50 years ago: Fishing gear stolen from cabins; body found along HdG railroad tracks

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, February 14, 1963:

Two summer cabins were broken into by burglars in the Lapidum area. A large quantity of fishing gear was stolen from both of them. Rods, reels and other fishing equipment, valued at $550, was stolen from one cabin and similar items were stolen from a second cabin whose value was estimated at $18.

A body was found near the Route 7 bridge along the railroad tracks in Havre de Grace. The 68-year-old man, identified as W. Morgan Holloway, was lying between two Pennsylvania Railroad tracks. The victim had been struck and fatally injured by a passing train sometime in the early morning.

A duplex on Juanita Street in Havre de Grace was the scene of a fire that left two families homeless. The blaze did considerable damage to both sides of the dwelling and caused the family of five on one side and a couple on the other to find new residences. The fire that started in a chimney, spread quickly through the roof rafters and did considerable damage to the second floor. Fire and water damage was considerable on the main level.

A 28-year-old Rocks man was taken into custody by the FBI and charged with two counts of transporting stolen cars across state lines. The gentleman was also wanted in Utah and Wisconsin on larceny and embezzlement charges.

A $466,000 federal grant was approved for Harford Memorial Hospital, which would help fund the new hospital construction. Harford Memorial planned to begin construction on a $1.5 million building and renovation program. The construction included 52 new beds which would provide 12 new beds in the pediatric department and 12 new beds in the maternity department. There would also be a new three room X-ray department, three new delivery rooms and an additional nursery. When complete Harford Memorial would be a 184 bed and 35 bassinet institution.

The well-known Strasbaugh property at Harford Furnace was sold to Mr. and Mrs. William Boniface. About 30 acres were included in the sale and it was expected \ the purchasers would keep a few thoroughbred mares on the property.

Charles Spalding, a local Realtor, contracted to purchase the former Cosner property at the corner of Bond and Thomas streets. The plans called for a complete renovation of an existing building and the removal of a portion of the building to gain entrance from both Thomas and Bond streets. Office space was planned for the second floor, while the first floor would be offices or stores.

Fifty-three Boy Scouts participated in "Run Your County Day." The Scouts reported to the Court House in Bel Air, where the Scouts were assigned to one of the various county agencies. After acting as county officials, the Scouts were transported by bus to Edgewood Arsenal, where a luncheon and meeting were held in their honor.

In an ad for the Yellow Pages: "Instead of taking a tour of town, go for a stroll through the Yellow Pages. Simply read the ads listed under the heading you looked up. Learn the facts about brand names, range of services, dealer locations. You'll find today's modern Yellow Pages offers you America's handiest buying guide".

In an ad for High's: ice cream was 79 cents a half gallon; skim milk was 34 cents a half gallon; lunch meat, four packages for 99 cents; cottage cheese was 25 cents for a 12-ounce carton; and chocolate milk was 24 cents a quart and 45 cents a half gallon.

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