Saturday, July 12, 2008

Are you spending too much time blogging?

I insist I have a life other than blogging, my wife says I don't anymore. In looking over this list of "Ten Reasons to know when you are blogging to much," I may agree with her.

Ten Reasons To Know When You Are Blogging To Much

1) You carry a camera and notepad around just in case you see or hear something interesting to put on your blog

2) You are constantly going online to check your blog for comments.

3) You find you are putting search engine friendly words in your blog for more hits.

4) You start to think your blog is important and making an impact on the community.

5) You worry the blogger server may not be big enough to handle your blog traffic.

6) Your wife sends you the grocery list as a comment on your most recent post.

7) You are spending more time thinking of something to write about than writing about it.

8) You start to worry about who is reading your blog.

9) You find yourself writing about really dumb stuff just to have a daily post.

10) You put a list on your blog because every blog has to have a list.

Brick Mason Strike - 1934

From the State Register, Friday, July 13, 1934

The ten day strike of bricklayers and masons working on the PWA-Delaware High School addition at Delmar ended Wednesday when Phillip Lange Inc, Audubon, N. J. contractors for the $100,000 job, announced that no further concessions would be granted strikers and that they must "either work or quit."

The strike occurred when the bricklayers, members of the Delaware union, wanted $1.25 per hour, 30-hour week, instead of the $1.00 offered.

The U. S. Government Board of labor Appeals, siding with the contractors, who had adopted a scale of wages through the terms of the contract, and according to PWA wages suggested a compromise of $1.15. This was effected, but the strikers refused to return.

Yesterday Lang went to Salisbury and hired eight bricklayers at his price.

"We do not wish to keep out Delaware labor." said Mr. Lange, "but this work must go on, and if Delaware masons will not work with us at our government's scheduled wages, then we are going outside."

Today fifteen men were working on the building, laying bricks, with the strike apparently settled.

Friday, July 11, 2008

1936 AD - Kent Sussex Fair

The Layfield Tower and the missing 4th floor

Recently Peninsular Regional Medical Center, in Salisbury,announced in the Daily Times on a full page ad that they were moving into their new Layfield tower. What was unique was when they listed what facilities were on each floor they skipped the fourth floor. The reason given; "No 4th floor due to taller floor to ceiling heights". They than continued to list what was on the fifth floor. Now being a blogger you know I am not very smart but I think even I, when building a new building, would have changed the name of the fifth floor and called it the fourth floor. Perhaps someone out there knows the answer to this mystery.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Commercial Aspect of Camp Meetings

Summertime carnivals were one part of summer entertainment in the 1900's but just as important was the summer church camp meeting. Almost every town had a camp meeting and those in our area were well known from the Laurel camp meeting to the Pittsville camp meeting to the Allen camp meeting. Camp meetings didn't just happen they were planned out and there was a commercial side to them. The church had to make money to pay visiting preachers etc and hopefully have some money left over for their projects. The camp itself had a number of tents the families sleep in, supplied by the families. They also had a concession stand for food and ice cream, a horse stable, a boarding tent for those individuals that didn't have a tent and a barber shop (for that daily shave).

The village of Melson in August of 1900 put on a camp meeting. It went from August 3rd to August 13th and had more than 50 tents. Back in early July they granted the privileges for concessions at the camp. The confectionery privilege was sold to I. T. Morris for $46.00. The Horse Pound privilege was sold to Z. Evans for $47.00. G. W. White got the Boarding Tent Privilege for $28.00 and Ernest Brittingham paid $1.00 for the barber shop privilege. It was not unlike today in which booth fees are sold at fairs and festivals and I am sure there are still concession fees at camp meetings.

It was also mentioned in the same article that the Melson church had a picnic and over 250 Sunday School Scholars received treats, perhaps paid for by last years concession fees. The boys also played a match game of base ball with the West Corner Nine (Where was West Corner?). The score was 8 to 30 in favor of the Melson Nine.

Concession fees from some other camps in the area would be; James Camp, between Laurel and Georgetown, in 1905 the Boarding tent concession went to G. W. Bryau for $30, the confectionery tent went to T. C. and Robert James for $53.50 and the Horse pound went to John Spicer for $70.00.

At the Laurel-Bethel (Delmarva Camp) in 1905 the concessions went to Allan Gabel the confectionery tent at $55.50, the horse pound to John E. Allen for $90.00, and the Photography concession to A. H. Waller for $1.00. The Barber and Boarding tent was held back until later.

The concession fees was but one part the income at camp meetings. There was usually a gate fee or entrance fee for the people that just came for the day. It was usually a dime or fifteen cents. This was an additional amount of income money for the larger camp meetings such as the Laurel-Bethel (Delmarva Camp) which would have 5,000 visitors in a day.

The Balloon Man Blog

When I went to Wicomico Senior High School (Class of 1961) we had two sets of twins in our class, both with the last name of Dykes. One set was Randy and Ronnie and the other set was Bill and Dick. Bill and Dick were in love with the circus and went on to pursue that dream. Dick Dykes has started a blog called The Balloon Man. It is interesting and an appropriate time for it what with summer carnivals and State Fairs upon us. He has some interesting pictures and hopefully he will be giving us an insider view of what happen at the Delaware State Fair with the carnival they have. Maybe even hints on how to win at some of the games.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Isabella Street

I was driving on Isabella Street in Salisbury today and frankly if I had swerve that much on a regular street I would have been arrested for drunk driving. The photo above does not do it justice. This is one more example why Salisbury is known as the Clown City of the Eastern Shore.

1944 ad - Delmar Auction Block

Dallas Hogman - 1940

From the Bi-State weekly Friday July 5, 1940


What started out as a short ride for a twelve year old negro boy from Norfolk last Monday ended in a trip of 122 miles to the Delmar yard, where he was picked up by Chief Arthur L. Godfrey of the Maryland police, along the tracks here Saturday morning, tired and hungry. The boy, Dallas Hogman, told the officer that on Monday he hopped aboard a passing truck near his home, intending to take a short ride down the street.

Chief Godfrey stated that the boy told him he hid under the cover in the truck and unknowingly crossed the Chesapeake Bay on the ferry. At Cape Charles he got off the truck and decided to take a train back home.

He hopped a northbound freight and when it arrived in Painter, Va., he jumped off, not knowing where he was he hopped another northbound freight and ended up in the south yard here. Seeing the town he walked along the track, where he was picked up.

He was lodged in the Delmar jail and Sheriff Marvin B. Gordy of Salisbury was notified. When he arrived to get the boy, he was so sleepy that they lifted him from the jail cot and had him standing on his feet before he opened his eyes. He was taken to the County Jail and fed and Norfolk authorities were notified.

Potatoes - 1940

From the Bi-State Weekly Friday July 5, 1940


Approximately three thousand more car loads of potatoes will be handled over the Delmarva Division of the Pennsylvania Railroad this year than last, it was made known by an official of the company after a survey of the potato crop on the lower Peninsula and after talking with shippers throughout that section. It is estimated that the company will handle 7000 cars this season, compared to 4,182 car loads handled last year.

Already 1514 cars have passed thru the Delmar yard this year which is about 100 more than passed through on the same date last year. All of the digging has been on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, but growers are expecting to begin digging in Maryland the last of this week.

Sunday morning over 350 cars passed through the Delmar yard with potatoes which is the largest single day shipment this season. The peak, when over 600 will be moved through the yard in a single day is expected within the next two weeks the official stated. The yield per acre is averaging 50 to 60 barrels. There is no doubt if there had been rain three weeks ago, the crop would have been the largest ever had in this section. Prices on Saturday were from $2.00 to $2.15 a barrel on U.S. No. 1, which is considered low and many of the shippers are holding back the cars. On Friday night about 150 cars were loaded, but were held on sidings for better prices.

The largest shipping point to date has been Capeville, Virginia, 354 cars having been shipped from that point up to the Saturday movement.

The railroad to handle the movement has added 5 pickup freights which run out of Delmar each afternoon and then brings the cars to the Delmar yard after midnight where they are checked for ventilation by employees of the Fruit Grower Express Company, then the cars handled by pickups which average about 40 cars a train, are combined into trains with 100 or more cars. These trains then proceed straight through to the Edgemoor yard. The railroad to accommodate shippers who are late in loading potatoes during the day have placed a high class freight known as D-122 which leaves Cape Charles early in the morning to pick up these cars so that they will arrive in the market on the same day that the pickup shipments arrive.

The first load of cucumbers passed through the Delmar yard on Friday night under refrigeration. It was loaded at Salisbury and consigned to Cleveland, Ohio.

The Delmar produce block opened Monday morning for cucumbers. Delmar is one of the largest cucumber growing sections on the Peninsula. A few of the farmers began picking cukes last Monday week and sold them to individual buyers at their places of business. The price was $1.70, but on Saturday the price had fallen to 90 cents a hamper. The crop according to the growers will be a bumper crop this season.

Casie Culver has a birthday

Happy Birthday Casie!!!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Mr. and Mrs. Jones and The Bi-State Weekly

The newspapers business in Delmar centered around George T. Jones and his wife, Mrs. Jones. Interesting altho the two ran the newspaper jointly I have found no reference to her first name. Prior to Mr. and Mrs. Jones entering the scene in Delmar there was the Delmar American newspaper run by William H. Hayman and the Delmar News, run by Frank A. Robertson. The papers were printed in Dover and sent to Delmar by rail each week. The Delmar American dropped out of existance around 1900. In 1911, Mr. and Mrs. Jones begin publishing The Herald. Shortly afterwards the two papers consolidated into the Delmar News-Herald. In 1913 Mr. and Mrs. Jones took control of the paper and renamed it the Peninsula News. In 1920 the publishing rights were sold to the Wicomico News of Salisbury, Maryland. After a short span Mr. and Mrs. Jones repurchased the paper and edited it again in Delmar, until 1927 when it was sold to Loren Quinn of Crisfield, Maryland. In 1932 Mr. and Mrs. Jones began publication of the Bi-State Weekly. The Bi-State Weekly would continue under various people until 1964. Altho later picked up as part of the State Register of Laurel it was never a Delmar paper after that. To this day Delmar does not have a paper it can call it's own.

Mr. Jones was born near Whitesville, Delaware in 1879. Mrs Jones was born in 1885 near Ward. Mr. Jones had a photography business in Ocean City until he was married in 1903. In 1903 they opened a photograph and print studio on the corner of East and South First street where they mainly printed circulars. After beginning the paper they continued to be the print shop for the town. Later the paper was moved to a shop behind their home on Delaware Avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Jones had one daughter Mrs. Myra Parks.

In 1948 Mr. and Mrs. Jones sold the Bi-State Weekly to two World War II veterans; William C. Calloway and Vernon L. Livingston. They continued to publish the paper until 1962 when it was sold to James K. Hazel, Jr. The paper struggled on, but by 1964 was done for.

Death Penalty

In today's News Journal is an article in the Delaware Voice section by Debra Puglisi Sharp titled "On the death penalty: Don't forget the victim." Now I am totally in favor of the death penalty. I believe people commit crimes against other people that are so horrendous that the criminal should not be allowed to live. In most cases the victim didn't live, but the person who committed the crime was sentenced to a life sentence. As long as that person breaths air he or she will work daily on a way to escape or get out of jail legally. The victim will never have that choice.

The article, Debra Puglisi Sharp wrote, that is at the on line version of News Journal concerns her ordeal in 1998 when Donald Flagg shot her husband, Nino Puglisi, than raped her, abducted her, and repeatedly raped her over the next five days. She eventually escaped. Donald Flagg was given a life sentence because the state feel the death penalty is unfair. She says the 12 minutes it takes to kill someone by lethal injection is nothing to the 101 hours of hell she went thru at the hands of Donald Flagg.

Debra Puglisi Sharp lives in Lewes and has written a book about her ordeal. She also has a web site.

Monday, July 07, 2008

The Barge Sinking - 1933

From the Milford Chronicle Friday, July 7, 1933


Eleven survivors, including two women, of the three ill-fated barges which were lost during the storm on Monday night off Fenwick Island, were landed at Lewes on Wednesday by Captain Oscar Johnson of the tug boat Kaleen. Praising Captain Johnson heroism they told thrilling tales of the terrific storm and the mountainous waves which washed the decks of the barges and threaten at any time to sink them.

Two of the five men aboard the S. G. Wilder were picked up on Tuesday by the steamer Nassau of the Southern Transportation Company and landed at Norfolk, Va.

The rescued persons lost everything and the two women were attired in men's clothing when they came ashore. They were taken care of by the Red Cross at Lewes.

A thrilling rescue was that of Fletcher Williams, of Chester. He had a 5-months-old puppy, Teddy, aboard, and when the craft was believed sinking he tied the dog to his back and leaped into the sea. A rope was thrown to him from the Kaleen and he was hauled aboard.

Captain Johnson told of the rescue. He said they were about 12 miles off Winterhaven light on Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the roughest sea he has ever known at this time of the year. The waves were running high and he said he decided to cut his tow line and have the barges anchor. He turned he said, and saw signals of distress and went to the rescue. He threw a line of the Paul E. Thurlow and took the men off one by one. He then went to save those aboard the S. G. Wilder but found the men had taken to dories and apparently were able to care for themselves. He rescued the crews from the other barges and then cruised about all night. Tuesday morning he saw the Whitehaven go down and the Matagora, he said had sunk during the night. In the afternoon the Brunswick broke in two and Captain Johnson towed the forward part to Lewes. The after part of the barge was towed to Norfolk. Another of the battered barges, the Angram, was towed to Lewes.

The two men who were among the five to abandon the S G Wilder and who were rescued were Mack Sherke, of Perth Amboy, N. J. and H. A. Knowles, father of Captain Ben Knowles of the barge. Captain Knowles and two members of the crew, whose names were not learned are believed drowed.


I suppose all of us take for granted when we answer the phone we are going to say "Hello". The use of "Hello" as a conversation starter on a telephone seems to go back to the 1880's after answering a phone and saying "Ahoy, Ahoy." didn't pan out. The call of the ferryboat operator of "Halloo" gained popularity and eventually turned into "Hello". This however may not have been that popular in rural parts of the country. my grandmother, who lived west of Delmar, would always answer the phone by saying "Halo". She refused to answer a phone to start a conversation with someone by using a word that had "Hell" in it, so she used "Halo" (sounds like Hello but doesn't have a Hell in it). For years I thought she was saying hello and it was simply a heavy county accent that made it sound like Halo until she told me what the word was. I don't how many other people on Delmarva can remember grandparents using this word but I am sure she was not the only one.

It also happens that "Halo is that you?" is also part of a popular Cajun joke. There are a number of versions of it but this has the basic stuff in it.

Da Halo Statue
Boudreaux, he go to da big city up North, way up North, around Nawlins. He get lost and don't know his way. Well he find a bar and go inside to get his wife. He ask the bartender "Where's your halo statue?"
Bartender says "We ain't got one."
Boudreaux say "What!? Every bar got a halo statue! Come on now, give me dat halo statue!"
Bartender say "I told you we ain't got one!"
Boudreaux say "Man, cannot you see I'm lost? I need a halo statue!"
Bartender say "Here it is not 10:00 in da morning and you drunk already? We ain't no church, I ain't no minister, and we ain't got no halo statue! You already drunk, you need to leave!"
Boudreaux says "Look man, do I got to spell it out to you? You know dat thing what just hang on the wall, don't do nothing for a long time, then it go ring, ring? Then you pick it up and say 'Halo, statue?' well dats what I need!"

Another telephone related cajun joke;

Boudreaux Gets A Job
South Central Bell ( a local telephone company in South Louisiana) needs to put up new telephone poles out in Mamou, so they decide to give the contract to the contractors who can install them the fastest. They tell Bayou Pole Installers to work all day installing poles on one side of town, and a Cajun contractor by the name of Boudreaux to install them on the other side. At the end of the day, the SC Bell representative returns to check on their progress.
He sees that Bayou has installed 24 poles that day and is very impressed. He goes across town and sees that Boudreaux has only installed 4.
He asks him "Why are you being so slow? The other guys have done 24 already!"
Boudreaux say, "Yeah dere much faster, but you go back and look how much dey left sticking outta de ground!"


Zucchini plants are amazing plants, one day you are looking at a zucchini on them that is too small to pick and the next day it is 12 inches long and weights 5 pounds. We have finally gotten smart enough not to plant six plants and have cut back to two. Even two plants frequently produce too much for us when combined with the production of the squash plants. After all how much zucchini bread, relish, side dishes, etc do you really want? Certainly I don't want it every day, so it just a matter of time before I may sneak out at night and lay some on the neighbors doorsteps.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

1965 Accident

From the Daily Times, Tuesday, July 6, 1965

Two persons were killed Monday and two others injured when their car went out of control during a rainstorm and overturned on Rt353 near Pittsville, State Police said today.

Bennie T. Wells, 53, Delmar and his sister-in-law, Mrs Nora C. Wells, 42, Delmar, were pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Phillip A. Insley, assistant deputy medical examiner for Wicomico County. Mr. Wells death was caused by a crushed chest and Mrs. Wells died of compounded fractures of the skull, the report said.

A passenger, Russell W. Wells, 47, of Delmar, was admitted to Peninsula General Hospital with an injured shoulder and cuts about the neck, hospital officials said. He is reported in satisfactory condition.

Mrs. Helen M. Beach, 38, of Delmar, another passenger, was X-rayed and released officials said.

Police said Bennie Wells was driving north on Rt353 about 7:30 p.m., when his car went into a skid as he was making a curve on the rain-slick road. Officers said the car went into a field, struck a utility pole, and overturned.

According to relatives they had been visiting friends in Pittsville and were on their way back to Delmar.

Bennie Wells was the owner of Wells Furniture Store on the Old Stage Road, near Delmar. Nora Wells was employed at Manhattan Shirt Factory in Salisbury, relatives said.

The dead were taken to the Wallace Funeral Home on the Ocean City Rd. police said.

Delmar News - 1934

From the Milford Chronicle July 6, 1934

S. K. Slemons and Larry J. Hearn formed a parternership, which is for selling ice cream and are erecting a building in Delmar and expect to open in a short time for business.

Beginning today, Friday, July 6th the Delmar Volunteer Fire Department opened the annual carnival to continue until July 14th. The parade will be next Thursday evening, July 12th.

Flossie Lee Spry, who had her tonsils removed in a Wilmington hospital a few days ago has returned home and seems to be improving.

Mrs Annie Lee Waller, Miss Margaret Sherwood and Miss Blanche Hearn attended the Y. P. B. Convention held in Lewes.

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