25 Years Ago (week of Feb. 11-17, 1968):* Rev. John W...

FLASHBACKS

February 21, 1993

25 Years Ago (week of Feb. 11-17, 1968):

* Rev. John W. Holland, president oF the Howard County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, reported this week that neither his organization nor the Howard County Interracial Commission had received any complaints in the past two years from black county residents regarding discriminatory treatment in county restaurants. Mr. Holland made the remark to counter a statement from a white county resident that blacks hesitated to patronize local restaurants because the were not sure whether they would be served.

* A black family whose home on Route 32 was destroyed by fire in January was forced to move to Baltimore City because they were unable to find suitable replacement housing in Howard County. The family was able to afford standard rental rates, and they had stated earlier that they hoped to find suitable housing in the county because they did not want to raise their 10 children in the city.

50 Years Ago (week of Feb. 14-20, 1943):

* The Ellicott City Elementary School PTA decided not to hold its monthly meeting because of gasoline rationing restrictions. In addition, all future PTA meetings were postponed until further notice.

* Howard Countians contributed 169 pints of blood during a visit from the Red Cross Mobile Unit. The county's goal was to match the number of donated pints with the number of servicemen and women from Howard County serving in the war. At the time, there were approximately 92 Howard County residents on active duty.

Information for this column was compiled by Diane Mullaly from the files of the Howard County Historical Society's library.

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