Contributed by Bill Leonard-
This picture was taken in November 1964 and shows the last houses built on the original section of Whittier Parkway. The house under construction in the center of the photo is now owned by the Bond family. The other house, also under construction and partially seen at the left, is that of the Schuster's. The pool driveway and the pool fence and bathhouse are just barely visible at the extreme right of the picture.
In 1964 Whittier Parkway ended at the pool driveway entrance with a white wooden fence extending across the end of the road to just beyond the pool driveway as a barrier. On the other side of the end of the pavement and the fence was a natural small stream bed filled with brushy growth and with water slowly but continuously flowing from a drain pipe under the end of existing Whittier Parkway. This natural gully was swampy at best with rather high banks in places and led down to and under McKinsey Road to eventually drain into Cypress Creek. At the time, Stauffer Road, the south side of Sherburn Road, and the southeastern end of Emerson Road all ended at stub ends short of present Whittier Parkway. On the northeastern side there were woods beyond the three pool lots extending to some houses along Sunset Drive.
A striking example of the passage of time in this picture is the growth of the trees. The oak trees in the picture are very tall but slender indicating that they developed in rather dense forest surroundings. It appears that the oak trees in front of the Bond's house may be a foot or a little more in diameter at their base at the time the picture was taken. Today, some of these trees and others in the adjacent areas are as much as three and in some cases up to four feet in diameter near the base and are much broader nearer the top.
The very large tulip tree which now stands near the curb in Katherine Schuster's yard, in the area just behind the car in the picture, was obviously not there when this picture was taken. It was transplanted later as a very small sapling dug from the woods below the pool. It grew well!
This picture was taken in November 1964 from the vicinity of the stub paved end of Stauffer Road and shows work beginning on the extension of Whittier Parkway. In the background, from left, are the Bellistri house, the Schuster house (under construction), both still owned and occupied by the original owners, and the house (under construction) now owned by the Bond family. The white wooden fence at the end of Whittier Parkway is clearly visible as well as the pool driveway at the extreme right.
The mounds of earth in the right front of the picture are in the middle of what will become the lower or southeastern part of Whittier Parkway and are the result of clearing and excavating the marshy bottom land beyond the fence. This work was necessary in order to extend the existing county water line and to create storm drains for lower Whittier Parkway. County sewage did not arrive until a number of years later and at the time of this photo all existing houses relied on septic systems.
The brickwork of the storm drain culvert being constructed at the southwest corner of Whittier Parkway and Stauffer Road can be seen just a little right of the lower center of the picture and indicates the current location of the curb. The land in the foreground where the young lady is standing is in what is now part of the Tignor's yard facing Whittier Parkway.
There are still no storm drains on Whittier Parkway northwest of the two installed in 1964-65 at its intersection with Stauffer Road and on the opposite side near the pool driveway. Unfortunately this results in occasional curb-to-curb flooding on the original section during very heavy rain. This occurs since storm water drains downhill the length of Whittier Parkway from Arundel Beach Road, and picks up all the runoff from Emerson Road at least as far as its intersection with Quinn Road, Mckeon Road via Emerson Road, Emerson Court, Whittier Court and Quinn Road without relief.
This picture taken in July 1966 shows the pool from the Leonard's front yard looking across Whittier Parkway and, from the near right, what is now the Tignor's yard. The tall oak or tulip tree to the right of the girls had been hit by a very powerful stroke of lightning which split and exploded much of it tossing some chunks of splintered debris as far as across the street. The tree, which was cut down after this picture was taken, had been the tallest and most impressive tree on the pool grounds.
The lightning stroke evidently penetrated the ground around the tree and contacted the water line leading to the pool. In the pump room, where the water line crossed or was very close to the electric lines, the charge jumped to the electric lines creating pin holes in the water lines which made the pump room somewhat resemble the interior of a car wash until the water could be turned off. It did considerable damage inside the pump room, destroying the chlorinator pump and damaging the main pump as well as creating other havoc. In the office the lightning melted a plastic radio on top of the refrigerator and damaged other electrical items. The dressing rooms had minor damage. The pool was closed for about ten days while repairs were made and inspections carried out.
The opening of the storm drain installed in 1964-65 just to the right of the pool driveway can barely be discerned in this small photo. The surface of the new section of Whittier Parkway to the right of the pool driveway appears to not yet be covered with blacktop, although it is not clear enough in the photo to be certain that the bare earth apparent on the road's surface is not wash from the pool grounds during the just ended hard storm.
Contributed by Carol Wharton-