Saturday, October 13, 2007

Apple Scrapple

After the game Ramona and I went to Bridgeville to eat. Jimmy's Grille was full so we ate on the street at Apple Scrapple. Usual crowds and vendors even at 5:30.

So the next big Bridgeville event is Punkin Chunkin, Nov 2nd to 4th. I am glad to see the punkin chunkin site pointed out the time of the events are based on Sussex County time which is within an hour of the advertised times. I hate it when outsiders think if an event is advertised for 8 AM it should occur at 8 AM.

Scrapple shaped like Delaware

The Band

Portable Money

Delmar Homecoming Parade

In a normal person's wardrobe orange would not occur that often, unless you are from Delmar. The color orange ruled the day in Delmar today. It was the School homecoming parade and game. I leave the reporting of the game part to Karen and Wayne as my wife is the sport's fan in this family, not me. Below are photos of the parade. Double click photo for a larger version. As usual a big thanks to the Delmar Public Works and Police for keeping everything moving along and safe.

Excerpts from The BiState Weekly

A couple of excerpts from the BiState Weekly October 13th 1944

The New century Club of Delmar opened its fall program on Tuesday, October 3. Mrs O. M. Thomas, president, greeted the guests and members. Mrs. Ralph Nichols, Mrs. Lester Hall, and Mrs. Harvey Kirk, presented the program "Inside The Treasure Chest", the first part being a fashion show of yesteryear. The models, Mrs. Percy Phillips, Mrs. Harlan Tull, Mrs. William S. Marvel, III, Mrs. Vaughan Lockermann, and Mrs. J. P. West, displayed clothes worn about 1900, and several of the 1825 era. Mrs. Marion Hastings played a piano solo.

Miss Florence Byrd Allen, a member of the faculty of the Delmar Maryland High school, discussed the habits and dress of the natives of India. Miss Allen has spent the greater part of her life in India. Miss Norma Lee Parker, Miss Jackie Nock, Miss Norma Lee Parker, Miss Dorothy Ann Hearn, Bobby Webster and Jack Nichols, modeled costumes Miss Allen had brought from India.

Mrs. W. E. Culver was elected into membership of the club at the meeting of the executive board which followed the social hour.

James W. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Olen M. Davis, 306 Maryland Ave., Delmar, who is now serving as an airplane mechanic with a Troop Carrier unit of General Ennis C. Whitehead's Fifth Air Force in the Southwest Pacific, has been promoted to the rank of Corporal. His wife, Mrs. Jeannette B. Davis, lives on Route 1, Delmar.

Before joining the Army March 31, 1943, Cpl Davis was employed as a machine operator by the DuPont-Nemours Cooperation at Seaford, Delaware. He attended AAF Technical Training School at Sheppard Field, Texas, and sailed for overseas duty in March 1944 where he was assigned to the Troop Carrier command.

Cpl. Davis' unit is one of a considerable number under the command of Brigadier General Warren R. Carter which have been performing yeoman services in the acceleration of the New Guinea campaign. By furnishing aerial transport for million of pounds of freight, they made it possible to avoid using precious time to build highways through the mountains and jungles of the island's interior.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas M. Smith of Philadelphia, formerly of Delmar, have received several letters from short wave listeners in California, who heard their son, Millard Clark Smith, speak on Monday morning, Oct. 2 from a prison camp in Tokyo, and who asked that anyone who heard him would him would convey the message to his parents that he is in good health....

Friday, October 12, 2007

Street Sweeper

The Town Street sweeper came by this afternoon.

Frankly I was impressed. I have watched the Wicomico County street sweeper go thru the Delmar, Maryland side of town and I thought it made more of a mess than what it cleaned up. This street sweeper however picked up about 95% of what was in the gutter. Considering how many leaves we have in the street this time of year it really did a good job.

The 1896 Hurricane

In 1896 a hurricane crossed over the East coast and sit offshore of Delaware for four days. From October 10th to the 14th ships were sunk or forced into the harbors. Here are some excerpts from the "Delaware Gazette and State Journal" describing this event.

Lewes, Oct 12 - the wind, to-day, has hauled around to the Northwest and a driving rain prevails. there have been no further casualties in this vicinity or south of here. The harbor is filled with vessels, none having put to sea since the storm warning was received from the weather Bureau. the life saving station south of here are surrounded by water, and the tide is sweeping over the beach and into Delaware bay from Rehoboth to Indian River.

Philadelphia, Pa Oct 12 - reports received from the Delaware breakwater and points along the Atlantic Coast indicate that the severe northwesterly storm abated somewhat during the night. the wind at noon was blowing at the rate of 35 miles an hour and the tides were running very high, doing considerable damage.

Laurel, Oct 12 - Sussex county has been swept by a hurricane since Saturday afternoon. in some places much damage has been done to fruit and corn which had not been harvested. rumors were rife last night of damages done to several oyster sloops. Three colored men are reported to have been lost from one boat.

New York Oct 14- Capt W. W. Gheen and six men, composing the crew of the schooner Luther M. Reynolds of Frederica, Del, who were picked up at sea from their dismasted and water logged vessel by the Morgan Liner Elmar, were brought to this city to day.

Capt Gheen said the schooner left Brunswick, Ga. September 30th, with a cargo of railroad ties for Elizabeth Port N. J., last Saturday, when off Cape Romaine she met with a northerly gale, but managed to beat up to Winter Quarter Lightship when the gale increased to a hurricane. She was headed off shore for eight hours, and then hove to, under close reefed mainsail and spanker, and made good weather until Sunday morning last, when three or four heavy seas washed aboard starting the deck load so the vessel began to leak badly. The crew manned the pumps, and stuck to them in spite of the water steadily gaining on them and the vessel filled and burst up the hatches. The hurricane struck the Reynolds broadside and she keeled over until the top-masts touched the water, all the crew scrambling over the bulwarks, out on the high side, and clinging there. the seas were running heavily and soon washed the masts and deck houses away and then the vessel righted, but the decks were ripped up, the cabin was washed out and all the food, water, clothing and nautical instruments were gone. The crew huddled aft with no protection save a strip of canvas, while the seas broke constantly over the schooner. All Sunday night they watched for help and Monday morning at 11 o'clock the Elmar hove in sight, well to the southward and sighting the wreck, made for her and took off the Reynolds' crew.

Nurse Edith Cavell

Edith Louisa Cavell was a British nurse in World War I. In German occupied Belgium she helped many Allied soldiers escape to the Netherlands. She was arrested by the Germans in 1915 and court martialed for doing this. She was executed by a firing squad at 2AM today in 1915. For more information on her visit the Edith Cavell website.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


On my way over to Del Tech I passed this house that had an Outhouse in the back. The outhouse looked like it was for decoration instead of utility purposes.
Now when I was growing up most of the houses we lived in had outhouses, let me tell you there is no character building in having to use one. It reminds me of a story I read in "The Bridge at Chappaquiddick" about Ted Kennedy. When he was running for office his opponent charged him with never working a day in his life. Afterward a laborer came up to the crestfallen Ted Kennedy and said "Teddy, me boy, you haven't missed a thing". Well if you have never used an outhouse you haven't missed a thing. Trust me walking to an outhouse in the winter when it is 15 degrees and having a 30 mile an hour subarctic wind put frostbite on your cheeks is not character building nor in the summer when it is 95 degrees and you are sitting there thumbing thru a catalog keeping one eye on the wasp nest that is up on the ceiling also is not character building. I won't even go into the details of cleaning one out.