Four-foot squares begin cropping up on highways, fields [50 years ago]

March 12, 2014|

As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, March 12, 1964:

Residents were urged 50 years ago not to get alarmed if they noticed four foot squares painted in white on highways or in fields. The Harford County Metropolitan Commission hired Maps Inc. of Dundalk to take aerial photographs of the county from 3,000 feet. The square markers were placed at 130 different locations in the county by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Once complete, the aerial maps could be put together and elevations could be better recorded.

A report of the impact of Joppatowne on the cost to the Harford County government was prepared by John Briggs, president of Management Research Services Inc., and submitted to the county commissioners. The conclusion of the report stated "direct revenue to Harford County from Joppatowne had exceeded the added cost to the county of services provided to Joppatowne by more than $50,000 as of December 15, 1963." He continued to say "there is every indication that Joppatowne will, when fully developed, impose no financial burden on the county." As of December 15, 1963 the total residential population of Joppatowne was 1,697 with all but 124 residing in single family homes.

The 1964 session of the General Assembly came to a close this week 50 years ago. Of great interest to Harford County citizens was the passage of an increase of 1 percent in the state income tax, which would be used for education. A new roads program, which brought a 1-cent increase in the state gasoline tax, also was passed. The General Assembly renamed the Northeastern Expressway in honor of the late President Kennedy but a bill to make the president's birthday a legal holiday was rejected. The truck speed limit would be raised to that of automobiles instead of 10 mph or less. The legislature also rejected a state lottery; raised the compulsory school age attendance from 16 to 17; established a veterans bonus and abolished the Board of Motion Picture Censors.

Work began at the intersection of Harford Road and Route 1 for the beginning of the new Bel Air bypass.

Burglars broke into Klein's Department Store in Forest Hill. One of them injured himself after climbing in a second floor window of the old portion of the store and when crossing over to the newer section, he fell through a glass skylight and crashed through the store's ceiling. A quantity of men's pants, shirts, jackets and cigarettes were taken by the thieves.

Traffic along Route 222 between Route 1 and Port Deposit was blocked off as the waters from the Susquehanna River rose and covered portions of the roadway up to 12 inches. Nineteen flood gates were opened at the Conowingo Dam to help relieve pressure from the heavy volume of water coming down the river caused by the melting snows in Pennsylvania.

The Ward and Bosley Company hosted a preview showing and party for their new Glenwood-Country Club Park development in Bel Air. The new home models "The Woodstock" and "The Westwood" were unveiled.

In an ad for Safeway: Frying chicken was 27 cents a pound; rump roast was 63 cents a pound; breaded shrimp was 59 cents a pound; coffee was 69 cents a pound; catsup was four 14-ounce bottles, 63 cents; bananas were 10 cents a pound.

In an ad for Gold Key Auto insurance: "Save on your car insurance, $10.80 quarterly."

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