100 Years Ago

Society notes


From the Times social columns:

"Mrs. Allen Pittman of Ellicott City is still a patient at St. Agnes Hospital and is looking forward to convalescing at home. Her friends in the community are looking forward to her recovery.

"Mrs. Arthur Kolb has returned home from a visit with friends in Baltimore.

"Miss Nellie Charter has returned to her home in Somerset county, after spending some time with friends and relatives near Lisbon."

Somerset's most well-known town is probably Crisfield, where the annual National Hard Crab Derby and Fair is held every year. The county also encompasses Deale and Smith Islands, the latter being the only inhabited island in the Bay. Another Somerset claim to fame is that it's home to Maryland's official state dessert, Smith Island Cake, a luscious yellow multi-layered marvel with lots of unique chocolate frosting.

75 Years Ago

May it please the court

"Court House Approved By Board, Extension of Present Building of Thirty Feet — Cost Estimate at $26,000" was a headline of the following Times article:

"Plans for the building of an addition to the Court House have finally been approved by the County Commissioners. This is the culmination of several years efforts on the part of many familiar with the conditions at the Court House and the acceptance of the plans is unanimously endorsed by the County Commissioners whose responsibility it is to carry the project to fulfillment.

"Plans call for an extension of the present building for a distance of thirty feet in the rear. It will carry the building fifteen to eighteen feet into the newly acquired property to the north of the present site. In the new section will be housed the office of the Clerk of the Court and the fireproof vault, with ample working space for those required daily to inspect records. On the upper floor there will be extra space for the court officials and a bar library."

And in sports news: "C.C.C. Quint Defeats Dickey Club In Last Game

"By defeating the Dickey A.C. in a close contest last Sunday the C.C.C. Quint and the Finnish American club ended the final round of the Maryland Club Basketball League deadlock for the lead. The latter Quint won the opening round and the C.C.C. boys were victorious in the second round. The play-offs will be held in the Oella Community Hall, scene of this year's league games."

50 Years Ago

And they're off!


"Maryland's timber racing season will start on Saturday March 30th at 2:00 PM with the Howard County Race Meeting. In view of the farming activity at Glenelg Manor where the races have previously taken place, The Howard County Hunt has relocated its race course to 'Merryfield Farm,' the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Butler, on Roxbury Road east of route 97 in Howard County.

"Merryfield Farm is noted for the fine condition of its blue grass and an interesting race course has been constructed affording the spectator an exceptional view.

"Traditionally, the Howard County Hunt Meet starts the country timber races in Maryland. On successive Saturdays thereafter meets will be held at The Potomac Hunt, The Elkridge Harford Hunt, My Lady's Manor, The Grand National and Maryland Hunt Cup."

And from the want ads:

"FOR SALE: FAMILY COW — Owner moving, no place to keep it. $150. Also double bed, spring and mattress $20. Automatic washer, needs some repairs $20.

"FOR SALE: New 5-piece living room sets, $119.95. rugs, $3.98, Craftmaster paints $3.39 per gal. All colors. New and used furniture and appliances bought and sold. NAC charge plan. Easy credit, 67 Main Street Ellicott City."

NAC was a regional credit card. For some baby-boomers that bright yellow card was their first credit card and sometimes the only one they used for many years. It may have been our first charge card, but alas, it would be far from the last.