50 Years Ago

Howard stars lineup

"Former Lions try out for Green Terrors"

"Three Howard High graduates have reported for practice with the Green Terrors of Western Maryland College.  Bob Waldorf, Director of Athletics at Western Maryland says Richard Huttle, who came out for end shows "good potential'.' Richard played end at Howard High. Dan Myers, a sophomore at the college also out for end.

"Ed Kasemeyer, star quarterback at Howard, is one of the twenty freshman prospects for the spot on the college team. Waldorf commented that Ed, 'has shown exceptional speed.'

Times Real Estate ads:

"Glenmar - Brand new brick and frame rancher with L/R, D/R, kitchen, 4/BRS, 2 baths an family room with fireplace. This is a real buy at $16,500.00 plus G.R. ground rent.

"Montgomery Knolls - All brick rancher on large lot within walking distance of Howard High. Yes, you can buy a e B/R all brick rancher with full basement storm doors, ... and many other extras for only $16,500.00 plus $180.00 G.R. If you want this one, you will have to act fast. Leward J. Warren, Inc. 4616 Leeds Ave. 410-... .... ."

I didn't realize there was ground rent in Howard County until I read the above ad. I thought ground rent was only a Baltimore city and county phenomenon. It seems there are ground rent properties in other Maryland counties, and Maryland, Pennsylvania and Hawaii are the primary ground rent states.

September 1927:

Social news and briefs:

"Marriage Licenses:

"John F. Ackerman, 23, of Jessup and Annie E. Stembler, 20, of Elkridge.

"C. Ferdinand Sybert, 26 and Elizabeth D. Johnson, 24, both of Elkridge.

"Card party in honor of Miss Owings: Miss Hettie Holland gave an attractive card party at her home near Lisbon on Wednesday in honor of her guest and cousin, Miss Nellie Owings of Baltimore.

"Those present were, Mr. and Mrs. James Henderson, Miss Rebecca Henderson, James Henderson, William Dorsey, Misses Nellie Owings, Laura Davis, Rachel Warfield, Constance Bond and Hettie Holland, Messers Thomas and Amos Holland, Kenneth and James and Augustus Warfield. Refreshments were served.

"Watch Your Step Men

"In order that there may be no misunderstanding as to the open and closed seasons for hunting in this county and to save hunters unnecessary fines and embarrassment, E. Lee LeCompte, state game warden sends the following to the Times with the request that it be published: ... . There will be no squirrel or dove hunting in Howard Count except  between Nov. 10th and December 21."

"Not Many Nurses of Civil War Still Alive; Only 46 of the 2,000 in Union Army Survive.

"Washington - Nurses who served in the civil war, like the heroes to whom they ministered, are growing fewer as the conflict fades into history. Of the 2,000 nurses who served with the union forces government records disclose the names of but 46 survives. The list is admittedly incomplete, for it includes only those drawing pensions of their services. ... ."

When this was written 86 years ago, senior citizens of 1927 had lived through the Civil War. But today there are legions of reenactors not allowing that war to fade "into history."

September 1889:

War horse

From the Times "County Brevities" another reminder of the Civil War:

"Mr. David Burdette of Poplar Springs lost his well known chestnut sorrel riding and driving horse Jack. The faithful animal was 34 years old and was purchased by Mr. Burdette during the war, after having been condemned, was afterward stolen and later was recognized by his owner and rescued from a body of passing troops."