This past week, Annie McLhinney with her mom, Mary, closed the sale of a building that marks the end of an era of an icon here in town. For the wonderful story of McLhinney’s News Depot, listen to our ‘casual historian’ explain why so many have stories of this business and building!
Thanks to Annie and Mary, the Havre de Grace History MuZeum at Bahoukas Antique Mall has access to boxes of old films, slides, papers, and other documentation from Walter and Charles McLhinny’s collections. The stories will be shared over the coming months in the muZeum, on our blog, and on our youtube channel. It’s so exciting discovering the memories they preserved and helping to continue sharing them.
Amazing McLhinney Collection of Havre de Grace Memorabilia
From complete newspapers to a variety of important news clippings, over 2,000 slides, scores of 8mm and 16mm films, and so much more. Our ‘casual historian’ is determined to get every movie, slide, and photo scanned into the computer. Yep, hours of work, but so much to capture from 1925 on…
Kennedy Visit to Havre de Grace
Also discovered are numerous photos, slides, and a film of visits from Senator John F. Kennedy! That will be a blog post all its own!
McLhinney’s News Depot
Many locals can still recall working as delivery boys for Walter McLhinney at McLhinney’s News Depot. The news depot began in 1923 at 212 N. Washington Street. This long, narrow building was a perfect fit for the newsstand.
In March 1930, during Prohibition, a tenant on the third floor of the building was operating a whiskey still that blew up and caused a major fire. The fire burned the entire building, including the small McLhinney News Depot then on the ground floor, and also damaged the adjoining Newmeyer Building, particularly the third floor. A local contractor, C.A. McCommons, redesigned and rebuilt this as a one-story concrete, steel, and brick building. He also restored the next-door Newmeyer Building but had to reduce it from three stories to only two—a ground floor store with a one-story apartment above it. An old photo clearly shows the adjoining Newmeyer Building at #212 with three floors.from HistoricHavredeGrace.com
(1972) The McLhinneys moved their News Depot into this ground floor space from 212 North Washington Street, where they had been for five decades. Under Charles, they continued to operate their news business as before, complete with the welcoming aroma of hot roasting peanuts floating out onto the street. They suffered a small fire in the late 1980s on the dock in the rear of the building where the boys’ newspaper delivery bags were assembled. They recovered but ended home delivery that year and the business closed in 1997 when Charles McLhinney retired.from historichavredegrace.com
100 years ago, began the story of McLhinney’s News Depot. Stay tuned for future posts as we share more information. And yes, you can stop into the Havre de Grace History MuZeum at Bahoukas and see that old Peanut Machine!
Again, a huge, HUGE, ‘thank you to Annie McLhinney and her mom, Mary’
for sharing this amazing collection!
Remember, don’t throw the Havre de Grace ‘stuff’ out when you’re cleaning out a home, settling an estate, or just ‘downsizing,’ without checking in with George. Don’t give him cause to cry!!!
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