Remembering 1963 in Cecil County

Newberry employee Bertie Lilly checks out the stores new "moon rocket" in January 1963.

Newberry employee Bertie Lilly checks out the stores new “moon rocket” in January 1963.

Do you remember 1963 in Cecil County?  It was an unforgettable period, though it’s been 50 years since so many memorable occurrences took place here.

The Interstate Highway (I-95) opened, week’s after an assassin killed the president of the United States a commercial airliner crashed at the edge of Elkton, Civil Rights activists were speaking up, progress was the order of the time, and the George Washington Carver Basketball Team was winning awards.

Since we are passing the half-century mark, the Historical Society will dig into our archives to share some of the memories from those 365-days with our readers.  Some of them were alarming, unforgettable incidents, others were pleasant memories that would last a life time, and just as many were recollections of the culture of the time.

We’ll kick off these periodic installments with a few photos from the county’s two newspapers, the Cecil Whig, and the Cecil Democrat.  Feel free to add your memories too and suggest items we might want to share with readers.

The year 1963 produced more than its share of memorable times and we are starting to share some of them here.

In the winter of 1963  Rising Sun dial telephone building.  Source:  Cecil Democrat

In the winter of 1963 Rising Sun dial telephone building. Source: Cecil Democrat

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The I-95 span across the Susuqehanna is being rushed forward in January 1963.

The I-95 span across the Susuqehanna is being rushed forward in January 1963.

Modern homes were available in Thomson Estates

Modern homes were available in Thomson Estates

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