Saturday, March 22, 2008

1948 Ad - German's Jewrly

1940 Fires

From the Bi-State Weekly March 22, 1940


Delmar Firemen had a busy day Tuesday when they answered three alarms within the town limits of Delmar. Stepping out of their role as fire fighter the firemen were called Tuesday afternoon to remove a man from the roof of a building formerly known as the "Frank Brown Garage" on S. First street. Ralph Messick, local theatre employee saw a man lying on the roof, believing him to be dead and seeing no ladder with which to reach the man called the firemen.

When the firemen arrived they found a man on the roof with two cans of paint and a brush, lying on the slanting roof near the top. A ladder was placed on the roof and two men went up to bring the man down, only to to find that he was drunk. He fought the firemen in an effort to keep them from bringing him down and had to be brought down bodily.

As soon as he hit the ground he staggered off and the firemen were unable to get his name. No one knew him or where he came from, or how he got on the roof without the use of a ladder.

The company was also called to the home of Herbert Johnson on Grove St. and the home of Edward Thompson on E. Chestnut St. to extinguish chimney blazes. No damage was reported.

The R L Polk Directory of 1908 - 1909

R. L. Polk & Co.’s
Peninsula Directory of Delaware and
The Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia
For 1908 – 1909

Delmar – A prosperous town of 1,500 inhabitants in Sussex County, Del., and Wicomico county, Md. On P B & W and N Y P & N R R, 24 miles from Georgetown, the county seat of Sussex county, and 5 from Salisbury, the county seat of Wicomico county. It supports 5 churches, 2 banks, a newspaper, the Delmar News, a hotel, lumber mill, 2 fruit package manufactories, flour mill, brick works, etc, etc. Ex. Adams. Tel, postal sec Delmar Md. Chas C Tomlinson, postmaster.

Bank Of Delmar, Capital and Surplus of over $53,000, F G Eillott, president, J G W Perdue, cashier
Brayshaw James, Physician
Calhoun Herman, barber
Culver Daniel E, livery
Culver Irving, fruit buyer
Culver Pollie, dressmaker
Culver Samuel N, clothing and men’s fngs
Delaware Buggy Co, William H. Hayman, mngr carriages, harness, hardware, etc
Delmar Lumber Mnfg Co, lumber mnfrs
Delmar News The, Frank A. Robertson, editor and Proprietor
Delmar Union Store, Benjamin W. Parker, general Merchandise
Diamond State telephone Co., J H Truitt
Donaway Wm J., general merchandise
Ellegood Robert E, physician and druggist
Elliott F G & Sons, whole and retail hardware, farm impts, seed, etc.
Elliott Wm B, brick manufacturer
Elliott & Hearn (Roland F Elliott, James W Hearn) grocers and meats
Ellis Jackson L., general merchandise
Ellis M W & Sons, (Monroe W, Edgar M, and L Clark Ellis) undertakers and carpenters
Ellis Samuel M, Insurance
Ellis S J & Bro, (Seith J and Harry H Ellis) confectioners
First National Bank of Delmar, capital $30,000 S Ker Slemmons cashier
Frank A B Rev, (Bapitist)
German Arthur O, contractor
German M H & Co, (M H German) department store
German W E, milliner
Hammond L G, general merchandise
Hastings Gardner L, whol lumber, corwood and piling
Hastings & Co, general merchandise, lumber and fruit package mnfgrs
Hearn J Masden, barber
Hearn & Smith, (Ira F Hearn, Carl H Smith) jewelers
Hickey Harry T ,pass and frt agt P B & W and N Y P & N R R
James Burton, fruit buyer
Ker Lewellyn livery
Lowe L B, baggage
Lowe Martha Mrs, dressmaker
Lowe R H & Co, general merchandise
Lynch Frank E, cordwood and piling
Marvel Wm S, undertaker and wagonmkr
Mills Jefferson D, grocer
Morris & Lowe Bros (J Polk Morris, Isaac S and Carr Lowes) lumber mnfrs
Oliphant Zepha, Pharmacist
Perdue J G W, Cashier Bank of Delmar
Perry E P Rev (M P)
Robertson Frank A, Editor and proprietor The Delmar News
Sirman Wm L, lumber and fruit pkg mnfr
Sirman Wm T, pigeon breeder
Smith Jennie E, dressmaker
Stephens Willard O, blacksmith and wagon maker
Stephens & Hitchens (Walter B Stephens, Shepherd J Hitchens) flour mill
Stevens Solomon F, wholesale lumber
Stone House, Theodore A Veasey, propr
Sturgis J H, general merchandise
Sturgis Thos A, general merchandise
Tomlinson Charles C, Postmaster of Delmar
Truitt James H, Physician and druggist
Truitt William C & Son, (William C and Charles H Truitt), ice and phosphates
Tyre James H, Justice
Veasey Theodore A, propr Stone House
Webster Z H Rev, (M E)
White Greenbury S, shoemaker
Williams William A C, justice of the peace, deeds, mortgages, etc. Drawn and acknowledged, collections, Insurance
Wilson James T & Co (James T Wilson), clothing and men’s furnishings
J W Anderson
Oscar Bacon
Jos Beach
W H Calloway
D S Culver
William E Culver
William S Culver
E G Dennis
Archeilus Elliott
Albert E Ellis
Clarence Ellis
Frank Ellis
George F Ellis
George W C Ellis
James Ellis
H C Ellis
J W Ellis
L W Ellis
William M Ellis
James Elzy
D H Foskey
Elijah E Freeley
John H German
Mrs. A C Gordy
J M Gordy
C C Hastings
J W Hastings
Levin S Hastings
W W Hastings
H P Hayman
Philip C Hearn
Samuel T Hearn
S G Hearn
John Henry
John H Henry
M B Hitchens
William Hitchens
C W Holloway
George Hulse
W J Kenney
James Lecates
N B Lecates
H E Lowe
I S Lowe
G W Nichols
Asbury Oliphant
Minos Oliphant
R A Otwell
John G Smith
N B Smith
Charles Tingle
Chas C Tomlinson
Brad Vincent
William A C Williams

Thursday, March 20, 2008

1962 Fire

The Bi-State Weekly March 23, 1962


An alert police officer probably saved the entire business section of Delmar from going up in smoke late last Saturday night. Officer Leslie Baker, on duty in the uptown section, saw fire in the vacant second floor room over Wootten’s Market and called the fire department at 11:45 p. m.

The local firefighter were on the scene before the flames had gained much headway and were able to confine it to one spot. Fire Chief Charles Palmer said the fire appeared to have started on the floor in the upstairs room. Damage was estimated by firemen at $400, which was covered by insurance, Palmer said.

The building is owned by the L. W. Gunby Co., of Salisbury. Mr. and Mrs. William A. Dill operate a grocery on the first floor of the building known as Wootten’s Market. Mr. Dill said after the fire that thanks to the efficiency of the Delmar Fire Department he had very little damage and was open for business as usual Monday morning. The firemen had covered his merchandise with plastic to protect it from water coming from the room above.

At 3 a. m. Sunday the firemen were again called out to assist the Pittsville Fire department. A large home burned down with the loss of a life. The local firemen stayed until 6:30 a. m. to protect surrounding property.

1980 Ad

Newspaper Resources

Sometimes people will ask me where I find the Newspaper articles and Ads I have posted on my blog. This is a list of the location of newspaper sources I use most often.

Delmar Library – In the reference room are bounded original copies of the Bi-State Weekly Newspaper from 1949 to 1962

Del Tech Library – They have – on microfilm - an extensive collection of Delaware Newspapers. The Bi-State Weekly is there beginning in 1938. At some period the Bi-State Weekly was purchased or merged with the Laurel State Register so they have microfilm copies of the State Register into the 1990’s. They have a broad array of newspapers from Delaware from the 1850 forward to today. I find those newspapers that were in Sussex County sometimes will have a Delmar News column. Naturally they will have major weather events or catastrophe that effected Sussex County and Delmar.

Wicomico County Free Library – They have Salisbury newspapers (The Wicomico News, the Advertiser, The Salisbury Times) back to the 1880’s on microfilm. Frequently those papers would have a column for Delmar News.

Nabb Research Center (In Salisbury, part of Salisbury University) – They have limited newspapers on microfilm (a great deal of other research material) but limited newspapers. I think they are all Salisbury papers. Again they may (Or may not)have a column of Delmar News.

Delaware Public Archives - in Dover, again a wide selection of Delaware papers on microfilm. I can’t say it is worth the extra ride just for newspapers – DelTech will probably have what you need.

Seaford Library – Bounded original Seaford paper – Seaford leader – going back into the 1930’s. I think DelTech has the same issues on microfilm.

Laurel library – Laurel papers (originals) going back to 1925 to today. I think DelTech will have the same issues on microfilm. I have been told that Laurel library now has a microfilm reader and has acquired, on microfilm, copies of the News Journal and it's predecessors, back to the 1880.

New York Times Archives – sometime this online internet source may have what you need. They have two data bases the first is 1851 to 1980 and the second is 1981 to the present. Enter a keyword (like Delmar Delaware). A large number of articles in the second data base may cost money to see. Most articles in the first data base are free. The site is NY Times

A couple of comments on the way I use the newspapers, both original papers and microfilm. First the original newspapers are fragile. They will rip just turning the pages so you need to be careful. It is useless trying to drag them out to a copy machine to copy an article, as i said they are fragile and you may destroy what you are trying to copy and, the library staff will be pissed because you want them to try and copy it. What I use is my digital camera. I take a picture of the page, article, ad etc using the macro setting so I can get up close and I have the flash turned off. I take about 500 pictures a month of which over half are newspaper articles. I can then print it on my printer the same as a photo or just read it in photo gallery. Several years ago before I had a digital camera I would handwrite the articles which took forever.

If you know a specific date of the event you are looking for, looking thru newspaper isn’t too time consuming. If you don’t know a date or you are just skimming the paper looking for interesting material it will take about an hour and a half to go thru a years worth of original weekly papers.

Microfilm is the most common media I find newspapers on. It will make you go blind trying to read it. It takes me about two hours to skim three months of a weekly paper on microfilm and two hours seems to be my limit on reading microfilm. Most microfilm readers will be connected to a printer and it will cost about 20 cents a page to copy an article. Again you can use your digital camera and take a picture of the face of the screen of the microfilm reader. It will not be as clear as shooting a picture of the original newspaper but sometime that is the best you can do.

It's Spring

Remember Rita's gives away a free Italian Ice today

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Delmar High School Spring Break

As a reminder for those who do not have kids in school the Delmar Middle and High School will start Spring Break this Friday and all next week. Watch out driving, they will be running all over Delmar all day long next week.

Hardee’s and the Delmar Chorus

Hardee’s is supporting the Delmar Chorus. They are donating 20% of their profits from sales on Wed. March 19th from 5pm-8pm. No flyer needed. Just say you’re supporting the Delmar Chorus. Good for the drive through.

The Barefoot Girl

My neighbor, who is from Minnesota, must think Delmar is a subtropical paradise, as she goes around barefoot all the time. This morning (I thought it was chilly) on returning from my walk I found her outside doing some work, once again barefoot.

Iditarod Update

It ain't over till it's over, The Iditarod is not finished until the last musher crosses the finish line and Deborah Bicknell, rookie musher, in the number 78th position was the final musher to cross over the finish line into Nome. Deborah Bicknell is a 62 year old that finished the Iditarod in 15 days, 5 hours, 36 minutes. She was down to 8 dogs when she entered Nome at 8:36 p.m. Alaska time (36 minutes past midnight this morning for us). She gets around on a artificial left knee and a surgically rebuilt right knee and she did what the 18 mushers who dropped out of the race couldn't do - she finished.

The story is in the Anchorage Daily News.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St Patrick's Day

Well Saturday we went to Wilmington just in time for the end of the St Patrick's day parade. We encountered a ton of people wearing green and drinking beer from cups. To add to it at the duPont theatre (the oldest continually operating legitimate theatre in the nation) had "Seussical" a children's musical based on Dr Seuss stories, so there were about a hundred kids, some of which were wearing "Cat-in-the-Hat" hats also running about. If I did drugs it would be my idea of being spaced out on them, drunken people wearing green and midgets in Cat-in-the-hat hats.

Anyway for all those Irish people, and wannabes Irish in Delmar, Happy St. Patrick day.

The Doctor James Brayshaw House

The Doctor James Brayshaw House, about 1910, back when Jewell Street was unpaved. The house is located on Jewell street and Second street.

James Brayshaw was born near Baltimore, MD (Wetheredsville) in 1847. He was a farmer until he studied medicine in 1890 with his brother Thomas Henry. While studying medicine he married Clarissa Lodivick. She died before he graduated Medical school. He graduated Kentucky School of Medicine in 1893. In 1894 he moved to Delmar to sit up shop.

In 1896 he married Agnes Ellis, a young lady 27 years his junior. She was the daughter of Jonathan Waller Ellis (1840-1915) and M. Carrie Ellis (1854-1930). James and Agnes had one son, James Ellis Brayshaw (1897-1931). The son married Laura Rodney (1897-1930). Altho the house is called the Doctor James Brayshaw house from what I can determine the house was owned by his mother-in-law, M. Carrie Ellis. The house was built between 1903 to 1906. It is unclear when the house was sold. It could have been after Jonathan Ellis died in 1915 or after Carrie Ellis died in 1930. Regardless, in the 1920 census Dr. Brayshaw is practicing medicine in Delaware City and his mother-in-law is living with them. James Brayshaw died in 1927 and Agnes Brayshaw died in 1957. The Brayshaws and Ellis' are buried in Parson Cemetery in Salisbury.

After the house left the Ellis family it was owned by a number of people and due to it's size was used as a nursing home and boarding house.

Today Scott and Wendy Reynolds live in the house. As you can see from the photo below, the house has not changed much from the original photo. Scott and Wendy have done an excellent job of keeping the house in it's original condition. In August I did a previous post on Reynolds auto repair shop just north of town.

The Dr. James Brayshaw House Today

The Delmar Community Yardsale

Once again the Delmar Community Yardsale is coming up. The Yardsale is held twice yearly in the State Street Park and it is put on by the Concerned Citizens. They donate any profit from the event to a civic organization in Delmar. This yardsale is being held on April 19, 2008 from 7am - 2 pm.

This year the Delmar Little League will be the receipents of all profits from this sale. The cost for pre registration of a booth is $20.00 and $25.00 the day of. Vendor check-in will begin at 6 am under the pavillion. Pre-registration will begin on April 15. Any checks made for the booth should be made payable directly to the Delmar Little League as this may be tax deductible. At the moment they are not sure if the Delmar little League has non-profit status.

The Delmar Kiwanis will again provide breakfast sandwiches and lunch items and the yardsale will also be contact other community groups to see if anyone would be interested in doing bake sale items or such. Anyone wishing additional information can contact Sharon Ledvadnuk at 302-846-9574.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The My Lai Massacre

40 years ago in South Vietnam American Soldiers massacred a village, killing about 500 children, women and elderly. It brought home to America that something went wrong with the clean cut, morally correct, young men they had sent to keep South Vietnam "free". The only one who received any punishment was a Lt William Calley and the other 100 or so men involved escaped free. When Calley stood trial he had a simple response to the charges, he was following orders - the same justification the Nazis used twenty years before. The finding of the investigation are here.

A good series on this is the BBC as I think the American versions are bias.

It is difficult to condemn servicemen if you were not in their position. I don't try to pretend I was in Vietnam. When I was in the service it was still building up to the larger war it became. I do know other soldiers went thru the same thing and they did not massacre a village. One of the things I did notice when I was in the service, when you went 'overseas" there was a complete breakdown in leadership, discipline and morale. The outlook of the servicemen was like the people in the country you were in were nothing -just completely inferior to you - non humans. It was really shocking to watch some of the things that happened that Americans did.

"They were all enemy. They were all to be destroyed.”
Quote from Lt William L. Calley, Jr.

Adah Marie Guy Exhibit

I was in the Wicomico County Library earlier this week and was looking at an exhibit of art work by Adah Marie Guy. It has an appealing "primitive" look about it with a little Frida Kahlo thrown in. I started at one end of the wall and worked my way down the wall until I came to a description of the artist. The description mentioned she suffered a broken neck a few years back and was only able to move her facial muscles. She uses those lip muscles to control a toggle switch that she moves with her lips, that in turn I assume works a computer to make her art work. Now, Howard is not some one who would recommend artwork based on pity. Howard has very little pity for anyone. Results are the only thing that counts in my life. I enjoyed her "paintings" before I came to the description of her handicap and I would recommend the exhibit to anyone who is going by the library.

The "New" Daily Times

I don't know about the rest of you but since the Daily Times went to their new press my paper has been screwed up. The printing looks faded. The color registration on photos and ads are off. Some days you can't even read the comics, which is the most important part of the Daily Times. Yesterday the paper had red ink smeared all over it. If you didn't know better you would think it was being printed by government people.