Forest Hill boys credited with saving farmer's life

October 24, 2011

Taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, Oct. 26, 1961:

The life of a local farmer was saved this week 50 years ago by two young boys. The boys, Burton Brock, 15, and Kenneth Daughton, 14, both of Phillips Mill Road in Forest Hill, used techniques they had learned in the Boy Scouts to free a man whose hands were both caught in a corn picking machine.

The boys heard the screams of Frederick Keyes and ran a half a mile to reach him. When they arrived they immediately shut off the machine, used their belts as tourniquets and summoned for help. Keyes was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital and immediately underwent surgery. Unfortunately, it was necessary to amputate both arms near the elbow. Physicians believed Keyes owed his life to the quick action of the two boys because they were able to stop the man from bleeding to death.

Arson was suspected in three separate Harford County blazes. The most serious of the fires destroyed a new barn on the Samuel Stewart Farm near Slate Hill, causing an estimated $75,000 loss. Approximately 20,000 bales of hay were lost. Several young heifers in the structure were removed safely and an ensilage cutter suffered damage.

The other two blazes included one which destroyed a building on the Ralph Davis Farm, on Whiteford Road, which was eight miles away from the Stewart Farm and started an hour earlier. Flames had caused the roof to start to cave in by the time firemen were called. Firemen had to fight the flames throughout the night.

The final fire destroyed an old building in back of the Edgewood Methodist Church the next night. Furniture and clothing were destroyed in the blaze and it appeared the structure had been ransacked beforehand.

Two Forest Hill women were turned over to Pennsylvania police for being involved in a burglary of a coin-operated laundry in Red Lion, Pa.; two men involved were already in custody. The deputy sheriff said he found the women to be quite elusive, just as the two men already jailed had proved to be. The men both jumped through a second story window trying to escape. The women escaped the scene also jumping through the window and escaping. Warrants were issued for a 26-year-old and her 16-year-old accomplice. A deputy he made three trips to the home of the older woman before serving the papers. On one occasion, she fled out the back door while the officer was at the front of the house and a second time she left via a rear window. On the third visit the officer went inside of the home and found the woman hiding under a bed. The younger girl was taken into custody a few days later. They were charged with burglary, larceny and receiving stolen goods.

Mary E. Risteau was honored by the Maryland State Teachers' Association. She was presented with a citation which applauded her efforts toward the progress of education in Maryland. Risteau was the first woman in Maryland to be a member of the House of Delegates when she first represented Harford County in 1922. Following her three terms in the House of Delegates, she was elected to the State Senate in 1935, and again it was noted that she was the first woman in Maryland to hold this office. In 1922, she was appointed to membership on the State Board of Education by then-Gov. Albert Ritchie, and she continued to serve on the board until 1938. She was the first lady of the state to hold that office. From 1951 until 1955, Risteau again served as a delegate to the Maryland Legislature from Harford County. It was noted during the presentation that Miss Risteau has truly been the "First Lady" on the Maryland legislative and educational scene.

The Bel Air Roller Rink on Route 1 in Bel Air advertised its Halloween Party, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Skating, games, free cider and doughnuts were being offered. Costume would be judged and prizes awarded. Admission was $1.

Walker's Junior Department Store, Bel Air advertised a Halloween costume sale. "Choose from our dozens of popular Characters. Sizes from tiny tots, children and teenagers. $1.59 - $2.98". You could also stock up on all of your candy treats: Brach's, candy corn, 29 cents a package; lollipops and caramel rolls, for 39 cents a package.

Daylight saving time ended this week in 1961.

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