Building on Zepp Farm destroyed by fire 75 years ago [History Matters]

100 Years Ago

Who's visiting who

Social news in the Times: "Mr. and Mrs. Jack spent Thursday at Pen Mar.

"Miss Lewis of New York is spending some time with her uncles Messrs Thomas Lewis and Frank Engle.

  "Miss Bessie Hutchins is visiting her uncle Mr. Oliver Hutchins of Woodbine.

"Master James Burdette, of Damascus, has returned home after a visit to his uncle, Mr. C. L. Burdette, of Mt. Airy.

"Mr. and Mrs. Claude Mullinix of Baltimore, are visiting Mr. Mullinex's father, Mr. Edward Browning.

"Miss Miriam Riddlemoser has returned to her home in Emmitsburg after visiting relatives in Ridgeville."

75 Years Ago

Burning barn

"Large Barn, Outbuildings On Zepp Farm Destroyed By Fire Sunday Afternoon:

"The local fire department has been called out twice in the past week, the first call coming on Sunday afternoon when a barn and three outbuildings on the property of P.P. Zepp, Marriottsville, were destroyed. Although sparks from the outbuildings set fire to the roof of the Zepp home the local firemen together with the Sykesville company were able to extinguish the flames before much damage had been done. The cause is thought to have been spontaneous combustion in a large quantity of hay stored in the barn. The buildings were covered by insurance, it was stated."

"On Monday afternoon of this week, during the heavy electrical storm and rain, a tree near the Oella Community Hall was struck by lightning. The local department was called to the scene and soon extinguished the blaze."

"Await Approval Of Building Plans For County PWA Projects

"Plans for the building for the three PWA projects that recently appeared in Washington for this county are now in New York where they will be finally approved by Government officials before bids will be asked. The projects are: The addition to the Court House; New school at Scaggsville and new Fire Engine House for Ellicott City."

50 Years Ago

Senior support

"Old Age Aid Rules Eased" was the headline of a Times story:  "Beginning on Aug. 1 men and woman receiving Old Age Assistance can earn up to $30 a month without forfeiting any of their OAA payment, it was announced today by the State Commission on the Aging.

"Before this date recipients of OAA had to report any regular earnings and have that amount deducted in full from their monthly check. This had the effect of forcing idleness and removing the incentive to at least partial self-support. It also limited the indigent elderly person to an income equaling the maximum OAA payment which is only $78 a month, or less than $20 a week."

From a Times article about a play: "Audience Joins In 'Night Of January 16'."

"St. John's Parish House will be the scene of an unusual mystery drama, "The Night of January 16th" by Ayn Rand as presented by the Players Company, Inc. In conjunction with the St. John's Theatre Guild on Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17. The audience itself becomes part of a spine-tingling drama. An unusual evening's entertainment is promised for all who "witness the goings on of  'The Night of January 16th.'

"Miss Shirley Herrman (nee Reinhardt) will be returning to Ellicott City with the players Company in the leading role in the Court Room Trial and Mystery. Miss Herrman grew up in Howard County and graduated from Ellicott City High School.  She has appeared in several shows at the Vagabond Theater. Her last role there was leading lady in "The Best Man." Miss Hermann also has appeared in many shows at the Hopkins Playhouse at Johns Hopkins University in the past several years."

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