50 Years Ago (week of Feb. 15-21, 1942):
* A 21-year-old Howard County man was arrested this week for refusing to register for the draft. He was arrested by FBI agents at his home on Montgomery Road nearElkridge. The man stated religious reasons for not registering. Whenarraigned before U.S. Commissioner James K. Cullen, he was advised by Cullen that he could register as a conscientious objector and thereby obtain a deferment, but the man stood by his refusal to register.
* The family of James Macgill of Atholton received confirmation this week of his arrival in the Middle East war theater. Macgill was one of a group of 99 Americans volunteering to serve without pay as ambulance drivers in the battle zone. The group had begun its journey before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
25 Years Ago (week of Feb. 12-18, 1967):
* A 14-year-old Ellicott City boy lost part of his hand when a home-made bomb exploded while he was holding it. The bomb, madefrom match heads, a fuse, and crimped pipe, was described by county police as an example of a "new fad" in the area. Police cautioned parents to be aware of evidence of this fad, saying that the bomb would "propel bits of metal through the air" when exploded.
* The MacAlpine Pharmacy on Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City was broken into this week. Several bottles of narcotics were reported missing. Nosuspects were arrested.
Information for this column was culled from the Howard County Historical Society's Library.