Real estate listings show a growing Howard County [History Matters]

March 1965

Conveniently located

From a Real Estate ad: "Security Investment Realtors, 8 Normandy Shopping Center

"94 Acres: Murphy Road and Route 216 in the Fifth district of Howard County. Improved 8 room frame home in good condition. This tract provides an investment opportunity to those seeking appreciation in Real Estate in Howard County. It is conveniently located to Route 29 and has road frontage on hard surface highway.

 "49 Acres: Located in the heart of Howard County on Triadelphia Road. Unimproved, wooded land priced at $750.00 per acre. A good tract to sub-divide into 3 to 5 acre home sites.

"37 Acres: Zoned Industrial on U.S. Route 1, at Whiskey Bottom Road. Water and sewer available to this very desirable industrial location. Improved with a home and diner. Terms can be arranged.

"20 Acres, Moderately priced zoned Industrial on U.S. Route 1. Conveniently located to proposed inter-change of new Route 32. Would be good investment or excellent site for immediate development.

"A Cozy rancher with 2 large bedrooms. Ideal for the Retirement Couple. Over l/2 acre of room for gardening. Taxes/ $213. Modestly Priced. "

From the Times Week's Fatalities column: "Ten persons were killed on Maryland highways last week according to the Maryland State Police. Four were drivers, one was a passenger and five pedestrians. Alcohol was a contributing factor in one death, speed in two and driver error in five. Highway fatalities are running 16% over last year at this time."

March 1924

Multiple Washington monuments

"First Monument to Washington In Ruins: What is said to be the first monument erected in honor of George Washington, in this country, is now a crumbling ruin. The monument is located at Boonsboro, Maryland, and was erected by the citizens of that place, July 4, 1827.

"The monument itself, was erected of granite, and is in the form of a conical tower, fifty-four feet around the base and thirty feet in height. A winding stairway around the outside of the tower, mounted to an observation platform which surmounted the shaft.

"During the Civil War, the tower was used as an observation point and look-out station during the battle of South Mountain, but now the 'first monument to Washington;' is a crumbling mass of stone 1,200 feet above the Frederick Pike.

"A bill is now before Congress for the complete restoration of the tower to its original height, and the surmounting of a beacon light which can be seen for miles in all directions."

 Now I was confused (not that it takes much) by this article, as growing up in the area we were all told that the Washington Monument at Mt. Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore was the first monument to our first president, hon. But Baltimore's monument is qualified as the first "architectural monument" dedicated to him, where the one in Boonsboro is the first "public" monument, finished two years earlier. The building of Baltimore's more famous monument, which sits near the Peabody Institute, was begun in 1815.

 According to Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, at Boonsboro, after the citizens of the town built the monument a ceremony was held which ended with a salute fired from Revolutionary War veterans. In the 1930s, the monument was rebuilt again by members of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

March 1890

Vernal days are here

 Times notes: "The usual harbingers of spring, return of song birds, resumption of frog concerts and blossoming of Easter flowers and Pyrus-Japonicas are noticeable in the vicinity.

"Some of the enthusiastic members of the two tennis clubs of the neighborhood have been trying their skill with racquet and ball since the advent of vernal days and one couple placed a tete-a-tete match of twenty one games; the result being that the lady secured a 'Sunday' score, i.e., one in seven or three out of the twenty one.

"It s rumored that a stocking factory is the latest enterprise projected for Sykesville.

"Wheat is looking remarkably well in this part of Howard County."

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