Sykesville farm on the market 100 years ago [History Matters]

100 Years Ago

Lost and found

In the For Sale column:

"Farm of 108 acres located on the Triadelphia pike and Sykesville road, 4 miles from state road to Sykesville, fine dwelling, six rooms, good water, never failing spring 30 yards from house, 10 acres in timber. Barn and all necessary out-buildings, bearing orchard, all buildings and fencing in first class condition. Adjoins the lands of Thos. Iglehart and E. L. Crist, Possession given at convenience of purchaser. Apply on premises to Albert Wright or James E. Van Sant, Ellicott City

75 Years Ago

Popcorn at Wards

A full page ad was in the Times entitled "Ward Week" listing items sold at Montgomery Ward store on U.S. 1 and Monroe Street in southwest Baltimore City. The ads were for a paint sprayer, poultry fencing, tires, paint, awnings and screens. The store also sold clothes, jewelry, house wares, furniture, lighting, toys, baby items, tools and a myriad of other items to satisfy consumer needs. And, of course, popcorn. The smell of popcorn lathered in butter permeated the area as you walked in Wards back door by the tires.

Pictured in the ad was the store, a block-shaped building with a multitude of windows. But many will remember its windows blacked out at the beginning of World War II to prevent light escaping and the site becoming a potential target for enemy aircraft.

Howard Countians could travel to Wards by way of Route 40 or Route 1 or by a bus line along Route 1. And, for many young people, working at Wards was our first job.

50 Years Ago

Summer festivities

From the Scaggsville-Fulton social column: "Mr. and Mrs. Roland Dustin and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blanchfield, all of Leishear Road, enjoyed a dinner at Woodland Beach on July 12. The occasion was in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Dustin's 17th wedding anniversary.

"Miss Peggy Dustin of Leishear Road enjoyed last week at Camp Mandokan near Harper's Ferry, W.VA. The Bassler Family Reunion was held on Sunday, July 14 at St. Paul's Parrish hall, Fulton.

"Major Sgt. Donald Myers of Ft. Myer, Va. and Miss Jane Hines of Scaggsville were guests last weekend of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Durill in Philadelphia.

"Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sisson and daughter Mary Sue of Harding Road recently enjoyed a weekend in Ocean City, Md.

"Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Murphy of Charlotte, N.C., were guests last week of the former's mother Mrs. Mary Murphy of Scaggsville.

"Mrs. Christine Dustin of Harding Road visited her sister in Baltimore last week.

A photo caption in the Times: "E. Richard Hough, a dairy farmer of the fourth District, has been reappointed as a member of the Maryland State Fair Board for a term of three years from July 1, 1963. Governor Tawes, in announcing Mr. Hough's reappointment, said, "It gives me great pleasure to reappoint Mr. Hough, because I recognize the valuable services he has already rendered to the State and the people and I am confident that he will continue his unselfish devotion to the public interest."

In other news: "Black and White Field Day:

"On July 31 at 10:00 A.M. the 'most desirable' Holsteins from Howard, Carroll, Baltimore and Harford Counties will be exhibited at the Central District Black and White Field Day. This event will take place at the Carroll County Agricultural Center, Westminster, Maryland.

"Exhibitors will include Future Farmers of America, 4-Hers, and also adult purebred Holstein owners. There will be many classes judged, but the high point of the day will be the judging of the Grand Champion Animal and the awarding of the trophy to its proud owner."

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