50 Years Ago (week of Dec. 7-13, 1941):
* Fire companies from Mount Airy, Ellicott City and Sykesville responded to a fire at Chippendale House near Cooksville. The building, which was being used as a hotel and antique shop, was saved, but sustained about $3,500 worth of damage. Built around 1860, it had originally been known as the Cushion Hotel.
* Turkey thieves struck Mr. R. L. Tabler of the Alpha area this week. His entire flock of 32 birds was stolen. No clues were found.
25 Years Ago (week of Dec. 4-10, 1966):
* A Harwood resident objected to the county's "flat rate" dog tax this week. She felt the tax was unfair because her small dog was not allowed to wander unsupervised outdoors and therefore could not cause the problems that a free-roaming, larger dog could. County commissioners agreed that the woman made a good point, but explained that if the tax were based upon a dog's weight, county tax collectors would have to carry scales around with them.
* It was announced this week that about $6 million would be required by Howard County's school system to finance construction projects scheduled for completion by September 1969. Some of the projects for which this money were needed included: two new middle schools (one in Columbia and one on Route 99), two elementary schools in Columbia, a new wing for Glenelg High School and the Vocational-Technical school.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.