50 Years Ago (week of Aug. 24-30, 1941):
* A $41,245 contract from the U.S. Army to produce laundry bags was awarded this week to C.R.Daniels Inc. Two other area mills, the Dickey Mill and the Savage Manufacturing Co., have also recently been awarded defense-related orders.
* There was talk this week about the possibility of defense work being done at the Doughnut Corp. of America in Ellicott City. The firm might devote part of its machine shop to building airplane parts under a subcontract from the Glenn L. Martin aircraft factory.
25 Years Ago (week of Aug. 21-27, 1966):
* Residents of the county-owned Fels Lane area in Ellicott
City announced last Friday that they would stop paying rent to the county until improvements were made in their living conditions.
The residents, who stated that they were "fed up with . . . promises being made (by the county) and not kept,"had collected signatures on a petition to be presented to county housing officials.
* The summer's continuing drought caused the watersupply in the town of Daniels to be shut off between the hours of 8:30 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. C.R. Daniels Inc. owned and maintained the town's reservoir, which was supplied by three springs. Water shortages occur in Daniels every summer, but the condition was worsened by this year's drought. Residents were concerned about the unsanitary conditions caused by the daily interruption of the water supply, and notifiedthe state Health Department of the situation.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's library.