50 Years Ago (week of July 27 to Aug. 2, 1941):* The...

Flashbacks

July 31, 1991|By Diane Mullaly

50 Years Ago (week of July 27 to Aug. 2, 1941):

* The Public Service Commission announced this week that there would be a reduction intelephone service rates for subscribers who make frequent calls fromEllicott City to Baltimore City and Catonsville. There would be an average rate reduction of 20 percent on calls to these areas.

* Miss Betty Dorsey, 17, of Sykesville, was crowned Miss Howard County at the Farm Bureau picnic and received a cash prize of $15. Contestants, dressed in street clothes for the judging, had to be between the ages of 16 and 21 and live on a farm in order to participate inthe contest.

25 Years Ago (week of July 24 to July 30, 1966):

* According to recently released Census of Agriculture figures, therewere 490 farms in Howard County in 1964, 128 fewer than in 1959. Theaverage farm was 178 acres, with an average value of $138,105. The average age of Howard County farmers was 53.6 years, and 251 farmers held outside jobs in addition to farming. In 1964, 9,426 acres of cornwere planted on 266 farms in Howard County, along with 4,047 acres of barley and 3,011 acres of wheat.

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

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