50 Years Ago (week of Jan. 11-17, 1942):
* The County Commissioners adopted formal air-raid procedures for the county this week. Upon hearing the series of siren blasts designated as the air-raid signal,county citizens would be required to turn out all lights indoors andoutdoors at their residences or businesses. Drivers were to pull offthe road and turn off all vehicle lights, making sure not to block fire hydrants or street entrances.
* County air-raid wardens began their training this week with a class on incendiary and explosive bombs and war gases taught by Fire Chief B. H. Shipley. W. F. Kirkwood, also of the Fire Department, conducted a first-aid class.
25 Years Ago (week of Jan. 8-14, 1967):
* Robert A. Phelps, president of Phelps Packing and Rubber Co. in Elkridge, was elected Illustrious Potentate of Boumi Temple, Ancient Order of the Mystic Shrine. Phelps was also the director of two other corporations, the Southern Manufacturing and Research Corp. and the Elkridge Progressive Organization Inc.
* The Howard County Youth Guidance Committee traveled to Rehersberg, Pa., this week to visit the Teen Challenge Training Center. The training center used Bible study along with vocational education and academic courses to rehabilitate teen-agers with alcohol, drug or delinquency problems. The county group, which had been formed as a liaison between the public and law-enforcement officials, was doing research toward implementing an anti-drug educational program for local teens.
Information for this column was culled from Howard County Historical Society's Library.