Harford 250 Memoirs

Make Your Story Part of Our Story

More than 112 people from all over Harford contributed their written memories of life in the 20th and 21st centuries here. The Harford 250 Anthology will be available for sale around January 2023. 


In the Harford 250 Anthology, you will read about people who shaped Harford County, in the words of residents and their families.

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(Excerpt) When Minnie (Plummer) Hamby, the oldest of Albert and Flora Plummer’s eight children, arrived in Churchville, Maryland in 1921, she was a 28-year-old widow with a 7-year-old son, Gingel Lee. Minnie’s husband, Grover, was killed in a June 1916 sawmill explosion. He was buried in Central Cemetery in Grayson County, Virginia, next to the couple’s infant son, Coy, who had died just three months earlier . . .

Over the following decades, the young widow who had arrived knowing no one but a distant cousin became the family and village matriarch. Her home was the nerve center of Churchville for more than three decades. She continued to serve as postmistress until she retired in 1963.”
(as told by Virginia Sauers and Jeanne Kidd)


(Excerpt) Puttering out of Cardiff in the front seat of my step-grandfather’s pitch black circa 1930 Ford, I became fascinated by reflections of tall weeds along the roadside that raced across the shiny chrome covers of the car’s exposed head- lamps and then suddenly disappeared. As the thin-tired roadster crested what is known locally as Cemetery Hill, I enjoyed looking at the tapered headlamp covers; it was like watching an oddly shaped television screen. 

That excursion was almost 75 years ago. The panoramic view of Cardiff from high ground was captivating. I could see my hometown – in essence my whole world – from one end to the other, all at one time.” (By Allen M. “Mac” Lloyd)


(Excerpt) “As a kid, I loved going to see first-run movies at Harford Mall as well as the Tollgate and Campus Hills theatres . . . When we wanted to know what movies were playing and when, we’d look up the times in the newspaper or call the theatre to listen to a recording. By the time I was in high school, Regal Cinemas in Abingdon was the place to go – it had 14 screens, wider, plusher seats, and so many more food and snack options!” (Early 2000s Millennial Memories of Harford County by Laura Bianca-Pruitt)

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