Saturday, November 05, 2011

1961 Ad For Willie's Fair - Salisbury, MD

1941 Toothbrush Ad

1941 Shell Gasoline Ad

1941 Lucky Strike Ad

In 1942 chromium an element needed for green ink became a war material so Lucky Strike changed from a green colored pack to a white pack and came up with the very successful ad campaign of "Lucky Strike green has gone to war".

Dutch-American Heritage Day At The Zwaanendael Museum

The Zwaanendael Museum at 102 Kings Highway in Lewes will celebrate Dutch-American Heritage Day with a workshop from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, on ancestry research and family genealogy. Ralph Nelson, president of the Sussex County Genealogical Society, will discuss his 18-year quest to learn about his roots, and Tom Summers will discuss genealogy resources available at the Delaware Public Archives, where he serves as manager of outreach services.

In addition to the workshop, the museum will be featuring Dutch-related activities between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. including games, crafts, a display of Dutch products, the proclamation of Dutch-American Heritage Day and a PowerPoint presentation, "The First Salute to the Flag of the United States." Admission to all events is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 302-645-1148.

Dutch-American Heritage Day commemorates Nov. 16, 1776, the day when the American warship Andrew Doria sailed into the harbor of the Dutch island of St. Eustatius in the West Indies. Only four months before, the United States had declared its independence from Great Britain. The American crew was delighted when the governor of the island, Johannes de Graaf, ordered that his fort's cannons be fired in a friendly salute. This salute, the first ever given by a foreign power to the flag of the United States, was a risky and courageous act. The British, angered by Dutch trading and contraband with the rebellious colonies, seized St. Eustatius a few years later. De Graaf's welcoming first salute was a sign of respect that continues to symbolize the deep ties of friendship that exist between the United States and the Netherlands.

Picked Up From The Cape Gazette

Rebel - Burn A leaf Today

Leaf burning prohibited statewide to protect public health

DOVER (Oct. 20, 2011) – With autumn leaves beginning to fall, DNREC’s Division of Air Quality reminds residents that burning leaves is prohibited statewide. The leaf burning ban, in effect since February 1995, is important to protect people from harmful chemicals that are produced by open burning.

Leaf burning produces a considerable amount of airborne particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and at least seven carcinogens. Some of these compounds react with sunlight and chemicals in the air to produce ground-level ozone, a respiratory irritant particularly dangerous to children and the elderly.

In addition to the leaf burning ban, burning grass, refuse, trash or garbage is also prohibited year-round. Cooking fires and campfires meeting size restrictions are legal year-round, unless prohibited by local, town, or county ordinances; however, only clean, unpainted wood or charcoal is to be used in these fires.

Burning of cut or fallen branches, limbs or shrubbery trim from a residence is allowed daily, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. from October 1 to April 30, except when the State Fire Marshal issues a ban on all outdoor burning. Open burning for agricultural or prescribed purposes and for intentional structure fires for firefighter training requires written notification to DNREC.

For more information on the statewide leaf burning ban, open burning requirements and air quality, contact Tom Postell at 302-739-9402 or visit,

Illegal burning continues to be among the most common complaints handled by DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit. Since 2007, more than 2900 illegal burning complaints have been investigated and more than 420 arrests have been made. Citizens can report illegal burning by calling 1-800-662-8802, and Verizon Wireless phone customers in Delaware can reach DNREC’s Environmental Complaint Line by calling #DNR, toll and airtime-free.

Delaware residents have several options to help manage leaves and other yard waste.

Handling it on your own property by composting, including use of a mulching mower.
Arranging to have someone else collect your yard waste such as a landscaper or waste hauler.
Taking it yourself to one of many approved drop-off facilities statewide.
Developing a community-wide solution by creating your town or community’s own yard waste site.
DNREC’s web site includes more information on the details of these options, including a list of drop-off sites. Visit or contact Deb Nielsen, 302-739-9403.

DNREC Looking For Photos

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife announces photo contest seeking great shots of young Delaware hunters

Entries to be accepted now through Dec. 16

DOVER (Oct. 25, 2011) – Have you taken a great photo of a young hunter in action? If so, the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife invites you to enter the Delaware Hunting Photo Contest being held as part of the Division’s celebration of 100 years of fish and wildlife conservation in Delaware. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside the 2012-2013 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

“We are hoping photographers from all over the state will come out for this contest and share some of their best images with us,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “As we move into a new century of fish and wildlife conservation in Delaware, we’d like to feature the faces of young hunters in our hunting guide – especially since young Delawareans will become leaders of the next generation of Delaware conservationists.”

The contest is open to Delaware residents of all ages, with a maximum of three entries per person. Entries will be accepted now through Friday, Dec. 16. To be eligible, photographs must depict youth participating in hunting activities and must have been taken in Delaware. A judging panel comprised of DNREC staff and professional photographers will be looking for photos that best portray “the promise of the future” as envisioned by the Division’s theme of “Celebrating 100 Years of Fish and Wildlife Conservation: Reflecting on the Past, Moving into the Future.” Judges also will be looking at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

Entries may be mailed to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, Attention: Amanda Belford, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. All entries must be postmarked or delivered by Friday, Dec. 16, and must include a completed and signed entry form and photo release form. Information and forms are available on the Division’s website at , the Fish and Wildlife Facebook page (search Delaware Fish & Wildlife) or requested by calling Amanda Belford at 302-739-9911, or email

Photos must be 8 x 10 paper prints, with no frames or mats and no markings or signatures on the front or back. Normal processing of RAW image files, minimal cropping and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable. HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as manipulation is disclosed upon entry. Nothing should be added to the image or, aside from dust spots, taken away. The entrant must hold all rights to the photograph and must not infringe on the rights of any other person. Images that involve unlawful harm to wildlife or damage to the environment should not be submitted and will not be accepted. Entries will not be returned.

Division of Fish and Wildlife fishing photo contest accepting entries now through Nov. 16

DOVER Oct. 20, 2011) – Have you taken a great photo of a young angler in action? The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife is continuing to accept entries in the Delaware Fishing Photo Contest now through Nov. 16. The contest is being held as part of the Division’s celebration of 100 years of fish and wildlife conservation in Delaware. The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside the 2012 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published next spring.

The contest is open to Delaware residents of all ages, with a maximum of three entries per person. To be eligible, photographs must depict youth participating in fishing activities and must have been taken in Delaware. A judging panel comprised of DNREC staff and professional photographers will be looking for photos that best portray “the promise of the future” as envisioned by the Division’s theme of “Celebrating 100 Years of Fish and Wildlife Conservation: Reflecting on the Past, Moving into the Future.” Judges also will be looking at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

Entries may be mailed to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, Attention: Amanda Belford, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. All entries must be postmarked or delivered by Wednesday, Nov. 16, and must include a completed and signed entry form and photo release form. Information and forms are available on the Division’s website at, the Fish and Wildlife Facebook page (search Delaware Fish & Wildlife) or requested by calling Amanda Belford at 302-739-9911, or email

Photos must be 8 x 10 paper prints, with no frames or mats and no markings or signatures on the front or back. Normal processing of RAW image files, minimal cropping and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable. HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as manipulation is disclosed upon entry. Nothing should be added to the image or, aside from dust spots, taken away. The entrant must hold all rights to the photograph and must not infringe on the rights of any other person. Images that involve unlawful harm to fish or damage to the environment should not be submitted and will not be accepted. Entries will not be returned.

Information on the Division’s Wildlife Photo Contest will be released next week and will have similar guidelines.

Another "We Are All Going To Die" DNREC "Engagement" Session

Public invited to attend engagement sessions on sea level rise

Public comment encouraged on preliminary work of the Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee

(Oct. 28, 2011) – Delaware residents are invited to attend public engagement sessions on sea level rise and the potential impacts to Delaware. Five sessions are scheduled at locations throughout the state – Nov. 9 in Middletown; Nov. 15 in Georgetown; Nov. 17 in New Castle; Nov. 21 in Dover; and Nov. 29 in Lewes. At each session, the work of the Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee will be presented.

DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara formed the Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee to assess the risks posed by sea level rise and to develop recommendations for state and local governments, businesses and citizens. “Recent events have demonstrated Delaware’s vulnerability to increased flooding, more intense storms, greater precipitation, and sea level rise,” said Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara. “The rigorous work of the Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee will provide a strong foundation for developing science-based policy recommendations as we work with local communities to prepare for emerging challenges.”

“During the past year, the Committee has discovered that impacts from sea level rise are not limited to beachfront communities, but will affect areas throughout the state,” said Sarah Cooksey, Delaware Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee Co-chair and Administrator of DNREC’s Delaware Coastal Programs. “Our preliminary results will be discussed at each engagement session, and we encourage Delaware residents to join us and provide feedback.”

The following engagement sessions will be held:

4 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 9
Middletown High School Auditorium
120 Silver Lake Road
Middletown, DE 19709

4 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15
Georgetown Public Library
2nd floor meeting room
123 West Pine Street
Georgetown, DE 19947

4 – 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17
William Penn High School
Cafeteria 2
713 East Basin Road
New Castle, DE 19720

4 – 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21
Kent County Levy Court Complex
Room 221
555 Bay Road (Rt. 113)
Dover, DE 19901

4- 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 29
Cape Henlopen High School
1270 Kings Highway
Lewes, DE 19958

At the public engagement sessions, residents will learn more about the causes of sea level rise and potential impacts to homes, infrastructure, natural resources and the economy. Participants can speak with committee members and scientists, view maps of vulnerable areas and provide comments on the ways sea level rise may affect them, their businesses and communities. Public input is essential for the Advisory Committee to understand the range of residents’ priorities and concerns. Comments from each session will be incorporated in their future reports.

Delaware’s gently sloping coastal plain makes our state more vulnerable than other areas to sea level rise. Tide gauges in the state show that sea levels in Delaware are rising at a rate of about 13 inches over a time span of 100 years – a rate that is expected to accelerate in the coming decades.

For more information on sea level rise engagement sessions, or to view workshop materials online visit

the Delaware Advisory Committee’s public engagement session webpage,

Rockville Maryland Senior Services and Taxes

Rockville Maryland is also having an election and The Rockville Patch had this article on one of their Candidate Forums in which they discussed Senior Services and Taxes. Some interesting points, most of which shows how out of touch some of the candidates are - so it isn't just here.

Candidate Forum Focuses on Senior Services and Taxes

'Aging in place' and a homeowners tax credit were among the topics at the Senior Center.

By Sean Sedam

The eight candidates for City Council and two candidates for mayor spent about two hours answering questions from moderators and from audience submissions during the forum sponsored by the Rockville Senior Citizens Commission on Tuesday at the Rockville Senior Center.

Senior issues and talk of a city tax credit for homeowners dominated a forum for candidates for Rockville Mayor and City Council hosted by the Rockville Senior Citizens Commission on Tuesday at the Rockville Senior Center.

The forum was the seventh of eight held this campaign season leading up to Tuesday’s city election.

Candidates were asked questions from the audience and questions that they received before the forum.

Among the questions received in advance, candidates were asked how they would make Rockville a community for “aging in place” by Baby Boomers after they retire.

Seniors are being “forced out of their homes because of the incredibly high real property tax,” said Les Francis, a candidate for City Council. If elected, Francis said, he would eliminate the city’s real property tax and replace it with a piggyback income tax, linked to the state income tax.

Francis said he also would reform the city’s tax system so that renters would pay city taxes as well as homeowners.

“If you are a renter, you don’t pay a nickel for the operation of city government,” he said.

Councilman Mark Pierzchala, who is seeking reelection, later took issue with that characterization, saying that renters pay rent and that their landlords are taxed by the city as commercial property owners.

Retaining seniors requires the city to create pedestrian-friendly streets and building codes that make homes handicap-accessible, said Richard Gottfried, a candidate of the City Council.

“And we have to make sure that our transportation grid is more useful for seniors,” he said.

The city should also consider senior-friendly concepts similar to Beacon Hill Village in Boston, a membership organization often mentioned by former Councilwoman Anne Robbins where seniors receive access to programs and services that allow them to remain in their homes, Gottfried said.

Another idea is the partners-in-care concept that is used across the metropolitan Washington area. “One person picks up the groceries, the other person fixes the leaky faucet,” Gottfried said.

John Hall, a City Council candidate, said that keeping taxes and fees down is especially important for seniors who are often on fixed incomes and are sometimes caring for parents or children.

“I think on the City Council, one of the things that we can most do is hold the line on taxes and fees,” Hall said. That includes restoring the $100 tax rebate for homeowners, he said.

Transportation is key, said Tom Moore, a City Council candidate. The moment when seniors have to give up their driver’s license is often when they also have to move out of their homes, he said.

Providing buses is something the county and the city’s Senior Center do well, Moore said.

Expanding transportation services “is probably the single most important thing that governments can do to allow people to age in place,” Moore said.

Councilman Piotr Gajewski, a candidate for mayor, cited a 2006 task force report that recommended the city’s top goal be to “enable senior residents to ‘age in place’ in their Rockville homes insofar as is possible.”

Gajewski said that as a council member he has tried to make that happen by working with Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, his opponent, to hold down taxes. This year, Gajewski said, he tried to keep taxes down by being the lone vote in favor of keeping the $100 homeowners tax rebate in the city’s fiscal 2012 budget.

(During budget negotiations, Marcuccio proposed reducing the tax rate to 28.9 cents per $100 of assessed value, but found no support for the proposal from the council.)

“If I’m elected mayor and Mr. Hall is there with me on the council, we will get it done so that [the tax rebate is] restored,” Gajewski said during the forum.

The Senior Center provides “wonderful services” to those “who are able-bodied enough to get here,” Marcuccio said. The city could foster neighborhood partnerships like those mentioned by Gottfried, which could augment the city’s senior services, she said.

Marcuccio said that she was responsible for first bringing the $100 tax rebate to city taxpayers.

“If we could do it for seniors—just seniors—I’d vote for it,” she said.

Councilwoman Bridget Donnell Newton, who is seeking reelection, responded to claims that she and Marcuccio voted against funding the Senior Center.

“We didn’t vote against the senior center. We voted against taking out debt,” she said.

Rockville must partner more with Montgomery College and others to bring more cultural activities and push for expanding state tax credits for homeowners so that more seniors and low-income people are eligible, Newton said.

Virgnia Onley, a candidate for City Council, said that as a senior on fixed-income, “senior issues are a priority for me.”

Onley said she would “continue to fight for access to services for seniors,” for senior housing, “for the rights of seniors to stay in their homes,” and for tax breaks and relief for seniors.

Councilman Mark Pierzchala, who is seeking reelection, said the city must maintain its senior services. He challenged candidates who called for keeping taxes and fees in check.

“In order to do that we must hold the line on spending,” Pierzchala said. “And it’s been extremely difficult to hold the line on spending, to make choices.”

In order to hold spending down, taxpayers must support council members who make choices such as the recent decision to lease out the city’s RedGate Golf Course, he said.

Accessing information about city services is important for seniors, said Dion Trahan, a candidate for City Council. But access is hindered by the city leaving vacant a staff position that would provide a point-of-contact for senior services, he said.

“Seniors currently have no one at City Hall to educate them or point them in the right directions,” he said.

A virtual citizens’ forum also would allow seniors’ voices to be heard, Trahan said.

Homeowners tax credit

A question from the audience noted that “it seems everyone running for office opposes the elimination of the $100 Homestead deduction, yet it passed.” The questioner asked why it was eliminated and when would it be restored.

The tax credit was eliminated to balance the budget, said Onley, who added that the credit is more important for seniors on fixed incomes. “Hopefully it will be back in soon,” she said.

The council balanced the budget in May without knowing that the city’s finance report for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 would show a $4.2 million surplus, Newton said.

“Had we known about that money when we were making our budget choices, I think we might’ve made some different choices,” she said.

It would have cost the city about $1.5 million to retain the credit in the fiscal 2012 budget. It had been offered in each of the previous four years.

Newton reiterated that the city should push to expand eligibility through the state credit.

“We need to, in my opinion, couple on with the state and increase the eligible criteria for the state homeowners tax credit so that the people who need it get it,” she said.

Employee retirement remains “the big elephant in the room,” Pierzchala said. “Every year we’re spending about $700,000 more than the previous year to fund the retirement,” he said.

“If you’re not helping make choices to cut spending, then I’m not going to raid the reserves in order to balance the budget,” Pierzchala said.

During fiscal 2012 budget deliberations, the tax credit was cast as a “false choice created to be the bogeyman for the golf course funding,” Hall said.

The “false choice” was “between continuing RedGate operations or disposing of it and retaining the homeowners tax credit,” he said. “And that’s simply not the case.”

Les Francis said the credit is “a smokescreen.”

A $100 credit out of a median real estate tax bill for Rockville homeowners of $6,000 a year “is insignificant,” Francis said, reiterating his call for the city to replace real estate taxes with a piggyback on the state income tax, which he said would be “based on equity and fairness.”

The city’s cut is only about $1,200 of the $6,000 median real estate tax bill, Gajewski said. “And there, $100 is obviously about 8 percent,” he said.

“My priority was to keep that $100 credit in,” Gajewski said. “I was outvoted.”

Marcuccio said that when she first arrived on the City Council in 2005 she wanted two cents off the city tax rate but had to settle for a penny off the rate and a $100 rebate.

After three more years with a penny off the tax rate each year, the real property tax rate stood at 29.2 cents per $100 of assessed value in fiscal 2010, Maruccio said. With the economy in recession, the city was forced to hold the line on the tax rate but still managed to fund the $100 rebate, she said.

Marcuccio said that she agreed with Francis’s assessment that the credit “is a smokescreen” in that it only goes to property owners and not to the business owners. “It is a rebate that ought to be refined so that you know exactly who’s getting [it] and why,” she said.

The credit is important to low-income residents who the city “is trying to reach for tax credit programs that will enable it to get you what you need in the way of a tax reduction,” she said.

Eligibility of city taxpayers for the Homestead Tax Credit “is disappearing,” Gottfried said. From fiscal 2008 through fiscal 2010, the assessed value of homes increased, making city homeowners eligible for the credit.

“Now that our assessed value of our houses is going down, you see the disappearance of the tax credit and now you’re seeing our taxes go up. And that’s the real effect,” he said.

Trahan said he wondered why the $100 tax credit first went into effect and called for “a collaborative approach” to addressing the need for a tax credit.

“I really want you to pay attention to how people up here answered that question,” Trahan said. “Because if we can’t talk about and try to figure a clever way to come up with how in the world we deal with this $100 tax credit, what in the world are we going to do with bigger issues when it comes to development, senior issues?”

User fees and housing

Individually selected candidates were asked to respond to specific questions, including:

Would you maintain user fees at the Senior Center at their current level or vote to increase them?

Gottfried said he would not raise user fees and suggested that the City Council revisit the “laundry list” of “outrageous” user fees presented earlier this year.

Pierzchala agreed that fees should be visited.

“But I got to say that if we don’t have those fees, then something’s got to give,” he said. “Either we raise taxes or programs or services go away.”

What would you do to encourage affordable housing, amenities and jobs for people with disabilities?

“I would be only too happy to find some kind of development opportunity where we could provide the proper kind of services they need without impacting a neighborhood in a negative way,” Marcuccio said. “Certainly, we have those opportunities. What we’ve been offered so far have been so heavy and so dense they don’t fit a neighborhood’s plan.”

The city has the opportunity to provide such housing and services with Victory Housing’s proposal to build an 86-unit affordable housing development for seniors on four acres across Maryland Avenue from City Hall, Gajewski said.

“It fits right into the plan. It’s [a] transitional zone. It would be a wonderful place to have a facility for seniors there,” he said.

Approval for the project remains tied up in litigation.



Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, 'twas his intent
To blow up the King and the Parliament
Three score barrels of powder below
Poor old England to overthrow
By God's providence he was catched
With a dark lantern and burning match
Holloa boys, holloa boys
God save the King!
Hip hip hooray!
Hip hip hooray!

A penny loaf to feed ol' Pope
A farthing cheese to choke him
A pint of beer to rinse it down
A faggot of sticks to burn him
Burn him in a tub of tar
Burn him like a blazing star
Burn his body from his head
Then we'll say ol' Pope is dead.
Hip hip hooray!
Hip hip hooray!

Friday, November 04, 2011

A Comment on The Recent Lack Of Blog Posts

I insist I have a life other than blogging and over the last month much of that non-blogging life has involved my brother and I taking care of our 87 year old mother. As we see how that plays out blogging will be limited. Yes more cut and paste articles.

Healing Henderson Fund and The Delmar Daily

Over at the Delmar Daily, Tom has some interesting comments on the donations to the Healing Henderson fund

West To Ohio

April 16th, 1834 Elisha Hasting started to the state of Ohio to Marysville, Levin Hasting to the same place on Wednesday Entry from the Diary of Isaac Sullivan, a Storekeeper, who lived between Portsville and Bethel Delaware.

In researching family trees frequently you find you have cousins in Ohio. In the 1800’s there was a great migration from the East coast to Ohio and other parts of the Old Northwest Territory (Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois). Delmarva had thousands of people migrate west. Ohio in 1800 had a population of 45,000 white people and by 1840 it had 1.4 million. Usually People from Delmarva would settle in Southern Ohio because they crossed thru the Cumberland Gap which took them into the southern end of the state.

So why did they go west? The incentives for migration were many and varied since each person responded to factors which either repelled him from his old home or attracted him to a new home. There were hardship reasons; from the effect of the Revolutionary war and War of 1812 where the British burnt and destroyed family property and farms. There was the unusual climatic aberrations of 1816 occurred because of the 1815 volcanic Mount Tambora eruption on the island of Sumbawa, Indonesia. It created a year without a summer in which the crops failed. In 1819 a financial panic swept across the country. The growth in trade that followed the War of 1812 came to an abrupt halt. Unemployment mounted, banks failed, mortgages were foreclosed, and agricultural prices fell by half. Investment in western lands collapsed. The Land Act of 1820 reduced the price of federal land to $1.25 acre, with a minimum purchase of 80 acres and a down payment of only $100. Further, the act gave squatters the right to “preempt” these conditions and purchase the land even more cheaply if they had made ‘improvements’ to the land like the building of homes, fences, or mills. Various land companies and speculators, most importantly the Ohio Company of Associates, the Connecticut Land Company, and John Cleves Symmes, began the process of buying and selling Ohio lands and advertising heavily in East coast towns and Europe.

Revolutionary War veterans were given land in Ohio. The very name Cincinnati came from the Society of the Cincinnati, which gets its name from Cincinnatus, the Roman general and dictator, who saved the city of Rome from destruction and then quietly retired to his farm. The society honored the ideal of return to civilian life by military officers following the Revolution rather than imposing military rule. To this day, Cincinnati in particular, and Ohio in general, is home to a disproportionately large number of descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers who were granted lands in the state.

Frequently correspondence with friends and families who had migrated before - It was very common for recent migrants to write to family and friends back home to report on their journeys and their successes (or lack thereof) in their new homes. In most cases, these letters included both subtle and outright requests for the recipient of the letter and his/her family to travel to the West in order to join the writer in his community. Which created pockets of Delawareans since they settled in areas where other Delawarean settled. New Holland, Pickaway County Ohio is one area were a number settled.

And of course even on Delmarva there are always people who are ready to travel anywhere for the adventure.

Sept 8, 1828 John Gordy of William of Maryland and Joseph Leonard started to the Western Country on Monday Entry from the Diary of Isaac Sullivan

Various routes were followed by the settlers depending on the time period they left Delmarva. The Allegheny Mountains posed the greatest barrier to westward expansion. The two principal routes were overland from Baltimore to Redstone on the Monongahela River via the National Road (today RT 40); or by the Forbes Road (Rt30) from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. At the end of these two overland treks, the settlers bought or constructed boats and rafts and continued their journey by water. They came by pack-horse train up an Indian Trail. They came down the Ohio River, the whole family in a Flatboat, with team and wagon aboard. They came by several trails in Conestoga wagons, pulled by yokes of oxen or teams of horses, four horse teams.

Interestingly you can look at the families from Delaware living in Ohio and see a general trend as how they arrived in Ohio. In the 1860 census the people born in Delaware and living in Ohio are mostly in their 60’s. The husband would be from Delaware, his wife would be from Virginia, or Maryland, or Tennessee or Kentucky. The Children would be born in Ohio. It usually indicated that he went west by way of the Wilderness Trail which took him thru those states.

From 1825 to 1850, the National Road was the primary route immigrants and east coast settlers used in their western migration. Small towns sprung up along the pike. By 1837 14 of the state's 32 established stage routes connected to the National Road. Already established towns like Zanesville and Cambridge began to take on added importance along the new road, and completely new town were being laid out along the pike.

Looking at the 1860 census of people born in Delaware but living in Ohio we can see the people from Delaware mainly settled in Hamilton County, Pickaway County and Ross County. For every person from Delaware there were ten from Maryland that were living in Ohio. The Maryland people were all over Ohio with large pockets in Montgomery and Hamilton County. For every person from Delaware there were twenty from Virginia that moved to Ohio. In general people from Delmarva settled in southern Ohio due to the route they took to Ohio.

By 1860 most were over 50 years of age. The ones from Delaware that were tradesmen seem to have settled in Hamilton County where Cincinnati is located. Cincinnati was a melting pot of east coast people mixed with a large number of Germans and Irish. It was a riverfront town that was wild. The tradesman were Brickmakers, finishers, carpenters, shoemakers, chaircaners, blacksmith etc. Among the Delawareans settled there in 1860 were Wm Bell with a wife from Virginia and children born in Ohio, Henry Benson and wife with children born Delaware, Illinois and Ohio, Susanna Burroughs with children born in Ohio, Benj Dale with a wife from Virginia, Wm Elliott and family from Delaware etc

Delawareans in Pickaway county were mostly farmers with many settling in Perry township (John Bennett, Andrew Jester, Andrew Kimmey, Thomas Truitt, William Pennywell, Sarah Rowe, and Isaac Ecord), or Monroe towship (Elijah Lingo, Thomas w Bennett, John Darley, Elias Moore.) In Ross county they mainly settled in Deerfield Township ( Benj Brown (wife from Tenn.) John Crumpton, John Dowing Wm Hastings, Solomon Kimmey Wm Reed, Lydia Timmons, Ed Wilson , David Adams, Wm Crawford, etc.)

Hiram Hearn from Delaware picked up a wife in Ohio and in 1860 ending up living in Hardin County, McDonald Township, over in Dudley township was Sam Lingo (wife from Virginia), Isaac Short with wife Margaret both from Delaware, Geo Wingate, etc.

So when you post those on-line inquiries about family trees don't be suprised if someone from Ohio doesn't answer your inquiry.

The score

Laurel 28 Delmar 37

Special deer hunt day for youth, disabled hunters

Special deer hunt day for youth, disabled hunters set for Nov. 5

DOVER (Nov. 4, 2011) – This Saturday, Nov. 5, the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced a statewide deer hunting day for youth hunters ages 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters on both public and private lands. To promote youth hunting, the Division is waiving blind fees for youth using Division deer stands or blinds on youth hunting days.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed or exempt adult hunter age 21 or older, but the companion may not possess a firearm. Young hunters must be of sufficient physical size and strength to safely handle a firearm, and may also hunt on regular season days, accompanied by an adult. Youth hunters age 13 to 15 must have completed a hunter education course, possess a certification card and purchase a Delaware junior hunting license. Normal bag limits and regulations apply, and all deer taken must be registered.

On State Wildlife Areas that require a lottery drawing for available deer stands, the drawing will be held 1.5 hours before legal shooting time. Participating hunters should plan to arrive in time to sign up before the drawing. Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge also will hold a lottery for any unfilled stands at the refuge and nearby Woodland Beach Wildlife Area. Hunters should plan to arrive two hours before legal shooting time to sign up for the lottery.

For more information, check the 2011-2012 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide, available at hunting license dealers statewide or online at

Specialized blinds/stands and hunting locations as well as special hunting permits also are available for disabled hunters. For more information, call 302-739-9912.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife also would like to remind hunters headed out on Saturday to take their cameras, as the youth deer hunting day is a great opportunity for taking photos to be entered in the Delaware Hunting Photo Contest. Sponsored by the Division as part of the celebration of 100 years of fish and wildlife conservation in Delaware, the contest is seeking photos of young Delaware hunters, with the winner to be published in next year’s Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Deadline for entries is Friday, Dec. 16. Information and entry forms are available on the Division’s website at , the Fish and Wildlife Facebook page (search Delaware Fish & Wildlife) or requested by calling Amanda Belford at 302-739-9911, or email

Homeland Security Rears It's Ugly Head In Delaware

Delaware unveils two new vessels to protect waterways and critical infrastructure

DSP Maritime Unit and DNREC Join Homeland Security Fight

DOVER, (Nov. 4, 2011) – Protecting the State’s key assets and infrastructure along Delaware’s waterways just got easier with the unveiling of the new and first-ever Delaware State Police (DSP) Maritime Unit and two new vessels that will be used for homeland security patrols and surveillance. The vessels, DSP Marine One, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Marine Patrol Oscar (MP Oscar), will proactively patrol Delaware’s 100-miles of waterways.

Today, Gov. Jack A. Markell, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS) Secretary Lewis D. Schiliro and Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary (DNREC) Collin O’Mara joined with local homeland security partners to emphasize the importance of enhancing security along Delaware’s waterways.

“One of government’s most important roles is protecting its citizens,” said Governor Jack Markell. “Business conducted along our waterways is an integral part of our economy. Our port, bridges, refineries, and chemical facilities are vital links in regional commerce. We are protecting our State’s assets, its businesses and the people that call Delaware ‘home.’ It’s our responsibility to ensure, as best we can, that Delaware and its residents are safe and secure.”

"The strength of Delaware's economy is directly related to the safety of our waterways, so we must do all we can to secure this critical
component of our infrastructure," Sen. Chris Coons said. "These two vessels will be important assets in the protection of the ports, bridges, refineries, and chemical facilities on which our communities depend. I'm proud that today we're unveiling another strong example of what we can achieve when our federal and state governments work together in the shared pursuit of a more secure nation."

The focal point of the new, enhanced security capabilities is the creation of the DSP Maritime Unit which was funded through a $1.6 million federal Port Security Grant. The unit, which became operational in August, focuses on critical infrastructure protection, high visibility patrol and prevention, emergency response with allied agencies and units, recovery operation support and outreach to the maritime community. The unit will utilize, Marine One, its new 36-foot vessel for its patrols.

“It is often said that Homeland Security begins with Hometown Security. As the custodian of the State’s waterways, our hometown is the 100 miles of land along the ocean, bay and riverfront. Adequately securing these crucial assets is significant not only for our State but also for the region. We are meeting this challenge with the support provided by our partners—DNREC, US Coast Guard, FBI, Wilmington Police Department and our local volunteer fire companies,” Schiliro said.

The DSP Maritime Unit, currently the State’s only agency with a full-time Maritime Homeland Security mission, is staffed with three troopers on a full-time basis. Additional troopers have been outfitted and trained in the Unit’s operations and assist the full-time members in addition to their current road patrol assignments. The unit is co-located with the Delaware Information and Analysis Center and works regularly with a specially trained intelligence analyst.

DNREC unveiled a new marine patrol vessel, the MP Oscar, the boat the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement will use to assist in protecting the safety and security of Delaware’s citizens and critical infrastructure.

“DNREC’s new Homeland Security boat increases Delaware’s preparedness capabilities and provides a greater presence on the water,” said Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin O’Mara. “With an overall length of 22 feet, MP Oscar has a shallow draft that enables our enforcement agents to patrol areas where larger vessels would be unable to maneuver. The boat is equipped with the latest technology capable of addressing today’s homeland security threats near critical infrastructure and key maritime assets along the Delaware River – one of the busiest river-systems in the country.”

DNREC was awarded a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of $130,866 through the Chemical Buffer Zone Protection Program to purchase MP Oscar, a Boston Whaler Justice model. The vessel is outfitted with the latest in marine electronics – radar, GPS (global positioning system), marine and state radios, and forward-looking infrared imaging (FLIR) that provides enhanced pictures by sensing infrared radiation from heat sources. FLIR can be used at night and in times of low visibility to search and detect illegal access to infrastructure. MP Oscar is also equipped with Raymarine day and night cameras used to document structures, other boats and individuals. Side
scanning sonar equipment can detect debris and obstructions on the bottom of waterways and help investigate illegal underwater activities.

DNREC Fish and Wildlife Enforcement is a member of the Delaware Maritime Security Working Group and partners with the Delaware State Police Maritime Unit, the Wilmington Police Department Marine Unit, the Delaware Information and Analysis Center, the Delaware River and Bay Authority, and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security in safeguarding waterways, while protecting critical infrastructure

All Saint's 40th anniversary

All Saint's 40th anniversary - All Saint's Episcopal Church, 10th and Grove Sts., Delmar, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the present building and the 125th anniversary of the founding of the parish during the Celebration of All the Saint's on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. A reception and refreshments will follow the service. The celebrant will be the Rev. Harry N. Collins.

Antiques appraisal

The Sussex County Genealogical is sponsoring an Antiques Appraisal event on Wednesday, November 9. The event will be held at the Georgetown Fire Hall, 100 S. Bedford Street in Georgetown. The event begins at 4:00 p.m. Items will be appraised by a well-known appraiser and the cost for each appraisal is $5.00. The $3.00 entrance fee will be waived with the first $5.00 appraisal. The funds from this event will be used toward the Society's mission of genealogical education and next April's Genealogical Conference. Refreshments will be available as well as baked goods. For pre-registration of more information call 302-875-7665.

One Comes In and One Leaves

Process Integration Inc. a hardware and software development company specializing in technological product sorting, data collection, weighing and labeling is picking up its roots in Delmar Maryland and heading for some new digs near the Ocean City Harbor.

Thompson Pump, a manufacturer of engine-powered portable pumps, will relocate its Pocomoke City, Md. sales and service operations to a newly leased space in Delmar this week. The company will employ 5 full-time workers at the 2,500-square-foot facility, located at 38190 Old Stage Road.

The move was facilitated by Senior Advisor John McClellan of The McClellan Team and Sperry Van Ness – Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, Md. The property was leased from SQ FT LLC. The remaining portion of the building is occupied by B&D Electric.

The Delaware Economic Development Office worked with the real estate firm to attract the company to Delaware. The new location was selected for its large yard area and convenient access to its customers in Delaware and Eastern Maryland.

Thompson Pump, based in Port Orange, Fl., is an industry leader in the development of high quality engine-powered portable pumps, ranging in size from 2 to 18 inches. Its pumps and equipment can be found in some of the most demanding applications in the areas of construction, by pass, dewatering, public works, municipalities, mining, sewer/lift stations, water/wastewater and agriculture. Thompson Pump’s products have assisted with well-known emergencies, including the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico and recent flooding along the Mississippi River.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The Healing Henderson Campaign.


Hey why not dine at a new restaurant,

Georgia House, in Salisbury on November 14th for a fabulous Five Course Buffet.
Enjoy a night out while helping a family in need, part of the Healing Henderson campaign.

You have to feed your family anyway!

The $20 Adult & $10 Child price includes tax and gratuity,
as we are using volunteers to serve.

If you can sell additional tickets, I promise it will be a fun night.
A table of 8 Adults can be reserved for a discounted $150.
Can I put you down for at least 2 or 4 tickets?
SALE THIS WEEK ONLY, Buy a table of 8 Adult Seats for only $140
(must be paid in advance by Friday, November 4th)

35 year old James Henderson is a father to 5 and he has an extremely aggressive form of brain cancer.

Their family, including Jim's wife Alice Abbott , need help paying for Jim's treatment.

This former marine, and active Delmar council man need the community to attend.

When the going gets tough... that's where friends and community come in!
So can we count on you to reserve your Georgia House tickets today please?

Or Donations can be sent directly to;
Healing Henderson
c/o Bank of Delmarva
2727 N. Salisbury Blvd.
Salisbury, MD 21801

Trick or Treaters

We had 64 creatures of the night visit us last night and they were mostly young children. It was an excellent night for Trick or Treating - not too cold, no rain, and no wind. I think all had a parent or adult with them. I think the 64 number was good considering how few people on our end of the street participate in Trick Or Treat. There was only a couple parents who allowed their children to race thru our flowerbed and across our lawn to our porch instead of using the sidewalks. No doubt they will grow up to become the trash their parents are. Most all said "thank you" when given their treat.

Back in the 1950's and 1960's Delmar would have a large Halloween party uptown. It would attract between a thousand to three thousand people. I suppose the High School event has taken the place of this party.

The Trick Or Treat Count Over The Years

2011 64
2010 0 Temporarily in Pond's Edge Apartment Maybe they don't T or T there.
2009 82
2008 77
2007 127
2006 106
2005 75
2004 62
2003 67
2002 43
2001 89
2000 118
1999 127
1998 61
1997 77
1996 44
1995 34
1994 112
1993 103
1992 89

Maryland Slaves Are Freed - Nov 1, 1864

On January 1, 1863 President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. By his “war power” as commander-in-chief, Lincoln declared that all the slaves in Confederate-held territory as of that date were “thenceforward, and forever free.” Excluded from the presidential order were the loyal Border States of Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri; the state of Tennessee (then under Union control); the counties of what would soon become the state of West Virginia, and certain counties in Virginia and Louisiana. The document affirmed that black men would be used in the Union military.

Maryland's Constitution of 1851 had forbidden passage of "any law abolishing the relation of master or slave, as it now exists in this State" (Art. 3, sec. 43). To end slavery, Maryland had to write a new constitution.

Governor Augustus W. Bradford, in his annual message of 1864 to the General Assembly, sought passage of a constitutional convention bill. The predominently Unionist legislature promptly complied, and the electorate approved the call for a convention (Acts of 1864, ch. 5).

Delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1864 were elected by the voters on April 6, 1864. The convention convened in Annapolis on April 27, 1864, and adjourned on September 6, 1864. The third state constitution, which abolished slavery in Maryland, received approval of the voters on September 18, 1864, and took effect November 1, 1864.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

1908 Delmar Fire

From the Wicomico News May 7th, 1908 - Delmar News

Our citizens were thoroughly alarmed Wednesday afternoon by the ringing of the Church Bells and blowing of engine whistles. Upon investigation it was found that fire had broken out in the barn of W. S. Parker and had rapidly spread to the adjoining barn of Rev. E. P. Perry. Soon a large crowd of men, women, and children were upon the scene and began fighting to prevent the fire spreading to the residences adjoining. Bucket brigades were formed, men clambered upon the house tops, and buckets upon buckets of water were poured upon the smoking roofs of the M. P. Parsonage, the home of W. D. Nelson, those nearest the fire, and several others. Luckily the wind was blowing very little and by the superhuman efforts of the men the fire was confined to the outbuildings.

Occupy XXXX

I have always been in favor of any kind of protest against government etc, however I am missing the point of the various Occupy Wall Street Groups. Certainly the economy sucks, certainly Obama's administration has proven they are no different than the previous administrations, and certainly vigilante committees should be formed and put to work, however sitting out on a sidewalk saying "The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%." just doesn't get it for me. Maybe a little more violence should be in order.

“Violence can be used for good.” a “V for Vendetta” quote

Maybe if that happens President Barack Obama will praise them as Freedom Fighters the same as he promised the Libyan people that the world will stand with them as they reshape their country following the overthrow by the US backed rioters. Instead the occupiers are arrested for sleeping on a sidewalk and the bankers, Government Officials that allowed it, etc that created the economic problems in the US retire in seclusion to Florida.

I think when Delmar puts into effect the Red Speed Traffic cameras and the Parking Ordinance we should do our own "Occupy Delmar" (OD). Viva La Revolucion - Become an ODer

There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the annunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance, and depression. And where once you had the freedom to object, think, and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillence coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myraid of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence. Quote from “V for Vendetta”

They Are Still Finding Them

An interesting article about the bodies of 21 German soldiers found in a trench fortification from WWI is in Spiegel. It mention that each year 10 to 20 Germans Soldiers from WWI are found each year.

One Horse Farm?

From The Wicomico News - 1908

I will rent for the year 1909 two 2-horse farms and one 1-horse farm. With or without teams. Apply to:
Delmar, Del.