50 Years Ago (week of February 22-28, 1942):
* A trial blackout was staged in Howard County from 9:45 to 10:00 p.m. Friday. Civilian defense agencies, county and state police, and the Ellicott City unit of the Maryland State Guard took part in the exercise. County residents were directed to stay indoors if possible during the blackout and keep their radios on. Vehicular traffic was instructed to pull to theside of the road and turn off all lights. County residents also had been requested not to start any brush fires during the day on Friday,because smoldering embers might still be visible during the blackout. The blackout was declared a success, despite one zealous air raid warden who patrolled looking for lights with a glowing cigar in his mouth.
* A 9-year-old boy from West Main Street in Ellicott City was killed this week when the roof of a cave in which he had been playing with two other boys collapsed, crushing him. The three boys had dug thecave several months earlier, and had been filling it in. The accident occurred when the victim returned to the cave to retrieve a shovel.