The meeting closed with the merchants, parents and police agreeing on the need to be more vigilant in a watch and ward over the town’s youth. Police Chief Campbell had the last word. He said that “delinquency in Derry is not large. Out of 1,500 to 2,000 school children in the town, only a ‘handful’ needed managing but these few should not be neglected.”
That was true in 1959 and it is certainly true 53 years later in 2012.
Rick Holmes is the official town historian of Derry and plans to hold office hours at the municipal center. He is the former chairman of the Derry Heritage Commission. Several of his books on local history are available at Mack’s Apples and Derry’s libraries.