25 Years Ago (Week of May 19-25, 1968):
* The Mahoney Brothers were awarded a contract to repave Ellicott City's Main Street and replace its sidewalks. Their winning bid was $93,000. Half the cost would be paid by the county, the other half would be funded by the Metropolitan Commission. The contract was awarded solely on cost. Twenty-one Main Street merchants had requested brick sidewalks to enhance the area's appearance, but this was rejected as being too costly.
* Reports released this week showed that the rate of residential building in April 1968 was double that of April 1967. The value of structures for which permits had been issued also more than doubled.
50 Years Ago (Week of May 23-29, 1943):
* Twenty-five residents of the Montgomery and Waterloo Road area appeared before the Board of County Commissioners to protest plans to build an incinerator along Waterloo Road on a parcel of land recently purchased by the county.
* Howard County housewives were urged by the County Rationing Board to report any violations of wartime price ceilings. Complaints would be heard by the "Price Panel" every Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Week of May 30-June 5, 1943):
* Two Howard County school girls drowned in the Patapsco River within hours of finishing their final examinations. The two girls, ages 13 and 14, were swimming with another friend. One girl went out too deep into the water and began to sink. When the second girl tried to rescue her, both were drowned. The accident happened in an area known as Horse Rocks, near Grays, east of Ellicott City.
Information for this column was compiled by Diane Mullaly from the files of the Howard County Historical Society's library.