meeting, at which plans were made for club members to attend sewing schools.The meeting also featured a demonstration by Louise Hardy, GeorgettaBurdette and Margaret Burdette, titled "Never Leave Things on Stair Steps."

* Competitive examinations were given this week at Ellicott City High School for a four-year scholarship to St. John's College in Annapolis. One scholarship was available for award to a Howard County boy.

25 Years Ago (week of June 19-June 25, 1966):

* The Howard County chapter of the NAACP announced its intention this week to investigate the recently announced transfer of Mount Hebron School vice principal Elhart Flurry to a second-in-command position at Clarksville Middle School. NAACP members felt Flurry's transfer was "another demotion." Flurry, at the time a 16-year veteran of the county school system, had served as principal of Harriet Tubman High School. In June 1965 that school was closed because of desegregation, and Flurry was transferred to Mount Hebron as a vice principal. It was noted by the NAACP that no black educator in the county held a supervisor's or principal's job.

* William Alfred Thomas, 31, was arrested this week and charged with taking money under false pretenses. Posing as a home improvement contractor, Thomas allegedly canvassed the Allview Estates, St. John's Manor, Dunloggin and Centennial developments, writing contracts and accepting down payments for painting and roof repair work. Police said he then failed to return to perform the work. Thomas also was charged with writing bad checks.

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

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