50 years ago: Harford begins polio vaccine push

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, Sept. 27, 1962:

A mass vaccination against polio began this week in Harford County schools and churches. The Type 2 vaccine would be given out immediately and the Type 3 vaccine would have to wait until November. The County Health Department urged everyone over the age of two months to take the vaccine which was simple to swallow. The suggestion was to take the vaccine, regardless of whether people had the Salk polio shots previously. Information concerning the polio vaccine program had been conducted throughout the county schools and distribution of material were handed out at supermarkets prior to the polio clinics.

The new Jarrettsville Post Office was dedicated in a ceremony sponsored by the Jarrettsville Lions Club and the Fire Department. An invocation was given by Rev. Ira Zepp, George Cairnes gave a short history of former Jarrettsville Post Offices and then James Day, of Bel Air, introduced a number of county post masters in attendance. Following the ceremony guests enjoyed refreshments and toured the building which had been occupied since July. The building was constructed by George Grimmel and leased back to the government.

An Aberdeen man was held in the Harford County jail without bail in connection with the killing of his brother-in-law. He had surrendered himself at police headquarters approximately four hours after he had allegedly hit his brother-in-law over the head with a 2-by-4.

The badly decomposed body of a woman that was discovered floating in the Cranberry Run a few weeks previously was finally identified as that of Roberta Pennington, 19, of Baltimore. Her parents had reported her missing on May 24. The identification was made at the Baltimore City Medical Examiner's Office through a partial upper dental plate. Authorities had not determined the cause of the girl's death.

The members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bel Air voted to purchase within three years the Kefauver Lumber Company's property fronting on West Broadway in Bel Air. The Kefauver Lumber Co. would continue to conduct its business at the present site until it could move to a new location as yet to be determined.

A group from the Paul Company of Baltimore completed rebinding and sewing a number of old record books in the Register of Wills Office. The group repaired 74 books, some dating back to 1773. The binding work was paid for by the state.

The Maryland State Police Central Accident Records Division reported that there were 121 auto accidents in Harford County in August resulting in two people being killed and 100 injured. The high frequency routes were: Route 40 with 51 wrecks; Route 1 with 15; Route 22 with seven; and Route 24 also with seven. The cause of the accidents were listed as: speed, following too closely, failing to grant right of way and drunken driving.

It was reported in a nationwide study that 78.6 percent of local families in the Bel Air area had annual incomes, after taxes, of more than $4,000 which was more than most communities in the United States in 1961. In the rest of the United States this ratio was only 57.4 percent of households in the plus $4,000 bracket. The State of Maryland logged in at 66 percent.

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