100 Years Ago

Paying a call

From the Times' social column:

"Miss Marie Wylie of Fairview has returned home after visiting Mrs. Estelle Bach of Walbrook.


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Mrs. Ella Tillman of Baltimore, visited her mother Mrs. Samuel Longfelter last week.

Mr. and Mrs. F. Parhim Scott are spending the week in Philadelphia.

Miss Amelia Pickett spent Friday last with Elsie and Dora Chaney.

Miss Edith Christian spent Sunday at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Christian"

1911 Version of The Mall: Seems one could find everything their family and their horses needed for the season at this Hammonds, as this December 1911 Times ad describes:

"XMAS! XMAS! goods of every kind at W. L. Hammonds; Hoods Mill - Candies, Cakes, Boots, Feed, Shoes, Pants, Toys, Fancy Goods; Nails and Horse shoes by the carload; Hay; Straw; Corn; Wheat."

75 Years Ago

Riding into the sunset

Movies advertised to be shown at the Earl Theater on Christmas Day 1936 included a famous cowboy star.

"Now showing at the Earl: California Mail; Buck Jones, Phantom Rider; Sing, Baby, Sing; and Dimples, with Shirley Temple."

Jones was an Army veteran, wounded in the Philippines in 1907 in the Philippine-American War, (Philippine's continuing quest for independence.) Once home from his army enlistments he became enamored of race cars and airplanes, but eventually became a ranch hand.

Then he headed to Hollywood to work as a stunt man and wound up a cowboy actor, first as a Tom Mix backup. Mix, who made hundreds of westerns was considered the "King of Cowboys."

Although both men found success as stars, Jones to a lesser degree than Mix, they had untimely, violent deaths.

Jones was killed in the infamous 1942 Cocoanut Grove Fire in Boston. Almost 500 people were killed in that night club inferno. (It was a tragedy that brought about new safety guidelines for public buildings.)

And two years before, Mix was driving 80 mph down a road in Arizona when he swerved and landed in a ditch. On impact a heavy suitcase stored behind him in the vehicle, containing money and jewels, flew forward crushed his skull.

But especially during the 1930s, both men provided memorable entertainment and an escape for kids growing up all over America during the Depression. They were cowboy heroes providing an afternoon of excitement for those who could scrape up a nickel for the picture show.

50 Years Ago

Scrooged, again

In a Times news story about taxes in the new year of 1962:

"Higher assessment aid county as budget totals increase

Howard County's 1962 tax rate as announced last week will be $1.85 per 100 of assessment. Although the budget expenditures totaled $3,946,219.93 which is over $500,000 more than 1961 budget the increase assessment will provide the needed money."

Have a safe holiday season everyone!