From the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, Aug. 3, 1961:
Water and sewerage was the big news in Harford County 50 years ago this week.
The Aegis reported that Harford County received its master plan for providing public water and sewerage facilities from Whitman, Requardt and Associates in a study that cost $22,500 for a plan that was expected to cost an estimated $11.2 million for the first phase. It also projected the whole project would ultimately cost the county an estimated $37.5 million.
The plan was presented to the Harford County Commissioners and to the Metropolitan Commission, which would be in charge of the water and sewer systems. The project was also based on population forecasts of 280,000 people living in Harford County by the year 2000. There were about 219,000 Harford County residents in 2000 and there are still far fewer people living in the county which has about 245,000 residents.
The Harford County Fair was also front page news 50 years ago this week as the original farm fair still had a year or two to run before it went dormant. The story promoting the fair highlighted there were 75 entries in six different classes by five different members of the Harold Smith Family of Black Horse.
"That's enough to hold a fair within the family," the story said. Mrs. Harold Smith, no first name given, was followed by three of her five daughters, including Joan, 17, Susanne, 14, and Kathy, 12. The Smith family earned $300 in prize money at the fair the previous year.
Sunday was going to be a big day at
Some things never change: Read's drugstores with locations around the county was offering hair color for men. The different panels on the ad said "Comb" – "Gray" – "Hair" – "Away" – gradually. Read's was selling "Creamy White Scott's Anti-Gray Hair Tone" as a way for me to get rid of gray hair in three to four weeks. The price for the hair color product was not advertised.
"Canning Season Is Here At Walker's," the advertisement said. Harford County had (has?) a long history of canning, both with large-scale commercial operations and with small, in-house operations. Walker's, with locations in Bel Air and
At the movies 50 years ago this week, another