100 Years Ago
A Times political story included a picture of John Carroll with the caption, "John Lee Carroll, Doughregon, Governor 1876." The story also mentioned the 1912 presidential election and the "Honorable Blair Lee of Maryland," who was then a Maryland state senator and would, in a few years, become a United States senator.
Blair Lee was the great-grandson of Richard
Today there are schools named for Richard Henry Lee, in Chicago, California, and one here in Maryland; Richard Henry Lee Elementary School, in
Members of the Carroll family have been VIPs throughout much of Maryland's history, but the various branches of that family can get confusing. However, you can always recall Charles Carroll of Carrollton's role by remembering that all those "C's" mean "cash." He was one of the richest men in America and helped bankroll our fight for independence from
He died at 95, after leading a fascinating life. Among his many connections to the Howard County area he's also tied to the county's namesake in Maryland's state song: "Remember Carroll's sacred trust, Remember Howard's warlike thrust — And all they slumberers with the just, Maryland! My Maryland!"
75 Years Ago
A big government job was beginning that week, as noted in the Times:
"The immense job of registering 26,000,000 workers for old-age pension with the SSA will begin Monday with 45,000 office workers distributing to employees a form known as the 'Employers Application for I.D. number.' "
When social security first began, there were seniors that could not fathom the concept of the government sending them money and did not cash the checks, or those first years of checks, my grandfather among them. He was a big man of Irish-Scottish descent, a former sheriff who outlived two wives and had 12 children.
In 1936, at 71, he was still full of vim and vigor. So, like some of his peers, in addition to the big government implications of the new social security plan, grandfather also bristled at the idea of the government presuming he, of all people, needed any help!
50 Years Ago
Tubman's Harvest Ball, or Tsevrah Llab
In the school announcement section:
A couple of places to find out more about that school's namesake, Tubman (a former slave who ran a section of the Underground Railroad) is at the Howard County Center of African-American Culture, with the museum and children's library on
Whenever I read or hear about a queen of the harvest ball, and I can't but think about the movie, "Picnic." The movie featured a