50 Years Ago (week of Jan. 4-10, 1942):
* Howard County's tire-rationing board was formed this week. Under the tire-rationing system, automobile owners wishing to purchase tires were required to visit a designated inspection station where they were given application forms. The applications were filled out and presented to the tire rationing board for approval. If an application was approved, the car owner would be given a purchase slip allowing him or her to purchase tires.
* A Civilian Defense medical emergency room was set up this week in the Post Office building on Main Street in Ellicott City. County citizens were asked to donate bedding and medical supplies.
25 Years Ago (week of Jan. 1-7, 1967):
* County commissioners were presented with a recommendation this week that a new public airport be built in the county. The proposed facility would cost approximately $400,000 and would accommodate 150 to 250 private or commercial aircraft. The recommendation was made by the Airport Study Commission, which believed that the airport would contribute to the economic development of the county.
* Howard County residents attempting to use the newWilde Lake Post Office in Columbia were challenged by security guards stationed at the access road leading to the post office. Guards were posted at all of the entrances to the Columbia site by the developer for safety reasons. At that time, all of the entrances to Columbia were technically private roads. However, because the Post Office was a public facility, the guards were instructed to allow the public to use that road during hours that the post office was open.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.