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50 Years Ago (week of May 3-9,...


50 Years Ago (week of May 3-9, 1942):

Brendel's Manor Park, on Frederick Road about four miles west of Ellicott City, opened for the summer season this week. Ten thousand people turned out for the first Sunday of the season. Happy Johnny and his Gang provided entertainment. Admission the park was 35 cents.

Mr. and Mrs. Cissel of Waterford Farm sponsored a meeting of the Daisy Grange at their home this week. At the meeting, which was preceded by a covered dish supper, the district's chief air raid warden, Edwin Hatfield, gave an informative talk about various types of bombs. New farming ideas and recipes were also exchanged by the meeting's attendees.

25 Years Ago (week of April 30-May 6, 1967):

An announcement was made this week that a public library building would be constructed in Columbia's Wilde Lake Village Center. The announcement was the result of a joint agreement between Rouse Co. and the Howard County Library Board.

Jessup resident Francis Xavier Edwards, also known as the Grand Imperial Wizard of the Interstate Ku Klux Klan, was arrested by Maryland State Police and charged with the theft of cans of motor oil and a rack, valued at more than $100. The items allegedly had been stolen from a service station on Washington Boulevard. Edwards was indicted by a Prince George's County grand jury and charged with larceny.

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

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