Baseball season kicks off in Ellicott City [History Matters]

May 1965

The Mod Squad

"Volunteer Chiefs Learn Police:

"Kermit Patrick rocked thoughtfully back and forth in his chair as Dave Mayes and Robert Frothingham began to read off accident cases that had occurred in the county in the last quarter year. They were busily working on the quarterly traffic report which they would present to the County commissioners on Thursday, May 6.

"These boys were three of five that had been chosen by the police department to fill honorary positions on the force.

"Kermit Patrick, along with Philip Young are serving in the capacity of Honorary Chief. Gregory Walters of Howard High serves in the capacity of Records and Communication. Robert Frothingham and Steve Chadwick, both of Glenelg, are serving as Patrol Sergeant and Detective."

May 1924

Play ball!

"Saturday Will Bring big Crowd To Ellicott City; Opening of Baseball Season With Parade — Many Prizes Offered for Best Showing — Carnival and Dance From 4 P.M. To Midnight.

"Final arrangements for the big parade, carnival and baseball game to be held in Ellicott City this Saturday under auspices of the Ellicott City Athletic Association, have been completed and no pains have been spared to make the day a most enjoyable one for old and young.

"The merchants of Ellicott City, who are taking an unprecedented interest in the affair, have generously donated a number of articles which will be given as additional  prizes for decorated automobiles.

"For the best decorated pleasure car (any make), a cedar chest, donated by Gustav Eklof.

"Best decorated Ford car, a cord tire and tube, donated by Ellicott City garage.

"Best decorated Chevrolet, a cord tire and tube, donated by Green Cross Garage.

 "Best decorated Dodge, a cord tire and tube, donated by Kerger Motor Company.

 "For the funniest clown in the line a special prize will be given by an anonymous donor.

 "Large suitcase for the winner of the ball game, donated by Caplan's Underselling Store."

May 1890

Sorry plight averted

"Howard Happenings:

"From West Friendship: News in this part of the Third district has been scarce this spring. the frequent rains have retarded farming operations very much. But for the fall and winter plowing, farmers would have been in sorry plight. Some have finished their corn planting, others in the midst of it, while a few have not commenced. Mr. Albert Dorsey led off in corn planting as far as I can learn. Possibly Mr. John Stanfield was ahead of him. Both are very enterprising young farmers and will succeed every time.

"Judge I. Thomas Jones on Thursday authorized the publication of a notice to parties interested requiring them to show cause within a specified time why the charter of Patapsco Institute should not be surrendered and a dissolution effected. This was based upon a bill in equity filled by James Mackubin for the trustees of the institute, representing the majority of the stock holders.

"How be it? A warm winter followed by cool, late spring except a heavy growth of wheat. temperature nearly to freezing several mornings since the advent of May! The whip-poor-will was late in coming — no one heard him before May 1st. His usual time is April 20 to 25.

"Our cherry crop will be a very deficient one. Many trees usually full have a scant set or none. But few peaches here, almost none. Too soon to predict what apple crop may be grown.

"Mr. Augustus Werner had one of his feet badly hurt this week. A stone cart ran over it."

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