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History Matters

February 1970

Go-go girls wanted

From Times ads:

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"Antiques — Old things, cut glass, silver china, sm. pcs of furn. misc items; Old Dolls Wanted; also will buy old doll clothes. Private party;

"Receptionist — Mature, attractive, alert w/ light typing & PBX expr for part or full-time;

"Local Go Go Girls. Apply in person. Age 18 and up. Attractive salary."

February 1940

On stage at Ellicott City High

"Ellicott City High Students Present Washington Plays; Six Episodes In Life Of first President Written By Helen Kindler, Student

"A pageant in full costume portraying six episodes in the life of George Washington was presented last Thursday, February 22, at a special assembly of the Ellicott City High School. The playlets, written and directed by Helen Kindler, a student, were presented by the school dramatic club, with musical background by the glee club.

"The cast for the dramas consisted of Paul Cavey, as George Washington; Helen Kindler, William Urspruch, Edward Peddicord, William Van Horn, Charles O'Neill, Renee Brendel."

February 1915

Quite a fire

"Elkridge Has Quite A Fire

"Mr. Louis Silbereisen's Establishment On Main Street Near The B&O. R.R. Catches Fire And Before Effective Fight Can Be Made Greater Portion Of Structure Is Ruined; 'Old Reliable' Catonsville Engine On Job As Usual.

"Elkridge was roused on last Saturday by a spectacular early morning fire which completely gutted the main wing of the brick building owned by Mr. Louis Silbereisen and occupied by him with a confectionary store and pool room. The blaze, which originated on the roof from unknown causes, was discovered about 4:50 A.M. by Herman Brooks, colored, who notified Mr. Silbereisen, who had already arisen.

"Mr. Silbereisen at once aroused his family, consisting of Mrs. Silbereisen and Messrs. John and Charles and Miss Hilda Silbereisen and aided by many of the towns people, they set about fighting the flames and saving the store fixtures and merchandise.

"A call was quickly sent to the Catonsville Fire Company and Captain Rohner and his men made a record run with his Catonsville truck."

" 'Old Glory' Raised At High School

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"Magnificent American Flag Presented To The Ellicott City High School By Howard Council J.O.U.A.MIs Accepted With Elaborate Ceremonies, Occasion Marked By Fine Speaking And Music; Miss Margaret H. Phillips Makes Speech Of Acceptance

"With splendid civic and military ceremonies, a large and beautiful American flag was presented to the Ellicott City High School by Howard Council No. 46, Junior Order United American Mechanics on Washington's Birthday, which anniversary was observed last Monday."

"Indeed the patriotic fervor of the whole neighborhood was aroused by the Oella Cornet Band, a fine rendition of those soul stirring tunes which make men do or die for the flag.

"Enthusiasm was roused to its highest pitch when the cord which held the flag was pulled by little Miss Mary Lilly, the folds of 'Old Glory' were flung to the breeze."

There is a unique history regarding the original 'Old Glory'. The flag was owned by a Capt. Driver, a New Englander and 19th century sea captain who flew it on his vessel in the 1820s and 1830s. The flag then went to Tennessee, survived the Civil War there, incognito (hidden in a quilt), and today you can see it at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

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