The controversy surrounding Route 32 in 1965 [History Matters]

July 1965

 Figuring out Route 32

"Protests downgrading of 32: M.G. Ellingswoth, of Ellingsworth Realty, Jessup, developers of the County's first industrial park, in a letter to the commissioners said in the newspaper article (Court House Caps. June 9) concerning the downgrading of Route 32 between the Boulevard and the County line, 'is bad news for Howard County.'

"The millions of dollars now being spent on 1 70-N in Howard County would have been saved if Route 40 had originally been built as a controlled-access highway. One of Howard County's greatest assets is its location on the principal North-South highway routes. By giving our industrial sites the best possible access to these routes we will continue to attract industries which will help keep our tax structure in balance.'

The latest information indicates that the location and plans of Route 32, between the Washington Boulevard and the Anne Arundel County line, have been changed by the S.R.C. from proposed limited access highway, with the existing road service as a service road, to a 24 ft. roadway with 10 foot shoulders and the existing road serving as one lane of an ultimate dual highway without control of vehicular access. The type of highway now proposed by the S.R.C. also allows one commercial type entrance every 100 feet.

"In answering Mr. Ellingsworth, the Commissioners said, 'Route 32 is not to be downgraded. The State Roads commission is making a study to make it a dual lane road.' "

July 1924

Who's doing what

"Mr. J. H. Iglehart has rented his farm in this county to Mr. George W. Pressgrave of Virginia. Mr. W.H. Mosher, the present occupant, will give possession in the fall.

"Dr. Thaddeus W. Clark, of Baltimore, was in Ellicott City Wednesday. Dr. Clark is recovering his usual health and good spirits after a protracted illness.

"Miss Dorothy Bannon, of Baltimore, spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Bannon, of 'Ara Hall.'

"Mrs. James Murphy has returned to Washington, after visiting Mrs. Charles Murphy. Mrs.  J.  Frank Harman recently visited relatives in Baltimore.

"Miss Mary Dunn and brother Oliver Dunn, of Baltimore, will spend the latter part of the summer with their uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. J. Frank Harman, of the Old Annapolis Road.

 "Nine carrier pigeons, sent by express to the depot here, by F. A. Clarke of West Biddle St. Baltimore, were released Tuesday at 1:50 P.M."

Whenever I hear or read about pigeons I can't help think about Cher Ami, one of the pigeons used by the allies in World War I in Europe to deliver messages. When allied soldiers were trapped behind enemy lines, and other pigeons were shot down, the S.O.S. message attached to Cher Ami was received when she made it through a barrage of gunfire. The message arrived in time to save 200 Americans. Although she was wounded and lost a leg, this hero bird was fitted with a wooden leg by military surgeons. After her death, she was stuffed and today you can see her at the Smithsonian.

July 1890

News from old Howard

  "What We Like to Hear: Mr. George W. Mercier, who is busy collecting subscriptions for The Times, has received a letter from New York, with an unsolicited payment, saying: 'The paper is a welcome visitor and is well worth its price for the news it gives of old Howard.'

"Bequest to St. Peter's: By the will of the late Mrs. Adeline D. Miller, St. Peter's Protestant Episcopal church receives a bequest of one thousand dollars. Mrs. Miller during her lifetime was a member of St. Peter's and always took an active interest in its welfare.

"Howard Happenings: The monument to the memory of the late George Holmes and Miss Susanna Warfield has arrived and been taken to Holy Trinity Church, Eldersburg, in the churchyard of which place it will be erected at the graves of the deceased. It is a handsome granite obelisk intended as a memorial for several members of the family."

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