*50 Years Ago (week of Sept. 8-Sept. 14, 1940): Approximately 20 Howard County 4-H Club boys won prizes totaling $296.50 at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, either as judges or exhibitors of cattle or swine. A total of 11 dairy animals, 10 "baby beef" cattle and six head of swine represented Howard County at the event.

The Ellicott City Fire Co. responded to two fires this week. The first was at the Pinel Clinic, formerly Dr. White's Sanitarium. The fire began in the building's basement, when a spark ignited before some trash while the basement was being cleaned. The fire was extinguished before any damage was done to the building. The second fire was at the home of Ben Lilley on College Avenue, where a fire of unknown origin destroyed a summer kitchen.

Damage was estimated at $350.

*25 Years Ago (week of Sept. 5-Sept. 11, 1965): Elkridge resident Patricia Anne Roswell completed 10 weeks of training to become a Peace Corps volunteer. After a brief visit home this week, she departed for Ecuador to take part in Peace Corps-sponsored agricultural development projects in that country.

It was announced this week that members of the Howard County Citizens Curriculum Advisory Committee would be making unannounced visits to county classrooms throughout the school year. Committee chairman Dr. Robert Schultz assured teachers that his group was not a "spying committee" to evaluate teachers, but was, rather, engaged in a data-gathering exercise which would result in a report that would be presented to the Board of Education in November of 1966.

* Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society Library.

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