50 Years Ago (week of May 10-16,...


50 Years Ago (week of May 10-16, 1942):

* A delegation of county parents appeared before the county commissioners this week to request a $200 bonus for all public school teachers in Howard County. Mrs. J. Frank Curtis, the group's spokeswoman, made the request in the hope of keeping school staffs intact.

Many county teachers were finding it difficult to make ends meet with their salaries, and some were thinking of transferring to other counties where the pay was better. Teacher's salaries were 15 percent to 30 percent higher in neighboring counties, while Baltimore City paid as much as 50 percent more than Howard County. The county school budget for 1941-1942 was $290,000.

* County farmers in need of extra laborers for the summer months were advised to apply at the county agent's office for assistance from youths who had been trained at the McDonogh School for this purpose. The boys, ages 15 to 18, had received instruction in various aspects of farming, including operation and care of farm machinery, and care and feeding of animals. In addition to providing help to the farmers, the program was also seen as a way of fostering better understanding between urban and rural people.

25 Years Ago (week of May 7-13, 1967):

* The Howard County Department of Education began finalizing plans for its long-awaited public kindergarten program. It was estimated that about 25 half-day kindergarten sessions would be needed to provide for the county's population of 5-year-olds. Half of the $303,000 allocated for the program would come from the state.

* Margaret Wilderson, a senior at Howard High School, was awarded a $612 tuition scholarship to Strayer College by attaining the top score in a competitive exam given by the college to high school seniors in Howard, Anne Arundel and Carroll counties.

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

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