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Frank Baker

Answers about Aberdeen history found in saved family records

How often do we pass one of our Aberdeen public buildings with dates or messages stamped upon their exteriors? Do you wonder how, or why, they are part of the structure?

Probably the most obvious stamping is on the First National Bank building, built in 1919, on the corner of West Bel Air Avenue and Howard Street. It appears on the northeast side of the brick building at eye level.

The answer to our question came into the Aberdeen Room Archives and Museum with boxes of family records brought by Wiley Mitchell. Among the family treasures is a letter from the U.S. Department of the Interior Geological Survey, in Washington, D.C., to Mr. Ryland Lee Mitchell at the First...