August 1965

The livin' is easy

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"The Beaverbrook Homemakers held their annual crab feast Saturday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Stallings of Durham Rd. E. It is at this time each year that the ladies' husbands are their guests at a favored event for all concerned.

"Children's Theatre: The Brookwood Children's Theatre under the direction of Maureen Perry gave a ballet in June and Cinderella in July. Taking part were Carolyn Gingrich, Donna Morrison, Maureen Jeanne Marie, and Mary Anne Perry and Cindy Quenser, all of Brookwood Rd. in Brinkleigh.

"Dinner Party: Mr. and Mrs. William Kahlert of McAlpine Road entertained at a Dinner Party Saturday evening in honor of their week-end guest, Mr. James Hayes, of Riverton, N. J.

"Prior to Cotillion Dance Saturday evening, Mr. and Mrs. Malson Henry were hosts at a Dinner Party held at their home on Hawthorne Road."

August 1924

The forest primieval

"Picturesque Scenes in Forest Reserve; Banks of Patapsco In Howard County Attractive To Those Seeking Camp Sites

"(Editor's Note — Because few local people know about the Patapsco State Forest Reserve, the Times asked Mrs. Alice W. Peddicord, Elkridge correspondent, to write up an article on it. The article follows):

"'You may travel East or travel West but you will never find more beautiful natural scenery than in the State Forest Reserve, which extends along the Patapsco River between Relay and Ellicott City. The river flows calmly along between banks overhung with willow trees. The road keeps close to the river for miles.

"High hills slope down on either side. Here one sees a stream falling over rocks and making a miniature waterfall. There the stream has cut through the hill and flows as placidly as the river itself. Beautiful ferns cover large spaces; laurel grows higher up on the hills, covering them with a soft pink in spring, and a glossy green all the year; over the rocks, the columbines run."

Back in 1907 the park was called the Forest Reserve, then with 32 miles of reserved land along the Patapsco. In 1906 Gov.  Warfield appointed Fred Besley, a graduate of the Yale Forestry School, as State Forester. Besley worked with many influential people to help preserve forests, especially in the Patapsco river valley. Among Besley's many achievements in forestry was his tree measuring system which in 1956 was adopted nationwide.

From Mrs. Alice Peddicord's day and over the next 50 years, the Patapsco and the road along its banks remained much the same, until Hurricane Agnes came along in June of 1972. The devastating storm had a major impact on the park and the valley area and forced the closing of the park for many years. One minor impact was that the swinging bridge that I remember as a child, one that really swung, was wiped out by the storm to be eventually replaced by a milder version.

August 1890

On everyone's tongue

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"Reports of Fatal Affair — Ellicott City Full of Rumors — Nothing Definite Known

"Much excitement was occasioned in Ellicott City Thursday evening, by reports on the tongue of everyone that Dr. Dallas Anderson, of Harman's, near Jessup, was dead. It was stated that death resulted from injuries sustained in an altercation, a few days since, with Mr. Albert Warfield, a well-known and respected farmer of the same neighborhood.

"The reports were discredited by many, although it seemed to be well established that some difficulty had occurred. All efforts to obtain definite information from Jessup by wire were unavailing.

"Dr. Anderson is a well known physician of Harmans, a station of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Washington Branch. He is a man of family, and a son of the late Joshua Anderson. He has been a resident of Harman's for 15 years or more. He is of middle age.

"Mr. Warfield is about forty years of age. He came from Anne Arundel County not long since, and has relatives there now. He, too, is a man of family, a good citizen, and an upright man."

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