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Columbia experiencing birth pangs back in 1965 [History Matters]

By Louise Vest

8:05 AM EST, February 27, 2014

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February 1965

Columbia birth pangs

From a Times story about taxes and Columbia: "It appears certain that there will be no proposal for legislation to set up a special tax district for Columbia, introduced in this year's session of the Maryland General Assembly.

"At the end of an open meeting of the county Commissioners and the Howard County Delegation on Thursday night called to discuss Howard's proposed new city, there was general agreement that amendments to the Zoning regulations and the General Plan would have to come before any legislation.

"The delegation will not put through tax legislation without consulting the County Commissioners, Senator James Clark, Jr. promised and they cannot consider legislation until the zoning is settled, he said.

"Directing his remark to the Commissioners, Senator Clark said, 'The final responsibility for the zoning is on you all and it's a big one. You have got to get your guarantees.' Commissioner Charles E. Miller replied, 'That's exactly what we are striding for.' "

From the Daniels social column: "Mrs. Roy L. Rudacille had as her guests last Thursday, Mrs. Ethel Hall of Waterloo Road, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hitt of Savage and Leven Custer of Baltimore.

"Allan Hillbeck, who has been in Columbia, S. C. on business, spent the week end here with his family.

"Grover Collins entered South Baltimore Hospital last Tuesday for surgery.

"Lutheran Pastors Exchange Pulpits In Lenten Services: Six Lutheran Ministers will rotate Wednesday nights during Lent, preaching one night at Lutheran churches: Emmanuel, Ingleside Ave. and Craigmont Rd.; Holy Nativity, Linden and Highview Aves.; Pilgrim, Liberty and Latham Rds; Redeemer, 4211 Vermont Ave; St. Matthews's, 1901 Druid Hill Ave; and St. Paul's, Old Frederick Road and Lee Drive."

February 1924

Warning: moldy corn

"County Agent Warns Against Feeding Moldy Corn: Because of the fact that there has been several deaths among horses and cattle in Howard County within the past couple of weeks, County Agent Fairbank said last night that he thought it necessary to issue a warning to famers against feeding moldy corn, as undoubtedly most of the trouble comes from this source."

In the Ellicott City High School column: "Due to an error, our boys' basketball team was credited with defeat at the hands of the Annapolis High School team by a score of 24-23. However, a reporter of 'The American' who saw the game and tabulated the points which were published in 'The Morning American' of February 19, credits the game as a tie with the score 24-24.

"Next Wednesday the senior class will go to Annapolis for the day. It is planned to visit the state buildings and other historical places, and also to see the legislature in session. In the afternoon the boys' and girls' basketball teams will play games with the teams from the Annapolis High School.

February 1890

Felonious intent

"Howard Happenings; Chronicled by our Reporters and Correspondents; Sykesville Affairs — the Village Improvement Association — a Shooting Watch Which Howard Countians Attended.

"Sykesville, Feb. 20 — The funeral of Miss Susanna Warfield, who died at her residence, 'Grovelands,' near here, on Thursday night last as announced in the Times last week, took place on Sunday, Rev. S. D. Hall officiating. ... The attendance was the largest ever known at the old parish church, of which Miss Warfield was a devout and lifelong member. Among her relatives present at the funeral were Mr. Louis Warfield, of Savannah, Ga.; Mr. Holmes Thomas, of Baltimore; and Mrs. Pancoast, of Philadelphia.

"Her will has not been made public yet. She announced some time before her death that she had left 'Grovelands' to the Protestant Episcopal church to be used as a church school for boys.

"Early on Monday morning last Mr. T. W. Fisher had an impromptu chase after an unknown man whom he found in his barn. As Mr. Fisher entered, the man rushed out closely pursued by Mr. Fisher who called to him to halt, but instead he dodged and doubled among stacks and outbuildings and finally made good his escape in the darkness. If present with felonious intent, the party was prevented from accomplishing his object by the interruption, as nothing was missed."