History Matters: Farmhouse near Elioak burns to the ground

100 Years Ago

Farm fire

"Last Saturday night the house occupied by Herbert Ridgley on the old Columbus Davis farm near Elioak burned to the ground, and Mr. Ridgely and his family barely escaped with their lives, losing their furniture, clothing and a large lot of potatoes which were stored in the cellar."

From the Times ads: "Patapsco Hunt Club property, twenty acres with improvements on Baltimore-Washington Boulevard, near Elkridge. For full particulars address: D. Sterrett Gittings, Sect'y 707 Maryland Trust bldg. Baltimore.

"Wanted: Available man to work farm (near Ellicott City) on shares. Apply Times Office.

"Money to Loan: Money to loan on first mortgages large of small amounts, on improved real estate and farm property. Large sums now available. Edward Burr Powell, Times Building, Ellicott City. Md."

From the social column: "Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Firror of Baltimore were guest last week of Mr. and Mrs. John Dougherty."

75 Years Ago

Daisy Grange

"Homemakers Club Notes: The Daisy Grange held its regular monthly meeting at the hall on Monday night of this week. Twenty members attended this meeting at which the installation of officers for 1938 took place."

50 Years Ago

Lions to Alleycats

Lionesses: Howard Swamps Westminster, Beats Glen Bernie 30-26

"Last week Howard High's girls basketball team played Westminster and promptly took the lead and kept it with a 1-2 1st quarter margin. From then on Howard continued to play one of its best games thus far of the season and easily outscored their visitors in each quarter by double. Howard was successful with 10 of 15 free throws while Westminster sank 4 of 11 from the charity line. All members of the squad played in the game and shared in the 44 to 18 victory.

"At the beginning of this week the team travelled to Glen Burnie to meet 'Gophers' in a thrilling contest from the first to the last whistle."

"Howard Lions Win thriller From Lions in Overtime

"Howard's resurgent Lions won its third victory in eight games last Friday by defeating Laurel 42-41 in an overtime action-packed game before a home capacity crowd.

"It was a ding-dong, see-saw pulse-pounding battle all the way. Trailing in the first quarter, the Lions tied it at half-time and surged into the lead 41-39 and controlled the ball with but three seconds to play. At this point Roberts stole the ball and dunked it for the tie at 41-41."

"Hole in One! New York — A hole-in-one is scored by Mrs. Calvin Grier, Jr. of Rt. 1, Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, Md."

I don't think they quite knew where she lived. But if she lived near Route 1, on Montgomery Road, that's of course Elkridge, not Ellicott City.

The stars that week at Normandy Bowling Lanes in Ellicott City for the Weekenders League were:

"Hank Ash, 542, John Carey 202-522, Guy Deuber 502, Larry Cline 214, Ken Fountain 204, Gwen Flinn 186-516, Mary Jo Davis 431, Myrtle Carey 179, and Jim Brittingham (sub) 234-563.

The stars for the Greenhorn League: "Dick Marr 18-201-161-542, Howard Knowlton, 181-209-148-538, Walter Manolovick, 168-619, Gordon Garran, 174, Bill Graham 172, Margaret Graham, 168, Ruth Brandau, 168, Harry Brandau, 162, and Thelma Gray, 148-159-139-446."

As today, some of the names chosen by the 1958 bowlers for their teams were fun, unique or just plain strange. A few examples from those league teams: Alleycats, Tailenders, Picklepusses, Hopeful 4, Setups, Comlatlies and Off-beat.

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