Howard County Times

'Man Found Dying on B.&O. Embankment: dies While On Way to Ellicott City' [History Matters]

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May 1965

Youth in the news


County notes in the Times:  "Guilford: Six youths and nine adults from Howard County were delegated to the twenty-fifth annual Maryland State Conference of the NAACP branches on Saturday May 1, at Rockville. At the banquet concluding the event, the Honorable George Weaver, Assistant Secretary of Labor, was guest speaker, Mrs. Juanita Jackson Mitchell is state president of the organization.

"Holiday Hills: Donna Hill, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Hill of Vista road, is a Merit Scholarship winner. Contestants -— the top students all over the United States — are given exams in their junior year, and winners attend the best schools of the nation. Donna will be a freshman next fall at the University of Michigan.


"Hammond Village: Making their first Communion at St. Louis Church in Clarksville on Saturday, May 1, were Diane Davis, Maureen Ward, Joan Puzzini, and Michael Hartley.

"Festival Out-does Weather: Even the cold and dampness couldn't dampen the Atholton elementary supporters' enthusiasm for the Spring Festival last Saturday, reported Co-chairman Ester Belzer. A huge crowd spent a tidy sum, had a ball, went home happy. One of the biggest successes was the music of the knights, a group from Howard High. Mr. Lee McCarriar was co-chairman with Mrs. Belzer."

May 1924

Mystery dead man

"Man Found Dying on B.&O. Embankment: dies While On Way to Ellicott City — Registered At Hotel As J.H. Yorkburg

"A man who claimed to be a World War veteran and who had been registered at the Howard House, in Ellicott City as J.H. Yorkburg, was found lying at the foot of the embankment of the B.&O. railroad near Gray's last Sunday evening. He died while being brought to Ellicott City. Efforts on the part of local officials thus far have filed to establish the man's identity. The body is being held at the undertaking parlors of Easton's Sons."

Woodbine social notes: "Mrs. Nelson Frye spent Monday in Baltimore. Mr. and Mrs. George E. Baker and children of Baltimore county, spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baker. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Bidinger and son spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Bidinger at Cooksville."

May 1890


Laying in liquor

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County notes:

"When Freedom Went Dry:  The adoption of local option Freedom district, Carroll County, had the effect of rousing the Third and Fourth districts of Howard County, to the realization of their situation and many an old jug was brought in with requisition and sent over the line to be filled. One respectable old citizen, who has not taken a drink for many years, said he thought it best to lay in five gallons.

"Mrs. F. M. Shipley of Glenelg, who has been under the care of Dr. J.J. Chisolm, of Baltimore, for an ocular affection, has returned home. While in Baltimore she was the guest of Mrs. J.S. Barrett of 1035 Sharp St.

"Tickets are on sale for a concert at Montevue Hall which promises to be a rare and enjoyable event. The Times cannot announce the program this issue but will do so next week.

"Mr. George Becraft, a well-known market man of Ridgeville, died Saturday of consumption.


"Right You Are, Neighbor: A family in Chesapeake City are mourning the late of a promising boy about ten years old. It all comes about from the insane notion that many men and women have that they must have a dog in the house. It is about time that hydrophobia had proved a sufficient warning."

The rabies vaccine was invented by Louis Pasteur and Emile Roux just five years before. The first person to be administered the vaccine was a young boy who was bitten by a rabid dog. The boy survived and lived to be a senior citizen.