Three from Harford killed in Labor Day weekend crashes[50 years ago]

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, September 5, 1963:

The Labor Day weekend 50 years ago saw three Harford County residents die in highway accidents. The first was a car accident which took the life of Clifton Little of Fallston. Little was driving north of Kalmia Road when his car ran off the highway and struck a tree. Little was thrown through the top of his glass roofed vehicle as it rolled over on its top. He was pronounced dead on the scene, a victim of a head injury. The second incident involved Kenneth Wilfong of Havre de Grace. Wilfong and a companion were struck by a car as they attempted to cross Route 40. Wilfong was pronounced dead upon his arrival at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. His companion was still hospitalized with a fractured lower left leg. The third incident involved George Smith of Aberdeen, who was also killed in an auto accident.

Lt. W.T. Hanley, commander of the Benson State Police Barracks, reported that his men spent a total of 3,293 hours patrolling the highways in both Harford and Baltimore counties over the holiday weekend. The State Police investigated three fatal accidents, 14 personal injury mishaps in which 31 people were hurt and 18 property damage accidents. The officers made 362 motor vehicle arrests, issued 815 warnings and patrolled a total of 40,165 miles.

Schools opened for the 1963-64 school year on Wednesday, Sept. 4 in Harford County.

Judge Stewart Day ruled that names and penalties imposed on juvenile offenders in the 16-18-year-old bracket could be released to the media at the discretion of the juvenile master. This would be the first time that young offenders would no longer have the protection previously afforded them.

Excavating machines were clearing ground on the site for the new Catholic high school in Bel Air. A freshman class was expected to enroll in a year and be the first graduating class.

The Harford County chapter of the American Red Cross announced this week it would hold "Safety Sunday." The event would include rescue units, first aid and ambulance teams of seven volunteer fire companies from Harford County. Also included in the program would be a U.S. Army helicopter team, certified Red Cross water safety instructors and aides, small craft safety instructors, local radio personalities and members of the Bel Air Police Department with their police dogs.

Harford County taxpayers cost the county $2,313 in lost library books since 1961. This made them guilty of a misdemeanor and if convicted could receive up to a one hundred dollar fine and three months in jail ,according to the Public Libraries Law. The money lost by the public library system constituted one-sixth of the yearly budget for new books. A few careless people caused cultural and financial loss to all library users.

Local housewife Lottie Wallis of Fountain Green Road came across a young and poisonous copperhead snake while working in her garden. Wallis killed the reptile with a nearby garden tool. This was the second time Wallis had encountered a copperhead in the last three years.

A Havre de Grace resident won $21,612.40 at the Timonium race track by being the only person to pick four straight winners in the "Twin Double" for the largest payoff to date.

In an ad for the A&P: "Help Your Family Discover America. We proudly present the brand new Golden Book History of the United States, an authoritative work of truly exceptional value. Here are twelve magnificent volumes which will provide your family with a thorough knowledge of the glorious excitement of the people, places and events that made America great. First volume only 49 cents, all others 99 cents each."

At the movies this week: the Bel Air Theatre featured "Tarzan's Three Challenges" starring Jock Mahoney as Tarzan. Also at the Bel Air Theatre, "PT-109," starring Cliff Robertson.

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