50 Years Ago (week of Sept. 6-12, 1942):The Earle Theatre...


September 09, 1992|By Diane Mullaly

50 Years Ago (week of Sept. 6-12, 1942):

The Earle Theatre reopened this week for the first time after being destroyed by fire the previous winter. The owner of the theater expressed his appreciation for the patronage of Howard County residents and stated that it was "only because of their encouragement" that he was reopening the theater. The feature film at the reopening was "Bullets for Bandits," starring Bill Elliott and Tex Ritter. (The Earle Theatre occupied part of the site that is now the new Pocket Park on lower Main Street. Two buildings on that site burned in 1965 and were never rebuilt.)

* A break-in occurred at Hobbs Tavern, on Clarksville Pike between Clarksville and Highland. Whiskey, cigarettes, cigars and other items were stolen.

25 Years Ago (week of Sept. 3-9, 1967):

* Major traffic snarls on Route 29 were somewhat alleviated this week by the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of routes 29 and 103.

* County schools opened this week to a record number of students. A staff of 634 teachers and administrators greeted 13,241 students, up from 567 and 11,725 just a year earlier. A total of 896 kindergartners were enrolled for this first year of public kindergarten in the county.

Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.

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