History matters: Odd brain transplant from 100 years ago

100 Years Ago

Canine cranium

Marriages listed in the Times which took place in Ellicott City:

"Feb. 1st. Frank Rice 24 and Maud A. Leaman, 18, both of Guilford, Md.

"Feb 1st, Karl Gunther 24, and Elsie Bratton, 21, both of Baltimore.

"Feb. 1st. Samuel B. Cochran, 22, and Anna Marie Friedel, 16, both of Baltimore City.

"Feb. 1st. Thomas W. Holcombe, 21 and Helen M. Scott, 19, both of Washington. D.C."

"The Ladies Aid Society of the Savage M.E. Church were entertained at the home of Mrs. T. Blaine Conaway Friday, January 31st. As soon as the business was disposed of, spent the rest of the evening in a most enjoyable manner. Recitations and vocal selections were rendered by Mrs. Mertz of Montevideo and Mrs. Bessie Haslup."

Notes from all over:

"We learn from an exchange that thirty people have fallen from balloons during the year, which is not mentioning a large number of others who have returned to earth rather suddenly."

"A remarkable surgical operation was performed the other day in Ann Arbor, Mich., when a part of a dog's brain was substituted for a diseased portion of a man's brain and it is reported that the man has a good chance to recover."

Woof, woof. Can't pass that one up. So after his surgery, the guy with the canine brain likely experienced some changes. He may have become friendlier, a dog-gone doggedly loyal pal who never put on the dog and who was exceedingly happy with his canine brain, with the exception of a newly acquired penchant for squirrel chasing.

75 Years Ago

Antique comfort

From the "Ridin' Round Howard County" column: "In this day of oil burners, controlled by a thermostat, insulated walls, and weather-stripped windows and doors, the heating problem has been reduced to a minimum. Not so in olden times when windows rattled, hallways were drafty and the huge fireplaces burned your face and froze your back. It took real courage to crawl in between two heavy handwoven sheets when the temperature of the bedroom was anywhere between freezing and zero.

"Then someone had a happy thought and invented a bed warmer. Miss A. C. Linthicum, of Elioak, has one of these very interesting relics, which has been in her family for 5 generations, having originally belonged to Miss Elizabeth Stringer.

"The bed warmer consists of a copper fire pan, in which charcoal was burned. The long handle is beautifully carved of wood. This was placed between the sheets and they were "ironed" until the covers were nice and warm."

50 Years Ago


"County Library Building Fund Campaign Closes

"The final local contributions for the new Howard County Public Library is $171,234.63, John E. Yingling, Sr. chairman of the campaign committee, announced this week.

"The building committee had started out with a building goal of $160,000.00. Because of the favorable response to the campaign, funds received in excess of this amount enabled the committee to include book stacks, furniture, air conditioning duct work and landscaping.

"Total expenditures to date are $171,129.28 with the remaining $105.35 to be used for additional equipment. The library building was dedicated on Saturday, May 5, 1962. The library had previously occupied rented quarters at Frederick Road and St. John's Lane.

"Members of the committee are John E. Yingling, Sr. Chairman Sherwood H. Balderson, treasurer, Charles E. Hogg. J. Carroll Jenkins, Benjamin Mellor, Charles E. Miller, and Milton J. Fitzsimons."

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