100 Years Ago
Hiring a farm guy
In the classified section of the Times:
"Wanted; To hire by the year a young and industrious Farm Hand, with small family. Good opening for permanent place and future. W.S. Powell, Times Office Ellicott City."
Seems there's potential here for the right person. Powell probably hoped with his "family" criterion he'd find a family man to work his farm, one more settled than a bachelor and not interested in carousing, drinking or taking too much interest in any of the farmer's daughters. As far as the potential farm hand having a "small" family, well that part was subject to change as time went on as "small" families usually didn't stay small back then.
75 Years Ago
Skating and Swinging at Carlin's
"Howard County Day at Carlin's Sunday.
"The Road to Baltimore will be crowded on Sunday when Carlin's Wonder Park of that city celebrates its official 'Howard County Day.' this gala occasion has been planned especially for Howard County families and there will probably be hundreds there for the festivities.
Special tickets are now being distributed free by local stores and space is provided by Carlin's Park which is located in Reisterstown Road at Park Circle in Baltimore and cars are expected to begin pouring in early Sunday morning."
Carlin's Park was a popular amusement park from 1919 into the 1950s. They also had an ice rink, upon which Sonja Henie once skated and they had traveling shows, including operas for their thousands of visitors. Though I only recall skating on their roller rink, which stayed open a couple years longer than the park, going to Carlin's to skate was a treat.
During the World War II years, the park would become a popular place for those in the military as it was an inexpensive day or evening of fun.
Some of those providing entertainment around this time at Carlin's were famous musicians such as Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman, with the latter given the moniker the "King of Swing." Though Goodman grew up in Chicago, his parents met in Baltimore. Today you can still hear and dance to swing music on a regular basis in Maryland at various places including in Towson, Baltimore and at Glen Echo.
The jazz/swing era of the 1930s and 1940s has even captured the interest of a segment of today's youth. At one swing dance in southern Maryland a few years ago, I met a a coed contingent of college-aged World War II re-eenactors with the guys dressed in period Army and Navy and the gals in WAC (Womens Army Corps) and WAVE (women's naval reserve) uniforms. They were from St. Mary's College and having a great time swinging each other about the dance floor to the beat of "In the Mood," "Opus One," "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."
50 Years Ago
Aggravating Ag Tax
"Farm Bureau Objects to Assessing," was a headline of a story in the Times that week:
"The Board of Directors of the Howard County Farm Bureau voted unanimously at their September meeting to petition Governor Tawes to limit the value at which land can be assessed when used for agricultural purposes.
Citing the amendment to the constitution passed at the last general election, providing for assessment of farm land regardless of its proximity to urban development, the Farm Bureau contended that the intent of this has not been adhered to as assessments in Howard County have been increased by 50 to 100 per cent.
The assessments, they contend, have ranged from $50 to $110 an acre to pay for increased county services which "in most cases are not needed by farmers."
Roland Cromwell, Chief Tax Assessor for Howard County, said assessments of farm land in Howard County is based on a standard derived from findings of a committee appointed by the State Department of Assessment and Taxation. ... ."