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Save the Patapsco Institute rally held in 1965 [History Matters]

October 1965

Rally around Patapsco Institute

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"First steps to save the Patapsco Institute was taken at a mass meeting on Thursday night at Howard High when 60 persons present voted unanimously to unite themselves into the 'Friends of the Patapsco Institute.'

"A steering committee was named to contact the County Commissioners and ask they buy the historic school, but only if they would agree to preserve, not destroy, the building. The new organization then would accept the responsibility of clearing the grounds and maintaining the building.

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"The steering committee, named by the temporary chairman, Mrs. Jean Holmes, included Senator James Clark, Mrs. Jean Hannon, president of Historic Ellicott Mills; Dr. Benjamin Mellor, president of the Patapsco National Bank, Delegate William S. Hanna, J. Carroll Jenkins, president of the Commercial and Farmers Bank, Jaycee president Richard Higgins, and Young Republican Club head, David Boswell.

"The entire group was reminded that 'time was of the essence' by Alfred J. Tighe, Jr. attorney for the University of Cincinnati, which recently inherited the building and grounds as part of an estate."

October 1924

'Hick town for sure'

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From Letters to the Editor:

"How Long, O Lord? How Long?

"Mr. Editor:  The citizens of Ellicott City are a long suffering and patient people, but is it not about time that they make protest against the treatment they are receiving at the hands of our postal authorities. Just think, Ellicott City is only ten miles from Baltimore and, yet, we are practically a 'one mail a day' town — a hick town for sure. When I say one mail a day I refer to the mail from Baltimore and the east. There is a mail arriving at about 6 P.M., but as it is so late it is usually left until the next morning, when it is distributed with the morning mail about 8:30 o'clock and that is it for the day so far as the incoming mail is concerned.

"As to the outgoing mail, while there are two mails leaving here in the forenoon, the last mail for the east must be in the post office before 3:50 o'clock or it lays over until the next day. As business houses usually cannot prepare their important correspondence until near the close of the day in order that it reach their customer promptly, they are compelled to send it by messenger either to Catonsville or Baltimore to be posted.

"This condition works a great hardship on business houses and should not exist in a community so close to Baltimore. How about the Times and our City Commissioners making an effort to induce our Postal Authorities to give us better mail service?

"Yours very truly,

"One who needs better mail service."

From Times notices:

"Proposal: Sealed proposals will be received by the County Commissioners of Howard County until 12 o'clock noon, on Tuesday, October 28th, 1924, when they will be publicly opened and read, for one car load (about 50 tons) of high grade bituminous coal, f.o.b., Baltimore & Ohio R. R. Co's. siding, at Ellicott City, Maryland.

"The County Commissioners reserve the right to reject any or all bids. The County Commissions Of Howard County. M.J. Sullivan, clerk."

October 1890

Disappointment, but amusement

"The Tournament Postponed: Owing to a misapprehension among the knights who were to ride at the tournament advertised has been postponed. The date will be announced later. Several hundred people assembled in the grove on Thursday, and while there was disappointment at the absence of tournament features, an enjoyable day was spent in dancing and other picnic amusement."

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