50 years ago (week of March 1-7, 1942)
* The Maryland Council of Defense requested that Howard County defense authorities ensure that all outdoor lights and lighting displays that cannot be extinguished "at a moment's notice" be turned off for the duration of the war. This included advertising signs, store window displays, and all forms of"uncontrolled lighting."
* An automobile belonging to an Ellicott City man was stolen froma restaurant parking lot Friday evening. The thief wrecked the car near Ridgeville and then stole a horse from nearby Mullinix farm on Howard Chapel Road. Poplar Springs farmer Roger Poole found the horse grazing in his field the next morning, which surprised him a bit because he had sold the same horse to Mullinix the previous autumn. A Rockville man was eventually apprehended and jailed in Ellicott City to await trial.
25 years ago (week of Feb. 26-March 4, 1967)
* Mrs.Leola Dorsey was named women's vice chairman of the Howard County Republican State Central Committee this week. A member of the Republican Club of Howard County, Mrs. Dorsey also served as an election book judge. At the same time, she was secretary of the Howard County Council of PTAs and was also active in the Girl Scout Council, Howard County League of Women Voters, American Cancer Society and Guilford FirstBaptist Church. She also served as secretary of the Howard County NAACP and Maryland Council of NAACP branches.
* It was announced this week that a completely equipped fire station would soon be under construction in Columbia. The station would be manned by personnel fromthe Clarksville station. Money for the new station and equipment would be lent by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Association.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's library.