Bel Air Post Office to expand; Getz clothing store announces closing [50 Years Ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, August 1, 1963:

Changes and additions would be coming to the Bel Air Post Office on Main Street 50 years ago this week. The $245,000 work would include a 52-by-58-foot one-story addition to the south side, which would extend toward the center of town. The addition would house a work room and contain a full basement. Also, a new entrance door would be installed and the lobby would be reversed. A hundred additional lock boxes would be installed on the north side of the lobby. An additional 18 feet would be added to the mailing platform. New lighting, a new furnace and air conditioning were also part of the upgrade.

A 22-year-old Bel Air lineman for the Rockingham Construction Company died when he touched a 4,000-volt wire from a transformer on a utility pole. The lineman was perched on a pole on Route 543 near Fountain Green. The Bel Air Fire Department rescue squad tried to revive the man by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and with a resuscitator. He was pronounced dead at the scene 50 minutes after he touched the wire.

Several incidents were reported after severe electrical storms struck parts of Harford County. A residence on Jarrettsville Road near Bush's Corner caught fire when lightning came in on a wire into a ceiling light fixture. The fire spread quickly and gutted the entire first floor. In another incident, an employee on the Ralph Davis Farm was knocked to the ground while working in the barn. Lightning ran to the barn along some wires and split several posts in the horse barn.

There would be no Harford County Fair this year because of the closing of the Bel Air Race Track.

This would be the first year for a county-wide 4H Jamboree to be held on the grounds of the former County Home Farm on Tollgate Road in Bel Air. More than 600 county 4H members were eligible to show their livestock, foods, vegetables, handicrafts, clothing, flowers and home furnishing projects in one day. The Jamboree would award cash prizes provided by the Maryland State Fair Board.

Getz Clothing Store at 26 S. Main St. was set to close in September. After 67 years in business, Louis Getz would soon retire from the business that was started by his father. The business was begun in 1896 by the late Solomon Getz. The sign that hung over the store was the first neon sign in all of Bel Air. The store was closing because of Louis Getz's declining health and the fact that all three Getz sons were attorneys. Mr. and Mrs. Getz would continue to live over the store, but the first floor would be converted to offices for the use by the Getz, Getz & Getz legal firm.

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