50 Years Ago (week of July 12-18, 1942):
* Heavy rains this week caused the Tiber River in Ellicott City to overflow its banks, resulting in flooding in the area. The intersection of Frederick Road and Rogers Avenue was under water, and many Main Street homes and businesses had flooded basements. Miller Chevrolet Sales on Main Street (now The Shops at Ellicott Mills) was damaged when a dam in the Tiber River caused water to back up and run over a retaining wall into the building's basement and rear parking lot.
* It was announced this week that more than 90 tons of scrap rubber had been collected in the recent scrap rubber drive in the county. This averaged out to about 10 pounds of rubber per person. The purpose of the drive was to recycle rubber products into goods to aid the war effort.
25 Years Ago (week of July 9-15, 1967):
* Jessup resident Francis Xavier Edwards, self-proclaimed grand wizard of the Interstate Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, appeared before a Howard County Grand Jury this week. He was charged with six counts of aiding and abetting the theft of an air conditioner from the New Yorker Inn on U.S. 1 near Laurel. The alleged offense took place while Mr. Edwards was out on bail from a previous charge of grand larceny.
* The Howard County Symphony Society, together with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., had a special performance of the symphony this week to commemorate the official opening of Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion of Music. A crowd of 2,500 braved a summer downpour to attend the event. Pianist Van Cliburn was guest soloist. Vice President Hubert Humphrey also attended. Proceeds from the event were set aside to be used by the Howard County Symphony Society for the advancement of the county's musical arts.
Information for this column was obtained from the Howar County Historical Society's Library.