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Good penmanship among topics at doctor gathering 100 years ago [History Matters]

100 Years Ago

Docs dine

"Medical Men Dine" was the headline for a Times article: "Old time Country Dinner: National Board of Health and Good Penmanship Among Matters Discussed.

"The presidents of the Medical Societies and associations of adjacent counters were invited, many of whom were present, also other distinguished physicians. A good old-time Howard county dinner was served, the kind that made the hills of Howard and the Howard House famous and one which will be remembered by the physicians in attendance for some time.

"Heretofore< Howard county has always furnished the oldest practicing physician in the person of Dr. Thomas B. Owings, but on this occasion Dr. William Magruder, of Olney, Montgomery county, secured this honor owing to the fact that Dr. Owings was unable to be present being confined to his house for nearly a year.

"Dr. Owings graduated from the University of Maryland in 1851 and Dr. Magruder graduated from the same school in 1853. Dr. Magruder is now nearly eighty years old and still in active practice."

I'd assume it was doctors' notoriously poor writing that warranted the penmanship discussion. Perhaps it was pharmacists who lobbied the group to include this topic in their agenda, as the docs' handwriting — not only in Latin, but scribbled — might make deciphering it a tad difficult.

75 Years Ago

Who visited who

From the Sykesville social column: "Misses Frances, Ida and Elsie Jones were dinner guests of Miss Ella Osborne in Baltimore on Wednesday.

"Mr. and Mrs. Max Wineberg and son, of Dundalk, spent Wednesday to Sunday with the formers' parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wineberg."

50 Years Ago

Crabs at the fire hall

Crustacean news in the Times: "Crab Feast; The members of the V.F.W. Post #8097 needs the support of everyone in the community. They need your attendance at their Crab Feast, which will be held this Sunday, June 16, at the Jessup Fire Hall from 1 P.M. until 6 P.M. Call your friends and get a group together and plan for a good time this Sunday.

"The Doughregan Manor Horse Show was a tremendous success and sincere thanks is extended to those in the community who so generously donated and attended the affair."

Family reunion article: "Lancelottas Hold May Procession Family Tradition Of Thanksgiving.

"More than 250 guests, including priests, nuns, laymen, women and children, participated in the 18th annual May procession of the Lancelotta family held beneath sunny skies on Thursday, May 30, on the spacious lawns of the family estate at 5241 Frederick avenue. Later they heard an engagement announcement.

"Led by a seminarian carrying a crucifix, two altar boys and about fifty children bearing flowers and everyone reciting the Rosary under direction of the Rev. John Ryan, S. J., who conducts a radio Rosary program, the entire group walked in procession to the shrine, a marble statue of the blessed Virgin Mary.

"After the procession, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Zephir of 728 Nottingham road, Hunting Ridge, announced the engagement of their daughter, Donna, to Robert James Lancelotta, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Lancelotta, Sr., of 19 Montclair Drive, Chestnut Hill Estates, Howard County, formerly of Catonsville. A buffet supper was served and the young people enjoyed Italian games."

Talk about burying the lead, the reason for the reunion was presented in the story's last paragraph:

"The annual May Procession was begun by Joachim and Elvira Lancelotta in 1946 as a thanksgiving to God for the safe return of their five sons from World War II. The family has kept up the tradition every year."

Five sons!

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