50 Years Ago (week of July 19-25, 1942):
* A "mystery parachutist" was reported early one morning this week in the Miller's Corner area of the county. Around the same time as the parachutist was spotted, the manager of Charles Miller's farm reported seeing two strange men on the farm when he went out to tend to the cows at 5:30 a.m. State and county police, as well as state guards men, conducted a thorough search of the area but found no sign of the mysterious strangers.
* The Elkridge Red Cross Sewing and Knitting Group celebrated its second anniversary this week by holding a luncheon for its members. In that two-year period the group, under the leadership of Mrs. Bruce Brumbaugh, made a total of 3,623 garments for the Red Cross.
25 Years Ago (week of July 16-22, 1967):
* Juanita Mitchell, president of Maryland's NAACP, sent a telegram to the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of black families in Howard County who had been harassed by Ku Klux Klan activities. There had been several cross-burning incidents in Simpsonville and Laurel. In another incident, the Interstate KKK had driven through Simpsonville accompanied by a county police patrol unit. This incident had been misinterpreted by some as a sign of police support for the Klan. As a result, some black citizens were arming themselves, and Mrs. Simpson felt that the situation had become volatile enough to warrant attention from federal officials.
* A crowd of nearly 10,000 people sat on the hillside near Lake Kittamaqundi (the site now occupied by the mall) to enjoy a fireworks display that had been postponed twice: once from a soggy July 4th, and again from an equally soggy rain date of July 8th.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.