Saturday, September 20, 2008

1976 Poster - Jimmy Carter

May Have Been the only Democratic Party President that there was not a scandal of him having an affair.

1975 - The State Street Park Pavilion

Picked up from the Delaware Public Archives' "This Day in Delaware History"

1975, Sept 20, The State Street Park Pavilion, the outcome of the Bi-Centennial Committee, was dedicated in Delmar.

This day in Delaware History facts were compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives.

1941 Sinking of the Harry K. Fooks

On September 10, 1941 the Harry K. Fooks, a 115 feet fishing trawler, was ramed by the E L Cobb, another fishing trawler , in the dense fog on Hens and Chickens Shoal off Cape Henlopen. The ship sank in 22 feet of water. Captain Ira Swift of the Harry K. Fooks and his twenty-five men were picked up by the Richmond, another fishing trawler in the vicinity. Captain Carol Ripley's ship, the E L Cobb was damaged and had to be towed back to Lewes.

Friday, September 19, 2008

1984 Campaign Pin - Geraldine Ferraro

Mason Dixon Auction Tonight!

Tonight the Mason Dixon Auction gets under way again. For those who don't know where it is, it is at the intersection of the Railroad Tracks and State Street. They have an auction just for antiques coming up on Sunday, September 28th at 1 P.M.

I was looking at this ashtray from Mexico. This is the type of souvenir stuff you found in Mexico in the 1960's. This is 20 centavos coins, from 1956 and 1965, bent and solder to form an ash tray and some rough lettering of "Acapulco" on it. Now days the souvenir stuff is of a much better quality.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

One Dollar Diet Project

I picked this blog site up from Get Your Own. A couple named Christopher and Kerri are trying, for 30 days, to live off a dollar a day (each) for food. Their rules for this are;

1. All food consumed each day must total $1 for each of us.

2. We cannot accept free food or “donated” food unless it is available for everyone in our area. (i.e. foraging, samples in stores, dumpster diving)

3. Any food we plant, we pay for.

4. We will do our best to cook a variety of meals; ramen noodles can only be prepared if there is no other way to stay under one dollar. (We have six packages and will buy no more)

5. Should we decide to have guests over for dinner they must eat from our share; meaning they don’t get to eat their own dollar’s worth of food.

Now they are vegetarians so eating a lot of oatmeal, rice and beans is not a big step for them, other than the small quantities. I found it interesting reading. Now I am a big fan of food, especially if the words Free and/or All You Can Eat are attached, but we all know we eat to much in the United States. With the economy going in the can, perhaps we should look at this dollar a day project. I know I can't get out of WalMart on four dollars to feed my family for a day. To get the full effect go back to day one of the project and read forward.

New Construction In Delmar

The new branch for Bank Of Delmarva on RT13, Maryland Side of Town.

McDonald's On the Delaware side of town and on RT13 is progressing. I have heard a November opening date is being looked at.

1941 College Freshmen

From “The Journal – Every Evening” (Wilmington DE) Sept 15, 1941

DELMAR, Del. Sept 15 – Twenty-five graduates of the two schools here are continuing their studies in higher institutes of learning. Most of the students will leave this week to continue their educations.

The students from the Maryland school are;
Francis Hall, Western Maryland College; Bloxom Daugherty, University of Pennsylvania; Edwin Kircher, University of Maryland; Epperson Culver, University of Maryland; Francis Williams, John Hopkins University; George Elliott, Beacom College; Edna Mae Ellis, Carrie Carr, Margaret N. Adams, Shirley R. Howard, Maryland State Teachers College, Salisbury; Charles I. Calloway, Goldey College; Albert H. Parker, Henry C. Ryall, Glen Martin School; Mollie Jane Phillips, Strayer’s Business College; and Robert H. Ryall, Drexel Institute.

Those from the Delaware school are;
Rosalie Selby, Agnes Wright, Jean Sturgis, Betty Lee Ellis, Betty Hearn, Women’s College, Newark; William Pritchitt and Louis Selby, University of Delaware; Jack Ellis, Georgetown University; June Baker, Meredith College; William Hearn, Union State Teachers’ College; Eleanor Hastings and Lena Brill, Beacom College.

1968 Ad - George Wallace

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Blogger, What Up?

A number of odd things are happening with blogger today. So Far everything looks normal on the posts but if I make changes they disappear or will take place and than the next time I look at it, won't show. It will show "comments need to handled" and there are no comments. The Post Time is wrong. No ideal what is going on.

Jury Duty - Payday

Wow, received my check for jury duty today - Forty dollars. Not a big amount but enough for a trip to the liquor store for a little whoop and a little holler. My check was signed by Jack Markell should I view it as Bribe? Thank Jack

Delmar Heritage Day Festival and Homecoming

This year the Delmar Heritage Day Festival will be on the same day as homecoming. It is Saturday, September 27th from 9 A.M. till 9 P.M. Come one come all. At 11 A.M. there will be the homecoming parade. Car show is from 9 A.M. till 2 P.M. Pie eating contest at 5 P.M., Horseshoes at 4:30 and Randy Lee Ashcraft and the Saltwater Cowboys from 5:30 till 9 P.M. bring your chair and cooler and listen into the night. More will be announced. Given this is an election year there should be politicians.

"I will not resign if indicted!"

Today in 1996 Spiro Theodore Agnew died at the age of 77, in Atlantic General Hospital, in Berlin Maryland, of Cancer. Agnew was the 55th Governor of Maryland and the thirty-ninth Vice President of the United States.

Spiro Theodore Agnew was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 9, 1918. Until 1962 the only elected post Agnew had held was the presidency of the P.T.A. In 1966, he was nominated as the Republican candidate for governor of Maryland. Agnew’s Democratic challenger was George P. Mahoney, who was a segregationist. Mahoney‘s campaign slogan was, "Your Home Is Your Castle—Protect It,". By Agnew appearing more liberal, he captured the vote and was elected Governor of Maryland.

He resigned his office as Governor in 1968 to become Vice President under Richard Nixon. During his five years under Nixon he acted as the bulldog defending Nixon’s positions. Saying many things a President could not say.

Many of us living in Maryland felt a great deal of pride in having a Vice President that was from Maryland. Of course we also were aware that Maryland politicians had a reputation as being crooks but who would have thought he would continue the tradition as Vice-President.

In the Photo doesn't he look a bit like Joe Biden? must be the hair.
On April 10, 1973 Agnew alerted H. R. Haldeman, white house chief of staff, that he was in trouble. The U.S. attorney in Maryland, investigating illegal campaign contributions and kickbacks was hot on his trail. From my understanding Agnew was shaking down various people he had done favors for and accepted money from them for those favors. He was nailed for not paying taxes on this money.

In September of 1973 while addressing the National Federation of Republican Women in Los Angeles, Agnew made the statement, "I will not resign if indicted!"

On October 10, 1973 Spiro T. Agnew sent his letter of resignation to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. He was perhaps the first person in the news to introduce the term nolo contendere to the public. Agnew's attorneys had entered a plea bargaining with the federal prosecutors. In return for pleading nolo contendere, or no contest, to the tax charge and paying $160,000 in back taxes (with the help of a loan from Frank Sinatra), he would receive a suspended sentence and a $10,000 fine. Agnew was only the second vice president to resign the office (John C. Calhoun had been the first).

On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon joined Spiro Agnew in making theirs the first presidential and vice-presidential team in history to resign from office.

After leaving office, Agnew became an international business consultant, using his contacts he had made with foreign governments on travels abroad as vice president. He had homes in Rancho Mirage, Calif, Arnold, Md, Bowie, Md, and Ocean City Md. He published his memoir, entitled "Go Quietly . . . or else", and a novel, "The Canfield Decision".

Spiro Agnew's family is his wife, Elinor (Judy) Isabel Judefind Agnew, his son James (Randy) Rand Agnew, Pamela (Pam) Lee Agnew, Susan Scott Agnew and Elinor (Kim) Kimerly Agnew. In his last campaign for Vice president it was bought out by Jack Anderson, reporter, that Randy Agnew had left his wife and was living with a male hairdresser in Maryland.

Spiro T. Agnew Quotes
"I apologize for lying to you. I promise I won't deceive you except in matters of this sort."

"In the United States today, we have more than our share of nattering nabobs of negativism."

"Some newspapers are fit only to line the bottom of bird cages."

"The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated in a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap."

"Three things have been difficult to tame: the oceans, fools and women. We may soon be able to tame the oceans; fools and women will take a little longer."

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

No Election In Delmar Delaware

I understand three people have filed for the three open positions on the Council so there will be no election. Mayor Outten refiled for Mayor and Glen Payne and Robert Thompson filed for the two councilmen positions. I understand Diane Buckley did not file for her council position.

Today's cartoon

Bits about Delmar September 1936

From the Milford Chronicle September 11, 1936

Delmar News

Mr. William H. Hayman, a highly respected citizen of this town passed away early Thursday morning at his home on Grove Street. Mr. Hayman who was 86, had been in poor health for a long time but was able to go about the home up to his passing. He was postmaster in this town from 1897 to 1905 and established the rural routes served from his office. He also founded The Delmar American, the first newspaper edited in Delmar. Following his postmastership he opened a hardware store here and continued in that business for twenty years. He was a member of the Delmar M. E. Church and a lifelong Republican. Surviving are his wife, one son, Norman L. Hayman, of this town, and one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Phillips of Darby, Pa., and several grandchildren. Funeral services were held from his late home at 2:30 Saturday afternoon with rev. Ralph C. Jones of the M. E. Church officiating. Interment was made in the M. E. Cemetery, Delmar.

Delmar, Delaware schools opened Wednesday, Sept 9th.

The Pennsylvania Railroad Company has made much improvement to their property here. They are now installing a new platform along the track to accommodate the steadily increasing C & D truck service.

Mr. Lee Cullen has been confined to his home for several days suffering with intestinal grip.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smith are visiting their daughter and son-in-law, Lieutenant and Mrs. Donald Rudisell of Middletown, N. Y.

Albert Williams left this week for Charleston, N. C. to resume his studies at the Citadel.

Mr. George Spicer, of Laurel, will open a meat and grocery store in the Hearn Building on railroad avenue on Thursday Sept 19th.

Marion Lee Hitchens spent the week-end at Ocean City, Md.

1962 Ad - Democratic Line up

Harris McDowell, John Biggs, Belle Everett, Ernest Killen, Harry Smith, Martin Johnson, Glen Mears, Edna Brasure, Woodrow Morgan, Edward Veasey, Harry McAllister, Vollie Gray, Curtis Steen, and Harison Phillips. The 1962 Democratic lineup in Sussex County. The Ghost of Harlan Tull must remember this lineup as he is clanging and stomping around the house.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sussex County Council Meeting

There is tomorrow (Sept 16), at ten A.M. a Sussex County Council meeting. There is a number of things on the agenda but one of which is the Delmar High School asking for uniform assistance. If you look over previous minutes and agendas there is an amazing array of organizations asking for money and they usually get it. It is not much money they get, usually $150 on up, but it adds up. Each Councilman has his own Community Grant Account fund he uses for these grants. It gives him a chance to play GOD when it comes to giving out money. Neverless a hundred dollars here, a thousand dollars there, and in a year's time you are talking real money. Particularly in light of the fact there are larger dollar projects they need to support, like the "let Howard live a better life style" project. On big dollar items they are broke. It is like listening to some one who is talking poor mouth as they drink their Starbuck cup of coffee, while driving their SUV and talking on their cell phone.

Thinking about this post I realise I will once again get hits from Britain. As many Sussex County bloggers will tell you since we have town and County names that were named after English towns and counties you get a few hits from people in Britain googling some search item that has Sussex in it.

Jack Eckerd's Wife

One of the places I buy books is at the Salvation Army in Salisbury. At a nickel a book you tend to buy books you would not normally read. One of the books I picked up was "Eckerd - Finding The Right Prescription" by Jack Eckerd and Charles Paul Conn (1987). Now this is one of those books where a successful businessman hires a writer to write about his life. Jack Eckerd besides having a large drugstore chain in the 1970's, was born in Wilmington, Delaware and his Eckerd Drug Stores are well remembered in Wilmington. The book is for the most part uninteresting, but what is interesting is in the 1930's as he puts it in his book " I also met and married a girl in Wilmington". He divorced her in the mid 1950's and in 1957 married Ruth Binnicker of Florida. The first wife however is never identified or spoken of by name. Girl from Wilmington is the best he does in referring to her. He had a daughter and a son by the first wife. The second wife is mentioned, by name thru out the book. It is not surprising, when he died in 2004, there is no mention of his first wife in his obituary, but usually wikipedia will print that information, but again no mention of her name. I did goggle searches and again nothing. So now I have a new mystery to search, with no real point to it other than who was this person he married and why was he scared to name her in his book.

The World Is A Little Smaller

I was comparing the mileage charts in this 1942 Shell Map to a 2007 map. The world is a little smaller, but not by much.

In 1942 the Shell Map showed 1,146 miles from Baltimore to Miami. The 2007 map showed 1,079

In 1942 the Shell map showed 2,758 miles from Baltimore to Los Angeles. The 2007 map shows 2,684.

So in 65 years and a big investment in highways the best we could do was clip 67 miles off the trip from Baltimore to Miami and knocking 74 miles off a cross country ride.

The Speed Limit Indicated on the map was; Delaware and Maryland 55 miles per hour on dual highways and 50 mph on other. Virginia 55 miles per hour. West Virginia 45 miles per hour.

In addition it stated "All points of military interest have been removed voluntarily from this map and index."

1952 Ad - Stevenson

1952 Ad - Ike

1952 Ad - Culver's Men shop and Josh Hearn

Sunday, September 14, 2008


As many readers know I have a mother, who is in her eighties and has had breast cancer treatment. Now she has about a hundred Doctors whose main form of treatment is sending her for "tests" and billing Medicare. I tell her she is not going to feel as good as she did at sixty but she doesn't believe me, so she pulls out her "medical" book and looks up her current symptoms. Those $200 an hour Doctors can be replaced by a $12 book. Some time if she doesn't feel bad she looks thru the "medical" book and develop symptoms, but anyway, each trip I make to see her I get to hear the story of her lateness problems. Murky Happening had a post similar in nature about his mother. I think all of this is pay back for her raising me and listening to my complaints. Just when you think you are free of responsibilities of raising children you have your mother to tend to.

Another Disturbance At Jewell and Second

I understand there was another disturbance at Jewell and Second Street last night. Police called, lots of kids and cars. This is the second weekend something like this has happened. I think it is related to some young kids on Second Street who are just a bad element.

1962 ad - Boob Johnson

I was looking at this political ad for “Boob” Johnson and thought what a classic good ol’ boy (GOB) this man must have been. I never knew him so I can't be sure of that but he has the nickname. Let’s face it, to be a Sussex County Politician you have to have a nickname, and have some association with the volunteer fire company, the American legion and or VFW. Wouldn’t hurt be known at The Delmar Speedway neither. And if you don’t know the words at least have it written on a readily available card you can read for the” Pledge of Allegiance” and “Good Ol’ Boys” from the Dukes of Hazzards;

Just two good old boys, never meanin' no harm...
Beats all you never saw, been in trouble with the law
Since the day they was born.
Straightenin' the curves, flattenin' the hills...
Someday the mountain might get 'em but the law never will.
Makin' their way, the only way they know how...
That's just a little bit more than the law will allow.
Just two good ol' boys, wouldn't change if they could,
Fightin' the system like two modern-day Robin Hoods...

When it comes to Delmarva nicknames, if you weren’t given one in school you were given one when you went in the military. If you were lucky it was just an accepted short form of your name like Bill, Jack, Joe, Sam, or Mike. However looking thru my High School year book, names like Buckwheat, Tiger, Reds and Skoochie tend to pop out. Altho the classic “Bubba” is often mentioned I never knew anyone by that name, but readily I can recall people whose name were; Bull, Mac, Frog, Ham, Hatchet, Oyster, Windmill, Catfish, and Fishbait.

Oh Well, Let me lift my can of beer in a Sunday morning toast to the good Ol’ Boys of Sussex County and “Boob” Johnson for the subject of today’s political post.

For those who are going to yell “You put the words from the Duke of Hazzard in, but not the Pledge of Allegiance” here you are;

I pledge Allegiance to the flag
of the United States of America
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one nation under God, indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for all.

Succession - 1933

From The Sunday News And Tribune, Jefferson City, MO Sunday December 17, 1933


Nine Counties Want to Secede from Maryland and Join Delaware or Form a small State to be known as Delmarva

BALTIMORE, Md., Dec 16 – Delmarva – newest commonwealth in the American family of States!

It sounds like the name of a mythical Balkan principality conceived in the mind of a writer of romantic fiction. But actually the name is a compound of three American states; and although it is not yet an actual political unit, it stands so good a chance of becoming so that the Legislature of one state has already made a move toward establishing the commonwealth.

Delmarva, as a social and commercial unit, already exists. It is that long, fertile peninsula, between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean on which Delaware lies, and which also contains nine counties of Maryland and two counties of Virginia. Hence the name – Delmarva, from the initial three letters of Delaware, the first three letters of Maryland and the abbreviation for Virginia.

Back of the proposal for establishment of the new state, to be made up of Delaware and the eleven counties of the other two states, lies a story of virtual civil war in Maryland. It is the imminent secessions of the nine Maryland counties and their union with Delaware which would make the new state possible, and the backers of the plan – they number thousands in Eastern Maryland – are hopeful that the two lower Peninsula counties of Virginia will pen their lot with the Maryland Counties.

Such a secession of the Maryland counties from the rest of the state, which lies on the other side of the Chesapeake, would be revolutionary in recent American potical history.

But to the citizens of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, secession is not unthinkable. For it was only recently soldiers invaded the lower shore. They seized citizens of two counties and held them prisoner in an armory. The outraged inhabitants attacked the armory, battled the soldiers, and virtually drove them out – drove them back ignominiously to Baltimore, and with them drove the attorney general of Maryland and the commander of the Maryland National Guard.

From that incident particularly and from a series of other previous incidents, has arisen the desire of the citizens of the Maryland’s Easter Shore to break away from the rest of the state.

For the Eastern Shoremen are mad – mad clean through. Their resentment is particularly directed toward Maryland’s handsome Governor Ritchie, and also toward Baltimore newspapers which have been exceedingly open in their criticism of the mob violence which culminated recently in the open street fight at Salisbury between irate citizens and the militiamen dispatched by Governor Ritchie to seize suspected lynchers.

That “Battle of Salisbury” was to the citizens of the Eastern Shore what the battle of Lexington was to the American colonists in 1776.

As the inevitable chorous of criticism of the shore again arose, there arose a corresponding desire by the Eastern Shoremen to separate from Maryland and have done with arch-critics, the Baltimoreans. For his ill-fated and unsuccessful invasion of the Shore, Governor Ritchie was subjected to a cross-fire of vengeful criticism by the Eastern Shoremen. They decided to secede, join with Delaware, and create Delmarva.

In this the state of Delaware is in full accord. Recently a resolution was introduced in the Delaware Legislature, inviting the Eastern Shoremen to incorporate themselves into a new common wealth with the Delawareans.

The idea of the state of Delmarva is not new. One hundred years ago the agitation for merging the Eastern Shore counties of Maryland with Delaware was started. In 1833 the Shore was at odds with the rest of Maryland over enormous state grants to projects on the Western Shore. The Eastern Shore felt that it, possessing one-third of the wealth and population of the State, was being ignored. A resolution in the Maryland Senate for separation of the Eastern Shore from the Western Shore failed by only one vote, after having passed in the lower House by a vote of 40 to 24.

So far as Maryland is concerned the Eastern Shore has always been an integral part of the state, but not until comparatively recent times has the Chesapeake Bay been the obstacle in the way of free communication between the Eastern and western Shore that it now is. For years the Shore has been slowly weaned away from Baltimore and drawn, commercially, to Wilmington and Delaware.

In Colonial times this was not the case. The Chesapeake Bay, instead of being the barrier that it now is, offered a means for the Shoremen to quickly reach the Western Shore and Baltimore by means of their sailboats. The coming of the steamboat to the Chesapeake further intensified this.

But the railroad changed the situation. The “main line” down the backbone of the peninsula ran north and south and fed into Wilmington and Philadelphia – not Baltimore. As feeder lines of the railroad were built, connecting with the main line, the trend toward trade with cities other than Baltimore grew, but there was no general absence of community with the rest of Maryland – until now.

Now the Shoremen are good and sore, and their succession from Maryland seems in a fair way to being accomplished.

The Peninsula is largely an agricultural country, with a population of about half a million.

In the nine counties of Maryland, there are several large and prosperous county seats, notably Salisbury, Easton and Cambridge. The Eastern Shore of Virginia has one good-sized city, Cape Charles.

The region is rich in historical associations. It was harried by the British in the War of 1812 and several battles of local note were fought upon its soil. Hundreds of Colonial mansions, some of them praised by architects as gems of early American construction, are to be found on the Peninsula.

Of notable sons the Eastern Shore has many, Jimmy Foxx got his start as a baseball star with the Easton team of the Eastern Shore League, and “Homerun” Baker – remember him? – was born near Easton and lives there now. Bishop Cannon was born at Salisbury, as was Amos W. W. Woodcock, the former prohibition administration, John J. Raskob lives near Centerville, in Queen Anne’s County, and Walter Chrysler and Pierre du Pont have states near Cambridge.

The entire Delmarvian Peninsula is occupied by a homogenous people, of almost pure Anglo-Saxon stock, many of the families dating back to Colonial times. The foreign population of the region outside of Wilmington is not one per cent of the total. The Negro population is large, however, averaging about one-third of the total.

Only an imaginary line divides the Maryland counties from Delaware, and an equally artificial boundary divides the Maryland counties from the two Virginia counties. On the other hand, the wide and deep waters of the Chesapeake divide Eastern Maryland from the rest of the state, and the same body of water, even wider as it nears the Ocean, divides the Virginia counties from the other 98 counties of the Old Dominion.

Thus, the Peninsula is a geographical unit which now is split up, without rhyme or reason, into three diverse political areas. The time has come, the Maryland Eastern Shoremen think, to remedy this.