50 years ago: Ground broken for Forest Hill industrial park

August 29, 2012

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, August 30, 1962:

Ground was broken for the first planned industrial park in Harford County. Fifty-two acres were designated by a group of private citizens for development into an industrial park in Forest Hill. There were 11 lots, ranging in size from 2.8 acres to 5.9 acres, available for sale or on a lease-back basis with option to buy. The first tenant to sign a lease for the property was the MarBelAir Co. of Memphis, manufacturers of precast Marbell terrazzo tile for flooring, walls, concrete blocks and stair treads.

A resolution was passed by the Metropolitan Commission to incorporate Edgewood, Aberdeen, Havre de Grace and Bel Air into one sanitary district. This resolution would make the Metropolitan Commission the top authority for the provision of water and sewage disposal in the county. This would give the commission the right to borrow money, condemn property and establish front foot assessments to provide needed facilities. Development of this commission would enable the group to negotiate the use of existing water systems and disposal plants.

Drivers from all over the state flocked to the Bel Air location of the Department of Motor Vehicles to take their driver's test. The new DMV headquarters in Glen Burnie added a new "course" type driver's test which many believed was twice as hard to pass as the test in Bel Air. The DMV's four man crew came to the Bel Air Armory on Main Street every fifth week to see license applicants. In Bel Air there was an actual driving test in traffic from Main to Gordon streets and around the block to the Lee Street parking area, instead of in a marked isolated course. Despite the report that Bel Air's test was easier, the rate of failure in Bel Air still remained the same as in Glen Burnie at a rate of 25 percent.

Approximately 18,000 boys and girls were getting ready to start the 1962-63 school year in the 28 Harford County public schools. This was an 800 student increase over the 1961-62 population. There were 732 teachers employed by the county for this school year. Five schools were still under construction at the start of the new school year. Deerfield Elementary School in Edgewood was expected to be open for the 1963-64 school year. Also under construction: the six-classroom and library addition to the Jarrettsville Elementary School; the six-classroom, library and cafeteria addition to the Churchville Elementary School; and the four-classroom and library addition to the Youth's Benefit Elementary School. All of the school construction projects were expected to be completed by the end of November.

In a strange event, William Stifler, an employee of Kroh's Orchard, was hit by the front wheel of an auto accidentally. Stifler was resting on the ground at the orchard, where he was selling peaches, when another employee's car wheel struck him in the head. Stifler escaped any injury.

A new method of destroying money at a fast rate was tested at the Army Chemical Center. The destruction technique was developed here on behalf of the Army Finance Corps and the U.S. Treasury Department. The high-speed destruction method was for the purpose of denying an enemy the use of American money in the event of an attack.

In an ad from Midway Inn on Route 40 just below Joppatowne: Labor Day beer specials: Carling's Black Label, 12-ounce case, $2.98; Old German, 12-ounce case, $2.49; Hamm's 12-ounce case, $3.19; Old Export, 12-ounce cans case, $2.69; Guenther's 12-ounce case, $2.59; and Lowenbrau, 12-ounce six-pack $2.39 or case $8.99.

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