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March 1970

Rouse and Brits team up

From a Times article regarding a joint project by the Rouse Company and British home builder Wates Limited, and their plans for HUD housing:

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"The affiliate is to begin operations April 1, when Wates officials start arriving in Columbia, the Rouse-Wates headquarters, from their former base in London.

"Project Breakthrough was announced last spring by HUD Secretary George Romney; 276 prototype housing proposals were submitted to HUD last September, and 37 'semi-finalists' were announced in January. The 22 winning proposals were released February 26. Construction on some of the units may start as early as summer, but the completion dates 'vary all over the ball park.' "

March 1940

Easter chicks a no-no

"Colored chicks For Easter Against Law: A warning has been issued by Dr. Donald J. Roop, Deputy State and Baltimore County Health Officer, against buying live baby chicks and ducks intended as pets for the Easter Season."

"March 19 — Luncheon — Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City. Tickets 35 cents; March 25 — St. Patrick's card party and luncheon, St. Louis Parish, Clarksville; March 26 — Card and bingo party. Members of the active Fire Dept. of Howard County; April 10 — Card and bingo party. E.C. Elementary School; April 5 — Happy Johnny, Oella Hall. Benefit Epworth League.

A large ad in the Times: "Meadowridge Invites You to Easter Sunrise Worship: Easter Morning, 6 to 7 A.M. Observe the spirit of Easter amid the divine beauty of Meadowridge. Officiating Clergymen: Rev. Hilary Bowen; Rev. Roland Brogan; Rev. Charles Harrison; Rev. Hoyte Jones; Leonard C. Fleischmann.

"Music Program by All Saints Lutheran Choir; John Ruth, Music director. Meadowridge Memorial Park, Washington blvd. at Dorsey Rd."

Yes, sunrise services can be lovely, but brrrrr; you must dress like it's sunset in Alaska, especially for an early Easter. In 1940 it was on March 24. The earliest Easter canfall is March 23, which happened in 2008. (Easter is determined as the first Sunday, after the first full-moon, after the Spring Equinox (March 20).

March 1915

Feeling poorly

Jessup social notes:

"Little Miss Marian Gainer is quite sick at her home, Fair View, Howard County; Mr. Wm. H. Manson is again very ill at his home, 'Rupee,' under the care of Dr. R.A. Hammond.

"Miss Bertha King has returned from Elkridge; Miss Maybelle Steele and Miss Maybelle E. Babbs spent Wednesday in Baltimore."

"A large crowd attended the dance at Woodstock Lyceum on Friday night; A large crowd attended the dance at the Glenwood Country Club on Monday night.

"Mr. Wm. E. Talbott has purchased the St. Clement property on Columbia avenue, this city.

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"Mr. Edmund Dorsey Dead: Prominent Citizen Of Fourth District And At One time County Commissioner Passes Away Suddenly.

"The annual play for the benefit of the Rock Hill College base ball team will be given at the College next Monday afternoon.

"Drs. Howard A. Kelly and W.W. Davis, of the Lord's Day Alliance delivered addresses in Emory M.E. Church here last Sunday."

If you'd like more history, try the Howard County Historical Society's lecture series. Upcoming on April 3, is a presentation by Fred Dorsey on the Elkridge estate, Belmont. In May, there's a lecture on Maryland Flags and in June, "Archaeology in Howard County." Contact the historical society for more info.

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