25 Years Ago (week of March 3-9,...


25 Years Ago (week of March 3-9, 1968):

* Groundbreaking took place for construction of the second phase of the Roper Corporation's Eastern Products Division in Columbia. The new construction would add 300,000 square feet to the 120,000 square feet already completed. The plant would ** manufacture drapery hardware, ceiling suspension systems, venetian blind stock, and garden-type utility buildings. (The Roper complex now sits vacant.)

* It was announced this week that the Ellicott Theatre on Main Street in Ellicott City would be reopening under new management. Lawrence Perry, who operated a successful theater in Greenbelt, had leased the theater, which had been closed for four years. Perry planned to spend $3,000 to $4,000 on renovations and improvements. (The Ellicott Theatre is vacant once again.)

Information for this column was compiled by Diane Mullaly from the files of the Howard County Historical Society's Library.

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