Thursday, January 08, 2009
The Salisbury 'S' Curve
Heading south on the by-pass at Division Street, on the East side of Salisbury Boulevard, between the railroad tracks and the Boulevard was a three story brick building called the Jackson-Gutman Shirt factory. The building was not run parallel to the railroad track but stuck out at an Angle from it. This Shirt factory went bankrupt in the depression leaving Salisbury National bank holding the loan on it. William S. Gordy was president of Salisbury National Bank and he was also the Comptroller of Maryland. When they were trying to obtain the right-of-way for the by-pass he told them they could run the by-pass in front of the Shirt factory but not closer than 75 foot in front and it had to run absolutely parallel to the building. Since he was Comptroller of Maryland and controlled all the checks being written for road projects in Maryland he got his way. So each day for the last 70 years people driving on South Salisbury Boulevard have had to make that hard right turn into the S curve because William S. Gordy was an ass. The shirt factory was torn down and now some health centers are built in it's place.
While I am writing about Salisbury streets for those who do not know how Division street got it name let me tell you. Wicomico County was formed part from Somerset County and part of Worcester County, prior to Wicomico County being formed half of Salisbury was in Somerset County and half in Worcester County. The border line (street) that ran thru Salisbury for the two counties was called Division street, naturally dividing the two countries. Well that is about enough trivial information on Salisbury for today.
Back at election time Biff Lee made an interesting comment when asked about school choice. Posted on Elbert Blog the comment was Lee: I support choice but not if it is for athletic reasons. Now in one of those rare moments I agree with what Biff Lee said. I do wonder if it was Tyler Downes transferring to Delmar from Laurel that formed the basis for his comment.
Old Farmer's Advice from Salisbury Soapbox
Delmar's Sesquicentennial Celebration Meeting
The 1953 Delmar Cotillion Dance season
FIRST COTILLION DANCE SET FOR JANUARY 23
The first Cotillion Dance of the current season is all set to be held January 23rd at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars building. Dancing will be from nine til one to the music of Nooks Naugle and his orchestra.
The club officers, after a one year lay-off due to lack of a suitable building, plan three dances this winter.
The membership is limited to 50 couples on a first-come-first served basis. Oscar Brown, club president said this week that less than half a dozen memberships are still available.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
The Audited Financial Statements - 2008
State of Delaware Auctions - Bell Helicopter
Also on they are auctioning off Durango's starting January 24 thru the 28th. They are at Delaware Surplus Services, 1 Wilmington Avenue, Delaware City, DE 19706 and the Contact person is Robert B. Johnson or A. Ray Fruytier at 302.836.7640 or 302.836.7641. Back in October when they auctioned some Dodge Durangos off they went for $1,200 to $1,600 each.
The Frank Brown Building 1940
GARAGE IS BEING REBUILT
Several men are busily engaged in rebuilding the Brown Garage on S. First St., between State and East St., on the Maryland side of Delmar. The building was built twenty years ago by Frank Brown, who operated a garage in Delmar for many years. The garage was closed in 1929 and since that time the building which was built at a cost of eighteen thousand dollars has not been used.
The building was recently purchased by a Washington produce broker, who is rebuilding the garage for a large warehouse in which to store produce purchased in this section by his company. The structure has been torn down and only the outer wall made of concrete blocks has been left standing. The cost of reconstruction will be approximately ten thousand dollars and will employ ten men for more than three months.
Note; I did a post on the Frank Brown building back in February 2008.
1962 Ad - Delmar State Line Car Rental
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Thanks for your reply, concerning my inquiry, Am quite comfortable with the condition of the item since I won't be making any repairs on it, I will add $50 to it for keeping it for me, Please provide your full name, address and your phone number for payment. i am paying by money order. It will take afew days for payment to get to you. as per pick-up, i will make arrange for pickup after payment has been received by you. i hope it is in good condition, kindly get back to me with your name, phone # and mailing address where payment will be sent. i will let you know how I intend to pick it up. I would have loved to come check it out but I am presently away on a business trip, so you can send me pics of the item so I can know it is in good condition.
The Wildcat Cafe
The menu has been cut back some but mostly it is the same menu as any small town diner. The Dinner menu is about ten items, the usual chicken, beef and gravy, shrimp, crab cakes, liver; everything under ten dollars. The lunch menu is mainly burgers and subs. I had a Delmar Cheeseburger (Bacon, Mushrooms, Pepper and onions); $5.95. They also have a Wildcat Burger (Ham and Swiss cheese and mushrooms); $5.95. They said the mushrooms hadn't arrived yet so I did with out them on my burger. My napkin was a folded paper towel. I will chalk it up to opening day. There was also some confusion as to if fries are included with the burger, they are.
The walls of the restaurant have some blown up xerox copies of the old Bi-State Weeklys(local defunct Newspaper) and some Delmar Wildcat High School posters and photo.
Disturbing was the price for a Scrapple and Egg sandwich at $2.75, the Express Mart sells them for ninety-nine cents.
The WildCat Cafe is at 20 N. Pennsylvania Ave, Delmar, Delaware 302-846-3667
1962 Levin and Holland Twilley
The Death of Sallie Collins - 1934
Mrs. Sallie Collins, wife of Levin Collins, of this town, passed away at her home on Chestnut Street early Thursday morning as a result of complications arising from a fall sustained nearly two months before. She was confined to her bed from the time of her injury until her death and in addition was compelled to endure the ordeal of being taken from a blazing building at 2 a.m. Christmas Day when the home of her son-in-law, A. K. Wiley, with whom she and her husband lived, was almost destroyed by fire.
Through the prompt aid of friends she was safety removed to the home of neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Rue Hastings, who cared for her until the afternoon when she was removed to the new home secured by Mr. and Mrs. Wiley. While heart trouble was given as the cause of her death, it is thought by many that the excitement incident to these experiences probably hastened her demise. The deceased was 80 years old and had been married fifty-six years. She was a conscientious Christian, a faithful and loving wife and mother and enjoyed the love and esteem of a large host of neighbors and friends.
Funeral services conducted by Rev. E. E. Coleman, pastor of the Delmar M. P. Church were held from her home at 2 p.m. Saturday and interment made in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Laurel. She is survived by her husband , three children, Mrs. Clara Wiley, Victor Collins, Laurel; and Charles Collins of Wilmington; one sister and several grandchildren.
Monday, January 05, 2009
January Delmar Delaware Council Meeting
The Delmar Delaware Council Meeting took place tonight. All members were present. The meeting started at 7 P.M. and ended at 7:30 P.M. I was the only one from the "public" there.
Since this was the first stand alone meeting for the Delaware side of town there was not that much to discuss. Two resolutions concerning housing were voted on and approved. One pertained to stating Delmar believe in Fair Housing and the other one approved Sussex County handling a housing application for housing rehabilitation for the town of Delmar.
Under Council people comments; Woody Payne said he would talk to the owner of Diamond Dream about the unpaved driveway and try and convince him to pave it. Mary Lee Pase said the community effort this year was outstanding in helping 85 needy kids to have a Christmas.
Sara Bynum King reminded everyone there is a financial workshop for everyone at 6PM Thursday, it is my understanding this is not open to the public
Sunday, January 04, 2009
1961 Ad Kobby's Golf Range
New Year Resolutions
Raccoon Fight - 1957
ELDERLY COUPLE WIN FIGHT WITH RACCOON
Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Ellis, retired farmers near Providence Church, won a night battle with a raccoon last Friday night.
The Ellis', both in their eighties heard a noise in their chicken house at about 10 P.M. Friday night. He, armed with his cane, which it is necessary for him to use, and she with a flashlight went to the chicken house to investigate. After a half-hour fight, they had killed their intruder, a 17-lb, raccoon. Mr Ellis sustained scratched hands and legs. Mrs Ellis was unmarked in the skirmish.
This battle is expected to end the case of the Dead Chickens which has been a problem for the past 2 or 3 months.
Delmar's Sesquicentennial Celebration
American Legion Presents Flag to Post Office - 1960
1980 Ad Allenwood Lounge Salisbury
Miyoko Has Yet Another Birthday
Well another year has started in Delmar. I started this blog three years ago and I have over 2,300 posts on it. A high number of them are about Delmar so my fears of having something to write about while living in a small town were not justified.
My oldest daughter will be taking a job in Rockville, Maryland toward the end of the month so I have been apartment hunting with her the last couple of days. It has been about 40 years since I have rented an apartment or house so looking at them in the Rockville area has been a cultural and financial shock. Allowing for our unfamiliarity with the area it would seem the average one bedroom apartment is about one thousand to thirteen hundred dollars a month plus utilities. She found one out in Germantown, which about ten miles from where she will work, and she think she will take that. I am sure I will be writing more about this move.
I will leave you with this 2009 shot of the pride of Delmar the LeCates building.