50 years ago: School board buys Shucks Corner property for Harford Junior College

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, May 17, 1962:

The board of education announced that it was purchasing Prospect Hill Farm at Shuck's Corner as a new site for Harford Junior College. The purchase price for the 204-acre farm was $204,000, half of which would be paid by the state of Maryland. The final cost to Harford County was estimated at approximately $102,000. The main stone house and a small guesthouse would be used as administrative and faculty offices. The site was considered centrally located for all county students. It was hoped that a library, classrooms and science laboratories would be finalized by September 1963, so that the Harford Junior College could be relocated to the new site by the 1963-64 term.

Last week's election resulted in the reelection of Gov. J. Millard Tawes, Comptroller Louis L. Goldstein and Sen. William S. James. A new Bel Air mayor, Werner Buchal, was elected as well. Election Day proved to be a hot one as temperatures soared to 94 degrees. Everything seemed to run smoothly even though there were long lines caused by the new voting machines that made the ballot time consuming to the voters.

The bodies of the three missing drowning victims of last week were finally recovered by local fishermen. The victims died as a result of two separate early morning boating mishaps while they were fishing. The first body was found under the B&O Railroad bridge on the Harford County side. The second body was found directly off Port Deposit and the third body was found in the Susquehanna River about a mile south of Lapidum.

A well-known Harford Countian and educator, Lena C. VanBibber, passed away at the age of 86. She was the daughter of the late Judge George VanBibber. After graduating form the Towson Sate Teachers' College in 1897, Ms. VanBibber taught at Bel Air High School until 1915. From 1912 to 1915, she served as the school's vice principal. In 1915, Ms. VanBibber joined the faculty at the State Teachers College, where she remained as a teacher until 1940 when she retired.

As an answer to his challenge, "What can I do for my country?" President John F. Kennedysuggested buying U.S. Saving Bonds. A savings bond is guaranteed to pay interest until cashed in, even past maturity. The bond is secure, the value of a bond cannot be lost, destroyed or stolen. A bond can only be cashed in by the owner or co-owner. When ever the Treasury Department has a deficit and has to borrow money, it prefers to borrow by selling bonds. Borrowing through commercial banks causes inflation. Bonds also take money out of circulation which tends to hold inflation down.

The Gunpowder Club on Jerusalem Road near Old Joppa Road in Kingsville was preparing to open for the summer season. Expansion for the club included tennis, shuffle board, miniature golf, archery, volleyball, a shallow ice skating lake and eventually horseback riding. Membership fees were $45 plus tax, plus an additional $5 for each child and a refundable initiation fee of $50.

New books arriving at the Harford County Library this week were as follows: Why the North Won the Civil War by David Donald, a series of five essays written by Civil War experts; How to Write Stories That Sell by Edward S. Fox, help for writers; Liturgy and Architecture by Peter Hammond, church architecture is determined by how the church building is to be used; Dr. Kelly of Hopkins by Audrey W. Davis, the life story of the well-known surgeon and humanitarian from Johns Hopkins Hospital; The Day of the Mugwump by Lorin Peterson, the aims and accomplishments of the Mugwump, a independent political reformer who is forever critical of government.

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