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50 years ago: Land bought for private, Catholic high school

12:16 PM EDT, June 4, 2012

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As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, June 7, 1962:

The Catholic archdiocese purchased an 87-acre tract fronting Churchville Road, formerly Wagner's Farm, which would become the site of a new large Catholic high school. The new school would have a maximum capacity of 1,200 students, both girls and boys. Separate classrooms were planned for the boys and girls as well as separate buildings for members of the teaching staff. Approximately 22 acres would be developed for various athletic fields and programs. The plan was to have the school open in the fall of 1963.

A single engine plane crashed into the waters of Broad Creek after striking power lines near the Susquehanna River. The pilot managed to get out of the plane before it sank. He was rescued from the water minutes after the crash by a resident, Jennings Scarborough, who saw the entire crash from his summer cabin on Broad Creek. Witnesses reported that the plane had been circling low in the area just prior to the crash. The plane's right wing was nearly torn off when it struck the power lines. The plane was raised from 25 feet of water by divers from the Havre de Grace Police Department.

Rumors were circulating that the owner of the Big M Drive-in was dispensing "dope" to teenagers out of his establishment, though the federal Bureau of Narcotics said that they had no knowledge of such activity. It was believed the rumors were started by persons linked to a recent incident when the owner was forced to eject some teenagers who had been drinking to excess and making a nuisance of themselves.

A Magnolia Road couple, John Herbert, 74 and his wife, Lillian Herbert, 70, were both found dead in their home, apparent victims of heart attacks. State police troopers were called to the house by Lillian Herbert, who told police that her husband was suffering a heart attack and that she had pains in her chest as well. The trooper arrived at the house and found both occupants dead. Both Herberts were being treated for heart conditions by their family physician.

Three Aberdeen Proving Ground soldiers were injured as the result of a three-car crash on Route 40 east of White Marsh. The three cars were involved in a series of rear-end crashes. The drivers of the front two vehicles escaped injury, but their two passengers were hurt. Also hurt was the driver of the third vehicle, who was charged with reckless driving.

Kunkel Service Company hosted an open house to mark the formal opening of its new store and warehouse building on Belair Road. It was estimated that well over 1,000 people visited the new establishment during the evening festivities.

Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Richardson sold their farm fronting Route 1 near Hickory to the Harford Company. This property eventually was be crossed by two large state roads, an extension of the Bel Air By-pass and the future East-West Highway. This area was developing rapidly and would probably become the location for many residential areas in the future.

The seven Harford County high schools were preparing to graduate the 861 seniors who made up the Class of 1962. This represented an increase of 62 graduates over the graduating class number from 1961. The schools participating in graduation activities were: Aberdeen High School, Bel Air Senior High School, Edgewood High School, Havre de Grace High School, North Harford High School, Central Consolidated High School and Havre de Grace Consolidated High School.

In high school sports, the Edgewood Rams captured the county's high school baseball pennant, giving the school its first athletic championship in Harford County history.

At the Bel-Air Drive-in Theatre on Route 22 at Churchville, the Three Stooges were appearing in "Stop, Look and Laugh" with "13 Ghosts." Also showing were Sandra Dee and James Darren in "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" and James Stewart and Richard Widmark in "2 Rode Together" shown in color. At the Bel Air Theatre on Main Street, Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum and Polly Bergen were appearing in "Cape Fear."