100 Years Ago

Gowns and frowns

In the "In Vogue" column of the Times:

"Skirts, especially on lingerie dresses are showing more fullness. Double veilings are being used to give lovely iridescent effects. Velour hats are proving strong favorites. The vogue for black and white alliances shows but little abatement. The jumper design has been furiously revived for dressy shirtwaists. Collarettes of black or white tulle are used to wear with afternoon gowns.


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Extensive use is made of all kinds of laces and even lace robes are coming to the front. Blue and white combinations are to have a place in fashion, especially in wash fabrics. Gowns of all over lace - some of the exceedingly costly - have the biggest approval in fashion."

Sounds like Howard County ladies were kept well abreast of the latest fashion trends, with even a primer on the correct collars for their afternoon gowns. A well turned-out lady of 1912 might have frowned on today's ultra casual "afternoon," after work apparel: "Hmm, let's see, sweats or jeans?" It might also be, however, a disapproval tinged with envy.

75 Years Ago

Deep Run wreck

According to a Times article, two men were reported killed and a third injured in a train-truck accident at Deep Run, Howard County. Killed were Elmer C. Pope, 60 engineer of the train and Sol Eli, 28, driver of the van. Claude G. Beard, a fireman on the train was injured.

"Train Engineer, Truck Driver Killed In Wreck ... . Two men were instantly killed and a third injured when a van owned by the Davidson transfer company of Baltimore was struck by a Baltimore and Ohio Railroad train at the Dorsey crossing on Monday afternoon. ... ."

Not one of the eighty passengers on the train was injured said railroad officials, but were shaken up when the locomotive, coal tender, baggage car and three following passenger coaches jumped the tracks. After the locomotive struck the van, it left the tracks, rolled over and plunged down a 60-foot embankment, burying the prow of the locomotive in the water of Deep Run creek. ... ."

Mr. Pope's body was identified by his brother Harry C. Pope, who lives in Dorsey. Harry Pope explained that his daughter, Mrs. Ray Louise Hook, holding her infant child in her arms, saw the collision from the porch of the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Margaret Hoefler, which stands a few feet from the wreck scene. One of the trucks of the locomotive fell in Mrs. Hoefler's front yard as the locomotive careened over."

50 Years Ago

Reporter's report

The subject of an article in the Times that week was journalist Richard Thomas' presentation to Howard High students.

"Foreign correspondent Tells About Russia: ... "Mr. Thomas is a foreign correspondent in Europe, Asia, Africa, South and Central America. ... Educated at Harvard College, the Harvard business school and the University of Paris, Mr. Thomas has spent a life-time studying the peoples of the world.

"In his speech at Howard High Mr. Thomas spoke about the U.S.S.R. and took the students on an imaginary trip through the Soviet Union. ... .

"Through illustrations of typical Russian characters Mr. Thomas impressed the students with the idea that in the U.S.S.R. there is no choice or expression of individual ideas. Surprisingly enough, these people know more about the United States than Americans know about Russia as far as geographical and statistical facts are concerned. The need for more education in America when she is compared with Russia was shown by the fact that twenty Russians speak fluent English for every American who speaks Russian. ...

"After an explanation of the Berlin situation, Mr. Thomas concluded his lecture by telling the students that to combat the U.S.S.R. the United States must be strong both intellectually and physically."

Berlin, which was divided into American, Russian, French and British sectors after World War II and became a point of Cold War contention between communist regimes and democratic nations. The Soviets wanted the United States out of Berlin and East Berliners and East Germans IN, especially the engineers and scientists.

This is when a forthright comment on life under a communism occurred, as 20 percent of the East German population left. By the millions they flooded into the West, which wasn't exactly good public relations for the dictators. But they didn't seem to care. For them, the solution to this constant hemorrhage of citizens was to build a wall to keep people from leaving. The Berlin Wall, begun in the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 13, 1961, divided the city for 28 years.