Looking back: Chief Walker begins run with HdG police

July 21, 2011

From the pages of the Havre de Grace Record dated Thursday morning, July 20, 1961:

The long-running Chief J. Earl Walker era in the Havre de Grace Police Department began 50 years ago this week. Chief Walker, as he was known to generations, was appointed by Mayor James Vancherie and confirmed by the Havre de Grace City Council, settling a tumultuous time in the city that began in early May with Vancherie's election as mayor.

In other front page news, Mayor Vancherie appointed a five-person committee of G. Arnold Paffenbach, William P. Dietz, Louis H. Miller, Kathryn Asher and Charles M. Moore to begin planning for the city to honor the late Sen. Millard E. Tydings by renaming the City Park to Tydings Memorial Park and a statue of the man Vancherie called a "war hero and a statesman."

An estimated 400 people attended the open house that showed off the new pathology lab at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. The new lab, which took about a year to be built, was hailed as a major step forward for the hospital that would improve the testing and speed the process. "Some special chemistry tests that had to be referred as far as California, can now be done at the new laboratory," the story said.

Huber was also expanding and the latest step was to raze part of its building on Adams Street to make way for five silos that were to be 30 feet in diameter and 65 feet tall. The silos would be for storage of finished products.

In sports, the Havre de Grace Little League All-Stars were scheduled to play Churchville in the first game of their quest for a District 5 Championship. George Kinsey was the manager and Alfred "Patsy" Nori was the coach of the 19-player team that would include 14 active players and five alternates. The year before, Havre de Grace finished second to Perryville. The players on the 1961 team included Carl R. Wheeler, Bruce Keen, Thomas Boyd, John E. McBride, James E. Tye, Edward Rowland, Neal Mills, William Miles, Roosevelt S. Turner, Robert Barnhart, James Stone, Robert C. Farrell, John Clendenin, Robert Sale, Thomas Bowman and Jay McSpadden.

City Building & Loan Association, at 550 Franklin St. in Havre de Grace, was advertising on Page 15 that it had a 5 percent dividend and on the previous page First Harford Federal Savings and Loan Association was advertising a 4 percent dividend.

The A&P Supermarket at Market Street and Congress Avenue in Havre de Grace was selling cantaloupes for 23 cents or four for 89 cents. Fresh corn was selling for 10 ears for 59 cents and peaches were 35 cents for four pounds.

Playing at the State Theatre in Havre de Grace 50 years ago this week was "Love in a Goldfish Bowl," starring Tommy Sands and Fabian. That was to be followed by "Snow White and the Three Stooges," starring Carol Heiss, the figure skater, and one of the last versions of the slapstick trio.

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