50 Years Ago (week of Sept. 13-19, 1942):* A company of...


September 16, 1992|By Diane Mullaly

50 Years Ago (week of Sept. 13-19, 1942):

* A company of Ellicott City minutemen held its first major exercise on the town's outskirts. The Maryland State Guard was also conducting maneuvers, near Montgomery and New Cut roads. Later, all units would participate in a combined skirmish in which Guardsmen would simulate "the enemy."

* The annual meeting of the Howard County Teachers Association was held. The group agreed to award a $100 college scholarship annually, to encourage county students to attend the State Teachers College at Towson and return to teach in county elementary schools. Eligible students would receive the award for two consecutive years.The terms of the scholarship stipulated that recipients maintain a certain grade-point average and teach in Howard for at least two years after graduation.

25 Years Ago (week of Sept. 10-16, 1967):

* Self-proclaimed Ku Klux Klan leader Francis Xavier Edwards was given an ultimatum this week by county Circuit Judge T. Hunt Mayfield. Mr. Edwards was given two weeks to "show cause" why he should not be admitted to Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital for a mental examination. Back in August, county State's Attorney Richard Kinlein had contended that Mr. Edwards was not mentally competent to stand trial on six counts of conspiracy in, and aiding and abetting, a theft in the Laurel area.

* The Ellicott City Civic Club, many of whose members were residents of the Fels Lane area, requested that members of their organization be appointed to two county government-appointed housing committees. As members of these committees, Civic Club members could participate directly in the program that would provide affordable housing for Fels Lane area residents.

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

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