50 Years Ago (week of June 6-June 14, 1941):

* On June 13 the largest graduating class ever from Lisbon High School -- 34 in number --received its diplomas from Isaac H. Taylor, president of the Howard County Board of Education.

The diploma presentation was the culmination of several days of graduation activities, including the reading of the class will and prophecy and singing of the class song, and the sermon to the graduates,given on Sunday June 6 by the Rev. Sidney Fitch, pastor of Lisbon Methodist Church.

* The Hilltop Theatre opened its season this Monday with a performance of the new comedy "Honey," which played before afull house.

The play was directed by Edward Padula, who was a director for WNBC-TV in New York, and featured performances by Hilltop players Gibbs Penrose, Allie Pierce, Mary Jane Stockham, Lyn Swann andAutelia Robbins.

25 Years Ago (week of June 5-June 11, 1966):

* Ellicott City's Main Street celebrated a milestone this week with the opening of the Carl Harris Gallery of Art at 14 Main St. This was the first of what was hoped would be a series of renovations of the buildings on Main Street, to spark a renaissance for the area.

The plan was to remodel five buildings into unique specialty shops. The Olde Towne Gun Shoppe was already in business; an antique clock and watch shop would open soon. Other ideas for the renovated buildings included an ice cream parlor, a coffee shop and a gourmet food store.

* A total of 711 high school seniors received diplomas this week in Howard County: Howard High School graduated 447; Glenelg, 232; and 32young women received diplomas from Trinity Preparatory School in Ilchester.

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

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