Saturday, January 17, 2009
1876 Married Freeny - Ralph
1914 Ad for Overland motor car - Salisbury
I know uniforms are old news already, however regarding the comment from Uncle Paul, "No more fighting over a jacket crap!"...this past Thursday students were allowed to wear a football jersey OVER their uniform. But not just any football jersey. It had to be one of the four professional teams competing in the playoffs this weekend. The principal is a Ravens fan, the middle school asst. principal is a Steelers fan. At middle school lunch any student wearing a Steelers Jersey (not sweatshirt - they weren't allowed)was given a free ice cream pass by the asst. princ. So much for assuring all students are equal and can focus on learning. Those who don't support the "right" team or cannot afford to go out and buy the "right" jersey ($60-$100) must have felt like crap!
If true it certainly destroyed the idea of school uniforms. Anyone else care to comment on this?
Friday, January 16, 2009
Town Spending and Elected Officials Knowledge of Town Spending
TOWN COUNCIL REPORT
Expenditures for the month of December, 1942:
Cash on Hand Dec 31, 1942......$6,971.92
G. E. Hearn, patrolman.............40.00
Delmar Water Co...................135.00
Everett Figgs, labor...............17.60
E. S. P. Service Co Lighting
Everett Figgs, labor...............17.60
R. C. Sturgis, postage on tax
..notices and BiState Weekly
Robt. Bynum, labor.................18.20
Interest on Bond...................52.50
Several things stand out, first it was simple, everyone could understand these were the checks written from the town bank account. You didn't have to be a CPA to understand this type of statement. Second, the amount paid town employees were a matter of public record. Third you knew how much money the town had in the bank.
This was kept up in one version or another thru 1950's. Somewhere along the line as more town employees were hired this simple but effective method was dropped by the town. I will admit to do something of that detail today and publish it monthly in a newspaper might take a little more effort than in 1942. Couldn't something like this be published in the Town Newsletter? It would be of more interest to me than the various threats written in the newsletter about what will happen if we don't cut our grass and get our garbage to to curbside the night before it is to picked up. Maybe for a change the town would be accountable to us instead of the way it is now.
When I held public office in the 1980's, each month a list of the bills to be paid for that month was given to the elected officials. A discussion was held on them and a vote was taken to approve them and pay them. At least if you attended a town meeting you would know what the town was doing and the elected officials knew who was being paid and for what reason.
Today the only thing the elected officials get is a financial statement that is usually several months late and difficult to understand. I am willing to bet none of them know who was paid in any given month, or for what amount or for what reason. The elected officials of this town need to become more involved in town finances.
Prohibition Started Today in 1920
The Eighteenth amendment allowed one year after it was passed for it to go into effect. This allowed America to get ready for it. The 18th amendment did not prohibit Americans from owning intoxicating liquors it just prohibited the manufacture, sale, or transportation of them. In the year leading up to prohibition Americans stocked up on beer, wine and liquor as they could legally own them and keep them in their house after the Eighteenth amendment went into effect.
Knowing things were coming to an end the Christmas of 1919 was one of the drunkenness in American history. In the week prior to the act going into effect private golf and yacht clubs give their liquor inventory away to members by way lotteries. In and around Baltimore, Maryland were the famous and established Maryland Rye whiskey distilleries. In the weeks prior to the enforcement of prohibition whiskey was being moved from the government bonded warehouses to the port of Baltimore and loaded on ships waiting to take it to distant and not so distant lands. The whiskey would return a few months later via bootleggers. Nevertheless over four million gallons were left in Baltimore bonded warehouses once prohibition started. Most of it would be stolen or sold thru drugstores. Doctors could write prescriptions for whiskey for medical purposes and the patient with his prescription would pay four dollars for a pint of whiskey at the drugstore.
So even as prohibition started there were loopholes that existed.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Coos Bay, Oregon
1907 Ad J. B. Savage, Nassawadox VA
1958 Doris Ellen Figgs
The Debit Insurance Salesman
Maggie's Farm by Bob Dylan
I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more. No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more. Well, he hands you a nickel, He hands you a dime, He asks you with a grin If you're havin' a good time, Then he fines you every time you slam the door. I ain't gonna work for Maggie's brother no more.
I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more. No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more. Well, he puts his cigar Out in your face just for kicks. His bedroom window It is made out of bricks. The National Guard stands around his door. Ah, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more.
I ain't gonna work for Maggie's ma no more. No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's ma no more. Well, she talks to all the servants About man and God and law. Everybody says She's the brains behind pa. She's sixty-eight, but she says she's twenty-four. I ain't gonna work for Maggie's ma no more.
I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more. No, I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more. Well, I try my best To be just like I am, But everybody wants you To be just like them. They sing while you slave and I just get bored. I ain't gonna work on Maggie's farm no more." Bob Dylan
Maggie's Farm was released today in 1965
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Luise Rainer at 99
Luise Rainer was born January 12, 1910, I had intended to mention her birthday on the 12th but the mind does wander. Yes, she is still alive. She was born in Europe, worked in German films and came to Hollywood to work at MGM in 1935. She won two Oscars and at 99 is the oldest living Oscar winner. The movie I liked her best in was Pearl Buck's "The Good Earth" in which she played a Chinese peasant named O Lan. She had a very versatile face. The movie was good but did not follow the book completely, like "Doctor Zhivago," the movie ends about 3/4 thru the book. She is a remarkable woman.
Rainer at age 93
Union Church - Woodlawn
Woodlawn has an interesting history and I hope to do a post on it sometime in the future, along with the neighborhoods of Brooklyn, Frogtown, Wetcher Park and Hollyoaks.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Letter From Delmar - 1876
Letter From Delmar
Delmar, Del. Jan 11th, 1876
Sore throats, bad roads, inclement weather, together with a reported dread of appearing before some of the musical talent of Salisbury, combined to keep our concertists at home on the appointed evening to appear in concert in your court room. The idea, however, of yet appearing in your town has not become obsolete.
The holidays came and went, and without anything occurring to give their memory lengthy perpetuity. Very little drunkenness was seen, the only one dealing in the liquor traffic having conscientious scruples about selling to those who make beasts of themselves. Everything was "quiet along the line."
The revival in the M. E. Church has closed with about twenty conversions, and the membership improved. On Sabbath the service in this church were multiform and very interesting. First, seven adults were baptised, then four were admitted into full membership, after which sixteen were received on probation.
Improvements of lesser note are going forward. The dwelling in which D. M. Foskey resides is undergoing repairs. Cooper Williams is finishing his dwelling.
Considerable business is being done in the pile and tie trade. Otherwise times are dull.
1914 Ad - Climax Potato Digger
Black Cat Delaware
Black Cat, Delaware is not a place you will find on a map but it's general location is just south of the RT40/RT13 intersection in Delaware. Today it is just an uninteresting strip of commercial businesses you see as you leave the Wilmington-New Castle area. At the end of prohibition however the Black Cat Ballroom started life here and from that entertainment spot the area became known as Black Cat.
The Black Cat Ballroom had a restaurant and a ballroom for dancing. It had high quality dance orchestras such as Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, Cab Calloway and his older sister Blanche Calloway.
In 1933 Victoria George an 18 year old, 5’7” 126 pound lady became the first Miss Delaware. She was selected for this honor at the Black Cat Ballroom. Victoria Died on March 17, 2003. This is from the article written by Jaime E. Cherundolo printed in the Book; "Friends, neighbors and Folks down the Road" by Ed Okonowicz and Jerry Rhodes
It later evolved into the vaudeville circuit playing to dance teams such as Kathleen O'Hanlon and Theodore Zembuni, Europe's greatest character dancers. Various Carioca and apache dancers teams performed with Floyd Mills and his Orchestra ( also called Floyd Mills and his Marylanders) the Sani Noma Orchestra and various juggling acts.
The only person I have found that gave his birth place as Black Cat, Delaware was Ed "Ace" Stone who was born on August 21, 1910. So the place may have had the name Black Cat even before the Black Cat Ballroom. Ed Stone was a famous baseball player from the Negro League. An outfielder he played from 1931-1950 with such teams as; the Wilmington Hornets, Atlantic City Bacharachs, Brooklyn Eagles, Newark Eagles, Philadelphia Stars, New York Black Yankees, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Kansas City Monarchs, Nuevo Laredo Owls (Mexico), Veracruz Red Eagles (Mexico), Torreon Cotton Dealers (Mexico),Mexico City Red Devils, and the Havana Lions (Cuba). He died on April 11, 1983 in the Bronx, NY.
The place was known for it entertainment but it was just as well known as a meeting place for truckers and travelers due to it's location at the intersection of RT40 (heading west to Baltimore) and RT13 (heading north and south). Like many entertainment spots the Black Cat was sold a number of times and the name changed but the Black Cat name remains to this area of Delaware. It started as a high class place but by the late 1940's had started on a decline.
Delmar Maryland Council Meeting For January
The Delmar Maryland Council Meeting was held Monday night. All except Commissioner Marlena Hodgins were present. There was little to discuss and the general meeting was over with by 7:40 P.M. when they went into executive session. I was the only person who attended the meeting as the general public. Among the items Mayor Niblett wants to address in future meetings are; the railroad crossing, voting districts, term limits for volunteers, labor code and charter amendments, and the agreement with fire Department for the paramedic.
Commissioner Carrie Williams said the parks and rec committee was looking at hiring someone for 5 hours a week for ten weeks to look after the ball fields etc. She also was concerned about the portable basketball hoops purchased last year by a resident but the town were unable to use them. Currently they are stored at the Police Department.
Above photo of Commissioner Carl Anderton Jr intensely reading council paperwork
The January 2009 Police Commission Meeting
The January 2009 Police Commission Meeting was held last night. For those who may not know the Police Commission is made up of; Delaware Mayor John F. Outten, Sr., Maryland Mayor P. Douglas Niblett, and Maryland Commissioner Carrie Williams. All were present last night. Carl Anderton and I were the only "general" public there to listen to the meeting. It was an interesting meeting as Chief Harold Saylor discussed several robberies that had occurred over the last couple of weeks.
The January 2nd incident at 9327 Colonial Mill Drive in Delmar MD was discussed. Lt Remo and Sgt Wade Alexander came upon the robbery occurring there and apprehended one of the individuals. The other got to his car and made a high speed (130 mph in a Honda)get away. He and others in the car were arrested in Delaware by Maryland State Police and Wicomico County Deputies. Chief Saylor showed us the chase video made from the Wicomico County deputy car. Five people were arrested and charged with a list of things from Burglary to carrying a handgun. Chief Saylor highlighted the fact that this was a gang initiation. The Bloods, a predominately black gang, from the Western shore with some members on the Eastern shore were breaking in one of their new potential member by doing some stealing in our area. This group at been involved in a number of crimes since December 22nd beginning with stealing a Honda in New Carrolton MD, to a shooting in a mall in Wheaton MD, to stealing another Honda, a burglary in Lorton VA, a burglary in Milford DE to the burglary in Delmar. The Chief requested Lt. Remo and Sgt Alexander receive an accommodation for a job well done.
The same people (Waltemeyers) that broke in to a house next to Mayor Outten's house about six months ago were released from jail decided to break in to Bunk Jones house at 603 North Second Street and steal video gaming systems. They were arrested. I am sure they will be out and about shortly once again.
On Sunday January 11th a man was crossing RT13 from Pond's Edge apartments to go to Gordy's Exxon and was struck and killed by a car. The driver was given a sobriety test and no alcohol was found in him. It was discussed about the lack of lighting in that area and the fact more people are crossing RT13 from Pond's Edge to go to the convience store.
Nate Benson will be sworn in on January 26.
A grant is in the works to purchase and train a K-9 dog and train officer John Dallam.
The RailRoad crossing was also discussed and how the Town could get money to repair it.
If you have need of the Delmar police the Telephone numbers are:(302) 846-2320 Delaware, (410) 896-3131 Maryland and the fax number is (410) 896-3870.
1960 Ad - Harrington's Flying "A" - Eddie Shultz Well Drilling
Monday, January 12, 2009
Enclaves Of Delmar
A look at the various neighborhoods in the central part of Delmar. There are many new ones in addition to these that are in the more recently annexed areas. Click map for larger view.
Bits of News in Delmar in January 1934
Mrs. Spriggs and Mrs. Tyler of Fairmount, Md. were recent guests of Mrs. Susie Marsh.
Fred Hearn has employment at Lewes.
Miss Mildred Hastings of Philadelphia has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Hastings.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Paul Ellis left this week for Florida where they will spend the winter.
The remodeled building of the Delmar Methodist Episcopal Church had its reopening on Sunday, January 7, Rev. Leonard White, a former pastor of the church, and now superintendent of Salisbury District of the Wilmington M. E. Conference was the speaker at the morning service and Rev. J. W. Jones, also a former pastor of the church, but now pastor of Mt. Salem M. E. Church in Wilmington, filled the pulpit in the evening.