100 Years Ago
In the new year of 1912 changes in ownership of the land continued with hundreds of acreage for sale in Howard County, as advertised in the Ellicott City Times:
"FOR SALE; SANTA FE FARM the home of the late Mrs. Elizabeth Wethererd situated three miles from Ellicott City near Columbia P.O. Md. Containing 225 Acres more or less and in a high state of cultivation. The improvements consist of a Large Dwelling containing Ten rooms, Large Hall, Water in the House supplied by dam from never failing spring. Bath Room and other fixtures. Manager's House, Carriage House and Stable. Barn and Stabling under same. Grainary, Two Barracks, Cow Stable and other outbuildings. For terms apply to SAML S. OWINGS Columbia P.O. Md.
FOR SALE; A very desirable small place containing 34 Acres of good cultivated land improved by New Four Room Dwelling costing $1200. New stable , 5 stalls, loft for 4 tons of hay, large quantity of young fruit, find well, fine fencing. Situation on road from Miller's Corner to Boulevard, 1 mile form Boulevard, 4 miles from Elkridge, 4 miles from Ellicott City. terms exceptionally reasonable. EDWARD BURR POWELL. Times Building, Ellicott City."
Of course there still is a Miller's Corner. And the "Boulevard," to which this ad refers, was, is, and may always be to locals, Washington Boulevard. U.S. Route 1 was then the only major thoroughfare from north to south. And as the Appian Way was to Rome, the boulevard was the way to Washington, only instead of tree-lined, it was billboard lined.
75 Years Ago
From the Glenwood social column:
"Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pindell and son and Mr. Stuart Pindell were guests of Mr. and Mrs. R. Spencer Pindell last week. During Christmas week a number of dinner parties were given in the neighborhood. Mr. and Mrs. S. Boone Dorsey were hosts to a large family gathering on Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. G. Thomas Clark entertained the same day.
Mrs. W.H. Stinson gave a dinner party Christmas Day. Mrs. Wm. T. Ridgely spent Christmas week with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J.O. Ridgely. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mathews spent Christmas with Mrs. Matthews's family in Kentucky." And,
"Mr. Chas H. Macy gave his usual New Year's Eve Party."
And what was "his usual" party?? Perhaps there's a reason for the lackluster, not exactly robust description here. Maybe it's that the community columnist wasn't invited to the shindig!
Does Macy's "usual" mean his usual "boring" New Year's Eve party? Or, it could have been "elegant" or maybe a "wild and crazy, get-down funky, dancin' on the ceilin' to the victrola" party. But from this paltry party notice, we'll never know.
50 Years Ago
The right speed
There was a large photo in the paper that week of two men looking over large pieces of equipment at the Applied Physics Laboratory.
"To Test Rocket Engines: A new Hypersonic Propulsion Research Laboratory wherein scientists can provide the environment of the upper extremes of our atmosphere and simulate flights of air breathing engines at speeds as high as ten times that of sound will be open this month at the Applied Physics Laboratory of The Johns Hopkins University in Howard County.
Dr. H.L. Olsen, left, who heads the Hypersonic Propulsion Laboratory ... examines complicated exhaust system of one of the four test cells in which air-breathing engines, rockets and missile models can be tested under simulated flight conditions of high speeds in the upper atmosphere ... ."
Engineers and scientists had obviously come a long way in the 15 years since the sound barrier had been broken. It was in October 1947 when Chuck Yeager reached Mach 1 in his X-1 aircraft. Yeager had a long career as a test pilot and was portrayed in the movie, "The Right Stuff."
Yeager enlisted in the Army Air Force during World War II as a private. He ended his military service as a general. He also had a brief acting career — very brief — as he played the role of the bartender in "The Right Stuff."