Baltimore Sun

50 years ago: Harford could be site of new small airport, FAA says

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, June 14, 1962:

It was recommended by the Federal Aviation Agency that the Bel Air area would be the future site of a small airport. This would be one of five similar airports in the Baltimore area which would be used for light planes, helicopters and business aircraft. The proposed airport was part of the FAA's National Airport Plan for 1962, which listed projects considered necessary to provide an airport capable of meeting future needs of commuters. If Harford County desired an airport, the federal government will pay half the cost, the state of Maryland would pay for one quarter, and the county government would be responsible for the remaining one quarter of the cost of development.


Four people were killed in two separate car crashes during this past week in Harford County 50 years ago, raising the number of traffic deaths so fair in 1962 to 10. Three of the deaths occurred at the intersection of Route 40 and Belcamp Road, while the other occurred when a car struck a tree off Reckord Road in Fallston.

Freedom Riders paid their second large scale visit to Harford County. There were a series of minor incidents that grew out of the riders' visit, including one arrest. The management of the A&P Restaurant charged a Baltimore man, James Jackson, 20, with violating the Maryland Trespass Act. The charges were eventually dismissed. As with the past visit, the riders traveled the Route 40 corridor visiting eating establishments where segregation policies were practiced. Once denied service, they would peacefully picket the establishment for a while and then move on to the next location.


The Whiteford Packing Company unveiled its newest piece of equipment, a Flo-Freeze machine. The vegetable freezer, the first of its kind in the United States, would quick freeze the company's pea, corn, bean and carrot crops. This freezer, which had a freezing capacity of 5,000 pounds per hour, had been under construction for several months. The freezing process allowed each particle of vegetable to be enveloped in an up flow of refrigeration while being rapidly frozen. The surface of the food was fully coated with a thin layer of ice. The process insured uniform freezing and storage.

More than 1,000 adults and children took part in the Outdoor Education Program sponsored by the Harford Glen. The Outdoor Education Program was planned as a classroom in the outdoors. This program was the most extensive program being carried out in Maryland to date. Sixth-grade classes from the county's schools attended the Fresh Air Camp during the month of May. Each class spent five days at the Harford Glen site. During their five day stay, the students studied arts and crafts, language arts, conservation, orienteering, mathematics and natural science. They also learned to work with compasses, planted trees, took nature hikes, learned gun safety through actual practice and tried fishing.

Work began on the restoring of the Hays House on Kenmore Avenue, which would be the future home of the Harford County Historical Society. The restoration included the addition of a basement with an outside stairway, closing the end that was then exposed, and grading and landscaping of the lot. The Hays House was moved from its original location on Main Street and had been sitting on pilings waiting a year for the restoration funds to be raised.

In sports...More than 1,000 spectators gathered to witness motorcycle races at the Edgewood Raceway. The event was sponsored by the American Motorcycle Association. President John F. Kennedy proclaimed this week as National Little League Baseball Week. Hundreds gathered on the banks of the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace to watch the Lions Club Regatta.