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History Matter: Wonder if this mule had any say in his working conditions 75 years ago

100 Years Ago

No horsing around

In the Court House column was a story about a Mr. Miller suing stable owner Thomas Powers, in a case involving Miller's son:

"Thomas Powers keeps a livery stable opposite the Howard House and just about last Thanksgiving Day he was making improvements about his stable. He had a lumber pile that was very dangerous and also much frequented by the small boys of the neighborhood.

He had told them to keep off of it a great many times and on this particular occasion he ran them off and hit at them with a whip. He struck Peter Miller, the testimony being conducted as to the number of times and it was entered against him.

The jury returned a verdict of one cent damages after considering the evidence five minutes."

Obviously no need for tort reform with this jury adjudicating.

75 Years Ago

'I'm working where?'

"FOR SALE: Matched pair of black horses coning four years old. Well broken and will work in any harness. Melvin I. Coar, Atholton, Md. Phonenix E.C. 64-F-5.

"FOR SALE: One good mule, will work anywhere. Apply Walter H. Sealing, Atholton, Md. Phone E.C. 64-F-12"

Perhaps Mr. Sealing is naturally optimistic, or just a good salesman, but the mule in question, once sold, may have other ideas about the "will work anywhere" part of this ad.

50 Years Ago

First aid for Font Hill

"Font Hill Certificates - 14 resident of Font Hill manor were recently awarded 1st Aid Certificates upon completion of the American Red Cross standard First Aid course. Classes were held in the homes of Font Hill residents. The training program was coordinated with Howard County Civil Defense.

Residents participating were; Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Grass, Mr. W.E. Hardy, Mr. and Mrs. F.R. Hurley, Mrs. A.G. Kern, Mr. and Mrs. G.S. Krug, Mrs. R.R. Mealy, Mr. L.P. Morley, Mrs. D. Moriarty, Mrs. O.B. Rosstead, Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Spicer Jr. and Mr. K.O. Todd of Bonnie Branch Road."

Another article listed Howard County school winners:

"1962 Science Fair Winners: Junior High division:

Chemistry: Winners; 1. Keith Besse - Glenelg, 2. Neal Schoenian - Ellicott City, 3. Sharon Tignor - Lisbon. Honorable mention; Deininger - Waterloo, Donnal Hill - Ellicott City, Maureen Warner - Waterloo.

Earth and Astronomical Sciences: Winners; 1. Iris Smith - Glenelg, 2. Gay Fleming - Ellicott City. Honorable mention; Ann Miller - Waterloo, Martha Hough - Ellicott City, Chalres Schultz - Waterloo.

Medical Science: Winners; 1. Michael Gill - Waterloo. 2. Pat Thomas - Ellicott City. 3. Donna Mitzel - Ellicott City"

Southern trip:

"Mrs. Ollie Dorsey of Arbutus has been the guest of her sister, Mrs. Loretta Kirk of Harwood this past week.

"Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kirk and children Karen and Suzanne enjoyed a trip on Sunday to Calvert County and spent the afternoon at the Chesapeake Ranch club."

This club was in the Lusby Maryland area. While Southern Maryland can claim great fishing and boating, it's also horse country. Though canceled the last couple years, Roedown farm in Davidsonville, north of Lusby in southern Anne Arundel County, is the site of the Marlborough Hunt Race, an early spring race and one of the races on the Maryland Steeplechase docket.

Another of these races closer to home, to be held again this spring, is the Howard County Cup Race. It's a steeplechase, or point to point race, and great fun. This year it will be held May 5, at Pleasant Prospect Farm on Jenny's Chapel Road, off Route 97. It's their 69th running and tailgating is encouraged. In fact, there are prizes given for the best tailgate cuisine.

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