Railroad memorabilia donated to Aberdeen Museum

The Aberdeen Room has been very fortunate to have donations relating to the many facets of Aberdeen life since its founding. Many come from the local community, and some come from surrounding counties of Maryland and from all over the United States. Many read the newsletters on the museum website, http://www.aberdeenroom.org.

From Baltimore County, Mr. T.L. Moore came from Parkville to bring some very interesting items from the B&O Railroad. He explained that his father had been the chief draftsman for the B&O and had saved a very interesting collection from the railroad.

Among the items he brought were fabric pieces with B&O engines and cars in a very tasteful design. Colorful cars number 57 and 217 are displayed. Moore explained that the fabric was used in place mats and other items in the dining cars. These are displayed in the large railroad exhibit at the Aberdeen Room.

Other pieces of the collection include B&O magazines. From September 1957 is "The Pride of the Capitol Limited." From August 1957 is "Modern Design on the B&O."

Menus are also a part of the donation. There are several Capitol Limited Dinner menus, as well as two Thanksgiving dinner menus from the 1950s, with a special dinner of turkey and all the trimmings for $3.75.

Peggy Armstrong visited and brought a book "1941 Army Song Book" compiled by the Adjutant General's Office. This book was published by order of the Secretary of War at the beginning of World War II. There is also a clipping from 1975 showing J.W. Cronin presenting a wreath on behalf of the Harford County Bar Association at the memorial of the Bush Declaration of 1775. The donations also included the "History of Harford County" series presented by the 1st National Bank of Aberdeen.

These items are from the estate of Mrs. Gene Poole, through Mrs. Pete Ferrara representative.

William H. Haslig donated eight scrapbooks containing news items collected over the years of Cal Ripken's baseball career.

Lowell Moxley brought in the program from the 105th Aberdeen High School commencement in 2013 and a floor plan of the new Aberdeen High School.

More items sent from Karen Gustafson in Arizona include a tape of "The Carillon Bell Choir of the Grace Methodist," "The Bells of Grace."

A booklet "In Benevolent Service" 1895 to 1984 of the Mite Society Ladies Aid Women's Society for Christian Service of Grace Methodist Church also was sent from Arizona. There are also directories from years 2000 and 2005 from the Grace United Methodist Church saved by Ruth Paxton.

For family files from the Paxton and Reed families are papers written by Ruth Reed Paxton, Marjorie Reed Sheffer and the Diary of Grace Haight Reed and Allen Baldwin Reed. Included are numerous certificates from Ruth Paxton and Winzer Vincent Paxton.

Anyone wishing to have their family included in the large family files at the Aberdeen Room are invited to bring, or send, family items to 18 Howard St., Aberdeen, MD 21001, or contact 410-273-6325 or sayhello@aberdeenroom.org.

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