Baltimore County

Fire destroys laundry building in Havre de Grace [50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, January 9, 1964:

A huge early morning fire in Havre de Grace completely destroyed the Carroll's laundry building 50 years ago. The damage was estimated at $100,000. One hundred and twenty-five volunteer firemen from 10 trucks arrived on the scene. The firefighters from Havre de Grace, Port Deposit, Perryville, Level and Aberdeen released more than 300,000 gallons of water on the blaze in an effort to save the adjoining homes. The brick building took up a full half block bordered by Adams, Franklin and Warren streets. The laundry had been used as a pick-up station for the Elite Laundry of Baltimore. The only equipment still inside were eight dryers, which were all ruined by the fire.

The first civil marriage ceremonies were performed at the Bel Air Courthouse by the Chief Deputy Clerk of the Court. One groom, Roy E. Bryan of Pittsburgh, Pa., and his bride, Cheryl Jean Farrar, were the second couple to take advantage of the new Maryland law permitting civil marriage. Eight marriages were performed in three days by the Clerk's office. The cost of a civil marriage was $10, in addition to the normal license fee, which was a total cost of $16 for a couple to be married.

A total of 1,814 building permits were issued in 1963, which set a new county record. The largest number of permits, 218, were issued for the new community of Joppatowne.

A construction contract was awarded to Maurice and Ralph Klein to build the new Forest Hill Post Office. The Klein brothers would construct the new building at Route 24 and lease it to the department for five years with renewal options. The building would remain under private ownership with the owner paying the local real estate taxes. The new post office at Forest Hill would be constructed on a 8,657-square-foot site with ample space for parking and the movement of the postal vehicles.

Data complied by the Department of Agriculture showed that Harford County residents were smoking at a greater rate than ever, even with the new evidence that cigarette smoking could shorten a person's life and that smoking was also linked with lung cancer and heart disease. The rate of consumption was 180 packs per year for every local resident over the age of 14. This was 7 percent higher than it was 10 years ago in 1954.

Gov. Millard Tawes was on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony to open the First Harford Federal Savings and Loan Association in Aberdeen on Bel Air Avenue.

Vandals struck again in the Bel Air area, upsetting little foreign cars. The practice, which ended suddenly several months earlier, started back up again this week. A Volkswagen, an Opel sedan and a 1962 Rambler station wagon were all found lying on their sides. It took the help of a few neighbors and local police to upright the cars for their owners.

At the Bel Air Theatre: "The Wheeler Dealers," starring Lee Remick and James Garner; and "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?" starring Dean Martin, Elizabeth Montgomery, Jill St. John and Carol Burnett.

The Bel Air Lions Club presented its 10th Annual Variety Show at the Bel Air High School Auditorium. Proceeds from 'You Name It," a fast-paced variety and musical show, would be used in financing the Lions Club Scholarship Fund, Assistance to the Blind and other community aids for which the Lions Club was involved.

Prizes were awarded to residents who showed the most holiday spirit with their Christmas decorations outside their homes in the Edgewood Meadows community. First prize of $25 went to the Podlasech family of 3 Cherry Place.

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