100 Years Ago
From the Times social column: "Mrs. Andrew Norton and daughter of Baltimore, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Cromwell.
"Mr. John Penn, of Savage, was visitor here the past week.
"Mr. John E. Gaither who was critically ill last week, is much improved.
"Mr. George West was a recent visitor in the Monumental city."
Though no monumental error, that Baltimore moniker is "Monument" city. Today there are 80 plus monuments in the city, among them one dedicated to the Boy Scouts; to Baltimore Colts football legend Johnny Unitas; to Frederick Douglass, who when he was a slave, worked for a family in Baltimore; to the victims of the Holocaust; and to the 22,000 Poles, the majority of whom were military and police officers, executed by the NKVD (Soviet secret police, predecessor to the KGB) in 1940.
And there's a monument to Howard County's name sake, John Edgar Howard, which is, go figure, on Howard Street.
Down on the farms
Times Ads: "For Sale — 2 fresh cows and 1 young bull, all T.B. and blood tested. F.D. Smith, Frederick road, 1 mile west of Cooksville, Woodbine. P.O. Md.
"For Sale — Egg buffalo cabinet type, Electric Incubator. New last season. In perfect condition. Apply E.J. Taggart, Relay, Md. Phone Elkridge 280.
"Dairy Farms Wanted — I have several customers for Dairy Farms. What have you to offer? C.F. Cooper. RFD 2, Reisterstown, Md. Phone: Reisterstown 12-F-22.
"Wanted — Farm Hand, middle-aged preferred. Man capable of leading other men. One who knows how to care for horses, cows and general farm work. Good wages. House, firewood, garden, etc. Good opportunity for right man. P.P. Zepp Marriottsville, Md. Home nights, Saturday afternoons and Sundays."
Seems the farmer preferred experience over youth and a farmhand whose oats were already sown.
50 Years Ago
Do fence them in
Times ads/notices: "Shaffer's Convalescent Retreat, Inc.: 24 Hour nursing care with registered nurses, Home environment, Spacious and Comfortable Living Room with TV. 16 Montgomery Rd. Ellicott City, Md.
"We invite you to worship at Bethel Baptist, Rev. Jim Willey, Montgomery Rd. (Across from Shaffer's) Sunday School: 9:30 A.M. Worship: 11 A.M. and 8 P.M. You are cordially invited to visit, this Sunday and every Sunday."
"Mexican burro, good with children."
"Ridge Overhead Doors: Fred C. Johnson, Elkridge, Md. Sales & Service on all makes of overhead doors."
"Two year old quarter horse, filly, unbroken $250.
"Cattle Fence — posts, bracers and all size gates, grain crimper, hammer mill, hay elevator. Sewell. Call noon or after dark."
It's spring, and both the farmer's tan and planting season have commenced. So if you wanted this cattle fencing you'd have to telephone the farmer on a lunch break, or after sunset, when it's just too dark to plow and plant any more.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun