50 Years Ago (week of July 20-26, 1941):
* The 18th annual Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department carnival opened this week. Opening night, July 25, featured a performance by WBAL-Radio's Bill Herson, who sang songs and conducted a quiz game. On Saturday, a parade formedat Rogers Avenue marched through downtown Ellicott City to the carnival grounds at Ellicott City Elementary School.
* A meeting was held this week at the county Court House in Ellicott City for the purpose of organizing a fund drive in Howard County for the United Service Organizations. Representatives of churches, homemakers clubs, service clubs and other county organizations were in attendance. The county's quota for contributions was set at $3,500.
25 Years Ago (week of July 17-23, 1966):
* A nine-car caravan ofwhite-robed Ku Klux Klan members waving Confederate flags traveled through Howard County last Saturday. To prevent any untoward incidents, three Howard County police cars escorted the Klan members through the county as they traveled up Route 1 to Baltimore. The motorcade appeared to be the result of a Klan rally held in Easton the previous weekend.
* Residents of the MacAlpine, Crestleigh, and Dunloggin areas of Ellicott City met at a local home to organize a formal protest against the Board of Education's proposal to locate a new elementary school in the area. The residents felt that the addition of a 50-student school to the area would cause a serious traffic hazard and wouldeventually require that MacAlpine, Chatham and Northfield roads be widened to accommodate the traffic. The residents believed that this road widening would be an "extravagant waste" of taxpayers' money; they hope to propose a better location for the school at the next regular meeting of the Board of Education.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's library.