7 surprising facts about Howard County [Pictures]
Howard County is known nationwide for its schools, parks, sports programs, libraries and affluence. But tucked away in faded, aging documents and longtime residents' minds, there are plenty of little-known facts that might just surprise you.
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Bambino gets hitched
On Oct. 17, 1914, legendary baseball player George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. married his first wife, Margaret Helen Woodford, at St. Paul's Church in Ellicott City. The Baltimore-born athlete and the waitress legally separated in 1925. Woodford died in a fire in 1929, freeing Ruth to marry actress Claire Hodgson that same year. A copy of Ruth's first marriage certificate can be seen at the Howard County Historical Society's research library, inside the Miller Branch Library in Ellicott City.