Kunkel, third sheriff in a month, takes oath of office in Harford

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, April 11, 1963:

William J. Kunkel took the oath of office as Harford County's third sheriff in the past month 50 years ago this week. The 35-year-old veteran police officer was named to the post following the sudden deaths of former sheriffs Raymond Fulker and Paul Stearns. Necessary papers were filled out and the commission for the post was signed in Annapolis by Gov. Tawes. Kunkel's appointment would be for three and a half years.

The former residence of Dr. Charles Richardson, at the corner of Main Street and Churchville Road, was due to be razed this week. The site will be the new location for Century Savings and Loan Association.

The new 75-bed Kirk U.S. Army Health Facility was dedicated this week at Aberdeen Proving Ground. It was dedicated in the memory of the late Maj. Gen. Norman T. Kirk. Mrs. Kirk, his widow, unveiled the plaque and portrait which would hang permanently in the foyer of the new hospital. The modern three-story brick building offered equipment in medical and dental care. The hospital included a two-way patient-to-nurse intercom system, piped-in oxygen and self-positioning, and electrically controlled beds. Piped-in radio and taped music and television were also in each room.

Dry weather and heavy winds helped spread dozens of brush fires through the county this week in 1963. The worst blaze happened in the Pylesville area when 50 mph wind gusts helped fan a trash fire that spread to cover three acres of grass and 75 acres of woodland. Firefighters battled the blaze from 11:30 a.m. until midnight to extinguish the flames. Foresters had to return to the scene the next day with a tanker and a plow to prevent the flames from starting up again.

A 7-year-old Whiteford girl suffered head injuries when she was struck by a pick-up truck as she was crossing the road near her home after getting off a school bus. The driver of the pick-up was charged with failing to stop after meeting the oncoming, unloading school bus.

Sightseers from Joppa were visiting Antietam when President Kennedy made an unannounced visit there. James Warner took several pictures of the president and his party. Danny Roberts got to shake the hand of Robert Kennedy, the attorney general.

The Forest Hill Homemakers had an interesting meeting. Mrs. Ernest Knorr gave several hints on safe driving, like the use of safety belts. She also gave hints on home safety especially pertaining to safety during spring housecleaning when members would be using step ladders to clean windows and moving furniture. Mrs. Herman Riggins presented several ideas for work days which included: cross stitch embroidery and how to make hand-bags. She concluded her part of the program by demonstrating how to decorate a cake.

Holy Week services were observed at many local churches. Easter Sunday was celebrated on April 14, 1963.

In an ad for the Acme Market on Main Street and Broadway, where you could purchase food for your Easter holiday feast, a fully-cooked ham was 57 cents a pound; turkeys, 35 cents a pound; asparagus, 2 pounds for 35 cents; potatoes, 5 pound bag, 35 cents a pound; Virginia Lee Fresh Baked Pies, 2 pies for $1; ice cream, half gallon 69 cents.

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