Saturday, October 04, 2008

News Bits, Delmar, 1935

From The Milford Chronicle, Friday, October 4, 1935 Delmar News

Ground was broken last week for the new building for S. N. Culver between the Gas company and the First National Bank.

Benjamin Beasley, formerly of Cambridge, has been made manager of the meat department of the American Store here with Richard Wilson, assistant. Mr. Beasley with his family is occupying the Dickerson bungalow at North Third street and Delaware Highway.

Falling down a stairway at her home, at Hollyville, Mrs. Charles I. Joseph, wife of former Deputy State Auditor Joseph, sustained a broken arm and other injuries and has been receiving treatment in the Beebe Hospital in Lewes. Mrs Joseph sister, Mrs. E. Guy Hastings of this town, is a patient in a Philadelphia Hospital.

Many of our citizens are planning to attend the opening of the Choptank River bridge on October 26 when President Roosevelt will take part in the ceremonies.

The Delmar (Maryland) High School is to have a $68,000 addition soon. That amount of money has been allotted by the Federal Government. The plan includes a wing on each end of the present building.

Elder H. C. Ker is confined to his room with a case of rheumatism.

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A Night At The Fights

I spent an enjoyable night at the boxing matches at the Wicomico Civic Center last night. I enjoy boxing on TV so seeing the fighters live was a plus. All the matches were good, some were shorter than others, but all were good. I had not seen Fernando Guerrero fight before and he is good, but I also was impressed with Ariel Espinal, Shawn Porter, Willie Williams, and Tim Coleman.

A couple of impressions from last night; first I had a seat in section 216 which surrounds an entrance to the second floor so the seating rows are short. I had a good view and since there were only two other people on my row I didn't have to stand up to let anyone in or out very often. Across the aisle however it was different story, apparently only a few people arrive at start time and others arrive thru out the evening so all night long the people who were in their seats at the beginning were standing to let late arrivals take their seats. Since it was frequently in the middle of a bout those people standing lost out on watching that part of the bout.

Second, God there is a lot of people connected with putting on one of these shows. Not just the Civic Center people, but those with each boxer and those with the TV crews. A lot of money was being spent last night.

I hope they continue to put these shows on every three or four months, I think I would squeeze the money out of my social security check to go to them.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Delmar News in 1952

From the Bi-State Register October 3, 1952


Luther and Sarah Mitchell have recently purchased the former Rickenback home and motel located on U. S. 13, just south of the Delmar City limits.

The motel is in the process of being converted into a six-apartment house and is expected to be ready for occupancy within the next week. The Mitchells, after renovation, will live in the home located on the same property. They plan to continue the operation of their present business, known as the Elite Laundry and Cleaners, Inc.

Nixon Comes To Salisbury

The Salisbury Times Friday Evening, October 3, 1952

Insinuating that President Truman is acting like the animal that is his party’s symbol, U. S. Sen. Richard M. Nixon urged here today that Gen. Eisenhower be elected so Washington could be swept clean of the “scandal a day” administration.

Nearly 5,000 persons congregated in wind-whipped chilly Municipal Park to hear Sen. Nixon’s 23 minute speech blasting a Truman-Acheson administration, the failure of the Truman foreign policy, and Truman assault on the integrity of Gen. Eisenhower.

“This idea, of all people of Harry Truman to smear such a great American as General Eisenhower”, the 39 year-old Republican vice president running mate of the general declared.

There was loud laughter when Sen. Nixon said President Truman was “braying” his way along on the whistlestop, give-em-hell tour.

Fourteen times, the crowd interrupted Sen. Nixon’s speech with applause. But there was only silence when he touched on the civil rights issue. Greeted by the silence he quickly went on to another subject, after saying the United States must take the leadership in demonstrating equality.

Eyes flashing, Sen. Nixon declared that it was impossible to drive the Communists out of Washington without kicking out the people who put them there.

Once, someone in the crowd yelled “give ‘em hell, Dick”.

Sen. Nixon told the crowd – many of whom were Democrats – he was certain Maryland Democrats were going to be on Eisenhower’s side.

“I am going to predict that the Texas Democrats, and the Oklahoma Democrats, the California Democrats, the Tennessee Democrats, the Virginia Democrats, and the Maryland Democrats are going to vote to throw the Truman Democrats out of Washington D. C.”

Sen. Nixon’s speech here was one of several to be made in Maryland and Delaware today. He flew here from Washington. His plane was met at the Salisbury-Wicomico County Airport by about 200 people. It was about a half hour late arriving from Washington.

After the speech in the Municipal Park bandstand, Sen. Nixon returned to the airport at the head of a cavalcade of cars. He was scheduled to fly to Friendship Airport near Baltimore. Then he was to go to Annapolis, Baltimore, Aberdeen, Elkton, and Wilmington, where he speaks tonight.

His pretty smiling 39 year-old wife, Pat, was with him. She was introduced by Miss Bertha S. Adkins of Salisbury, Maryland’s Republican National Committee. “Here is one of the reasons why Dick Nixon is a great man,” Miss Adkins said, introducing Pat Nixon.

Smiling as she accepted a bouquet of red roses from Miss Adkins, Mrs. Nixon waved to the crowd and quickly sat down. She was wearing a cocoa brown suit and a small black hat.

Sen. Nixon put in a campaign plug for Congressman Edward T. Miller of Easton, who is running for re-election and who is running for re-election and who introduced the senator as the “next vice president of the United States.”

He also urged election of Congressman Glenn Beall of Western Maryland to the Senate to serve on as “All-American team” from Maryland with Sen. John Marshall Butler. Beall and Butler were on the bandstand.

Today’s crowd of 5,000 was far below estimates of 25,000 that came from some Republican leaders. Along the route to and from the airport small groups of people waved and cheered.

There were many school children in the crowd. Nearly 1,000 came from Wicomico High School across the street. Before the start of ceremonies, a bus marked “Worcester County Schools” pulled up and unloaded a large group of Negro children.

Laurel and Wicomico High School bands played on opposite sides of the park stream in a battle of music that is a prelude to tonight’s game here between the football teams of the two schools.

Everywhere there were “Welcome Nixon” placards, most of them carried by school age youngsters. One red-headed, freckled faced boy was asked where he got his, “some man came around passing them out,” he said.

During the senator’s speech the fire department ambulance pulled close to the bandstand. A young Negro girl had fainted. She was taken from the park by the ambulance.

Many of the men in the crowd wore topcoats as protection against the breeze that whipped around the stream and into the face of Sen. Nixon as he spoke.

Before and during the ceremonies, presided over by Ernest Matthews, Republican State Central Committee chairman for Wicomico County, the sun dodged in and out of the clouds.

Before 8 a. m., small groups began gathering in the park. About 9 a.m., a pedestrian traffic jam developed on the narrow wooden footbridge leading to the bandstand.

As the Nixon cavalcade arrived from the airport, several women in the crowd were heard to say “he looks just like his picture” and “isn’t Pat pretty?” The senator wore a grayish-blue double-vested suit and no hat.

At one point in his speech he confessed that he played the piano, but he said he would give it up if elected. Then some man in the crowd asked “Can your kids sing?”. Mr. Truman plays the piano, Margaret Truman, his daughter, sings.

Robert F. Cannon of Salisbury, Democratic member of the House of Delegates passed out cards urging the election of Dudley G. Roe in congress. Mr. Cannon is Mr. Roe’s campaign manager.

Downtown stretched across Main St. at N. Division earlier in the day the Democrats had raised a street-wide banner urging election of the Stevenson-Sparkman-Mahoney- Roe ticket.

Democratic Mayor Rollin W. Hastings welcomed Sen. Nixon to the city and introduced Congressman Miller.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

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The Rules We Play By

One of the less noticeable item related to the 'Bailout' is the change the Banks would like for the 'Mark-to-market' accounting rule. The 'bailout' bill adds pressure on the Security and Exchange Commission to change this rule. They are hoping to have this rule suspended or changed in the next few days so when they do their quarterly financial statements for the period ending September 30th they can show inflated assets.

So what does this mean and why should you care? In accounting you always value assets at their most conservative value. This means if a retailer has an inventory of digital cameras purchased at $100 each and now the wholesaler is selling the same camera to the retailer at $75 he has to carry his entire inventory at the 'lower of cost or market' or $75. If he has ten cameras in inventory he can not go to the bank and ask to borrow on an inventory he purchased for one thousand dollars. The most he can tell his bank is his inventory is worth is $750. By applying this rule across the board it helps investors, banks and other people that may be influenced by the asset value of a company make decisions.

The Banking Industry would like to suspense the equivalent of this rule called the 'Mark-to-market' rule. The 'Mark-to-market' rule came about from the Savings and Loans collapse in the 1980's. Believe me, as someone who was more involved with the Maryland Saving and Loans collapse than he wanted to be, you don't want to go thru those lies and falsehoods and trying to get your money back. The rule forces banks to value their assets at the lower of the current market price or the price paid for them. Since banks are overrun, now days, with bad mortgages and mortgage related securities this rule has forced them to write off billions of dollars in bad loans. Not only does this bring the incompetence to the attention of investors and depositors, who can read a balance sheet, it also alerts depositors who simply wants to deposit money in their bank. A year ago that bank was advertising it had ten zillion dollars in assets and this year it only has ten thousand in assets due to bad loans. Would you put money in a bank that was as poorly run as that example? If the 'mark-to-market' rule is suspended you will never know the bankers are incompetent assholes because it will never show on the balance sheets.

The whole bailout is a rip off of the American people. It is protecting people that have lied and cheated everyone else and are now being protected by this bailout. The delay in the bailout isn't about any politician wanting to protect the American people they just want time to stick their pork barrel spending projects on to the bill.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

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The German look at America's Economics

For a much longer period of time than American Newspapers the German on line version of Spiegel news magazine, Spiegel-online has been writing about the current economic conditions in America. One of their current articles is called America, where it pays to fail.. It basically says in the United States; money is God, and with the up coming bailout the separation of church (banking) and state is disappearing in the United States. It gives an accurate look at the foolishness that wall street and the banks have taken us into and how the bailout is not the solution.

Bits of Delmar News - 1937

From the Milford Chronicle October 1, 1937 - Delmar News

Jack Journey and Charles Truitt of Wilmington spent this week end with their respective parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Perry Phillips are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son, who has been named Bruce Hudson Phillips.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard G. Poore spent last week with their son, H. Lee Poore, at Lock Haven, Pa. Lee recently completed the mechanical engineering course in aeronautics at the Lincoln Airplane and Flying School, Lincoln Nebraska. He is now currently associated with the Taylor Aircraft Company at Lock Haven, Pa.

Phillip Elliott is seriously ill at his home on State Street, suffering with pleurisy.

Miss Helen Elliott, daughter of Phillip Elliott of this town and Richard Figgs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Figgs, of Melson's were quietly married on Saturday evening by the Rev. Ralph C. Jones. The newly weds will reside in this town.

Stanley Augustus Holloway

Today in 1890 Stanley Augustus Holloway was born in Essex England. He was a great comic actor. He is best known in the United States for his role was in the movie, "My Fair Lady", as the father of Eliza Doolittle - Alfred P. Doolittle. He did the role when he was 73. The film producer had wanted James Cagney to do the part but Cagney turned it down. In the movie "My Fair Lady," he was the only member of the main cast to do his own singing. Rex Harrison and Wilfrid Hyde-White talked their way through their songs, while Audrey Hepburn and Jeremy Brett were dubbed. Holloway died in 1982.

Delmar becomes Delmar

Today in 1859, this spot at the end of the Railroad line, was officially called Delmar. Today it is 149 years old.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Sept Utility and Joint Council Meeting

I really do have a life, besides blogging, so I haven't been able to sit down and write anything until now.

First, The utility meeting last night; what could have been an ugly display of emotions on both sides didn't happen. The two Mayors had a meeting with the Fire Department late last week and some arrangement or agreement, not discussed with us, was worked out. The Firemen did not appear at the Utility Meeting.

Other Utility Commissions happenings; the main item was Southern Boys Concept, a company made up of brothers Tom and John Knorr, wants to buy the old IGA building in Delmar and make it into a microbrewery. The two brothers own the Red Roost, Boonies Restaurant, So Bo Wine Bistro, and a restaurant in Guatemala. It looks like a very interesting concept that could add to the interest in people coming to Delmar. They say the noise and smell will not leave the building. They plan a landscaping, paint job, and improved lighting on the building. They will have a tasting room and can sell the product they make on premise (but not to drink on premise). The Utility Commission gave it's approval for the concept. Additional information will be needed from them.

At the Joint Council Meeting; Halloween will be on Thursday Oct 30th so as not to interfere with the Laurel Delmar Game on Friday.

Southern Boys Concept presented their plan to the joint council and it was approved by two votes yes and one vote no (John Outten).

The Delaware Mosquito Control Program Manager for Kent and Sussex County gave a brief talk. In essence the people in Delmar are screwed as they only plan to put out their continuing feeble effort for mosquito control.

As we know Delmar Heritage Days was cancelled due to rain. Interestingly they said once the bills are paid they will be making a refund to vendors, etc that rented space for the event.

And that is about the sum of a long but uninteresting meeting.

1952 Ad- Salisbury Nash

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Reflections On Delmarva Past Blog

I should mention an interesting blog called Reflections on Delmarva Past. The blog is written by Mike and among his posts is an excellent article on the C & D Canal. He hasn't posted in a while but perhaps he will start back up. I am looking forward to reading his article on law enforcement officers on the Eastern Shore in Chesapeake Life. It was not in the online version of the magazine so I guess I will have to find a hard copy.

Yesterday's Weather

Looking at the weather station CW4197 it is hard to believe that yesterday we only had three tenths of an inch of rain, but look at that barometer reading how low it is, certainly would explain why my sinuses are screaming.

Another Laurel Blog

I see on Elbert's blog he has a new Laurel Blog listed Nice, Laurel. Check it out. Also look at that photo of Elbert and Bill Lee on Elbert's Blog.

Bits from Delmar - 1934

From the Milford Chronicle Sept 28 1934 - Delmar News

The following young people left on Monday for various schools; Miss Martha Culver has entered the Maryland State Teachers' College; the Misses MaryLee and Alice Jones and Miss Mary New are at the University of Delaware; Ralph Jones, son of Rev. and Mrs. Ralph Jones, is at Dickinson Seminary and Richard Cullen entered the University of Maryland Law School in Baltimore.

Dr. Howard LeCates left Saturday for the World's Fair. He will stop off at Massilion, Ohio to see his cousin, Carl Hearn, who is critically ill.

Mrs. Ida Ellis is spending some time with her daughter in Bristol, Pa.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hearn and children are moving to Philadelphia this week where he has secured employment.

Harry Keenan who has been confined to home by illness is somewhat improved.

Linwood Phillips, Jr. and Curtis Long left Wednesday morning for New York where they hope to secure employment.

Sweet potato digging which has been going on at points south of us for several weeks will be on here in full blast in about ten days.

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