50 Years Ago: Bel Air police chief celebrates 25 years on the job

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, April 12, 1962:

Chief J. Vaughan McMahan celebrated his 25th year of service with the Bel Air Police Department. McMahan's only complaint was that there was no retirement system in place for county employees. He was quoted as saying about his time with the police department: "My philosophy is service to all and enforcement to those who need it, with a real human and tolerant attitude."

Then-editor John D. Worthington donated a complete record of The Aegis on microfilm to the Harford County Library. The paper has been in existence in Harford County since 1856. The Aegis was one of the longest running publications in the state and it had covered many significant periods in our county history.

A unoccupied frame structure off Carrs Mill and Red Pump roads was leveled by a fire of unknown origin. Back in May 1960, this same structure was the scene of a mysterious murder. The body of a man was discovered in the basement in a shallow grave of the structure. Through an investigation, it was discovered that the body was that of Ronald Hawks, 23, of Bel Air, who had been missing for four months. His brother-in-law, Willis Guillion, 35, was eventually charged with the murder. Gullion was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to life in prison.

The Darlington and Dublin areas would soon get their own volunteer fire houses. The building in Darlington would feature a four-bay engine room, hose tower, kitchen, meeting room, office and additional modern facilities. The estimated cost of this building would be $45,000. The fire house in Dublin, for which ground was already broken, would be near the Dublin and Whiteford roads intersection. Only one fire truck would be housed at the Dublin location.

Three Hickory businesses were burglarized early this week in 1962. The John M. Spicer & Sons farm equipment store, the Thomas Cooney's General Store and Gibson's Sinclair Station were all victims. In each location the front doors were broken and money was taken from the registers and cigarettes were stolen.

National Library Week was celebrated April 8-14. The theme was "Read and Watch Your World Grow." Harford County's Sen. William S. James felt that "books and libraries are the evidence of civilization." James was a member of the library's board of trustees from 1946 until 1952. As a senator, he sponsored a bill providing for the financing and construction of the three Harford County libraries. In 1962, James co-sponsored a bill which gave additional financial aid to libraries on a statewide basis.

The Bel Air Beautification Committee planted a sugar maple to honor Arbor Day. The tree, planted at 119 Alice Anne St., was planted there because all of the trees on that street had recently been removed to make way for a curb. The Beautification Committee was appointed to plan for preserving existing trees and planting new trees throughout the town of Bel Air.

Richard Carradine, son of the film star John Carradine, and his wife, Jaclyn Lord, enacted a portrayal of the works of two American dramatists on the Bel Air Senior High School stage. Carradine and his wife displayed the contrast of dramatic art while giving an insight into the field of theater both past and present. The presentation was made possible by the school's magazine campaign.

In sports, for the first time in its history, a varsity golf team will be formed at Bel Air High School. The Bel Air team will use the Maryland Gold and Country Clubs as its home base. The new team would compete with already existing teams from Aberdeen and Edgewood.

You could get your fishing gear at Joe's, The Motorists' Friend, 36 N. Main St., and 33-35 Belair Ave., Aberdeen. Rod and reel combination, $9.99; 8-foot split bamboo fly rod, $4.99; fly reel, $1.44; Longley spinning reel, $9.99; trout line, 39 cents; 12 beautiful nymph flies, 88 cents; salmon eggs 25 cents; fisherman's vest, $2.99; and aluminum fly box, 99 cents.

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