Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Cereal Box

My neighbor was showing me the cereal box he bought at the auction recently. It features a photo of the 1996 Delmar Football team on the front and on the back are the team players names.

Hometown Stars is a cereal put out by Carlisle Cereal Co. They do these type of promotional things. I have no ideal how good the cereal is but that really isn't the point of it is it? Carlisle seems to have gone to a 6 ounce cereal box now as opposed to the 18 ounce cereal box of twelve years ago.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

1961 Bank of Delmar Expansion

1959 Ad - The Avenue - Bill Culver

Concetta Tomei and China Beach

Today in 1945 Concetta Tomei was born. She is one of those actresses who has been on a slew of TV shows and in movies. I first noticed her when she played Maj. Lila Garreau in the TV series "China Beach." She has an odd smile that is sort of crooked. She is another actress who mostly falls into supporting roles instead of leads. As I said since "China Beach" she has had a number of roles, with "Providence" being the TV show she had the most reoccurring role in. "China Beach" was a watchable show as it looked at Vietnam from a nurses view. The series ran for four seasons from 1989 to 1991.

Other main actresses and actors were Dana Delany, Marg Helgenberger, Robert Picardos, and Michael Boatman all had leads in "China Beach" and they went on to play in a number of TV shows from Desperate Housewives, CSI, ER, Stargate etc, but the actors I usually am interested in are the second tier actors. Those "character" actors that you see in what seem like every TV show you look at but never have a leading role. In "China Beach" the one that comes to mind is Troy Evans where he played Sgt. Pepper and today he is on ER as Frank Martin and in between he has been in a ton of shows and movies.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Finally Eastern Shore is Recognized as a Language

Computers are a pain in the ass and I really hate this Compaq Presario with Vista that I have. I started to load an owner's manual on the computer today and noticed that the languages it had were EN, ES, FR. I assume EN stood for English and FR stands for French, but I was overjoyed to see they had ES which I assumed stood for Eastern Shore. Well, no, it didn't stand for Eastern Shore but instead it was Spanish (what dumb shit would spell Spanish ESpanol?) In thinking about it however I have decided maybe in today's time the Spanish language is the Eastern Shore language.

Pete Ross Accident - 1962

From the Bi-State Weekly December 28, 1962


Eugene Ross, 34, a serviceman for the Frank Bonsall Vending Machine Co., was seriously injured last Friday shortly after noon when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a train at the Bacons Switch Crossing about 3 miles north of Delmar.

Ross received cuts of the scalp face and legs and was taken to the Peninsula General Hospital in the Delmar ambulance. He was released Monday.

Ice and snow was blamed for the accident. The truck was a total loss.

State Street In the 1950's

One of my readers sent me this reference to a photo of Delmar in the 1950's. It came from the Delaware Historical Society.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Still Sick and Helen Chappell's Books

The cold continues and I have spent my day sleeping in the recliner, reading books and watching TV. My wife says she sees little difference from my normal Modus operandi. You don't get much sympathy around this house when you are sick. She insists she would have open the aspirin bottle for me if I had asked and there was no reason to cut the neck off the bottle. I can see with this crew I could be dead a while before they would get around to checking on me. Even my loyal pets are of no help. One of the differences between having cats and dogs as pets is if you fell on the floor seriously ill a dog would call 911 or go for help (God knows how many times Lassie saved Timmy after he fell into that well). Cats on the other hand will wait until your body stops moving than eat you. We are down to just cats in the house and a rabbit and I don't see much help coming from them particularly after the Santa Claus Hat incident.

While enduring this cold I have read and reread some of Helen Chappell's books. She is an Eastern Shore writer who at one time wrote for the Baltimore Sun. Two of her books "Oysterback Tales" and "Oysterback Spoken Here" are an accumulation of articles I believe she wrote for the Baltimore Sun. She creates a mythical bayside Eastern Shore of Maryland town called Oysterback and she writes about the characters that live there. Most of the short stories are about three pages long so they are good to read if you are taking a crap or sick with a cold and can't concentrate that close on the plot of the story. She uses a lot of Eastern Shore phases so I enjoy the stories. The mystery novel I read was called "Ghost of a Chance". Again it takes place in a mythical Eastern Shore town. The story starts with a true incident that occurred ten or so years back when they pulled that car out of the Nanticoke River at the Seaford Bridge and builds on that. There are a few ghosts that wander in and out of the story, which normally would be a turn off, but I endured them in "A Hundred Years of Solitude" and they do okay in her book. I picked up a great bit of trivial information on the ornamental hermit from the novel as told by the ghost of Edgar Allen Poe (since she also works in Baltimore what other ghost writer would she use?). Now some mystery novels I have read that take place on the Eastern Shore just aren't very good. So I was pleased that she is a good enough writer to pull it off. I wouldn't rate it as a super mystery novel but it certainly is readable and will command your attention. Based on these three books I would recommend Helen Chappell to all of you.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Kryptonite Is The Answer

The last few days I have been fighting a cold and I feel and look like I have been rode hard and put away wet. But what I want to write about is packaging material and containers. For the last month or so I have had the most difficulty opening packaging material and containers. The twist off lids on a two liter of Coke seem to be glued on. I had to take a pair of pliers the other night just to open one. These packages of cold cuts and cheese with the fancy ass sealing bag that doesn't work I have just given up on trying to get into and take scissors and cut the bag. Blister pack items I have always had problems with so there is no change there. With Christmas here you can't sling a dead cat in this house without hitting some kind of packaging material and all of them are a struggle to remove or get into. I cut the neck off a pill bottle last night just to get to some asprins. The only answers are someone has planted Kryptonite in the house or old age is coming down on me big time.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Life Magazine Photo collection

Life magazine has put most of their photo collection on line. In cooperation with Google you can search the files. They are interesting. One is the Woolworth's lunch counter in Salisbury, MD in the 1963 . They apparently took a few photos of Salisbury during integration. Nothing on Delmar Delaware or Maryland. There are a few photos when you do a search on Wallops Island, Chincoteague, Cambridge and Delaware.

Merry Christmas

Finally it has arrived, Christmas day, I hope all of you are enjoying this day with your families. My best thoughts of Christmases past has been spending the day with my family and I expect today to be like so. The blessing with older children in the house is they sleep later on Christmas day so this morning I have a few moments to my self. I leave you with two quotes from Charles Dicken's;

I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday -- the longer, the better -- from the great boarding school where we are forever working at our arithmetical slates, to take, and give a rest.

and in keeping with my personality this from Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Out upon merry Christmas! What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer...? If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' upon his lips should be boiled with his won pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The December Joint Council Meeting

I was not going to write anything about the December Delmar Joint council Meeting as there was not a lot to write about. However several town employees received awards for being with the town for a number of years and they should be mentioned. Delmar Police force; Lt. Robert Remo - 20 years, PFC Keith Heacook - 10 years, and PFC Thomas Esham - 10 years. Hopefully I got the names and titles right for the police. From the Waste Water Treatment Plant was Timothy Gates with 5 years.

Work has started on the American Legion

The much needed roof is being put on the American Legion building. Next will be the addition which was to be done by mid October (in all fairness they didn't say which year). The post was named for Glenn Rayne and the post received their charter in 1935.

Barge Rescue - 1932

From the Milford Chronicle December 23, 1932

With a heavy northeast gale pounding it to pieces against a jetty in Mispillion River, the barge Green Cove, with a terrified elderly caretaker and his wife aboard, was rescued late Saturday night by Coast Guard cutter No. 236 from the Lewes station where the barge had been abandoned by the tug and left with its occupants to the mercy of the severe snowstorm that swept the coast since early Saturday morning.

When the patrol boat, in command of Captain H. H. Yokes, reached the scene of action after responding to an emergency call received at Lewes headquarters at 3 p.m. the stranded barge was discovered in imminent danger of being torn to pieces against the jetty or swept out to sea by the gale.

The captain and crew of the patrol boat first made an attempt to pull the craft to safety but several times when a line was thrown around it the hawsers broke under the great strain of the dashing waters. Upon going higher up the river in search of the tug the coastguardsmen found it safety harbored against an inner jetty and the entire crew gone ashore.

Returning to the barge the rescuing party finally succeeded in tying it fast to the cutter around midnight when after taking aboard the caretaker, Michael Gomes, and his wife, colored, the battered barge was towed to a sheltered spot after two and one half hours of ploughing through the chopping ice of the river, a distant of only one mile.

The barge is owned by H. B. Cox Philadelphia. Its estimated value is $18,000 including its cargo of soft coal. 357 tons consigned to the Milford light plant here.

Two Deaths - 1937

From the Milford Chronicle December 24, 1937


Stark tragedy visited several Delmar Homes during the past week.

First, Mr. and Mrs. Harley J. Bailey who resides on a farm near town received word that their son, William who was employed on an oil tanker, had fallen overboard and drowned, opposite Cape Hatteras while enroute from a Texas port to Marcus Hook. The body was not recovered but funeral services were held at Marcus Hook Tuesday afternoon of this week. The oil company for which the unfortunate man worked sent several cars to convey the family to and from the funeral at Marcus Hook.

Friday night or early Saturday morning, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Reddish, whose farm adjoins the Bailey farm, near Delmar, were notified that their son, Luke, who had left home but a few hours before with a truck load of sweet potatoes for New York, had been burned to death when his truck caught fire following a collision caused by a drunken driver forcing a car into the path of the Reddish truck. The drunk responsible for the accident was placed in jail by the Jersey police and committed suicide by hanging in his cell. Young Reddish was about 30 years of age was an experienced and careful driver and had gotten within 20 miles of New York when he met his death. He was unmarried but was engaged to Miss Margaret Cooper, and the wedding was to have taken place soon.

1948 Ad Sehman's Florist


1948 Ad Delmar 5c to $1 Store

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bad News Kids

Gold Jewelry

When I as growing up 18K gold was more the norm than the current 14K gold jewelry being sold today. Now days it seem to only be 14K and 10K gold being sold. With a wife and two daughters the only sure present I can come up with is jewelry but being an ignorant person on gold and gems I have to rely on the store and salesperson I buy it from. I therefore stay away from the mall kiosks. They may be honest but why are they only here at Christmas time? Frankly in looking at gold jewelry it is a challenge as there seems to be a never ending array of ways to screw you over. From discounts (does anyone pay full retail on jewelry?) to the rip offs of gold tone, electroplate, vermeil and gold fill to the karats and weight of the necklace. This is one of those Trust in God and the salesperson purchases I make each year. Sometimes I have to consider the type of jewelry that it is. I tend to buy bracelets in 10K gold because even tho it is only 41.6% gold it is the strongest of all the mixes and resist scratches better than 14K gold. Necklace and earrings I fall back to 14K (58.3%) or higher. I won’t even discuss gemstones as the lab made ones look as good as the natural ones.

As a side story I understand during the Civil War the Union Army was afraid they were financing the Confederacy because the Confederates would go on the battlefield and, like all soldiers, take the valuables of the dead. They therefore issued an order that only gold wedding bands of 10K or less could be worn by the married men in the Union army. In looking at antiques you will find with just about every 10K wedding ring the seller will swear it is of Civil War age.

Christmas Cake

I am not a big fan of fruitcake but one cake I enjoy during the holidays is a Poor Man's Cake. My wife's grandmother use to make make them at Christmas time but obviously it is an anytime cake. I can't find her recipe but Mollie, my sister-in-law, has a recipe just as good. This is one of those depression era cakes where they couldn't afford fruit so they used raisins, but you can add fruit to it.



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Fake Lottery Tickets

I was out to the Dollar Tree this morning, picking up stocking stuffers and saw in the toy section fake lottery tickets. These are fake scratch offs worth $5,000 guaranteed everyone is a winner. Now I am one who is always ready for a joke but I would think in these economic times to give someone those fake tickets would be the same as committing suicide.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Home Demonstration Clubs

To fashion from simple everyday materials a house of comfort and cheer, to create through tolerance and wholesome interests a home of peace and pleasure; to inspire respect for the lowly duties of daily life; and to kindle love and understanding of people and all expressions of beauty – this I would do.” Homemakers Creed by Mrs Clarence Melson

What could be more representative of social life for women in Sussex County in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s than Home Demonstration Clubs. Home Demonstration Clubs taught good farm and homemaking practices to the women of Sussex County. Using 1954 as an example there were 91 clubs in Delaware with 3,500 members. Since this was mostly a white woman’s club and the population of Delaware in 1954 was only about 325,000 this was a fairly high percentage of the population for this type of club. Most clubs had a membership of about twenty members. The clubs usually would meet once a month and the Home Demonstration agents would try to attend as many meeting as possible. With 91 clubs they were busy people.

The Home Demonstration Clubs served many purposes, they served as a class in which homemaking practices were taught, they were a clearing house for women expressing their common interests and problems, and they were social gatherings. They were not designed to be a community civic club, although they did do many community and social projects.

They were among the first groups that the federal government experimented with by giving direction under the disguise of education. Food production, conservation nutrition, civil defense, salvage and rural health were all programs directed by the Federal Government and taught at Home Demonstration Clubs via the Extension Service.

The University of Delaware Extension offices would offer educational training courses on home making topics. Each club would send one to two members to the courses, referred to as short courses, the members would returned to their clubs and teach that subject to the other members.

So how did this outreach of the University Of Delaware come in to being? The Cooperative Extension Service developed out a system of Federal Acts. The 1862 Morrill Act established land grant agricultural colleges. In the act, the purpose is stated in the following words:

. . . the endowment, support, and maintenance of at least one college where the leading object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies, and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts, in such manner as the legislatures of the states may respectively prescribe, in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life.

Besides agriculture you will note it also included military education. Since this act was passed during the civil war the United States needed officers in the military so they included this catch line in the act they passed. The Morrill Act was one of the first steps of the Federal Government telling the states what they would teach in college. They did this by giving money to the colleges by way of passing on the income the federal government obtained from public lands to the colleges. Each Representative and Senator was to receive the income from 30,000 acres of federal land for these colleges. Because the income came from public lands these colleges became known as land grant colleges. Each state was to have at least one land grant college. Most have two because in 1890 they also established a Negro land grant college in each state also. In Delaware the University of Delaware and Delaware State University are land grant colleges. In Maryland the University of Maryland is a land grant college (Maryland State College in Princess Anne was the Negro land grant College in Maryland but it was swallowed into the University of Maryland College system).

The Hatch act of 1887 created the agricultural experiment station program for these colleges. To spread the word about the research information obtained from the experiment research stations the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 created the agricultural extension service (later in the 1960’s it became the Cooperative extension service). Each county ended up with an extension office. This office usually consisted of a basic staff of three people; a county agent, a 4-H club agent, and a home demonstration agent. The Home Demonstration Agent assisted with creating and educating the Home Demonstration clubs.

The early 1900’s was a period of great change in rural America. The use of motor vehicles came into wide spread use. The increase in better constructed roads allowed the farmer to a wider range for the sale of his products. Rural electrification was made available to the farms and with that came lights, refrigeration, radios, telephones, electric irons and fans. The Home Demonstration Agent was there to inform women on gardening practices, poultry raising, Civil Defense, the use of the pressure cooker to preserve meats, fruits, and vegetables, preparation of nutritious meals, sewing clothing, and household sanitation.

The first Sussex County Home Demonstration club was started in 1915. In 1936 there were 51 home demonstration clubs in Delaware with 1,373 women as members. They continued to grow, reaching their peak in the 1950’s, by the 1960’s they had started their decline and today there is only one Home Demonstration Club in each county. In Sussex County the last club is the Harberson Home Demonstration Club. Today the Sussex County Home Demonstration Agent from the extension service is referred to as a Family and Consumer Science Educator and her name is Anne Camasso.

Using 1957, as an example of the number of Home Demonstration Clubs, we find there were 24 clubs in Sussex County. They were; The Atlanta Club, The Bacons Club, The Broad Creek Club, The Columbia Club, The County Seat Club, The Delmar Club, The Ellendale Club, The Georgetown Club, The Greenwood Club, The Hollymount Club, The Indian River Club, The Merry Homemakers Club, The Millsboro Club, The Mt. Pleasant Club, The Nanticoke Club, The Nassau Club, The Omar Club, The Piney Grove Club, The Rehoboth Beach Club, The Reliance Club, The Shawnee Club, The Shawnee Evening Club, The Slaughter Neck Club, and the Wesley-Cannon Club. The one Home Demonstration agent for Sussex County was a busy person with 24 clubs.

Those were of course, in that time period, the white Home Demonstration clubs. The Negro Home Demonstration Clubs are less known and didn’t seem to start until the early 1950’s. They also seemed to be handled on a statewide basis instead of by county. Some Negro Home Demonstration Clubs were; Owen’s Corner, Harrington, Milton, Trinity Community, Bridgeville, Greenwood, Cheswold, and Milford.

Let’s look at three Home Demonstration Clubs in the Delmar area; Delmar, Bacons and Columbia. If you are a native of this area you may notice in the member names that the Delmar, Bacons, and the Columbia home demonstration clubs were made up of members that were related to one another. Most of the information came from newspapers of the 1950’s and 1960’s time period. Since this was still a time when married women didn’t have first names but went by their husband first name (Mrs. Paul Dickerson) some members may be repeated.

The Delmar Home Demonstration Club would meet on Tuesday afternoon usually at the American Legion home, or a member’s home. The Home Demonstration Agent attended the meeting usually every other month.

Some member names of this club, I picked up from newspapers of the 1950’s period were; Mrs. Elin Sullivan, Mrs. Dora Layfield, Mrs. Marie Adkins, Mrs. Sallie Baker, Mrs. Dallas Gordy, Mrs, Ella Nichols, Mrs. Frances Arbogast, Mrs. Beulah Littleton, Mrs. Elnora Whaley, Mrs. Elsie Parsons, Mrs. Lillian Phoebus, Mrs. Helen Sullivan, Mrs. Isabell White, Mrs. Annabel Cordrey, Mrs. Charlotte Acker, Mrs. Rose Baker, Mrs. Marie Collins, Mrs. Dallas Hitchens, Mrs. Erma Beauchamp, Mrs. Metha Hastings, Mrs. Buelah Littleton, Mrs. Lucille Alsop, Mrs. Annabelle Sahre, Mrs. Ethel Gordy, Mrs. Anna West, Mrs. Sallie White, Mrs. Mamie Gordy, Mrs. Josephine Jackson, Mrs. Emma German, Mrs. Myrtle White, Mrs. Nora Bailey, Mrs. Lizzie Littleton, Mrs. Blom West, Mrs. Grace Whitley, Mrs. Mazie Hudson, and Mrs. Pearl Brumble.

In 1962 The Delmar Home Demonstration Club elected as their president, Mrs. Carlton Adkins, Vice-President Mrs. Floyd Hastings, Secretary Mrs. Medford White, and Treasurer Mrs. William Layfield.

A smattering of topics taught would be; Planned Recreation for Teenagers, Stool Making, Interior Decorating, Use of Patterns and the Care of New Fabrics, Wrapping and Preparing of Food to be Frozen, Gourmet Cooking, Civil Defense, and Picture Framing and Hanging.

The Bacons Home Demonstration Club was formed in 1947 and would meet on Thursday afternoon usually at the St. George’s Community Hall. In looking at newspapers from the 1950’s some of the members that were in the Bacons Club were; Mrs. Mildred Gould, Mrs. Bernice Brittingham, Mrs. Paul Dickerson, Mrs. Alan Culver, Mrs. Charlotte Gould, Mrs. Margaret Ann Nicholson, Mrs. Lottie Masten, Mrs. Helen Elliott, Mrs. Beatrice Ralph, Mrs. Maggie James, Mrs. Joyce Culver, Mrs. Lillian Messick, Mrs. Ethel Workman, Mrs. Carlos Elliott, Mrs. Ruth Hearn, Mrs. Ethel Elliott, Mrs. Elsie Brittingham, Mrs. Bernice Brittingham, Mrs. Ethel Foskey, Mrs. Sarah Jones, Mrs. Alma Smith, Mrs. Grace Nichols, Mrs. Minnie Jackson, Mrs. Mabel Elliott, Mrs. Pauline James, Mrs. Elizabeth Workman, Mrs. Carmelia Porter, Mrs. Susie Wilson, Mrs. Lorence Campbell, Mrs. Irene Culver, Mrs. Irene Adams, and Mrs. Alice Tull.

In 1957 the club President was Mrs. Albert Brittingham, the Vice-President was Mrs. Elijah Elliott, The secretary was Mrs. Arba Culver, and the treasurer was Mrs. Joseph Elliott.

Topics talked about were; International Relations, Table Linens and Table Settings, Pruning Shrubbery, Proper way to brush hair, Sharpening knives, Easy Ironing, How to Iron, Quick Sandwiches, Dressings for salads, and Civil Defense.

The Columbia Home Demonstration club would meet on Wednesday afternoon at the Columbia Grange Hall or the Mt. Hermon Community House.

Some of the members in the club mentioned in 1950’s and 1960’s newspapers were;
Mrs. Ralph Ellis, Mrs. Paul Kenney, Mrs. George Moore, Mrs. Everett Calloway, Mrs. Frank Collins, Mrs. Edgar Hastings, Mrs. Doris Twilley, Mrs. George White, Mrs. Nema Beach, Mrs. Althea Kennedy, Mrs. Ruth Rider, Mrs. Erma Rider, Mrs. Helen Owens, Mrs. Harry Beach, Mrs. Charles Smithy, Mrs. Elva LeCates, Mrs. Victor Beach, Mrs. Mac Dickerson, Mrs. Florence Stephens, Mrs. Marilyn Cooper, Mrs. Isabel Wright, Mrs. Dorothea Ellis, Mrs. Ruth Phillips, Mrs. Agnes Johnson, Mrs. Anna Tomlinson, Mrs. Myrtle Wilkinson, and Mrs. Anna Hudson,

In 1961 the Columbia Club president was Mrs. Levin Twilley, the Vice-President was Mrs. Holland Twilley, the Secretary was Mrs. Marvin Bradley and the Treasurer was Mrs. Paul Kenney.

Some of the topics taught at the Columbia Club were; Care of the Skin, Color in the Home, Picture Framing, Selection and use of patterns, New Trends in Frozen Foods, How To Cook the cheaper cuts of meat.

Some Sussex County Home Demonstration agents were; in 1940 Miss Gertrude Holloway, in the 1950’s Nancy (Nan) E. Ratliff Shelton, in the 1960’s Miss Frances Shoffner, and today, Anne Camasso.

In the 1960’s the decline of the Home demonstration Clubs started. The decline can be seen in the newspaper columns written by the Home demonstration agent. In the 1950’s Nan Ratliff Shelton wrote a weekly newspaper column. In the column there were household hints and discussions of activities of the individual Home Demonstration Clubs and state activities. In the 1960’s when Miss Frances Shoffner wrote the column there was no mention of individual clubs. Today there is no column written at all. I think the home extension service itself helped with the decline in clubs by not giving them the support and publicity they had in the 1950’s. As the membership in the clubs decreased they would merge with other clubs, sometimes this created conflicts and more members dropped out. The wife instead of staying home went to work and didn’t have time for afternoon clubs. There was less emphasis in Sussex County on farming and more on the modern office job. There was also a social outlook in the 1950’s that farming was very uncool. The end result is there is one Home Demonstration Club in Sussex County today.

The information in this post came from newspapers of the period and help from Anne Camasso – University of Delaware, Lisa Dennis and Dan Tabler – University of Maryland.

MOTTO: “Character, Courage, Culture, Citizenship”
COLORS: Blue and Gold
FLOWER: The Daisy
The “Emblem”; the hearthfire in the center symbolizes the home and expresses the spirit of the finest attributes of the home, such as fellowship, hospitality, comfort, peace and protection. The Oak leaf symbolizes strength; the sheaf of wheat, productivity; the Roman lamp, knowledge and other attributes of a successful home. Around these symbols are the words: “Home, family, Community” with “Cooperative Extension service” in the outside ring – designating the cooperation of the County, State and nation in the extension Program

Saturday, December 20, 2008


Back last January I did a post on the name Adolph. Another name you do not often come across today is Clarabelle. In doing family tree research it is a name you come across with some frequency. Altho it does not occur as often as the Marys and the Elizabeths etc, Clarebelle, or some variation of it, did occur often enough that almost all of us have someone in the family tree with that first name. So why did parents stop giving this name to children in the 1900’s?

As those of us who are in their 60’s are aware the popular Howdy Doody TV show had a clown named Clarabell Hornblow. The show ran from 1947 to 1960. I can’t think of any girls in our class who were named Clarabelle, but I do know of a couple who had mothers with that name and they lived in fear that someone would let the cat out of the bag and tell the class their mother was named Clarabelle. Clarabell, the clown, didn’t talk and ran around with a horn he honked, sort of like Harpo of the Marx Brothers. There was a little song sung on the show about Clarabell.

Who's the funniest clown we know?
Who's the clown on Howdy's show?
His feet are big, his tummy's stout,
But we could never do without,
Clara, Clara, Clarabell!

Who has fuzzy-wuzzy hair?
It's partly red but mostly bare.
And since the day that he was born,
He's honked and honked and honked his horn.
Clara, Clara, Clarabell!

There was also a Clarabelle the cow who was a Walt Disney cartoon character that was started in 1928. I think however Clarabell the clown was the death knell for that name from the 1950’s forward. Perhaps the name will return as the baby boomers die off and a new generation will find this variation of Claire to be THE new baby name.

Happy Birthday Elbert

Today is the birthday of noted Laurel blogger Elbert. Happy Birthday Elbert!!!

Today is Delmar's Birthday

Today in 1859 the town of Delmar was founded. Happy 149th Birthday Delmar!!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wicomico Day School Christmas Show

Wicomico Day School gave their Christmas Pageant entitled "Around The World At Christmas Time" today at Emmanuel Wesleyan Church and the place was packed.

My niece's son, Gavin Dennis, had a piano number he did with Cami Lasley, thusly the reason why I was there.

I did enjoy the show. There is something about tots and pre K kids in a Christmas pageant that you just have to enjoy watching. As the title implies they did little skits from countries around the world.

Naturally everyone had a digital camera or camcorder going thru out the show. A DVD was to be made available on Monday.

One of the instructors (or older student)with her group was dressed in Swedish dress as Santa Lucia (without the candles in her headdress). Sainthood is an odd thing as it usually involves dieing. The story on St. Lucia is "she became a saint because a man loved her whom she didn't like, Lucia's mother asked her to marry the man but she refused so the man heard about this and he said he would burn her. But Lucia prayed to God to have the power to survive the fire. Because of her kindness to others her wish was granted. The man tried to burn her but she had the power to withstand fire so the man got a sword and stuck it into Lucia's throat. Still Lucia survived for three more hours speaking beautiful words." Anyway the image of a young girl dressed in white with a crown of greenery and candles on her head is a nicer image than the story.

I had to leave half way thru but it looked like it was going to be a good two hour production.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Planning and Zoning Commission December 2008

The Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission had their December meeting tonight. The members that were there were; Vice Mayor Michael Houlihan, William Boyan, Carl Anderton, Jr., Joe Dixon and Joy Slabaugh. Ed Ferro and James Henderson were missing. My usual disclaimer is I am not part of the commission and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real story go to the meeting.

Michael Houlihan gave a certificate of appreciation to Joe Dixon and Joy Slabaugh for volunteering their time to serve on the commission. James Henderson and William Boyan had received their certificate of appreciation at the Town Christmas Party.

Danny Maszara came before the commission to request an extension of approval for the Pheasant Lake development on the Maryland side of town. The original approval extended to September 2009, however, he says with the down swing of the economy he did not see starting the development in 2009. The Commission gave him an extension until September 2011 which coincides with the extension he received from Wicomico County.

David Contera from Delmar Commons LLC came before the commission for Monument sign approval for the new building being constructed on Pad Number One. The monument Sign was approved.

Tim Bourcier, Project Manager and Alex from Davis, Bowen, and Friedel, Inc came before the commission to talk about the upcoming comprehensive plan for the Maryland Side of Town. He presently expects for it to be done and approved by August 2009.

Lou Alberti came before the commission with a concept plan to subdivide the Hastings property at North Maryland avenue and State street. He would like to add two houses with the existing house on this property. The Commission felt adding one additional house would be acceptable. He said he would talk to the property owners about this.

John Bajger, via his daughter Wendy, request approval for a house be build at 702 E. Walnut Street. the approval was given.

The meeting was over about 8:30 and the commission went into executive session.

The Bridge On the River Kwai

Today in 1957 the movie "The Bridge on the River Kwai" made it's New York City premiere. Much like Christmas carols, the theme song is one that is hard to get out of your head once you heard it. So whistle while you work.

1958 Jimmy's Market

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Keith Dennis Turns 40

Keith Dennis, that legendary accountant at Perdue Farms, turns Forty today. Happy Birthday Keith!!!!

Forty really is a turning point so along that line let me print Forty Thoughts On Turning 40.

1) At 40 you are no longer the young and upcoming fast track person but now the senior member of the team

2) Your next boss will be younger than you

3) New hires, straight out of college, are coming into the firm with salaries at 99% of what you earn.
4) At forty you are where you are going to be for the rest of your life, there is no longer any rapid advancement, if you are not successful by now you will never be.

5) You are no longer tolerant of anyone or anything.

6) You are more inclined to tell people to shut up.

7) When your boss asks you when you can do some urgent task, you feel more free to say: "How about never? Is never good for you?"

8) Gardening is suddenly good.

9) You realize that you are old enough to be the father of most of the models in the Victoria Secret Catalog.

10) Within weeks of turning 40 you will lose the ability to read anything close up; lose part of your hearing; lose much of your short term memory; and apparently, lose most of your humor. You will find reading a ”turning 40” list is not nearly as funny as when you read it at 25.

11) Your supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size and to add to that the Discovery Channel says those brain cells you have left, starts to slow down at 40.

12) The growth gene for Nose hairs and ear hair will kick in at 40.

13) Your younger colleagues think your libido requires chemical enhancement, or that it's OK to make jokes about the probability that it does.

14) You realize there is no difference between the Republican and Democratic parties.

15) You argue with the television. You always win.

16) Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember
them either.

17) You can only call your self middle age if you really think you going to live to be 80 and with your life style that seems remote.

18) People call at 9 PM and ask, "Did I wake you?"

19) People no longer view you as a hypochondriac.

20) Things you buy now won't wear out.

21) You can eat dinner at 4 P.M.

22) You enjoy hearing about other peoples operations.

23) You get into heated arguments about pension plans.

24) You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.

25) You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.

26) You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into
the room.

27) You sing along with elevator music.

28) If you were to ever get on "Dancing with the Stars", you'd be one of the 'older' contestants that the judges will marvel at your ability to still move well.

29) Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

30) Nothing good really begins with the letter "F" - fat, failure, freak, faulty,
foolish, falling-apart...

31) You don't get smart-alecky black balloons and snarky cards in your 30's.

32) Whoever said you can feel like two 20 year olds, is clearly a liar.

33) People expect you to have some sort of "wisdom" when you get this old,
and clearly, you don't have it, however you are thinking about starting a blog.

34) You are called "Sir" with a lot more frequency.

35) When someone says "You still look so young" - it lacks the sincerity that it
used to have.

36) You have to check a different box on some applications or survey when asks your age.

37) You can't really fit 40 candles on a cake - unless it's a really BIG cake. Then
you're laughed at if you can't blow them all out! Plus 40 candles on a cake creates a really big fireball!

38) In another ten years AARP will start sending you applications to join them.

39) There are new "tests" that the doctor wants to do when you hit 40

40) You are that much closer to death.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hamm Brewing Buys Gunther - 1959

In December 1959 the Theo. Hamm Brewing Co. announced the purchase of Gunther Brewing Co. of Baltimore. I think this started the downward slide of great Baltimore beers. Gunther Brewing was once the most popular brewer in Baltimore and in 1950 was the largest. Gunther Brewing, originally spelled 'Guenther' was founded by Bavarian native George Guenther in 1881 soon after he reached the U.S. Hamm was attempting to expand its territory into the East and bought Gunther as its first outpost. Rather than continue to brew Gunther for local customers and introduce it's own brands over time, Hamm's instead eliminated Gunther's brand immediately (negating all the local loyalty). Hamm's only stayed for three years before selling the brewery and brands to Schaefer, a large Brooklyn-based brewer. Schaefer reintroduced Gunther as one of its budget brands and won back some of the local customer base. Schaefer itself continued in operation until 1976, when its operations and brands were sold.

Gunther Beer Baltimore rival was of course the National Brewing Company which brewed Natty Boh (National Bohemian)and Colt 45. National started the whole "brewed on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay" campaign after Gunther was sold to Hamm's. Hamm's was from the Twin Cities, and Hamm's used "from the land of sky blue waters" as its jingle. National, of course, tried to emphasize their local roots. The Hoffberger family owned all of National and a big chunk of Gunther. National Brewing was sold and resold and resold. Today I think it is owned by Pabst Brewing Company and the beer is made in North Carolina.

I think the 1960's and 1970's was a low point in this country for beer making due to all the takeovers and buy outs of regional beers by national beer companies. Once brought, the quality of the beer went to some generic taste that could be made anywhere and shipped here.

Howard S. Beach Promoted to Sargeant - 1955

From the Bi-State Weekly December 16, 1955

Howard S. Beach of Delmar entered military service in April 1954. He received his basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. After completing his training, he went on to the clerical typist school at Fort Jackson.

Sgt. Beach has been in Guchan, Korea, since November, 1954, and is now with the Military Police Section as personnel clerk. He was promoted to his present rank in October, 1955.

Sgt, Beach expects to return to this country in March 1956, when he and his family will return to their home on Eighth Street in Delmar.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Tipping and Gifts Received

It’s that time of the year again where everyone has their hand out expecting something. Be it auto companies, newspaper delivery people, or charities who want money or canned goods. As many are aware in a previous life I was an accountant so giving money away is not in my makeup. Once again we are faced with Christmas Tipping. There are several internet guides as to how much to tip and the only thing I can say is; what world do those people live in? The only gardener, maid, parking attendant, building supervisor, doorman, or dog walker around my house are the people who live here. The media is controlled by New York City and they seem to think the rest of America lives the same life they do so you end up with these stupid ass tip guides. Are you really going to tip your child’s teacher? Hell she makes more money than you do, works half the time and has a hell of a retirement plan. Are you going to tip your day care? You are paying them an arm and a leg now to take care of that precious bundle of joy, Hell no you don’t tip them. Your mail carrier? In town they are Federal employees, why would you tip them? For Rural mail service they are usually contractors. Again why would you tip them? Frankly the only one I am tipping this year is my newspaper delivery guy. In spite of his heavy handed tipping suggestion I am aware they don’t make that much money and they are out there way before dawn driving in the ice and snow all so I can look at the cartoons in the Daily Times or News Journal over my coffee in the morning. Frequently the cartoons are the only thing worthwhile in both papers.

While I am on tipping at Christmas lets talk about some gifts I have received over the years. First, why would anyone think that I would want a card wrapped up in Christmas wrapping paper that say “Good for one Hug”? Do I look like a hug type person? I am sure the person that gave it thought they were wonderfully creative but keep your damn hug to your self. Second, Gift cards - why don’t you just put a ten dollar bill in the gift box, it has as much thought behind it as a gift card. I don’t know of anyone who would get excited over a gift card (Okay maybe a little excited if it was to the Canton Inn in Seaford). Third, a card that says $100 dollars has been contributed to the “Save The Whale Foundation” in your name. Need I say where you can stick this card? If I wanted to give to a charity or non-profit let me select it. Plus who gets the tax deduction on this me or the person that gave it in my name? Fourth, a star in a galaxy you are never going to see has been named after you. Are those people for real? Why don't they just throw their money out the window and what in the hell am I going to do with the damn framed Star certificate? I guess put it with the useless ass college degrees and training certificates I have accumulated over the years. I am sure over the years the people who have gave me these gifts thought they had came up with THE ideal Christmas gift ideal for a scrooge of a person. Trust me they did not. HO HO HO

The Auto Makers Bailout

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Living with the Blue Laws

Sunday shopping, in a few hours stores will be opened (some already are) and everyone will rush out to shop on Sunday. WalMart and the Centre at Salisbury, like many retail outlets, is a crowded place on Sunday. It is hard to think that twenty-one years ago the Mall in Salisbury was closed on Sunday and the grocery stores and the lumber yards of the time like Lowes and Moores were also closed, but that was the way life was on Delmarva. Back then Delmarva had what was called “the Blue Laws.”

Blue Laws were laws promulgated to ensure we observed Sunday as a day of worship or rest. They simple said you could not sell anything on Sunday unless it fit a certain narrow classification. As I recall the items you could sell on Sunday were; drugs and medicines, gasoline and oil, tobacco, prepared meals, milk, bread, fruit, confectioneries, newspapers and magazines. It seems strange, today, that tobacco products would be allowed to be sold but not other items like food. Each county could modify these laws to allow the sale of other items or to allow entertainment. I think Wicomico County was one of the more strict counties. The only businesses I remember being open on Sunday were Drug Stores, Restaurants and gas stations.

The general concept of what could be sold on Sunday revolved around Sunday being a day of rest for the family. So items of limited recreational use for a family which might take a Sunday ride into the country and they would need gasoline for the automobile and may wish for a soft drink or fresh fruit or a meal at a restaurant or those who go to the beach may wish ice cream or some other item normally sold there and of course newspapers and drug products should always be available to the public. The Sunday ride was an institution in my family.

Because a Drug Store could sell medicine on Sunday the Blue Laws created the modern Drugstore as we know it in America. The reason they carry all those items beside drugs was because they could stay open on Sunday and they had no competition, now they legally were not allowed to sell most of the items they had in the store but some drugstores did, others didn’t. Reads, Central, Gordy’s, and Salisbury drugs are the main drug stores I can think of in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Later Dart drugs and the rest of the chain drugstores would come to town. I can remember going in to Salisbury Drugs on a Sunday and seeing most of the aisle marked off with rope preventing Sunday sales of those items. Come Monday the ropes were removed and business was normal. Sometimes there was simply a poster that said these are the items we can not sell on Sunday. I read somewhere that the Ice Cream Sunday was created due to the Blue Laws that prevented selling “soda water” on Sunday. I asked Dick Dykes about the drug stores at the time and he said “ I remember the Peoples Drug Store always sold anything on Sunday and then suddenly they weren't allowed to by law! I think the downtown merchants in Salisbury were responsible for this. They were a pretty powerful bunch in town then you know. The Benjamins, The Hess's, The Powells and a few others.”

Maryland has always been known as a corrupt state where favors can be purchased, so it was no surprise that lobby efforts were made to have products moved into one of the exempt from Sunday Blue Laws classes. The medical supply classification was popular as was the the other strange exempt class of novelties and souvenirs . Items such as shampoo, body soaps, tampons, toothpaste ( I have second thoughts on toothpaste, I think toothpaste may have been an item they couldn't sell on Sunday - I just don't remember) etc were available on Sunday. As time moved on into the 1970’s even more exceptions and exemptions were made to the Sunday Blue Laws.

Along a similar line the Blue Laws created today’s convenience store. Since Gasoline Stations could stay open on Sunday they started selling Bread, Milk and newspapers and evolved into today’s convenience store. Certainly in the 1950’s Bank’s Cash Market on College Avenue and Division Street in Salisbury was a busy place because of that. The Banks Market would form the center of a chain of Banks Convenience stores later, and in turn, they would be bought by the Shore Stop Chain of convenience stores. Others market stores of these type were; the Tony Tank Market, Campbell’s Market, Bob’s Cash Market on Baker street and Price’s Pickup Store on Alabama Avenue.

Back in the 1950’s there was a limited number of chain stores. As I have said in previous posts Woolworth, Wards, Sears and Penneys were the main ones in Salisbury with Safeway, Colonial, A&P, and Giant being the chain grocery stores. The rest of the stores were Mom and Pop operations and I think they must have liked the blue laws as they worked six days a week in their store and the only way they could get a day off was by way of the blue laws. They knew if they were closed, the chain grocery stores such as Safeway, Colonial Store, and Giant Food would also have to be closed thusly the chain stores would not have an unfair competitive advantage over them by staying open on Sunday. It was also a time when you were known by your reputation and a store owner had to pretty much be in church on Sunday otherwise he would get a reputation as a heathen who didn’t believe in God and no one would come to his store.

As for entertainment some places (bowling alleys) could be open from 2 P.M. to 7 P.M. it was assumed you would be in Church before that time and after that time. If you lived in Wicomico County and wanted to see a movie you went to Delmar, Delaware because Delaware allowed movies to be shown on Sunday - if they were in the corporate limits of a town. Because of this Blue Law, Delmar Delaware added an odd town limit boundary line. When the Drive In wanted to open in Delmar they requested they be put in the town limits due to the Blue Laws. So Delmar annexed a narrow ten foot wide strip of land by the railroad tracks and ran it North to the Drive-in movie where it was extended to their land creating a hatchet head effect on the town limits. Later Wicomico County relaxed the laws on entertainment and movies etc could be shown after 2 PM until midnight.

Living under the Blue Laws was like everything else - you adjusted to them. You had to plan ahead for what ever items you would need on Sunday. It may have been lumber for a home repair project or food for the Sunday Dinner or car parts for a home car repair project – you had to buy it Saturday. If you did need some item on Sunday and didn’t have it you had to find someone who did have it so you could buy it or borrow it until Monday (dare we say the blackmarket). The image of the housewife running next door to borrow a cup of flour came about in part from the Blue Laws. In the case of alcoholic beverages there was none sold on Sunday but there was always the local bootlegger. In this case bootlegger didn’t mean moonshine but simply pint bottles and half pint bottles of regular liquor that the person sold on Sunday or after liquor store hours. They would also make home deliveries the same as the milk man. I understand there was a bootlegger that hung out at Reuben Holden Pool Hall in Delmar.

So why put up with them? In 1960 a case was bought before the Supreme Court against Maryland Blue Laws. The case was known as McGowan vs Maryland, in it the
“Appellants, employees of a large department store on a highway in Anne Arundel County, Md., were convicted and fined in a Maryland State Court for selling on Sunday a loose-leaf binder, a can of floor wax, a stapler, staples and a toy, in violation of Md.Ann.Code, Art. 27, § 521, which generally prohibits the sale on Sunday of all merchandise except the retail sale of tobacco products, confectioneries, milk, bread, fruit, gasoline, oils, greases, drugs, medicines, newspapers and periodicals.”
The end result of the case, in 1961, was the Supreme Court decided in favor of Maryland and held .

“Art. 27, § 521 does not violate the Equal Protection or Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment or constitute a law respecting an establishment of religion, within the meaning of the First Amendment, which is made applicable to the States by the Fourteenth Amendment.”.
“The present purpose and effect of most of our Sunday Closing Laws is to provide a uniform day of rest for all citizens, and the fact that this day is Sunday, a day of particular significance for the dominant Christian sects, does not bar the State from achieving its secular goals.”

So the courts said the Blue Laws were fine and legal.

The reasons why the Blue Laws went away are many; shopping pressure from the wife in the family taking a job, the divorce rate going up so there was only one adult per family, and the replacement of Mom and Pop Stores with chain stores. I think I can say when the chain stores replaced the small stores, shopping became more convenient but family values eroded. No law can be enforced by government if the majority of the people are not in favor of it. As long as Wicomico County remained isolated, the prevailing powers could enforce the Blue Laws. Once the “outsiders”, in this case, Chain stores, started moving into the county, Wicomico County was no longer able to control the enforcement of Blue Laws. No longer was there a “day of rest” in which all family members were home at the same time. I think in the last election there was some talk of a “Day of Rest” once a week by Obama and Clinton, were they talking about a return to the Blue Laws?

In July of 1987, the State of Maryland repealed the Blue Laws everywhere in the State except Washington, Allegany and Wicomico countries. So on Sunday, July 5th the Malls were open, there was an extra day of shopping and an extra day of work for some people in all of Maryland except for those three countries. As I recall shortly after this, maybe in the fall of 1987, Giant Food told Wicomico County they had had enough of the Blue Laws and starting on Sunday they intended to sell everything in their store the same as they would any other day. There was no legal action taken against Giant Food and the enforcement of the Blue Laws collapsed in Wicomico County which ended most of the Blue Laws.

Today; you can still see the effect of the Blue Laws more in tradition than actual law. Banks, the Post Office, Government offices, Chick-fil-a and other stores, are closed on Sunday or have hours that are after Church. In some cases it is law as in Car Sales, the signing of contracts, the hours and dates you can hunt wildlife, etc. look around you, you can see some Blue Laws and the aftermath of the Blue Laws still.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Jacobs Bros Christmas Dinner - 1954

From the Bi-State Weekly December 17, 1954


Jacobs Brothers, Inc of Baltimore entertained their employees at dinner last night at the Fire House with dinner served by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Fire Department.

Nathaniel Jacob, president of the organization greeted some 60 employees. David Bornsten, business manager and Harold Lurie, production manager gave short talks.

Mrs Helen Porter is manager of the local production unit.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Pets In Hats

Yes, it is that time of the year again when thousands of household pets have silly Santa hats put on their heads and have their picture taken. This is one of our cats, Simba, enjoying the Christmas attention.

The Maryland Sales Tax

As I think is typical of most people in Delmar, I do the majority of my shopping in Salisbury, which means I pay Maryland Sales tax. Now if I know I am going for a higher dollar item purchase I will go to Seaford or Dover and save that 6% on top of the purchase price but for most of the daily purchases (which the sales tax wouldn't offset the price of gas) I end up in Salisbury and I am sure the tax adds up over a year's time. At one time you could deduct sales tax paid on your individual Federal income tax form. I use to save all my Maryland receipts in order to claim that amount, probably somewhere in the attic they are still stored as we never throw anything away in this house.

The Maryland sales tax was first started in 1947 - at 2%. The then Governor William Preston Lane (the one the bay bridge is named for) had an $18 million dollar shortfall in his budget and his planning department determined that a 2% sales tax would yield him the $18 million. Well it was a windfall and he produced $23 Million in sales tax money in the first year. Maryland saw they had a goose that laid a golden egg. Now a tax that is a percentage of sales price you would think would have a built-in adjustment for inflation, but government greed can never be under estimated and now the sales tax is 6%. It had been 5% since 1977 but this year it went to 6%, why? The excuse was people were not buying as much so instead of accepting that and reducing spending they simply added another percentage point to the tax. Taxpayers are fools they will do whatever government tells them to do. Our founding fathers would hide their heads in shame for what they produced.

It is interesting and pathetic that in most States, government entities employ the majority of the workers in that state. This means those workers are the largest voting block in a state and we know they aren't going to vote for reduced government and become unemployed so you can only assume there will be higher taxes (and so called user's fees) in order to hire even more governments workers. They reproduce their selves likes rats. I read once that a government in trouble will try and hire as many people as they can, so they will not be overthrown and replaced. I think the United States has reached that point.

What is good for GM is good for the country

More than 50 years ago, then-General Motors President Charles Wilson, altho misquoted, reportedly said “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” It was this type of arrogance from General Motors that made it hated from the 1950's forward. In Charlie Wilson time GM controlled 50% of the US Car market. The company was a dominant political force then and still is, spending tons of money to influence congress. In the 1950's it led a successful effort to destroy the streetcar system in America’s cities in order to force people to buy cars, rather than take public transportation. The type of vehicles they sell today only add to gas consumption and emission problems but as long as you can buy off congress it doesn't matter. No bailout money for the auto industry, let them go under!!!

Bruce Henrickson Music Teacher - 1953

Bruce Henrickson Music Teacher - 1953
In 1953 the Delmar School Board hired a 25 year old native of New Zealand (NZ) to teach music and band at Delmar High School. Mr Bruce Henrickson was born in Hamilton, NZ and grew up in Whangerei, NZ. He taught at Avondale Teacher’s College in Auckland, NZ for five years before emigrating to Delmar. Being single with a desire to travel to the United States, he spent four years writing letters to different school boards in the USA prior to coming to Delmar. Matter of fact he wrote over 387 letters to different school boards in that period.

Mr. Henrickson had obtained a nine day visa to come to this country and interview for the job in August. After accepting the job he had to leave the country because of his nine day visa and apply for a work permit. He went to Canada where he encountered numerous consular problems due to misspelling of his surname, delaying his successful emigration to the US until December. He taught for two years at Delmar High School.  He married in Washington, DC in 1954 during this time.
Above Supplied by his son Dr. Michael Henrickson

1957 Ad - Delmar Variety Store

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The MicroBrewery

Back in September Southern Boys Concept, a company made up of the brothers Tom and John Knorr, came to the town council and made a presentation to built a microbrewery in the old IGA building. Frankly, it sounded like a good deal for Delmar but I also thought maybe they were using us for leverage with Salisbury in order to get reduced hookup fees. I rode by the IGA building today and saw Temco builders is busy at work on it, so maybe it will come true.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Maryland State Board of Motion Picture Censors

I don't know if many you remember watching movies in Maryland prior to 1965, before the main movie would begin the seal of approval by the Maryland State Board of Motion Picture Censors would be flashed up on the screen.

The Maryland State Board of Motion Picture Censors was a three person panel who would review all motion pictures shown in Maryland. I don't know that the board has officially disband but they sort of ceased operation in 1981. They had the authority to remove scenes or reject the entire motion picture from being shown in Maryland. You had to go to DC to see the actual uncut picture.

In 1965 Ronald Freedman ran the Rex Theater in Baltimore. he showed the films that had nudity in them and was constantly at odds with the Maryland State Board of Motion picture Censors. Eventually he sued the board all the way to the U S Supreme Court. Freedman vs the State of Maryland The Supreme Court agreed with Freedman that the board had no right to cut or ban films, they turned the decency question over to the state courts. This Supreme Court decision eventually brought the end of censor boards around the country except in Maryland, where the law was rewritten to preserve censorship in the state's sympathetic court system.

The Maryland Board was legendary since it had Mary Avara on it who was a grandmother, bail bondsperson, and devout Catholic. Her comments about the movies she reviewed was "I didn't learn about any of this filth when I was growing up, and I had 11 brothers and sisters, when one of my sisters asked where babies come from, my mother beat her unmercifully." Time magazine did an article in 1970 about the board. Avara use to say she wore "the armor of the Lord" in her battle against porn.

Bank of Delmar - 1960

From the BiState Weekly December 9, 1960

The Bank of Delmar has acquired the property formerly occupied as Marvil Cut Rate which adjoins the bank premises, Ralph E. Nichols, cashier, announced this week. The bank bought the property from W. Virgil Davis, who had bought it from Mr. Marvil a few weeks ago.

Definite plans have not been made for the property, Mr. Nichols said, but it will be used as part of the bank premises.

Way to start the morning

Well I came out of the house this morning to discover a flat tire on my van. Since I have never changed a tire on this van in the two years I have had it I guess I can really thank God that he gave me an opportunity to locate the spare, jack and lug wrench all in the convenience of my own driveway on a day that was neither too hot nor too cold and not raining or snowing. After putting the donut on I decided I really needed a new tire instead of having it patched. I took the tire to Carl King Tire Co in Delmar. Carl Kings is located next to the Delmar Commons Shopping Center and is a decent place. They wait on you professionally and quickly, the waiting room is clean with a TV and WiFi Internet, altho most times I have been there the coffee pot is never on and of course there is no sales tax.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Resolution of Respect - 1940

This is something that was a common item to print by companies and fraternal organizations back prior to the 1950's

From the Bi-State Weekly December 6, 1940


WHEREAS, on November 10, 1940, God in His infinite wisdom permitted the Angel of Death to remove from our midst Edward E. Gordy, one of the Directors of the Bank of Delmar; and,
WHEREAS, thru his death The Bank of Delmar has suffered the loss of one, who since his election to the position of director on January 10, 1939 had displayed an active interest in the affairs of the institution and was always ready and willing to do his part to discharge the obligation imposed in his trust; and
WHEREAS, his counsel and judgement in all matters presented for consideration though given with restraint, was always sound and conservative and highly valued by the Board; therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of the Bank of Delmar hereby express their deep sorrow because of his death, their great respect and esteem in which they held him, their appreciation of his sound and conservative judgement and his wise and valued counsel and that they herewith extend their deep and sincere sympathy to the bereaved family; and, be it further
RESOLVED, that a copy of these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of this Board of Directors meeting, a copy sent to the bereaved family, and a copy published in the Bi-State Weekly.

Ralph E. Nichols,
Secretary of the Board.

Chief Arthur L Godfrey - 1940

From the BiState Weekly December 6, 1940


Chief of Police Arthur L. Godfrey of the Maryland side, this city, was rushed to the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia late Sunday, after he had been suddenly stricken with an infection of the left leg. Chief Godfrey, a World War veteran, and chief of police here for fifteen years, had been suffering with pains in the leg for about a week, but it was not until Sunday that his condition grew worse necessitating hospitalization.

Chief Godfrey suffered a wound in the leg in the World War, and two years ago received a fracture of the same leg, when a truck backed into him knocking him under the wheels. The trip to the hospital was made in the Salisbury Fire Department ambulance and arrangements was made with the hospital by Frank B. Tappan, a member of the local American Legion Post of which Chief Godfrey is a member.

The family physician stated that the officer had been suffering from varicose veins for some time in the leg, and Sunday a form of blood poisoning had set in, and he advised immediate hospitalization. He described the condition as not serious, but one requiring close attention.

Condemnation Property

The News Journal had an interesting article today about a piece of property that the Christina School Board had acquired in the 1880's, part thru condemnation. It seems now the school board wants to sell that property to the University of Delaware for $1.6 Million. It seems at the time of condemnation there was a state law that said ownership would revert back to the original titleholder if the site ceased to be used by the school district. The Univ. of Delaware is asking the court to rule on whether any of the original titleholder's heirs can claim a right on the property. Now I am against condemnation (unless it would be the Lecates building uptown) by a government entity and I think by all means this property should be returned to the heirs of the original property owner. The property was used for a school from the 1880's to 1907 when it sit empty until 1935 when it was used for school purposes until 2005 when it has just been a storage building. When the original school was given up in 1907 the property rights should have been returned to the original owner. Obviously it would have been difficult with a building setting on the condemnation property with the other pieces of property owned outright by the school, but nevertheless, it should have been returned to him. In typical lawyer fashion laws have been passed to prevent this from happening, once again screwing over the individual.

Mason Dixon Flea Market

The Mason Dixon Flea Market at the intersection of State Street and the Railroad tracks in Delmar is of course associated with the Mason Dixon Auction.

If you know the person you are giving a gift to likes collectibles than this is one more place to investigate on your shopping trips. Being a flea market place it has an esoteric mix of items. There is a large selection of VCR tapes and DVD's, depression glass, art work, and just plain stuff.

The almost definite hours are Friday 2 to 9, Saturday 9 to 6, Sunday 9 to 5, so how come I was in there today? If you see the door open and the flags outside they are open and they are open today.

The Barn

I was out shopping for a couple Christmas decorations and I went to the Barn on Line Road in Delmar. It is a nice place with a lot of "Country" stuff. It also had a goodly supply of Christmas oriented things.

Hours are Monday to Saturday 10 to 5, Sunday 1 to 5.

Henrietta's Attic

For some reason when out book shopping I tend to forget Henrietta's Attic. I am not a lover of Barnes and Nobles but I do tend to forget there are still a couple of other bookstores in Salisbury. Henrietts's Attic is on Maryland Avenue (across from the south WAWA) and she sells new and used books plus an assortment of other stuff. Being a fat person in a winter coat it tends to be a difficult store to navigate. They have a great collection of new and used local history books, genealogy etc, plus an assortment of books on every subject under the sun. I was looking for a copy of the old WICO Cookbook, which they did not have, but they did have an assortment of other local cookbooks.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

The Salisbury to Delmar Shell Road - 1907

From the Salisbury Advertiser December 21, 1907

The proposed shell road from Salisbury to Delmar, by way of Leonard's mill, is fast working into a much to be reality. The project was taken up several weeks ago by those owning farm lands on both side of this road, and the County Commissioners gave it their hearty co-operation, President Cooper of the Board giving the construction of the road his personal attention. Work was begun in front of the farm of Mr. J. O. Phillips, where the shelling stopped last year and up to the present times has been continued to the Leonard farm which was recently purchased by Mr. Wm. Freeny.

Grading is being pushed on the balance of the road, and it is hoped to extend the shelling to the Leonard mill, 4 1/2 miles from Salisbury this winter. This work is being done under the supervision of Mr. Minos Oliphant, the road supervisor.

Beyond the Leonard mill, work is also being pushed on the improvement of the road. Mr. James E. Ellegood has a large force of men ditching and grading the road bed along his farm property on the same highway.

Delaware Day

Delaware was the first state to ratify the Federal Constitution, which it did on December 7, 1787 at the Golden Fleece tavern in Dover. From this act of ratification Delaware became known as the First State. 75 years ago the State Of Delaware made December 7th Delaware Day. Due to Pearl harbor, Delaware Day is a day often put on the backburner of days to celebrate. Nevertheless Happy Delaware Day!!!

Pearl Harbor - Deeply Regrets To Inform You

2,008 Department of the Navy Telegrams
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Dec 12
Washington DC 11 206A
Mrs. Paxton T Carter
4507 Elizabeth St Bell Calif

The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your husband
Acting Pay Clerk Paxton Turner Carter United States Navy was lost
in action in the performance of his duty and in the service of
his country ^ The Department extends to you its sincerest sympathy
in your great loss ^ To prevent possible aid to our enemies please
do not divulge the name of his ship or station ^ If remains are
recovered they will be interred temporarily in the locality where
death occurred and you will be notified accordingly

Rear Admiral C W Nimitz Chief of the Bureau of Navigation

Delaware had least two exceptional people at Pearl Harbor
George Ames Penuel and Lt.George Welch