50 years ago: 24th person killed in crash on Harford roads

November 14, 2012

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, November 15, 1962:

Harford's fatality rate rose to 24 people with a crash this week 50 years ago in Aberdeen. Helen Harris, 47 of Garden City Park, N.Y., died instantly when the car in which she was a passenger struck a concrete barrier along Route 40 in Aberdeen. The driver of the car was rushed to Harford Memorial Hospital for treatment of a fractured pelvis and multiple lacerations of the face. The couple's 1961 Cadillac convertible failed to negotiate a curve on the highway and hit the barrier. Harris was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.

The second part of the polio vaccine, the Sabin Vaccine was available this week in Harford County. This particular vaccine was give orally where the previous, Salk vaccine, was an injection. Both types of vaccines were required to be totally immune to the polio disease.

Two county office holders, the Register of Wills and the Clerk of the Court, were granted substantial salary increases by the Board of Public Works. The Clerk of the Court's salary would rise to $11,000 yearly, which would become the highest salary of an elected official in the county. The Register of Wills would receive a standardized salary schedule that was not available.

An employee of McLean Construction Company, who was working on the new bridge as part of the Northeastern Expressway in Havre de Grace, was believed to have drowned. James Anderson was reported missing by his fellow workers. Anderson had finished bringing a group of men from the pier of the bridge onto shore in a boat and had gone back to tie up the boat when he was last seen. When the workers went to look for him, the boat was tied up and Anderson was no where to be found. Police believe that Anderson fell into the Susquehanna River and drowned.

Lee Patterson, owner of the Patterson Funeral Home in Perryville, was killed instantly when a shotgun accidentally discharged. Patterson had found the weapon in a shed and was going out to the back yard to clean the weapon. Patterson's son found the body a few minutes later lying beside the back porch. The weapon had apparently discharged accidentally, striking Patterson in the head at point blank range.

The Bel Air Senior High School Marching Band and Majorettes captured a first place trophy in the Veterans Day Parade in Parkville. Competition included 10 other high school bands from Baltimore and Harford counties. The 72 members of the Bel Air band delivered their rendition of the "Thunderer March" by John Philip Sousa. Esther Dombrowski, sponsor of the majorettes, mentioned that this was a fine achievement since it was the first time that the majorettes had marched in competition.

Bel Air resident James Capley was the second prize winner in a recent Bel Air Days Contest and earned the right to "free load" for five minutes at the Safeway in Bel Air. Capley sped back and forth along the aisles and piled $97 worth of groceries into his baskets. The only provisions on his shopping trip were that he take no meats and he could only get one of each item in five minutes.

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