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50 Years Ago (week of June 14-20, 1942):

* Howard County's scrap rubber drive was under way this week. The objective of the drive was for residents to turn in scrap rubber for recycling into products to be used in the war effort. Tires, inner tubes, rubber shoe soles, hot water bottles, gloves, raincoats, and "plumber's helpers" were all sought as contributions. Each gasoline station in the county was a designated collection point.

* Heavy rains, wind, and lightning tore through the county this week and caused substantial damage. Trees were uprooted, several farm buildings were blown down and three farm animals were killed by lightning. There were also reports throughout the county of damage from high water.

25 Years Ago (week of June 11-17, 1967):

* The Howard County Teachers Association voted this week to stop its work-to-rule protest of the County Commissioners' cuts in the proposed school budget. This meant that teachers agreed to participate in extra-curricular and after-school student activities in the 1967-68 school year.

* Sister Mary Isidore Smith, an Oblate Sister of Providence for 77 years, died this week at the age of 96. Her mother, Mary Baxter Smith, was said to have been a favorite slave of the Carroll family of Doughoregan Manor. When Sister Mary Isidore's parents were freed in 1865, they continued to send their children to Doughoregan Manor for religious instruction.

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

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