Thursday, October 07, 2010

Charles Green and Reuben Holden - 1941

From the June 20th, 1941 State Register


If a man bites a dog, that's considered good news, and if a man bites another man, that's better news. And that is what happened during a fight between Charles Green and Reuben Holden of Delmar on Monday evening. Green appeared to be getting the better of the fight, having Holden pinned to the ground, until the latter decided to try out his teeth in Green jaw, which he did with quick results. Green was so badly injured that he had to visit a physician....

The case was heard before Magistrate Arthur S. Hearn with the result that Holden paid a fine of five dollars and costs.

Colt Ad 1917 The Arm Of Law and Order


Today I received two emails from Comcast, my internet provider, that said

Dear Comcast Member,

Please edit Primary Comcast E-mail Preferences:

Thank you,
Comcast Interactive Media

Well they seem quite suspicious looking. In copying over the address they gave, this address actually came up;

In looking on the internet for this operation the info I obtained said it was a phish
(In the field of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication) so if you encounter a message like this beware.

Life Is Too Short

Life is too short to spend it with people that:

A. You do not like; and

B. Who do not like you.

Life is too short to go through life searching for just the right words in an effort to not offend (can anyone really do that?).

Life is too short to spend your time doing things that you really do not enjoy.

Life is too short to continue paying taxes to something that just cannot be, at this time, when other things can be done NOW to help a community and those in it.

Life is too short to take things at "face value." Sometimes, different is good!

Life is too short to judge someone/something based on words alone. Sometimes things/people are not what they seem.

Life is too short for the military men and women we are sending to Afghanistan. Did we learn nothing from these type of wars in Vietnam? They can't be won and ultimately they serve no purpose. They are a continual drain on the tax dollars and lives that could be used for a useful purpose.

Life is too short to not take chances and see what is behind door number two! You have to venture out to know what is out there.

Life is too short to have more regrets, could have, should have, would haves than "boy I am I glad I did that(s)."

Life is too short! Get involved. Vote. Make a difference/impact. We direct our futures. Be accountable and own it. Demand better!

Howard's 'None of the Above' Party

Watching the most recent round of television smear advertising for this "off year" election, Howard has decided to form his own political party. It will be called the 'None of the above' party. Now this isn't an original idea as it has been suggested a number of times, and God knows Howard has never had an original idea in his life. My party will not do any advertising or make any promises. We are just going to let the other parties self destruct with their advertising and unbelievable promises that everyone knows none of them will keep. Once the voter is in the voting booth they will remember the other parties advertising and just naturally pull the lever for anyone in the 'None of the Above Party' and vote for me.

This election is offering up some of the worst candidates, incumbents and challengers included, in our memory. Frankly, there's too many arrogant incumbents and crazy challengers out there. Some are so off the wall it's unbelievable they've gotten as far as they have. If they were elected it truly would be a case of the lunatics running the asylum or maybe it already is. I guess if they were voted out of office or not voted into office, they could run for the Laurel School board as that group seems to be made up of lunatics.

This country, state, and town needs elected leaders who can look at real facts (not make them up out of thin air), who are knowledgeable (too many really aren't smarter than a fifth-grader but I would be happy with that if they had any common sense), and who are willing to compromise and more interested in finding workable solutions to the nation's problems than just exercising personal power. We need an opportunity on the ballot to tell the parties "no thanks, try again until you get it right."

Right now, I think "None of the Above" would win in half the races in Delaware, so remember come election day vote for the 'None of the Above' party. We promise nothing so you won't be disappointed in electing us.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

1925 Ad for Thompson SubMachine Gun

Anyone with $225 in 1925 could own one legally. This ad shows a Cowboy blazing away with his Thompson, defending his ranch from Mexican cattle rustlers and bandits. Today the Mexicans have the machine guns and you have nothing. It wasn't until 1934 that machineguns, and other classes of firearms such as suppressors (silencers) and short barreled rifles and shotguns, were eventually placed under strict Federal Regulation with the passage of the National Firearms Act (NFA).

Delmar's First Drive-In Theatre

As you may have noticed I have been posting a number of ads from the 1940 to 1944 time period. This is because I have been trying to research Delmar's First Drive In Movie Theatre, which was in that time period. I have not been that successful in my research. Neither the State Register newspaper in Laurel, nor the Bi-State Weekly in Delmar had much to say about it other than running the ads for the drive-in. What little I have been able to determine is it seems to have been in business from July 1941 thru 1943. In Various ads it shows the location of one mile north of Delmar on (Old) RT13, some ads show it to be two miles north of Delmar. If the town limits in 1941 were close to what they are today this would place the drive-in at the feedmill and Allen Mill Road. If it was two miles north it would where the used furniture store is (Mr. T's Furniture).

Advertising was interesting as they said in some ads the movie was free but parking was 30 cents.

Like the Delmar Drive-In that would come along in the 1950's this one had live shows also. Acts such as Vince Arvey and his Ramblers, Bill Dove and His Maryland Yodelers, and of course, Susabelle and Hessie Robinson.

The only reference I came across to the Drive-In was in the July 4, 1941 Bi-State Weekly.

An Open air movie park has been opened on US Route 13, one mile north of here.

The park is similar to that near other eastern cities and motion pictures are viewed from the car.

Now this was in a time when the local newspapers would write reviews of current movies showing and list upcoming movies with photos of the stars (Free advertising) plus run the ad for the local theatre. The above ad did not sound like the town was wild about the concept of a Drive-In Movie coming to town. There was nothing mentioned in the Laurel paper.

My guess is what killed the drive-in movie theatre was gas rationing in WWII. But it may have been it just was not popular and didn't financially panout.

Anyway I have more of a collection of ads and article from that time period that I will post.

St. Stephen's Has a Little Work Done

Monday, October 04, 2010

The Last Juror

I recently read "The Last Juror" by John Grisham. Now Grisham is a good writer so almost anything he writes will usually keep your interest. The "Last Juror" is about a small town newspaper editor. I enjoyed "The Last Juror" but this is less of a book review as a portion of his story that read;

In the nine years since I'd bought the "Times", I had never left it for more than four days. It went to press every Tuesday, was published every Wednesday, and by every Thursday of my life I was facing a formidable deadline.

One reason for its success was the fact that I wrote so much about so many in a town where so little happened. Each edition had thirty-six pages. Subtracting five for classifieds, three for legals, and about six for advertisements, I was faced each week with the task of filling approximately twenty-two pages with local news.

The obits consumed at least one page, with me in charge of every word. Davey Bigmouth Bass took two pages for sports, though I often had to help with a summary of a junior high football game or an urgent story about a trophy buck shot by some twelve year old. Margaret put together one page for Religion and one page for Weddings and another for classifieds......

I thought while reading this how true it was of all the weekly newspapers we have in the area. How they can take a place that has nothing happening and fill 30 or so pages of newsprint about the place. They survive (certainly I subscribe to a couple) because people are interested in hearing about their neighbors and occasionally themselves - all the other stuff of major breaking national news or statewide news they will look at TV for. Now that is not to say when the Wilmington News Journal does an in-depth news piece of some item I don't eat it up because I think that is an area they shine in. I don't bother about in-depth stories from the Salisbury Times as they don't have any.

Piccadilly Circus is Coming to Harrington

Apple Scrapple and "13 South"

Can my heart take the excitement The Apple Scrapple Festival and the band "13 South" all in one place. Now Apple Scrapple is the second premier Western Sussex County event (The first is pumkin chunking)so who can miss it. It is where the elite of Sussex County will be, plus this time of year there will be politicians who will pass out free stuff (another Sussex County trait - can't pass up anything free) "13 South" will appears on the festival stage, Saturday (10-9) at ...3:15. Just for an hour so be there early, eat scrapple and munch an apple, suck up some apple cider.

Delmar Girls Basketball Fundraiser

DELMAR Girls Basketball Fundraiser at Bob Evans this Wednesday, October 6, 5pm -9pm .Dine In or Take out orders! 15% of proceeds donated to the team. You must present flyer with check for the team to get donation. See attached flyer or one can be printed out off the website Thanks!

Delmar Fire Department

The Delmar Fire Department is running their Sportsman give away - see a fireman for tickets. They also have chosen their Miss and Little Miss Fire Prevention. I looked at their website but could not navigate it to find photos and names so maybe you all can do better than I, go here

The House Update

Well allowing for the rain I have had some subcontractors there everyday.

Some of the subcontractors in this phase;
S. R Pete for the "Mechanical"
Mace Smith (MES) did the shingles
Powell Service is doing the plumbing
Ray Curlett is doing the electrical

part of the job is waiting on inspection and some half round siding on order

has the look of a dance hall and saloon, I should be happy

My mother passes judgement on the upstair bedroom, everybody has a comment

Laurel School District Referendum

Polls are still open, until 8 PM this evening, in the Laurel School District referendum. It is for the construction of two educational complexes—one for middle and high school students and one for elementary students. The funding would be in the amount of 121-million dollars. With the rainy weather I think it will be voted in as rainy weather is the incumbent and administration friend. People who were straddling the line on voting will just stay home instead of coming out to vote. When I rode thru Laurel it didn't look to busy at the voting booth but a lot of "vote yes" signs were out. Now who paid for them? Maybe Bill Hitch paid for them thinking once his problems are gone from the public memory he can have his record expunged and get his old job back, with his father's and the school district board help.

Laurel School District voters have narrowly approved two new schools for the district – a middle and high school and an elementary school. The unofficial count for the first question on the issuing of bonds to fund the new schools was 1214 for and 1200 against. Wow 14 votes decided it.

Citizen of the Year - 2010

Well as of this morning the Delmar Citizen of the Year Nomination Box was still sitting in the Post Office. The Cutoff Date was Sept 28th, do you suppose they already had someone one picked so there was no rush to pick up the nomination boxes around town?

Whitman's Chocolate Ads - 1941

Even Whayland Drug Store in Delmar was into the Whitman's Chocolate promotion

"A Touch of Home in a Box That's Known"

House For Rent - 1941

Click To enlarge
I Like that $10 a month rent and it has electric lights

Flushing The System

Bob, the waterman, was out this morning flushing the system. We had some rust from one of our wells get into the water distribution system so the flushing should get rid of it. If you notice rust in your water contact town hall.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Germany Repays WWI Debt


Germany will make its last reparations payment for World War I on Oct. 3, settling its outstanding debt from the 1919 Versailles Treaty and quietly closing the final chapter of the conflict that shaped the 20th century.

Oct. 3, the 20th anniversary of German unification, will also mark the completion of the final chapter of World War I with the end of reparations payments 92 years after the country's defeat.

The German government will pay the last instalment of interest on foreign bonds it issued in 1924 and 1930 to raise cash to fulfil the enormous reparations demands the victorious Allies made after World War I.

The reparations bankrupted Germany in the 1920s and the fledgling Nazi party seized on the resulting public resentment against the terms of the Versailles Treaty.

The sum was initially set at 269 billion gold marks, around 96,000 tons of gold, before being reduced to 112 billion gold marks by 1929, payable over a period of 59 years.

Germany suspended annual payments in 1931 during the global financial crisis and Adolf Hitler unsurprisingly declined to resume them when he came to power in 1933.

But in 1953, West Germany agreed at an international conference in London to service its international bond obligations from before World War II. In the years that followed it repaid the principal on the bonds, which had been issued to private and institutional investors in countries including the United States.

Under the terms of the London accord, Germany was allowed to wait until it unified before paying some €125 million in outstanding interest that had accrued on its foreign debt in the years 1945 to 1952. After the Berlin Wall fell and West and East Germany united in 1990, the country dutifully paid that interest off in annual instalments, the last of which comes due on Oct. 3.

Read more here

Wow paid off in 92 years,that certainly beats the 250 year payment schedule Bill Hitch has setup. Mr. Hitch is the Laurel School District employee who stole taxpayers money while the Laurel school board slept. There doesn't seem to be any real effort on behalf of the school district, the state, or on Bill Hitch's part to have the money paid back. Of course it is taxpayer's money so it doesn't count as real money. The Laurel School District would like for you to vote on Monday in favor of giving them more money to piss away are you really that dumb?

Today Was The First Day For The Mickey Mouse Club

Today in 1955 – The Mickey Mouse Club debuts on ABC. Who can forget the famous Mouseketeer Roll Call, in which many of that day's line-up of regular performers would introduce themselves by name to the television audience. The Mickey Mouse Club was hosted by Jimmie Dodd, a songwriter and the Head Mouseketeer.

Today instead of the Mickey Mouse Club to entertain us, we have the United States Congress hosted by the head mouseketeer President Obama.

Horse Drawn Wagon Parking

Over at the Delmar Daily, Tom has an interesting clip of loading a freight train. The interesting part is how the wagon driver made pulling and backing into the loading door so easy looking and left room for the back wagon doors to be opened.

Today's Quote

"Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon."
Doug Larson