The Aegis
Harford County

Recognizing Aberdeen's people of the past

Newspaper files from years ago tell us so much about the people who served our community, and donations to the Aberdeen Room Archives and Museum are often clippings saved over the years because they tell stories important to families.

From April 1972, the "Harford Democrat" shows "Chief Roberts Retires; Krause Moves Up in May." The article tells of his resignation to the commissioners of Aberdeen, because of disability. He retired with 30 years of service to the department, six of which were in the capacity of assistant chief, and the last seven years serving as chief. He succeeded the late Chief of Police James B. Ray.


The commissioners announced that William P. Krause, a sergeant in the department for many years, would be promoted to the chief's position, and Sgt. Arthur Elliott would become assistant chief.

Chief Roberts was retained for another month as a consultant.


"Ches" as he was familiarly known by his many friends, was very popular, but his illness prompted his retirement at the age of 60. He was a member of the International Chief of Police Association, Maryland Chiefs Association, Maryland Law Enforcement Association, The Moose Lodge, Optimists, American Legion and VFW.

In the same year, 1972, an "Aegis" headline read "Mrs. J.W. Cronin to Retire From Maryland State Board of Education." She asked Gov. Marvin Mandel not to reappoint her to another five-year term, after having served the important group for 13 years.

"Mrs. Cronin, made the announcement at a dinner given by her husband, J. Wilmer Cronin and herself in honor of the members of the State Board of Education at the Maryland Golf and Country Club."

Some 80 guests attended the dinner, which included State Supervenient of Schools Dr. James Sensenbaugh, Harford Board of Education members and staff members, Sen. William James and members of the new media and members of the Cronin family.

In addition to being a member of the State Board of Education, Mrs. Cronin spent many years in voluntary work with various organizations such as the USO and Veterans Hospital Committee at Perry Point.

Also recalling others in the news are donations to the Aberdeen Room from Anne Baker Dulik. Included is a brochure from the dedication ceremony of Pierce Hall at Aberdeen Proving Ground U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School in 1985. Featured were Brig. Gen. John Pierce Jr. and retired Maj. Gen. F. W. Powers.

For more than 25 years, Baker and Baker Real Estate was an important part of Aberdeen's business community. Included in the donation is a beautiful brochure from the Baker and Baker Real Estate, showing some of the many services accomplished for Aberdeen and the Harford County community.