Duckpins have been a Maryland favorite for more than 100 years

100 Years Ago

Neighbors in war and peace

Social news from Lawyers Hill in the Times:

"Miss Warfield was the guest of Miss Mary Bowdoin on Sunday last."

From Pfeiffer's Corner social column:

"Miss Alice Wheeler spent the weekend in the home of her brother in Baltimore."

According to an 1860s U.S. Geological Survey Map, Pfeiffer's Corner's surrounding neighbors were John Smallwood's acreage and Trinity Chapel. Neighbors a bit to the south were the Dorseys, Millers, Ridgleys and Rollinses. To the northwest was Bellows Spring Methodist Church, the Hammond Dorsey land, Samuel Thompson's and Larkin Dorsey's acreage, and nearby, St. John's Church. The next year, when the Civil War came on the scene, neighbors would be split in their alliances.

But during the Revolutionary War men went to fight the British from every corner of the Colonies, including Pfeiffer's Corner, in the Waterloo area of the county. One of those was a land owner at Pfeiffer's corner, John Shipley, who went off to fight in 1771. But the war was going much better by then and in fact that spring when Shipley was going off to war, the Articles of Confederation were written. For the Maryland colony the document was witnessed by John Hanson, and Daniel Carroll.

Hanson was America's first president, under the Articles of Confederation. There were several other presidents after him, until we had a Constitution and George Washington became president in 1789. Hanson was quite active during his tenure, establishing government departments that remain today. He also told foreign troops to kindly remove themselves from our shores. A self-educated Marylander, Hanson's grandfather came to the U.S. as an indentured servant.

Also in the Times was the local bowling info:

"Schedule for Rodey's duckpin bowling leagues for 1911-1912

December: Tiber vs. Howard; Columbia vs. Patapsco; Ellicott vs. Md; Tiber vs. Columbia ... . "

The bowling season ran through April.

If you grew up in the Baltimore area, 10-pin bowling balls may have looked like some kind of joke when you first saw them. They looked to me like duck pin bowling balls on steroids. But there were a few area bowling alleys which gave bowlers a choice because they offered both, duck on one side and 10-pin on the other.

Forms of bowling have been around for thousands of years and for the rabid fan, there's the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame in Arlington, Texas.

75 years ago


In the Times the holiday gift buying ads were appearing:

"Ellicott City 5-10cents-$1.00 sale (Bob's Store)

Toyland: Santa Claus will be here this Saturday

Drums 10-15-25 cents; Air Rifles - Machine Guns; Oak Rocking Chari, $1.25; Sled $1.25; Folding Blackboards 49 cents; Mechanical Train - 79 cents - 1.49; Combination Board - 20 games all in one 25 cents."

50 years ago

Right formula

In a caption for a pharmacy ad in Times, with picture of woman holding an infant:

"Here's where you 'baby' all your RX needs; It is our business to keep pace with all the latest developments in medical science in order to help your doctor keep your baby and all the family healthy.

A brand new Rexall Drug Store; A New Location Rt. 40 & St. John's Lane - Mc ALPINE PHARMACY We Deliver Howard 5-4040."

One baby item much promoted back then was formula. Breast feeding for the moms of the Baby Boomer generation wasn't always encouraged. Society often intimated that a woman wasn't very smart or sophisticated if she breast fed her children, so formula and jars of baby food flew off the shelves. By the 1970s the benefits of mom's milk was reintroduced and the practice of breast feeding in vogue again.

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