Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Scioto Ordnance Plant

I have always viewed WWII as the last serious war the United States was in (actually it may have been the last declared war). Sure a lot of people died in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq etc but in WWII the United States was truly involved and the government forced everyone to be involved. Part of that involvement was the removal of personal freedoms and properties right. I was recently reading about one of those takeover operations; the Scioto Ordnance Plant and how ordinary citizens as well as soldiers made enormous sacrifices for the war effort. The Scioto Ordnance Plant was an ammunitions and bomb making facility built in Marion County, Ohio by the United States Army in 1942. The plant operated until 1945 when production wound down. In 1942 the War Department used the power of eminent domain to purchase the homes and farms of 126 families in the Likens Chapel community of Marion, Ohio. Families who owned property within the zone identified for the facility were notified March 2, 1942 that they had to vacate their land by May 1, 1942 (two months). Not only did this mean that the displaced had to find a place to live in the midst of a housing and fuel shortage, but it also meant moving and/or selling livestock and agricultural equipment. Federal contractors began removing field fencing in April 1942. While land owners received a "fair" valuation for their property, relocation expenses were not paid. Several property owners claimed that they never received any compensation from the government.

After May 1, 1942, most of the farmsteads located inside the perimeter were leveled; underground bunkers and production buildings were built in clusters throughout the SOP site. By June 1942 Scioto Ordnance Plant was employing 2,900 employees, many of who moved north from Southern Ohio and Kentucky for the high paying wages offered.

Once in operation, the plant (under the operation of U.S. Rubber) produced fuses and boosters, 20 mm bullets, 50 caliber bullets, 50 caliber artillery shells, 65 mm shells and 75 mm shells. Incendiary bombs and napalm barrel bombs, similar to those used on Dresden by Allied forces were also produced at the site. Munitions containers served duel duty by carrying Scioto Ordnance Plant products overseas, and then doubling as coffins for those killed in action.

After WWII part of the facility was a storage area for some early night vision devices, known as "metascopes." or "sniper scopes." This Army equipment used radioactive sources as part of their mechanism. The measured radiation exposures in the metascope storage area were rather high. Radioactive material was spilled after World War II at the Scioto Ordnance facility contributing to additional problems today. It is now on the Cleanup Projects list of on FUDS Properties.

The Green Initiatives in the 1950's

This is not my story but one of those things your "friends' send you in the email.

“A cashier at the grocery store told an older shopper she should bring her own bag because plastic bags were not good for the environment.

“‘We didn’t have the “green thing” back in my day,’ she apologized.

“‘That’s our problem today,’ the clerk said. ‘Previous generations didn’t care about saving our environment.’

“He was right. That generation didn’t have the “green thing.”

“Back then, they returned milk, soda and beer bottles to the store. And the store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over again. Real recycling.

“But they didn’t have the “green thing.”

“In those days, people walked up stairs because they didn’t have an escalator in every building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

“But she was right. They didn’t have the “green thing” in her day.

“Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine — wind and solar power really did dry clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

“Back then, they had one television, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief, not a screen the size of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do it. When they packaged a fragile item to mail, they used old, wadded-up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

“Back then, they didn't fire up a gasoline engine to cut the grass. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

“But, she’s right, they didn't have the green thing back then.

“They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty instead of using a plastic bottle every time they ‘needed’ a drink of water. They refilled their writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen and they replaced the blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor when the blade got dull.”

“But, no, they didn't have that “green thing” going for them.

“Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids walked or rode their bikes everywhere instead of turning moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not a bank of sockets to power multiple appliances. And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space to find the nearest pizza joint.

“But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the “green thing” back then?”

The 1976 Delmar Mall

From the State Register June 10, 1976

PROPOSED DELMAR MALL TO EMPLOY MORE THAN 1000

DELMAR - The huge shopping mall now on the drawing boards for location in the Town of Delmar on the Delaware side of the state line along the west side of Dual Highway 13 is expected to employ more than 1,000 persons when fully completed.

This assessment of the economic impact the proposed mall will have on lower Sussex County was made Tuesday by John Moore, Jr. of the Realtor firm of Callaway, Farnell and Moore of Seaford, which has compiled the real estate package of about 80 acres upon which the mall will be built. “the mall will employ far more people than are now living in Delmar, Delaware “ Moore said.

Moore said that would take a year or two for the sewer and water facilities to handle the mall to be completed by the Town of Delmar after annexation of the land involved is approved in a referendum. The property where the mall intends to locate runs from the dual highway west to the present town limits and north along the highway from the present Sussex trust Co. property for one half mile. Much of the property is now used as an airport for small planes.

The mall building itself to be owned and developed by Shopco, Inc of New York City will contain 597,000 square feet or more than 14 acres under one roof. This would make the Delmar mall far larger than the present Salisbury Mall in Salisbury, Md.

Moore said that options for leases cannot be signed until the formal annexation of land has been approved and the water and sewer facilities completed. However, it is believed that two of the nation’s largest retail chains have indicated interest in becoming leases in the mall.

The house bill sponsored by Rep. William Gordy (D Laurel) and co-sponsored by Senator David H. Elliott (R Laurel) amending the charter of the Town Of Delmar so that the annexation proposal could be voted upon immediately instead of within two years was passed unanimously last Wednesday , June 2, by the House of Representatives . It is expected that the bill would also be passed by the state senate this week under a suspension of the rules.

Federal Gov't Does Away With State Rights - 1963

June 11, 1963 - In Cambridge, Maryland, race riots erupted after anti-discrimination legislation was made optional depending on the local county. The city was forced by the Federal government to enact desegregation policies. The National Guard remained through May 1965 to prevent further violence

Friday, June 10, 2011

I've Got Nothing To Do - 4 letter words

Summer time and school is out and how many times are you going to listen to the kids whine "I am bored, I've got nothing to do"? At 97 degrees and sunny even I would not shove them outside and say "find something to do." and at 97 degrees and sunny it takes alot to keep my temper in tact. I did however come across this article from the Belmont Shores Naples, Calif newspaper that did give some suggestions.


Four-letter words are not forbidden at my house, when they are the right ones. Try these four-letter words around your house.

1. “Go READ a book!” Keep the word READ handy to use whenever the kids need a time out or when they say “I’m bored!”

2. “Come COOK!” Summer is a good time to learn this survival skill. This is especially urgent if your son/daughter just graduated from high school. They need to start fending for themselves. Say “COOK it yourself” whenever they ask, “What’s there to eat around here?”

3. “Go MAKE something!” Kids nowadays have forgotten how to be creative. Bring out a box of Legos, popsicle sticks, sheets to build a tent, origami paper, and let them go at it. You might have a Thomas Edison in your house.

4. “Let’s SING!” This one works for us when we want to have some silly fun. It’s great if you happen to have a karaoke machine or Rock Band, but if not, just turn on your favorite song on your computer, iPod, or whatever device you have, and belt it out. It’s good for a few laughs and to get some energy out of the kids.

5. “Go for a RIDE!” With the nice weather and longer days, take the kids out for a bike RIDE to the park after dinner rather than sitting around the TV. If you don’t bike, well, just RIDE in the car to the park; that works too. Afterward, RIDE to the market to pick up a gallon of ice cream. No one ever complains about that.

Superfresh Closing In Salisbury

As everyone knows the Superfresh store on West College Avenue in Salisbury will close at the end of the month. As of yesterday they were offering 10 to 40% off which in some cases still isn't cheaper than Walmart. Like most retired people I tend to shop around to different stores because I have the time to do so. For me, Superfresh was always good for decent priced wine, beer and seafood. Nothing fancy in wine, vin ordinaire, and with my budget my wine purchases are sliding down from even vin ordinaire every day. As of yesterday they were marking their wine and beer down by 20% so I picked up a couple of bottles. If you live outside of Maryland keep in mind the limitations for bringing alcohol back into your state. The West College location seems to attract the elderly from the Prince Street Homes section of town and the student population.

Now Superfresh is the last part of the The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co empire in this area. Back when I was in high school I worked at an A&P as a bagger/stocker at in Berlin. It paid well because it was a union operation. I was under the impression the Superfresh stores were not union but I really don't know.

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. operates under the SuperFresh brand, as well as A&P, Pathmark, Waulbaum’s and others. When it filed for bankruptcy court protection in December. At that time, it listed more than $3 billion in debt and $2 billion in assets. A&P is 40 percent controlled by German investors thru The Tengelamnn Company. Maybe President Obama will talk to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the Salisbury store.

The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company goes back to 1859, when George Huntington Hartford and his partner, George Gilman, experimented with the idea of selling loose tea for 30 cents a pound out of their storefront on Vesey Street in Manhattan. Their food stores would all be known for their flaming red fa├žades with cupolas and red roosters on their roofs.

By the 1860's, the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company had stores in the Northeast and was selling tea, coffee and spices and became the first American super market. By the 1950's the A&P ruled the self- service supermarket business with over 5,500 stores. The decline of A&P has given college marketing teachers all kind of fodder over the years for theories on why A&P were going downhill. I remember one argument was A&P invested too heavily into private labeling for their stores. At one time they had numerous processing plants for their private labels. Mainly however I think the grocery industry is very competitive and things like increased shoplifting, credit card abuse, increasing prices due not only to gasoline/transportation costs but also government printing money with nothing to back it, has put the price of all consumer inventory items at an all time high.

The employees at Superfresh seem to have been there a long time and I hope they get a decent deal out of this closing but no matter what way you look at it they will probably be unemployed. A banner of “Store Closing—All Most Go", means more is going than just inventory.

So what would kind of grocery store would be nice to replace Superfresh? Maybe Harris Teeter or Trader's Joes or Wegman's or Bloom maybe all of them are too upscale for this poor ass area but college kids seem to have money to spend so maybe it will be one of those stores or it may just sit empty.

Doesn't Come As A surprise

The four-generation, 92-year-old Allen Family Foods Inc. announced Chapter 11 bankruptcy Thursday, saying it plans to sell nearly all its assets to a new affiliate of Mountaire Farms of Delaware Inc. -- then close its three-state operations.

Allen plans to keep only corporate-owned grow-out farms and related land, with a small but yet-to-be-set number of employees.

About 2,400 people work for the Seaford-based poultry producer at facilities in Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina, processing about 1.6 million birds weekly, with gross annual revenues of about $380 million.
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and in the comments on that News Journal article is this one which I think is good - particularly in reference to the "jobs" created by Gov. Markell. (Gosh maybe we need a casino for jobs)

Commenter; WhatTheySaid
10:52 AM on June 10, 2011

One of the reasons for the higher feed prices is simply the regional (almost national now) requirement for at least 10% ethanol in our gasoline fuel. This means that corn for stock feeds and even for we people has become more expensive. Why in the world did anyone in the Government allow corn to be used to create ethanol to begin with?

Ethanol actually makes the mileage (MPG's) for vehicles go DOWN, instead of just using regular unadulterated gas mixed with Ethanol. What should be grown and used to create ethanol is Switch Grass, it contains more BTU's of energy than ethanol derived from corn and is pretty darned easy to grow, without need for pesticides, etc.

OK, now about the job losses vs. job gains in DE. So far we've lost GM, Chrysler, Allen Foods, and many jobs at MBNA (BOA), DuPont, Azstra Zeneca, Wilmington Trust, etc.

And we've "gained" expectations of jobs (that haven't yet materialized!!!) at Fiskars, Bloom Box (Fuel Cell Co) and all those other "high tech" jobs that were supposed to appear at the former Chrysler Facilities with UD's new incubator business plan!

Gov. Markell had better get cracking, as DE has lost THOUSANDS of jobs and only recovered many a few hundred, if any, in the past several years. DE needs manufacturing and good quality high-tech jobs, not more lower paying, part-time retail jobs without any benefits.

Election time is fast approaching, I sure HOPE that those that think those in office are doing a good job, decide to CHANGE and vote for other people this time around

Mt Pleasant Methodist Church

Today's Thought

No matter how many times you throw a pig off a tall building, you still can't make 'em fly.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The Circle Bar Cat Fight

Picked up from WGMD

Milford Police have arrested three women stemming from a physical altercation between the three that occurred last month at Circles Bar and Nightclub.

Police say 26-year-old Jennifer Ferreira of Bridgeville and 21-year-old Tiffany Morris of Seaford have been charged with offensive touching. 21-year-old Danielle Garrett of Maryland was charged with 3rd degree assault.

All three women have been released on $500 bail.



Jennifer Ferreira


Tiffany Morris


Danielle Garrett

Now this is typical of gender attitudes, most men would say "Wow a cat fight!!" and check out the photos. It was sort of like the Jane Austen's Fight Club. If it were three men arrested they would say what trash and bums fighting in a low life place like The Circle Bar. And why is Danielle smiling in her mug shot?

Delmar PD in 25th annual Torch Run - 2011


Early this morning Delmar Police Department gathered at RT13 and Rt54 to begin a relay race north. The temperature was under 80 but it promises to be another hot hazy day for those runners not lucky enough to be at the start the race.


This year's event is the 25th annual Torch Run. In the 25-year history of Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics, over $3 million has been raised


This is the group that will be in the relays. Delmar Police Chief Saylor is holding the Flame of Hope Torch.

and at 6 A.M. they are off.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Twilley, Wicomico County Maryland


I rode out to Twilley today to look at some cemeteries. Twilley is located in the Northeast corner of Wicomico County, North of Pittsville and south of Gumboro. As the above 1900 topographical map shows it is at about 40' above sea level ( Twilley is next to the Wicomico Co Title on the map)and as you follow Line Road out you descent from the Parsonburg dune Line (85') and drop down to the start of the Pocomoke River. When East Line road ends and you make that right dog leg from Bethel church you are pretty much in Twilley. It is a difficult area to know if you are in Delaware or Maryland.

Twilley is one the sand ridge communities that are typical of Eastern Wicomico county and Worcester county. They are built on the remnants of late Pleistocene dunes. I am not sure there is a central place called Twilley now. At one time it had a Post Office and was typical of the small villages of the late 1800's in which life centered around a county store.


Bethel Cemetery

Bethel Church

Cemetery across from church

The store


In 1900 the United States Geological Survey planted in Twilley a Base Marker for elevation above sea level. On the road from Melson East Via Twilley to Campbell
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Twilley, in yard at northwest corner of C. W. Lynch's store; iron post
stamped "40BALTO".............. 39.978 feet


The numbers Stamped On the bench marks represent the elevations to the nearest foot above mean sea level.

Another politically correct phrase

Another politically correct phrase

Picked up from a newspaper;

First Pages: Start Your Memoir (55+) Advanced aged adults are invited to learn how to document their personal history, memoirs, etc. through basic writing techniques and exercises

So I am no longer old - I am an advanced aged adult.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Law Enforcement Torch Run

Once again Delmar PD will participate in the 25th annual statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Delaware on Thursday at 6 a.m.

More than 500 law enforcement officers participate in the run that spans more than 160 miles.

As in the past, this year’s Torch Run will be a three-day event, starting in Rehoboth Beach on Wednesday, June 8 at 7 p.m. On Thursday, June 9, three separate torches will be lit and run from Lewes, Georgetown, and Delmar (6 am) before converging in Harrington, where the one “Flame of Hope” will then travel through Dover, Smyrna, and Odessa. The run includes a stop at Legislative Hall in Dover at approximately 2 p.m. with a presentation before the full House of Representatives.

On Friday, June 10, the run will continue from Troop 9 in Odessa at approximately 9:40 a.m. and head to the city of Wilmington with a celebration at the Wilmington Police Department Headquarters at 1:20 p.m. It will then continue on to Newark and head up Main Street for the leg of the run that is dedicated to Officer Gary Summerville of the University of Delaware Police Department. The final leg, which will be dedicated in the memory of all fallen law enforcement officers, will arrive at the Special Olympics Family Picnic at 5:15 p.m. in front of the UD football stadium.

From there the torch will be run by 2011 Torch-Runner of the Year, Chief Deputy Fire Marshal Randal W. Lee, into the Bob Carpenter Center as part of the Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m.

Usually I am one of the few people there early in the morning by McDonalds and Wawa on RT 13 it would be nice if we could get the band (maybe playing the theme from Chariots of Fire) and a few cheerleaders and a few people out there to to see them off. Usually Chief Saylor leads off on the run.

Sussex County welcomes new Department of Libraries director

Sussex County welcomes new Department of Libraries director

Georgetown, Del., June 7, 2011: Sussex County has a new head librarian for the first time in more than a quarter century.

Kathy M. Graybeal began work in late May as director of the County’s Department of Libraries, succeeding Carol H. Fitzgerald, who is retiring this month after 25 years of service to the County. As director, Ms. Graybeal will supervise a 43-member staff and the administration of three County-owned libraries and the County Bookmobile. She will also coordinate with the staff and directors of 11 independent community libraries, which rely on the County Department of Libraries for technical support and nearly $2 million in annual funding.

Ms. Graybeal comes to the County from the Delaware Division of Libraries, where she served as an administrative librarian for professional development of library staff across the state. Ms. Graybeal has more than two decades of experience working in libraries, starting as a part-time staff member at the Lewes Public Library where she eventually rose to assistant director before taking a position at the State.

County Administrator David B. Baker introduced Ms. Graybeal to County Council during the Council’s regular meeting Tuesday, June 7.

Ms. Graybeal said the public is increasingly turning to libraries as a resource in the down economy, whether that is to look for employment, seek job training, or to save on entertainment costs. Among her goals as the new director is to strengthen the libraries’ presence and role in the community, and seek out funding opportunities – such as the recent $1 million award to the state from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – to keep libraries relevant for a 21st century audience.

“I want Sussex County libraries to be the first place people think of when they need a question answered, if they want to expand their minds, or they want to be entertained,” Ms. Graybeal said. “Libraries can be the intellectual and cultural center of a community, and Sussex County is fortunate to have so much knowledge readily available to its citizens.”

Mr. Baker said the County will benefit from Ms. Graybeal’s years of experience, and expects the transition will be a smooth one as Ms. Graybeal and Ms. Fitzgerald share similar backgrounds. Both worked in smaller, independent libraries in the county prior to becoming County directors, and they are familiar with library operations as well as with the needs of local residents and seasonal visitors.

“Kathy knows library services inside and out, from working at the front counter and sorting books to managing staff and writing an annual budget,” Mr. Baker said. “I am confident her practical experience, her education and her friendly personality will make a great addition to the Department of Libraries and the entire library system here in Sussex County.”

Mr. Baker also praised the retiring Ms. Fitzgerald, saying her leadership was pivotal in a number of projects, including the renovations of both the South Coastal and Milton libraries, as well as the implementation of a computer network linking all libraries in Sussex County. “Carol has been a driving and reliable force in making our library system top-notch,” Mr. Baker said.

Ms. Graybeal holds a master’s degree in library science and information resource from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s of science degree in sociology from Frostburg State University. She and her husband, James, live near Milton and are the parents of three grown children.

Today Is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

"I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!"

Today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day! God I Love America. Let Hear it for Chocolate Ice Cream!!! Hooray!!!

PRESS RELEASE DELMAR POLICE DEPARTMENT

PRESS RELEASE
DELMAR POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incident: Possible Rabid Fox

Location: 1400 Magnolia Dr. Delmar DE 19940

Date: 06/06/2011

Narrative:
On 06/06/2011 at approx. 2044 hrs Delmar Police were dispatched to 1400 Magnolia Dr. Delmar De 19940 in reference to an animal bite. Officers located two subjects who were attacked by a Fox. A child was sitting in a chair in front of 1400 Magnolia Drive when a fox approached. The fox jumped on the child and began to scratch and bite the child. The child’s Grandfather and others knocked the Fox off the child. One adult was bite on his boot while getting the fox off the child. The Fox ran off into the tree line north of Delmar Crossing apartments. The child was transported to P.R.M.C. for treatment.

Monday, June 06, 2011

PRESS RELEASE Delmar Police Department

PRESS RELEASE
DELMAR POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incident: Assault 1st

Location: 200 block of E. East St., Delmar, MD

Date: 06/06/2011

Arrested: 16 Y.O.A, Juvenile

On 06/06/2001 at approx. 1030 hours, officers of the Delmar Police Department responded to the 200 block of E. East St., Delmar, MD in ref. to two individuals who had been shot with a possible BB gun. Upon arrival officers met with two juvenile victims who had injuries consistent with that of a being shot with a BB gun. Delmar EMS responded and victims were transported to P.R.M.C for additional care. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of a Juvenile and the recovery of a BB Gun.

Charges:
Assault 1st
Reckless Endangerment

D - Day



Today, we commemorate the 67th anniversary of the largest amphibious attack in the history of the world, the landing of between 160,000 and 175,000 Allied troops on the coast of Normandy, France.

Starting at around 11 PM on June 5th, approximately 13,000 American parachutists would descend upon the peninsula via hundreds of twin-engined C-47s. The C-47 was a DC-3 aircraft that held 18 parachutists (known as a "stick" to the men). At 3:00 AM, the gliders carrying heavier equipment (jeeps and antitank guns) and reinforcements began to arrive in the area. At 6:30 AM everyone else hit the beaches.

At the Dover Air Force Base Air Mobility Command Museum there are both a restored C47A and a glider. Since it is free it is a very interesting museum to go to and I am always amazed at how small the inside of WWII planes are and how it must have taken a hundred of them to haul the troops and supplies that just one plane can haul today.

The Criminal Element Is Alive and Well In Delmar

Apparently last night Delmar must have went a little crazy as someone at the downtown bar was robbed and there was some kind of disturbance over at those old Apartments on Pennsylvania Ave that Maryland Mayor Nibblett owns. Woke everyone up, police called, etc. we will see if there are any police reports published on any of it. Makes me wonder, at times, why I rebuilt a house in Delmar. The old apartment building is a Public Nuisance House and causes many problems for neighbors. It had been quiet for a while but now the same problems are cropping back up again. A few weeks ago they had a group of people with motorcycles in there and they would rev their engines at one in the morning.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

The First Vegetarian Community in Kansas

Well today was one of those the days that was good for pulling weeds in the garden as it was overcast. I did however look at one of those Today-In-Food-History websites and I came across this tidbit “Today in 1856 The first Vegetarian Community was established in Kansas.”

Well I thought that was interesting so browsing around I found The First Vegetarian Community in Kansas seems to have been Octagon City, never heard of it right? So a little about it. Octagon City was a failed intentional community that was founded in 1856 about six miles south of Humboldt, Kansas near the Neosho River. It was created by the Vegetarian Kansas Emigration Company, headed by prominent vegetarian Henry Clubb and entrepreneurs Charles DeWolfe and John McLaurin. The original intent was to build a Vegetarian Colony on the south side of the Neosho River for vegetarians only, but investor interest in a non-vegetarian moral community was much higher and so the decision was made to build Octagon City on the north side of the Neosho River to make the entire project sustainable. Members of Octagon City were under oath to educate their children and uphold a moral lifestyle.

In their dreams Octagon City would feature an octagonal town square from which would radiate eight roads. Between the roads, in a four-square-mile area, sixty-four families would build octagonal farmhouses with octagonal barns.

In May of 1856, about 100 participating settlers arrived at the development site, expecting a blossoming town with grist mill and sawmill, but Like developers promises today (think Wood Creek) they found finding only one log cabin, one plow, and dozens of tents sheltering families.

To add to it, mosquitoes, rattlesnakes, thieving Indians, a flu-like epidemic ascribed to malnutrition, exhaustion, or malaria, the threat of Border Ruffians (think bloody Kansas), and strong thunderstorms discouraged people and by 1857 only four of the original residents were left and today there is nothing except the the tributary Vegetarian Creek.

I suppose you could say that God frowns on Vegetarians and not be incorrect.

A very interesting on-line book from Kansas Collection Books called WENT TO KANSAS; BEING A THRILLING ACCOUNT
OF AN ILL-FATED EXPEDITION TO That Fairy Land, and its Sad Results; TOGETHER WITH A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR AND HOW THE WORLD GOES WITH HER.


BY MRS. MIRIAM DAVIS COLT.

An amazing story, it takes about an hour to read on-line but I recommend it. It is very much like the life the settlers lead who came to the Eastern Shore 200 years prior to Mrs. Colt journey. A short round up of the story is; Miriam Colt and her husband William, son Willie (3 year old) and her daughter Mema go to Kansas. Her husband was a vegetarian so he sold his farm and on April 16th 1856 they all load up to go west to Octagon City Kansas. Where they arrive on May 12th, only to find it is made up of tents and no saw mill nor grist mill. Many new adventures befall these Easterners in Kansas such as In trying to cook meals over an open fire she says

“ The bottoms of our dresses are burnt full of holes now, and they will soon be burnt off. If we stay here we must needs don the Bloomer costume”

It also would seem the place is full of snakes

“Have not allowed the children to stir from the cabin alone, for fear of the snakes; but for a few minutes ago gave them permission to go a few rods to pick some roses. Mema soon came running in, saying: "O! papa, I see a little snake out here." Her papa went out, and just where they were picking roses lay a great gray rattlesnake. He killed the snake and threw it away in the grass”

And by MAY 30TH. –“ Am wearing the Bloomer dresses now; find they are well suited to a wild life like mine. Can bound over the prairies like an antelope, and am not in so much danger of setting my clothes on fire, while cooking when these prairie winds blow”

The Indians stole from them. Their Oxen ran off. They all got sick with chills and fever. By August they had left Octagon City but with her husband, daughter, and son sick with the chills and fevers.

By Sept they were in Boonville MO, there her son Willie died, they were so broke she had to trade his clothing for a tombstone, while still in Boonville her husband died she had to sell his clothing for money to bury him. Eventually she gets back to New York has a drawn out discussion with her husband's life ins. co. finally receives the money and invests in mortgages at 10% interest and her mortgages turn into bad investments. It is like a soap opera but an interesting reflection on life in that time period.

Other stories about this colony; Kansas -- a Vegetarian Utopia