* 50 Years Ago (week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1, 1941):

A 17-year-old Howard County resident narrowly escaped death this week when his car skidded from Oella Avenue, struck a tree, overturned and rolled down a 60-foot embankment.

The car landed on its roof on the banks of the Patapsco River after flipping several times on its way down the embankment. The accident occurred sometime around midnight Friday. The driver, who was alonein the car, sustained only minor cuts and made his way to his home on Montgomery Road.

Two emergency calls were answered by the Ellicott City Fire Company this week. The first was an automobile fire on College Avenue, which started when alcohol boiled out of an overheated radiator and ignited.

The fire was put out with little damage tothe car. The second call was for a chimney fire at the home of Kenneth Groomes at Pine Orchard. This fire, too, was extinguished successfully with only minor damage reported.

* 25 Years Ago (week of Jan.23-Jan. 29, 1966):

Howard County received a check this week from State Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein in the amount of $16,986.

This amount represented Howard County's share of the state's distilled spirits tax collection for the second quarter of fiscal 1966.

That translates to 50 cents for each of the 33,972 gallons of distilled spirits delivered to Howard County retailers between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 1965.

The Howard County Board of Education announced that a search would begin Feb. 1 to find 119 teachers for the county school system to meet increased enrollment and fill vacancies caused by attrition.

Raymond McCullough, supervisor of teacher personnel, had appointments to interview June graduates of universities and colleges in Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

He was also considering visiting colleges in Ohio and Tennessee.

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

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