50 Years Ago (week of Aug. 9-15, 1942):
* Five Ellicott City merchants were charged with violating new regulations imposed by the Board of County Commissioners acting as the Board of Health. Each merchant was charged with "obstructing the free and full use of the sidewalk" by placing merchandise outside their stores. Attorneys representing the "Ellicott City Five" declared that the county commissioners did not have the authority to impose health regulations. Nevertheless, the merchants appeared before Magistrate Louis M. Leimbach, were found guilty as charged, and fined $1 plus court costs for each first offense, and $5 for each additional offense. Three of the five merchants planned to appeal the verdict to a higher court.