Aegis buys Democratic Ledger; 10" of snow blanket Harford [50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, January 16, 1964:

The Democratic Ledger, a newspaper printed in Havre de Grace, was purchased 50 years ago this week by The Shield Press, publishers of The Aegis. The two newspapers were immediately merged and future publications would be continued under the name of The Aegis. The Democratic Ledger was founded in 1897 by Elmer H. Pritchett in a frame building on Franklin Street in Havre de Grace. The paper was bought by Leo M. Moore in 1904. He edited and published the newspaper until the time of his death in January 1946. The Ledger had since been edited and published by his sons, M. Moore and Charles Moore, from a brick building constructed in 1933. The Moore family would continue to retain the commercial printing part of their business.

Ten inches of snow fell on Harford County this week accompanied by below zero temperatures and high winds. Snow drifts reached heights of 10 to 12 feet in some areas, causing temporary blocking of many roads. Schools had to be closed for two days and all civic and recreational activities were canceled as well.

The first traffic fatalities of 1964 occurred this week during a high speed chase with the State Police. A 1963 Chevrolet Impala was pursued by the State Police for more than six miles before the crash. State troopers saw the car heading west on the highway going 70 mph. The speeding car slowed when the trooper pulled alongside, but then it sped away, going nearly 90 mph. Troopers tired to block the road ahead to slow them down, but the car swerved to the shoulder and turned onto Route 24. The auto sped toward Bel Air side-swiping a bridge and finally coming to a stop when it hit metal posts at the end of a sharp left hand curve. The three passengers were pronounced dead at the scene and the driver later died from his injuries at Harford Memorial Hospital.

A traffic fatality study of1963 showed that 10 fewer persons died on Harford County roads than in 1962. A total of 22 people died in auto accidents in Harford County in 1963, compared with the record total of 32 during the previous year. According to the State Police, the majority of the fatalities occurred in one-car accidents. In many of them, driver error and alcohol played a major part. Increased personnel and patrol activity were said to be the major factors in the decline of fatalities.

A school bus was struck by a tractor tailer on Route 40 near Havre de Grace sending 19 elementary school children and their bus driver to the hospital. All of the children were released from the hospital after examination with no serious injuries. The bus was stopped in the slow lane of traffic, discharging the children, when it was struck by the truck. The bus driver was tossed onto the steps of the bus, but no children outside of the bus were injured. All of the children were between the ages of 6 and 8 and were students from Aberdeen Elementary School.

The State Roads Commission awarded a contract to Henry C. Eastburn & Son, of Newark, Del., for completion of the Bel Air Bypass. The contract called for finishing the job in 325 work days, putting the opening of the by-pass in the middle of the summer of 1965.

At the Bel Air Theatre: "The Great Escape" starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough. Also showing "Charade" starring, Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

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