Family scrapbooks hold so much history!

Getting back to some of the many years of the Ryland Lee Mitchell donated books, we found the scrapbook of the year of 1972 very interesting. Within its pages were clippings of articles about some of Aberdeen's people that made news at the time.


In April and May of that year, two people are shown congratulating each other upon their future retirement in an article and photo from the "Harford Democrat." "Robert A. Waters, who has been in Aberdeen with the FBI for many years will retire on April 30th, and Chief Chester Roberts will retire from his police duties with the Aberdeen Police Department on May 1st."

Another article from the "Aegis" recalled that "Special Agent Robert Waters Ends 25-Year FBI Career." In the article, Bob looked back over his career with never being involved in a gunfight. He joined the Bureau in 1947, shortly after passing the North Carolina State Bar because "Lawyers in North Carolina were making about $150 a month then. I was looking for a job which would lead to a career. I became fascinated with the work."

Before coming to Aberdeen, his work took him to Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and Chicago. "But I decided to ask to be given an office of preference here in Aberdeen. It's like little America. Maryland has mountains, and rolling plains and the ocean. I like the people and the climate."

As the agent in charge of the Aberdeen office, he investigated cases of arson, murder, fraud kidnapping, sabotage, bank robbery, bombings and espionage. He made speeches to civic groups and recruited personnel for the FBI in visits to collages and high schools.

He was president of his class at Wake Forest University, captain of the boxing team and a PT Boat Commander in the Pacific during World War II. While in training, he was instructed by another PT boat sipper, the late John F. Kennedy.

Another clipping 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 service 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 of 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 Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Sensenbaugh, Harford Board of Education members and staff members, Sen. William James and members of the news 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 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, the Baker and Baker Real Estate was an important part of Aberdeen's business community. Included in the donation was a beautiful brochure from the Baker and Baker Real Estate, showing some of the many services it accomplished for the Aberdeen and Harford County community.