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50 years ago (week of Feb. 1-7,...


50 years ago (week of Feb. 1-7, 1942)

* Harriet H. Warfield and her special education students at Ellicott City Elementary, also knownas the Opportunity Class, saw themselves on film this week. The filmwas produced for the use of R. C. Thomas, state supervisor of attendance and special education, and it showed Warfield's class in their regular daily activities of handicrafts and citizenship work.

* Chief Air Raid Warden Benjamin Mellor Jr. indicated this week that acquisition of a countywide system of air raid warning sirens wasunder serious consideration. The county had two such sirens in placeat the time, and it was hoped that three more could be obtained. Because the materials used for the construction of air raid sirens were being conserved for use by the War Department, Mellor was unsure whether the additional sirens would be forthcoming.

(25 years ago (week of Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, 1967)

* The Howard County Board of Education requested raises for teachers which, if approved, would start first-year educators at $6,000 per year. The starting salary for new teachers at the time was $5,000.

* It was announced this week that theDoughnut Corp. of America had been sold to the Washington-based Wilkins-Rodgers Co., producer of Washington cake and muffin mixes. The doughnut firm had operated in the Ellicott City area since the early 1920s. The Wilkins-Rogers Co. stood near the site of one of the Ellicott brothers' original mills on the Patapsco River.

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

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