Friday, October 26, 2007

Delmar Police Auction Date Change

The Delmar Police auction scheduled for tomorrow has had the date changed to November 17th due to the rain. The 10 A. M. start time will be the same.

Shoreman Return Home From WWII

The Bistate Weekly Oct 26, 1945


Seventeen more lower Shoremen were due home from the European theatre on seven ships which docked Saturday, Sunday and Monday in east coast harbors.

The lists on which these men's names appeared are not corrected sailing lists, having been prepared prior to debarkation from European ports, They are;

On the S. S. Mexico Victory, Monday, New York - Pfc. James A. Messick, Seaford; T-4 Joseph W. Ehringer, Salisbury, and Sgt. Robert D. Vetra, Deal Island.

On the S. S. Victory, New York, Monday - Pvt Herman N. Dykes, and T-5 Vernon D. Bozman, both of Princess Anne.

On the U. S. S. Boise, New York Saturday - Sgt William M. Smith, Delmar.

On the S.S. Admiral Capps, Newport News, Saturday - Cpl Henry L. Mcmullen, and T-4 Stephen L. Adkins, both of Salisbury, and Pfc William M. Tracy, Delmar.

On the S. S. Brandon Victory, New York, Sunday - Pfc Titus M. Henry, Rehoboth, and S-Sgt Roger W, Payne, salisbury.

On the S. S. Robin Sherwood, New York, Sunday - S-Sgt Edward C. Dorsey, Westover and Cpl Owens S. Nutter, Nanticoke.

On the S. S. Sea Snipe, Boston, Sunday - T-Sgt Elbert C. bailey, Jr., Delmar, M-Sgt Wilbur W. Heinser, Salisbury; Pfc. William F. Tull, Marion Station and T-5 George Jones, Princess Anne.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Delmar Planning and Zoning

Some items from the Planning and Zoning Meeting to night;

Due to Holiday conflicts the dates for the November and December Meetings are changed to November 15th and tentatively December 12th.

Terry Aydelotte and Lou Alberti, again, came by to continue their request to have the zoning for the land by the water treatment plant changed from "light industrial" to "residential". Mr Houlihan said the Mayor and council would like for it to remain zoned light industrial. The wellhead protection ordinance which does not allow construction within 150 feet was also bought up. They decided additional plans were needed to show what was going to be put there.

Lee May of McDonald's Corporation came by with a Concept Plan. McDonald is looking at putting a 3,900 square foot McDonalds next to the WAWA at Delmar Commons. It will be a rectangular brick box structure. There was a discussion on the traffic flow in and out of McDonalds.

Delmar Gateway LLC represented by their mouthpiece Steve Smethhurst and developers Robert Douglas Jr and Sr. presented their Preliminary Site Plan. Mr Houlihan said this was such a radically different plan from the original concept plan that he was going to consider this as a new concept plan not a preliminary Site Plan. Delmar Gateway is a proposed shopping center on the west side of RT13 by the produce stand on the Maryland side. They are looking at closing Stage Road on the west side of RT13 while they build. The shopping center will go from the highway to Stage Road to Bistate Boulevard. As a member of the public I was not privy to the plans so I can only guess from the discussion what the shopping center will look like. Anyone who attends these town meeting are aware the members of the council and commissions are not interested in having a presentation to the public made.

Stillwater, a development of about 130 homes came in for Landscaping and Lighting Approval, Steve Fuller and Chris Davis presented the material. Steve Fuller is also connected with the Foskey Lane Business Park. The development is off RT 54 on the Delaware side. Again nothing shared with the public and a private discussion of material between the developer and members of P & Z. Final plat approval was given.

Let me say that the Rt54 (Line Road) leading up to the RT13 traffic light is a mess now and within in the next two years will be a real accident prone problem. I do not expect any of these proposed developments to reach total build out but even if each one just adds 30 homes over the next two years it will create a really big backup at that light. Plus with McDonalds going into Delmar Commons the small turnoff lane leading into the shopping center will never hold the traffic.

Sussex Countian Oct 24 1896

Some excerpts from a Laurel Delaware newspaper The Sussex Countian, Oct 24, 1896

The sewers across Fourth and Central avenue were relaid this week.

W.E. Thomison residence on Central Avenue is receiving a fresh coat of paint.

Bridgeville will go dry for another year, the court having refused to license the hotel at that place.

Marion Callaway and wife spent Monday in Delmar.

N. B. Hearn broke the record for quick work last week. In two days time he begin and completed the handsome new band wagon for the Laurel Military band.

Corn For Sale - 3000 bushels good corn on cob at 25 cts a bushel, must be sold immediately. Will be sold in any quantity J. D. Marvil.

The Laurel Military Band started out under Addicks ausplices Monday morning. The boys presented a good appearance and theirs playing was excellent. They had a brand new wagon and a spanking team of six grays.

Out worthy Mayor and his efficient Chief of Police, will earn the everlasting gratitude of the respectable citizens of laurel, by transporting to Georgetown, a trio of ebonyhued damsels, whose almost nightly orgies on our streets and especially in the neighborhood of the depot, would discredit a city slums. Monday night the actions of this trio were vulgar and obscene and they should be locked up until taught what decency means.

It is rumored that Elijah Collins and Miss Clara Boyce are to be married before Christmas and will occupy the house belonging to Dr. Wolfe, on 8th St. Mr Horsey, Sr will vacate the premises and remove to Seaford.

Tonight (Friday) at the Opera House you can hear Bryan's famous speech and McKinley's speech of acceptance, delivered by the phonegraph. Every word distinct

Some Interesting Blogs

Mostly cajun, All American and Opinionated

Cigar Intelligence Agency

Countercolumn: The adjunct of Evil

Country Store

Coyote Blog

Grouchy Old Cripple

Gut Rumbles

Hog on Ice

Moon battery

The Daily Brief

Ruth Fallis, Christine Foote, and Janet Parks

I read in the News Journal that Ruth C. Fallis was sentenced to three years in prison. Now, just because you are sentenced to three years doesn't mean you are going to serve the time but it is a good start. She was charged with stealing more than $1.6 million from a Mill Creek Salon. Known as the Queen of arrogance she had said she would never go to jail because she was to well connected. Her husband is Mathias (Matt) Fallis who is currently the Human Resource Director at Appoquinimink School District. He also is on the faculty of Wilmington College. He was a former labor secretary and state personnel director.

Meanwhile in the Daily Times they were reporting Christine Foote was sentenced to ten years in jail for stealing $120,000 from a Able Roofing company. Prior to working and stealing from Able Roofing she did a similar thing to a Fruitland distributor she worked for.

Janet Parks was sentenced to eight years but only has to serve 18 months for stealing $120,000 for stealing from a West Ocean City Construction Company. She was ordered to pay $250 a month for the next ten years.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

House For Sale

I noticed today there is a great old house up for sale in Delmar.

It is 203 North 2nd Street. This is one of the unique houses in Delmar. It has a second floor wrap around porch and these windows on the first floor that extends all most to the ground. I don't know how old it is but it must be one of the older homes in Delmar. Since it is old it requires work.

The listing number is 554124 and it is listed at a price of $199,000. I am so far out of it when it comes to selling prices for houses that it seem high to me.
N Second St

A Couple of Upcoming Events

Delmar Planning and Zoning Thursday Oct 25th at Town hall at 7:00 P. M.

Delmar Police Auction, Saturday Oct 27th at 10:00 A.M. at the Police Station

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Bonanza - additional comments

I see the News Journal online edition has a brief post on the bonanzas closing. What is interesting are the comments and from the tone it sounds like most are from upstate people.

Daily Times post and comments

Oct 24 Daily Times

Daily times online Pocomoke post and comments

That's Elbert has a post on the closings plus associated comments

Comments at newszap

The 10/26 rumor is Bonanza will reopen Nov 10th

Beulah Joseph Murdered 1958

From The Bi State Weekly Friday, November 21, 1958



Daniel A. Joseph is in Sussex County prison charged with the murder of his wife, Beulah, 38, operator of a sub shop on State Street here.

Police said Mrs. Joseph was shot two times, once behind the ear and once in the shoulder. Dr. Joseph A. Elliott, deputy medical examiner for Sussex County, pronounced her dead on the scene.

The shooting occurred about 3:55 last Sunday morning after an argument that her husband attributed to jealousy, police said. There were no customers in the shop at the time.

Merrill Dashiel, night operator for the Pennsylvania Railroad, approached the door to the shop and was about to enter just as the two shots went off. He gave this account of the incident: Just as he opened the door he heard two shots and saw Joseph put a weapon in his belt and go out the door. Dashiel looked around to see what had happened and went back to his railroad office and attempted to call local police. after the phone rang several times he went back to the sub shop and was in the act of calling the Maryland State Police with the phone there when Joseph came back in. Joseph inquired what he was doing and he told him. Joseph asked Dashiel to wait a few minutes and Dashiel replied, "It's something that has to be done," and continued with his call. Maryland police learning that, called the Delaware State Police. Joseph left a second time but returned in a few minutes and waited with Dashiel until the police arrived.

He was arrested, arraigned before Magistrate Clarence Pritchett and ordered held in the Sussex County Correctional Institution at Georgetown without bond.

The Josephs came to Delmar a few years ago from Berlin, Md. They had operated the sub shop together until the latter part of August when they became estranged and Mrs Joseph had continued to operate it alone. she maintained an apartment in the Nero Building on Railroad Avenue and he was living in an apartment across from the shop.

Funeral services for the victim were held Wednesday in the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin with the Rev. C. Norman Ehrlich pastor of First Baptist Church of Delmar officiating.

She is survived by two children, a daughter, Barbara, living in New York, and a son, Donald, a Marine private stationed at Pensacola, Fla. Her parents, Mr and Mrs. Grant Gleason, of Berlin and two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Knight, Farmington, W. Va., and Mrs Beatrice Kuhr, Brooklyn N. Y. , also survive.

Marine Private First Class Michael Hastings

On October 23, 1983 in Beirut, Lebanon 241 Marines, Army and Navy serviceman. were killed when a truck loaded with 2,500 pounds of TNT hit the U.S. Marine Headquarters. Among the 241 was Marine Private First Class Michael A. Hastings of Seaford Delaware. Michael Hastings was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hastings of Seaford Delaware. The family was not officially notified of his death until October 29th after dental records confirmed it was Lance Corporal Hastings.

List of those who died

A blog about the Beirut Bombing

A 2003 Anniversary CNN Report

Monday, October 22, 2007

Delmar Cigarette Outlet For Rent

Besides Bonanza there is of course the Delmar Cigarette outlet beside the Delmar Liquor Store on N. Railroad Ave. It is for rent. It opened in January of 2006 see my post on it at Delmar Cigarette Outlet

Where is Mt Olive Cemetery?

This is an easily answered question by anyone who has lived their life here in Delmar and are over the age of 50. For those of us who do not fit that group it does pose a problem when doing family tree research and you come across an entry that says "buried in Mt Olive Cemetery Delmar Delaware”. So you ride all over Delmar looking for Mt Olive Cemetery and all you find is two St. Stephen’s Cemeteries.

Well let us look at this. In 1868 the first Methodist Church was built in Delmar. It was on the corner of First and State Street and very unimaginately was called First Methodist Church. Now the name brings up some questions; was the Church called First because it was the First Church in Delmar, or was it called First because it was on First Street, or was the system of street nomenclature in Delmar created because there was a church called First and they decided to name the street after the Church, after that there was no choice but to have a second, third etc street. In the 1870's what is now First street was called Brown Street.

In 1889, Mt. Olive Methodist Protestant Church was organized and in 1899 a church was built on the corner of North Second and State Street. Prior to the church being built there a peach drying plant was on the site. Each church had it own cemetery. Mt. Olive is the one farthest to the East and closest to the highway (RT13)on State Street. First Church had their cemetery on the corner of Ninth Street and State Street. The two churches went their happy ways within a block of one another for the next 65 years.

In 1964 the Methodist Church, Salisbury District, decided to strengthen the ministry of the church on the Delmarva Peninsular by merging some churches. Part of the merger was First and Mt. Olive church. Others were Mills Chapel and Snethen Church, White’s Chapel and St. John Church, and Quantico and Wetipquin Church. Rev. Rollan E. Ferry at First Church and Rev. Harvey Flater at Mt. Olive Church negotiated the merger and both were afterwards transferred to other churches. Rev. Harvey Flater also had Mill Chapel under his charge and after the merger he had the accomplishment of working himself out of two jobs. Rev. Flater had been on the job three years and Rev. Ferry had been on the job two years.

For awhile the newly merged church was simply referred to as the Methodist Church of Delmar. Toward the fall of 1964 they decided to call it St Stephen church under the direction of Rev. Robert P. Whitlock, who came from a four year pastorate at St. John’s Methodist Church in Fruitland. Both Cemeteries were re-named St. Stephen's.

The old Mt Olive Church became a furniture store and currently is home to the Delmar Christian Center. So there you have it Family Tree Searchers; Mt Olive Cemetery is the cemetery closest to RT 13 at 12th Street and State Street (Circa 1901) and First Cemetery is at Ninth Street and State Street (Circa 1885).


Well after hour to hour flip flopping between closing or to continue to stay open the owners decided to temporarily close.

The Postman

One of our Postmen, or postwomen, or maybe they are just called postperson now days. Anyway, what ever you might call her, she is out on a pleasant, slightly, warm Fall day.

Here Today Gone Tomorrow

It all ways surprise me how much quicker you can tear something down than to built something. This house at 204 East Grove was taken down in a couple of days. I am sure it took longer to build. It had nice ginger breading on it. I think it was removed before it was torn down.

Being Prep for destruction

Being Smashed up

All Gone

The Red Wing

On the night of October 22, 1891, the 28 ton fishing schooner Red Wing went aground and was pounded into pieces in the surf three and half miles south of the Indian River Inlet. The Indian River Life Saving Station made an attempt to save the men on the Red Wing but due to the gale blowing were unable to. The broken bodies of the six seaman on the Red Wing were taken to Joshua Burton farm located off Cedar Neck Road until the coroner's inquest was completed. The Red Wing was owned by William Baulch of Fort Monroe Virginia and the crew were from New Jersey. Four unidentified seaman and John Johnson and Francis Mullen from the Red Wing are buried in unmarked graves at the Ocean View Presbyterian Church.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Baltimoron Information Notice

One of those many emails that get passed around.

Because of misunderstandings that frequently develop When Baltimorons and

people from other cities in the North come to the shore, we have adopted a set

of informational guidelines. In an effort to help outsiders understand the Eastern

Shore, the following list will be handed to each driver crossing the Bay Bridge.

1. That farm boy standing next to the feed bin did more work before breakfast than you do all week at the gym.

2. It's called a 'gravel road'. No matter how slow you drive, you're going to get dust on your car.

3. We all started hunting and fishing when we were seven years old. Yeah, we saw Bambi. We got over it.

4. Go ahead and bring your $600 Orvis Fly Rod. Don't cry to us if a flathead catfish breaks it off at the handle. We have a name for those little trout you fish for...bait.

5. Pull your pants up. You look like an idiot. If we wanted to see the Grand Canyon, we would go there!!

6. If that cell phone rings while a bunch of mallards are making their final approach, we will shoot it! You might hope you don't have it up to your ear at the time.

7. No, there's no "Vegetarian Special" on the menu. Order steak.. Order it rare. Or, you can order the Chef's Salad and pick off the two pounds of ham and turkey.

8. You bring Coke into my house, it better be brown, wet, and served over ice.

9. So you have a sixty-thousand dollar car you drive on weekends? We're real
impressed.. We have a quarter-million dollar combine that we only use two weeks a year.

10. Let's get this straight - We have one stoplight in town.

11. Our women hunt, fish, and drive trucks--because they want to. So, you're a feminist... Isn't that cute...

12. Yeah, we eat catfish. Carp, too--and turtle. You really want sushi and caviar? It's available at the bait shop.

13. They are pigs. That's what they smell like. Get over it.

14. The "Opener" refers to the first day of deer season. It's a religious holiday. You can get breakfast at the church.

15. So every person in every pickup waves. It's called being friendly. Understand the concept?

16. Yeah, we have golf courses. Just don't hit in the water hazard. It spooks our fish.

17. That Sheriff Officer that just pulled you over for driving like an idiot, his name is "Sir". No matter how old he is.

18. The bill on your hat should turn down at the edges to shed the rain and be centered over your nose to keep the sunlight out of your eyes. Any other
location/orientation makes you look like an idiot.

19. We also speak ENGLISH here, speak it or go away.

Now, enjoy your visit!

Mule Show

The Mule Show put on by the Delmarva Coon Hunters Association happened today. For those that may think it is just a good old boys get together you would be wrong as 70% of the people there were woman or children. I am sure there was at least a thousand people there when I was there. Most of people showing mules were woman. As usual click on photo for larger version.

Follow The Sign on down Ben Davis Road. I did have to cross Rt50 and I truly wish those damn people that are still clogging it up would go home and stay there. Christ, there must be something for them to do back in Baltimore.

It was held at the Delmarva Coon Hunters Association Club House

The first people I encountered were Thomas and Loretta Adkins, blacksmiths, from outside of Delmar. He goes by the trade name of the Twitchy's Smithy (31309 Dagsboro Road, Delmar, MD 410-749-9369). I ended up buying a knife he had made.

They had Pony rides

They sold some bad oyster sandwiches. I think they must have used the same oyster in each one, just dipped it in the batter for some oyster taste than pull it out.

Mule Line up

An intelligent looking mule

A girl and her Mule

A Mule

Mule being a mule, in spite of being in a contest this mule couldn't pass up a warm spot of sand to roll in.

Jumping, mules jump from a standing still position.


Mule being a mule, this is Frankie. Frankie decided he would not jump regardless how much Samatha pulled on the lead.

Frankie finally jumping after an attitude adjustment

Rail Sitters

I came back by way of Powellville which is an overlooked treasure on the Eastern Shore. It is just waiting for someone to buy the town and restore it. It may be to late for some of the buildings.

Looking For Biff Lee

While at the Bethel Fall Festival yesterday I found another sign that Biff Lee (Delaware State representative for our district) may still be alive. Altho I did not see him, I found a stack of small wallet size photos with his iconic image on them. In the photo, he appears to be studying something very important, maybe it is a map showing him where Delmar is.

On the back of the photo was a 2008 calendar, at least half of the card will be useful. Actually maybe the whole card will be useful as I have not seen him in Delmar for so long I can use the card to ID him if he makes an appearance in town.