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History Matters: 'Columbia Pavilion will be a specially constructed, covered amphitheater'

December 1965

Music pavilion? Good idea

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Symphony news in the Times: "The Washington National Symphony this week accepted an offer from the developers of Columbia, Howard County to build a new concert facility. In making this announcement, Osby L. Weir, president of the symphony association, said this should make it possible to develop a major summer symphony season for the densely populated Washington Baltimore area, beginning in 1967.

"The offer was made by James W. Rouse, president of Community Research and Development, the firm building Columbia, a 14,000 acre model city here in Howard County. To be named the Columbia Pavilion of Music, the new concert center will be midway between Washington and Baltimore astride the rapidly growing transportation corridor between the two major cities. It was accepted by the symphony association board of directors on Monday and ratified by the CRD board last Tuesday.

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"Columbia Pavilion will be a specially constructed, covered amphitheater on an attractively landscaped 10-acre wooded site."

"Escapees Caught By County Police: Two inmates of the Maryland House of Correction, Jessup, who had escaped from one of the farm work details after 3:45 p.m. Nov. 18, were arrested by a Howard County Police Department Patrolman who spotted them near Laurel.

"The men were arrested as they walked along Rt. 1. They had been wandering around in the cold for over six hours looking for Baltimore City when the arrest was made at 10 p.m."

"Boy At Viet-Nam Front: Kenneth W. Beckett, son of George Beckett and Mrs. William Redmond, is at the front in Vietnam. Kenny, as we know him, is a private first class whose most recent base was LBJ (Long Bein Junction). His home in Howard county is on the Marriottsville Road.

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"Kenny, who worked as a 'fly-boy' on the Stromberg plant's offset press, writes to his former boss — Edward Zellmer, press foreman.

" 'I arrived in Viet-Nam on November 2. I came by boat to Saigon and then and a C-130 to Bein Hoa. From there by truck to LBJ, where I have been for about two weeks.

" 'We are living in big squad tents with a least three too many in each tent. The weather is hot and sticky, and it gets up to about 110 degrees. They tell us it will get even hotter when the monsoon season sets in about April 1. This is a combat area — I draw combat pay, overseas pay — and believe it or not, have assigned most of it home.

" 'We have engaged in combat with the Viet Cong, especially while on guard and yesterday Nov. 12 one of our 2nd Lts. was killed or wounded, I am not sure which. We have heard plenty of mortar fire as well as artillery. So far, I have not been too scared, but there have been times I would have given anything to be back working on the press ink and mess too.

" 'Kids in the town of Bein Hoa go crazy when they see us GI's and ask for chewing gum, cigarettes — anything to eat. Most of the people live very poorly and they have a lot of diseases.

" 'Tell the fellows I say hello and please write.

" 'PFC Kenneth W. Beckett' "

Kenneth Beckett survived the war, married, raised a family and worked at the Howard County Times in Ellicott City for many years. He passed away in 2009.

Social notes: "Mrs. Clara Woodward has been on the sick list, but is improving.

"Mrs. Carrie Gosnell of Lisbon is now visiting her son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Gosnell at Sparrows Point."

December 1924

Standout steers

"Howard County Farmer Sells Fine Cattle

"Fifteen head of fattened cattle which George C. Roeder, of the Union Stock Yards, claimed were the best seen this year, were sold last week by Samuel S. Owings, of Howard County. The steers were of the black Aberdeen-Angus poll stock, and carried an average weight of 1,508 pounds. Mr. Owings had fed the cattle for one year. They brought nine cents per pound."

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