Saturday, August 30, 2008
In the early 1800’s clothing was made by hand, due to lack of money and lack of stores carrying ready made clothing. In 1846, Elias Howe changed all that, he came up with another way to make clothes by the patented of the first practical sewing machine. The sewing machine industry based on his original invention made possible the mass production of clothing on a much larger scale than had ever been possible with hand-stitching. Along comes Isaac Singer who built the first commercially successful machine. In 1889 Singer introduced the first electric sewing machine and by 1900 Singer claimed 80% of the worldwide market in sewing machines.
The sewing machine was a God sent to other sewing related industries beside clothing, mainly leather stitching for shoes and harness, mattresses, sail and tent making etc. On a side note when tents were used at church camp meetings in this area the tents were usually made by local sail makers.
By the 1920’s almost every town on Delmarva had a shirt factory. Many were sweat shops in the strictest sense but they offered employment to women who before had few options in working for a paycheck. Compared to working on a farm the work was easier with less work hours. They even got a day off a week. The women also didn’t have to depend on education, good looks, and personality to get a job. They just had to be dependable and have good hand eye coordination. Many of the shirt factories were Jewish owned or had a Jewish partner because the garment industry was controlled by Jews. There was a rise in union workers like the International ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU), with strikes like the 1909 strike.
In the 1920’s Delmar had two garment factories; Roy Wilson, which was by the railroad tracks, and John William Gordy plant, which was on Chestnut Street.
By the 1940’s conditions in the Shirt Factories started to improve, resulting in less hours worked and better shop conditions. They were also becoming more unionized. Many farm wives worked at theses plants because it provided a stable, reliable paycheck that supplemented the farm income.
My grandmother, a widow, in the 1940’s lost her farm out by St. Georges church, due to taxes and she went to work in a shirt or pant factory. I think for the first time in her life she found security due to a regular paycheck. The photo above shows her and her coworkers posing outside the plant she worked at. I had thought for sometime this was the Wilson pants factory in Delmar but the more I look at the building in the photo I question that. Anyway as you can see the plant had about sixty people in it with almost all being women.
In the 1940’s factories in Delmar were the Jacob Uniform and Apron Co in the “Old” Post Office Building, Banks Bros (started 1939), in addition to Wilson and Co. The David Feldman shirt and pants factory had closed in 1940 and Banks Bros took over their building on Chestnut Street. I believe it was over where the Catholic Church now stands.
There was also in Delmar Jacob Bros which operated a shipping center for uniforms manufactured elsewhere.
Even I worked briefly at a shirt factory, the Manhattan Shirt Factory in Salisbury on Glen Avenue. When I started college and was looking for a nighttime job I worked about two weeks sewing labels on shirt collars. Since I couldn’t break an 80% rejection rate I decided that line of work was not for me. I was however impressed with the Manhattan plant as it was very clean and well lit. I was also impressed with the high percentage of employees that had been with the company for a long time.
Some of the factories that were around in the 1960’s and into the 1970’s were; Hebron Pants Factory, Powellville Pants/Shirt factory, Banks and Pusey and W R Wilson and Co, both in Delmar, Berlin Manufacturing, Elton Bounds in Salisbury, Fruitland Shirt Co., Salisbury Shirts (Vine Street), W & S Shirt Co in Fruitland, Watson Shirt Co on Barclay Street in Salisbury, Viking Shirt Co on Jenkins Lane in Salisbury, Delmar Sportswear, Manhattan Shirt on Popular Hill with a second location at E. Main in Salisbury, Rob Roy in Cambridge, Laurel manufacturing, Gregg shirt in Fruitland, L & M Fashions in Harrington, Delmarva Manufacturing Co in Snow Hill, and Willards Shirt Co.
With the mass influx of cheap imported goods the shirt factories begin closing down in the United States and on Delmarva. In 1985 this message was addressed to congress by a garment worker;
"I want to ask you if you let imports destroy the garment industry, where will people like myself find work? How will we be able to provide for our families? . . . Please understand that we are not asking for special favors. We don't want hand-outs or welfare. All we are asking for is the chance to earn a living. It is very hard right now, but it is not impossible. But if you ignore us, the message you will send is that there is no room in the United States for people like myself. Please vote to save our jobs."
Message to congress from a garment worker 1985..
This had no effect on congress which in 1994 passed the North American Free Trade Agreement, (passed by the Clinton Administration) which increased clothing imports into the United States . After NAFTA came CAFTA, Central America Free Trade Agreement, in 2004 (Bush administration) that allowed Clothing from Central America to enter the US duty free. There is no reason to think that with the fools we have in power with their one world economic policy, that this drain on American manufacturing will continue until the American workers is paid the same as other third world countries.
Friday, August 29, 2008
1974 Cantwell's Market - Salisbury
Georgetown Republican Headquarters
The Drive Thru Produce Stand
The Produce stand on RT13 has a drive thru aisle. Sounds like a good idea, if it is raining you don't get wet, if you have kids with you they just stay strapped in. Smart idea.
The Ghost of Harlan Tull
Thursday, August 28, 2008
WBOC - TV
1:25 Sign-On - News
1:30 Knothole Gang
1:55 Balt-Boston Baseball
4:30 Film Feature
5:00 Super Circus
5:30 Super Circus
6;00 The Lucy Show
6:30 You Are There
7:00 The Star and The Story
7:30 Private Secretary
8:00 Toast of The Town
9:00 G. E. Theatre
9:30 Stage 7
10:00 Appointment With adventure
10:30 What's My Line
11:05 Treasure Chest Theatre
This is a program from Tuesday August 10th 1955
5:00 Western Film
5:55 Headline News
6:00 Poultry Markets
6:15 Club 16
6:45 To Be announced
7:00 Eastern Shore Newsreel
7:10 Weather Fashions
7:15 John Daly - news
8:00 The Goldbergs
8:30 Twenty Questions
9:00 Make Room For Daddy
9:30 Favorite Story
10:00 Wrestling From Baltimore
11:00 News- Weather- Sports
11:05 TV Theatre
12:15 News Headlines
1972 Ad - The Mark V Inn - Delmar
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Eighteens Days in 1972
Looking at the Democratic National Convention tonight reminds me of another Democratic Convention in 1972. At that time the Democrats had as their presidential candidate, Senator George McGovern, and his vice president candidate Senator Thomas Francis Eagleton. This was a year in which Alabama Gov. George Wallace ran for the presidency as a Democrat but was shot for doing so because he did generate such popularity. The Republicans had Richard M. Nixon of California, for President and Spiro T. Agnew of Maryland for Vice President. I understand, from what I have read, Senator McGovern had hoped Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts would run as his Vice President but Senator Kennedy still had the 1969 death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick hanging over his head so he declined. Also no one thought Senator McGovern stood a chance in hell of beating Nixon and they didn't want to have the stigma of defeat to linger over them.
Of course, this post is going to be about Senator Thomas Eagleton. Senator Eagleton was elected Senator from Missouri in 1968 after being lieutenant governor of Missouri. In the 1972 Democratic National Convention Senator McGovern selected Senator Eagleton to be his running mate. Eighteen days later Senator Eagleton would withdrawal from the ticket because it was discovered he had been hospitalized for nervous exhaustion and twice received electric shock therapy. McGovern's replaced him with Sargent Shriver.
Now as I recall from TV and such, Senator Eagleton seemed like a nice guy and was discarded by McGovern. It was a incident that destroyed any chance of McGovern being elected. The Democratic party to me has always stood for a liberal point of view and here was someone who had a handicap and they ditched him. Of course it was a no win situation for McGovern who had not known about the mental problem before he selected Eagleton so he lost on that point for not making the right choice and than he lost again because he hesitated in getting rid of Eagleton for a number of days after knowing.
In 1984 Eagleton retired from public office and made this statement that all elected officials should heed. "Public offices should not be held in perpetuity.” So mental problem or not he at least was on target on that statement.
Nixon and Agnew were of course elected and in 1973 Agnew was the first Vice President in U.S. history to resign because of criminal charges. In 1973 Nixon would give his famous quote of "I am not a crook" and it would echoed thru the land. In 1974 Nixon would resign from office.
Jury Duty - Day 2
1959 Underground Shelter
Roland E. Galusha Died in Europe 1943
PRIVATE GALUSHA DIES IN EUROPE
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Galusha of this town received a telegram from the War department this week that their son, Pfc Roland E. Galusha died Aug. 6th in the European Theatre of War. Pfc Galusha is the first known Delmar man to give his life for his country.
Pfc. Galusha, who was in the Engineers' branch of service would have celebrated his 38th birthday on Oct. 29th. He had been in the Army almost three years. He was home on a furlough three days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor waiting for his discharge, but was immediately called back by the War Department and had been in England since October, 1942.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Galusha, four brothers, Corp. Ames Galusha, stationed in Texas, Albert and Walter Galusha of Youngstown, Ohio, Paul Galusha of Wilmington, Del. two sisters, Mrs. Olva Milke, Syracuse, New York and Mrs. Madelyn Dennis of Delmar, Mrs Dennis husband, Pvt Mitchell Dennis is stationed at Greenville, Pa.
Memorial Services were held at the homes of his parents on East Street at 7 o'clock Thursday evening, August 19. Paul Holls of dover was in charge of the service.
Pvt Galusha was a member of the Lutheran Church.
Delmar Police Department Press Release
Incident: Felony Assault
Date of Arrest: 08-23-08
Location: S. Bi-State and E. Elizabeth St., Delmar, MD 21875
Suspects: Seth Bunting, W/M, DOB: 05/10/90, 207 E. Chestnut St., Delmar, MD 21875
On June 30, 2008 an officer of the Delmar Police Department responded to and investigated an incident involving a serious assault in which the victim was hospitalized with extensive facial injuries. No suspects were revealed at the time of the incident. After an extensive two month investigation, Seth Bunting of 207 E. Chestnut St., Delmar, MD has been identified as a suspect involved in the assault and charges were obtained on August 22, 2008. On August 23, 2008 an officer of the Delmar Police Department arrested Bunting on charges of Assault 1st. Assault 2nd, Reckless Endangering, and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to Injure. Investigation is continuing.
Date of Incident: 08-25-08
Location: 38713 Sussex Hwy., Delmar, DE 19940
On August 25, 2008 at 7:31 AM an officer of the Delmar Police Department responded to 38713 Sussex Hwy, Delmar, DE (new McDonalds) for a report of a theft. The investigation revealed that a locked storage trailer on the construction site was broken into and approx. $5000.00 worth of electrical wire was taken. Investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is urged to call the Delmar Police Department at 410-896-3131.
Date of Incident: 08-25-08
Location: 8 W. Chestnut St., Delmar, MD 21875
On August 25, 2008 at 10:56 AM an officer of the Delmar Police Department responded to 8 W. Chestnut St., Delmar, MD for a report of a burglary and theft. The investigation revealed that a locked storage shed location on property had been broken into and approx. $700.00 worth of personal property was taken. Investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is urged to call the Delmar Police Department at 410-896-3131.
Date of Incident: 08-25-08
Location: 404 E. Jewell St., Delmar, DE 19940
On August 25, 2008 at 12:01 PM an officer of the Delmar Police Department responded to 404 E. Jewell St., Delmar, DE for a report of a burglary and theft. Investigation revealed that an unlocked shed located on the property was entered into and an electric power washer valued at $300.00 was stolen. Investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is urged to call the Delmar Police Department at 410-896-3131.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
August Delmar Joint Council Meeting
Three Delmar Policeman were promoted from patrolman to PFC. Hopefully I have their names right; Kevin McCahill, Justin Smithhart and John Dallam
Three people were sworn onto the Delmar Maryland Election Board for the Special Election tomorrow from 7am to 7 pm at town hall.
To simplify the joint council meeting it was once again a series of events and issues they seem unable to do anything about. Mosquitoes they are unable to do anything about. The Lecates building they are unable to do anything about and the most recent emerging problem is the Delmarva Inn on the Maryland side of town.
Now the council is charged with protecting the health and welfare of the town but they don't seem to be able to do much. The mosquitoes problem they try and pass off to the county. The old Lecates building, which sooner or later will fall on someone and kill them, or a rat will run out and bite some one, they seem to be unable to do anything but sit back and watch it crumble. The Delmarva Inn has been a problem they have talked about for some time and are still talking about it. The most recent problem was a fire the other night in one of the rooms. There were two adults and six kids in the room they were taken to the hospital for burns. The fire department said they encountered fleas and roaches and the basement was flooded with sewage. This motel has had numerous problems ranging from fights to health issues. The Wicomico County Health Department refuses to do anything about it. The Wicomico county fire Inspector isn't doing anything about it and our town government isn't doing anything about it. People were treated for burns last night, it could have been just as easy for the six kids and two adults to have burnt to death. If any harm comes to anyone from these problems it will be the town's fault for not doing anything.
The Delaware Council listens to Sara Bynum King talk and the council does nothing
The Maryland council listens and listens and does nothing.
Delmar August Utility Meeting
Special Election Delmar Maryland
One more group trying to tell us how to run the town and we pay them. Look for a low turnout on this one. Makes as much sense as the teacher's union. I would guess less than 10% of the voters care about an important matter that is going to greatly affect our taxes. This information is on the Town of Delmar website. I couldn't find it and had to ask Sara Bynum King what the election was about and she pointed out the location on the website. Yes, the alzheimers is creeping up faster than I care to think about or joke about.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Dustin H. Britton
Delmar Delaware Election October 6th
1974 Ad - Gourmet Shack - Salisbury
1933 Turtle catch
A ninety-six pound sea turtle which hooked itself onto Reese Messick's fishing line last week has furnished rare steaks for seven families.
Messick, who was fishing with friends in Nanticoke river near his home at Bivalve, was surprised when he pulled the huge turtle to the surface of the water last Friday. He is claiming a record for the heaviest line catch ever known to have been made in the river.
Rats in 1952
DELMAR IS BEING INVADED BY RATS
The citizens on the West side of Delmar have been complaining of being invaded by rats. The big ones are getting bolder and have been detected on the East side of the tracks by at least one merchant.
It all goes back to the brickhole as a public dumping area. As long as trash and rubbish was hauled into the hole daily, the rats were well fed and stayed in their own environment. Recently the owner discontinued dumping in the "hole" because it wasn't being used properly. On top of this a fire burned there several days and wiped out the rats food supply.
Now the varmints after being on a starvation diet, are out searching for food. Thorpe Caldwell, a store keeper in the area, says that they have eaten his garden up. He goes on, "..they eat my tomatoes, plants and all". The pods on his beans have been eaten off. Mr. Caldwell is staging a one man war on them now.
The question in the mind of many is, Who Is Responsible? The owner donated the spot to the town. everyone used it either directly or indirectly. It is outside the city limits so the town cannot act, we are told. The State Board of Health says it has no jurisdiction.