Ellicott City scorns neon [History Matters]

May 1965

"Lower Main Street To Get Renovation Try:

"The face of lower Ellicott City is in for a change; a change that will hopefully bring tourists into our historical town and will usher in a new burst of economic potential.

"A few months ago, John M. Burbank Jr., owner, and Shelton (Ted) Sewell, manager, of the Olde Towne Gun Shoppe bought every building from 8 to 18 Main Street and have formulated plans to install a number of unique shops and businesses in them.

"The interior of these native granite buildings are being completely remodeled and the exteriors will have bowed glass windows complete with flower boxes. There will be no neon signs whatsoever on the outside of the buildings; rather the signs will be wooden being lighted with standard sealed-beam spots.

"In order to bring night life back into Ellicott City, the owners have announced plans to open a coffee house at 8 main Street named the Bottom of the Barrel, which will feature live entertainment; folk, jazz and classical. 

"Aside from the Olde Towne Gun Shoppe and the Bottom of the Barrel, an old time watchmaker is planning to take up his residence at 18 Main Street. Mr. Burbank and Mr. Sewell, both from Howard County, are putting forth a major effort to attract unique businesses into Ellicott City such as book stores, pubs, record stores, coffee shops, art galleries and shops dealing in imported merchandise.

"Between the B&O overpass and No. 8 Main Street, there is a bare area. Plans have been made to convert this into a garden with trees, flowering shrubs and benches. To top this all off, a movement has started in Ellicott City to change the name back to Ellicott's Mills.

"These two young men have invested many thousands of dollars and many hours of their time into Ellicott City and express the hope that others will do the same."

"Spring YMCA Classes Teach Skills and Hobbies To Youngsters and Adults

"The Howard County Branch of the Baltimore Metropolitan Y.M.C.A. announces a new series of Y.M.C.A. classes to include programs for both Youth and Adult.

"The Youth classes, which are held on Saturdays, include Crafts, Trampoline, Oil Painting, Model Rockets and BB-Gun. Adult classes meet during the week with Square Dance instructions, Oil Painting, Furniture Upholstery, Pastel Painting, Sewing and Dog Obedience."

May 1924

Make $20 a week!

From the Times ads: "Operators Wanted In Ellicott City Sewing Room: Ladies can make from $12 to $20 per week, sewing, athletic underwear. We teach beginners and pay them while learning. Hours 8 to 5:30 week days; 8 to 12 Saturdays. why go to Baltimore to work when you can make excellent wages here, saving both time and carfare?"

May 1890

Disinterring some bodies

"Howard Happenings Chronicled by Our Reporters and Correspondents: Sykesville Affairs — A Ball at Mount Airy — Tableaux at Glenwood — Entertainment in Howard Hall — Cardinal Gibbons at Ilchester — News Letters from Other Points — County Brevities

"Three bodies interred in front of St. Barnabas Church will be removed to the churchyard in the rear so as to permit the more convenient grading and inclosing of the church grounds."

"On Easter Monday at a meeting of the vestry of Holy Trinity Parish, composed of St. Barnabas Church, Howard County and Holy Trinity Church, Carroll, Rev. S.D. Hall, rector, the following vestrymen were elected for the current year: Judge Manro, Henry Jenkins, Mr. Ware, Frank Merceron and Capt. Jno. W. Bennett of Carroll and Dr. C.W. Heffenger, Thomas Jones and James Jones of Howard."

Baltimore born, Cardinal Gibbons was only the second American to be made a Cardinal. He became a priest in 1861 and was chaplain at Fort McHenry during the Civil War. Another who was also in residence at Fort McHenry during that time was Francis Scott Key's grandson, Francis Key Howard, though he was held at the fort as a political prisoner for his Southern sympathies. Howard's other grandfather was John Edgar Howard, revolutionary war hero for whom Howard County is named.

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