50 years ago: Peace activist passes through Harford on way to see JFK

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, December 6, 1962:

Max Daetwyler, a 76-year-old man from Switzerland, passed through Harford County on his journey from New York to Washington, D.C. Daetwyler was an advocate of scrapping all armaments and destroying all nuclear weapons. He was hoping to gain an audience with President Kennedy while visiting Washington. Daetwyler walks carrying a white peace flag and a satchel containing souvenirs of a 1961 failed attempt to visit and talk to Fidel Castro in Cuba. Daetwyler was on his 14th day of his walk when he passed through Harford County.

The Harford County Commissioners approved plans for the new county office building to be erected opposite the courthouse, where the sheriff's former residence and lawn were located. Bids for construction would be taken in 1963.

Approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission were plans submitted by the Baltimore-Hanover Corporation for a shopping center on the east side of Emmorton Road adjoining the town limits of Bel Air.

Two Harford attorneys were appointed to positions of responsibility in the county government. Donald G. Smith was chosen as a new Assistant States Attorney and Roswell Poplar was selected as the new Secretary-Treasurer of the Metropolitan Commission.

Harford County's traffic fatalities increased to 30 for the year this week in 1962 when two separate accidents claimed more lives on the roads. An accident on Route 40 claimed the life of Mrs. Ellison Rupp when a sports car, driven by her son, struck a curb while turning onto Trimble Road. The vehicle overturned, throwing both occupants onto the road. Her son, Joseph Bauer, Jr., 23, was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital suffering a fractured skull and severe lacerations of the head and shoulder. Mrs. Rupp suffered a compound fractured skull and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

Another accident at Fairview Point Road, a mile north of Route 24 at the Edgewood Arsenal, sent PFC. Shiner to his death. Shriner's car ran off the road and struck a large pole. Shiner was thrown to the roadway in the crash and he was taken to the Aberdeen Proving Ground Hospital where he died later that same day. These two accidents brought Harford's 1962 traffic fatality totals to an all time high.

Someone tried to break into a vault at the Havre de Grace Consolidated School at Swan Creek. The intruders made off with food and silverware, after making an unsuccessful attempt to break into the school's vault and a coin box of a pay phone. Entrance to the building was gained through a broken glass window on the back door. Glass was broken in the Principal's office and entrance was made to the school office in order to access the vault. When they didn't succeed, they moved on to the cafeteria and kitchen where they removed food from the freezers and refrigerators. Missing from the school were 450 spoons, 200 forks, 150 knives, a 30 gallon can, a dish pan, soft drinks, a turkey, four boxes of fish sticks, a box of hot dogs, a case of butter, seven fresh shoulders and three boxes of cheese.

Lt. Col. Janice Annette Mendelson, a medical officer at the U.S. Army Chemical Corps, was the first woman ever assigned as a U.S. Army Surgeon. She was an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh, Wilson Teachers College and Ohio Sate University. Prior to entering the service, she practiced in Dayton, Ohio. Mendelson had been engaged in surgical research and teaching at the Edgewood Arsenal since 1958.

At the movies this week, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford starring in "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" showing at the Bel Air Theatre.

In an ad for the Bel Air Roller Rink, on Route 1 a mile north of Bel Air proclaimed: "Ideal Christmas Gifts!" Skates, skate cases, skating skirts, tights and pompoms, and monthly passes for the Roller Rink.s

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