50 Years Ago (week of Aug. 3 to Aug. 9, 1941):
* Howard countianswere asked this week by the American Legion to volunteer as airplaneobservers as part of a readiness campaign in the event of a wartime emergency.
Observers could be male or female and had to be able to speak English clearly in order to telephone "Flash Messages" without difficulty.
In addition, observers were required to be ineligible for the draft.
* The Sixteen Mile House, a 16-room tourist home near Mayfield, was totally destroyed by fire this week.
Firefighters from Ellicott City and Sykesville were unable to fight the blaze for lack of water. It was believed that a kerosene water heater in the basement of the building caused the fire.
Damage was estimated at approximately $18,000.
25 Years Ago (week of July 31 to Aug. 6, 1966):
* Dr. James DiVirgilio was appointed this week to the newly created position of supervisor of middle schools in Howard County.
His appointment came as the county was changing over from junior high schools, which included grades seven through nine, to the new concept of the middle school, which comprised grades six through eight.
* More than half of the farmland in Howard County was seriously affected by a summer-long drought in 1966.
Farmers found it necessary to use whatwould have been their winter supplies of hay and silage to feed their livestock because of the effect of the dry weather on their pastureland.
It was estimated that approximately $150,000 worth of damage had been done to the year's corn crop by the drought.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.