Friday, March 02, 2012

Iditarod Weather Conditions

From AccuWeather;

Despite a year of record snowfalls across Alaska, the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race has no plans to delay its start on Saturday, March 3.

The "Last Great Race on Earth," as it is often called, will begin in Anchorage, Alaska, and will span 975 miles across a northern route to its completion in Nome.

Known to be one of the toughest sled dog races in the world, the Iditarod hosts over 65 teams, averaging 15 dogs each, and thousands of spectators each year.

This March will mark the first-ever time the race will be under 1,000 miles, an adjustment that reflects a new ceremonial start, a change in the restart location and the actual year-to-year trail conditions.

Despite being the snowiest period on record for Anchorage since records have been kept, conditions look good for the race, which will be commemorating its 40th anniversary this year.

"The ideal conditions for the Iditarod will vary depending on the musher; however, I think most agree that adequate snow coverage of approximately 1 foot plus, plus temperatures that hover around 10 degrees F to -20 degrees F are perfect," Communications Director Erin McLarnon said. "However, it's rare you find these consistent conditions over 975 miles."

This year, mushers can anticipate 30-degree temperatures at the starting line in Anchorage with a chance for snow or flurries. Nighttime lows are expected to hit 14 degrees F.

Sunday, at the official restart in Willow, mushers will see partly cloudy skies with a high of 26 degrees F and a low of 6 degrees.

Towards the end of the week, as racers rush toward Nikolai, temperatures will be in the low single digits, with chances of snow and ice mixed with rain.

"All in and in this should be a good trail year. Of course we can encounter unpredictable storms during the race that can affect mushers, depending where they are along the trail."

On Sunday, Yentna Station, the first official checkpoint after the restart in Willow, received over 3 feet of snow. Roughly 80 air miles away in Anchorage, there was only a dusting.

"The entire 975 miles has its challenges, but at this time we aren't expecting anything out of the ordinary," McLarnon said.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Researching your Family tree versus Stalking – It’s A Fine Line

Back on New Year’s day I posted that I would be doing more on Genealogy and history on this blog due to commitments I had made, so again today I am posting a subject on Genealogy.

I would say that I have been researching family members that lived between Galestown and Woodland Ferry off and on since 1995. In 1995 there was not that much on the internet and it was mostly reading microfilm and tracking down printed books on family trees. Today however the internet has more information. Over the past few months this research has eventually led me to living relatives in the Wilmington area.

Part of this research commitment for this year included taking out a subscription to and as I have pulled up marriage licenses, death certificates, birth certificates, newspaper articles etc it made me realize the only difference between family tree research and stalking is the people you are stalking are dead, mostly.

If you give a general description of stalking as; a persistent pursuit of an individual by another that would cause a reasonable person to fear, and the vast majority of stalkers are obsessed with their victims and they initiate contact or communications through telephone calls, mail, email, computer history research and the use of digital and video cameras, you may well be describing a genealogist with the only difference being the victim or person being stalked is dead.

Like most Genealogist I have done what nearly every beginning family historian has done and tried to trace my family as far back as possible. Twenty-five years later I have a bland collection of names and dates with a number of blank spots in them and very little on actual family history. Now my focus is on discovering, unfolding, and telling the stories of the lives of the individuals. It’s a much more tedious task than solely collecting names, places, and dates, but it can contain the elements of adventure, excitement, and intrigue. It can seem like a scavenger hunt at times. One clue and the right questions can possibly lead to an answer with another clue with more questions that need answers. Eventually however you get to that spot where you have to talk to living people. As I have progressed in this research of that particular Galestown/Woodland Ferry branch of the family that moved to the Wilmington area, I recently came across an obituary that gave the names of living people. I contacted one of them and that person did not call the police on me so I hope to meet that person and other relatives in March.

It's Women's History Month

Presidential Proclamation -- Women’s History Month, 2012

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As Americans, ours is a legacy of bold independence and passionate belief in fairness and justice for all. For generations, this intrepid spirit has driven women pioneers to challenge injustices and shatter ceilings in pursuit of full and enduring equality. During Women's History Month, we commemorate their struggles, celebrate centuries of progress, and reaffirm our steadfast commitment to the rights, security, and dignity of women in America and around the world.

We see the arc of the American story in the dynamic women who shaped our present and the groundbreaking girls who will steer our future. Forty-one years ago, when former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt confronted President John F. Kennedy about the lack of women in government, he appointed her the head of a commission to address the status of women in America and the discrimination they routinely faced. Though the former First Lady passed away before the commission finished its work, its report would spur action across our country and galvanize a movement toward true gender parity. Our Nation stands stronger for that righteous struggle, and last March my Administration was proud to release the first comprehensive Federal report on the status of American women since President Kennedy's commission in 1963. Today, women serve as leaders throughout industry, civil society, and government, and their outstanding achievements affirm to our daughters and sons that no dream is beyond their reach.

While we have made great strides toward equality, we cannot rest until our mothers, sisters, and daughters assume their rightful place as full participants in a secure, prosperous, and just society. With the leadership of the White House Council on Women and Girls, my Administration is advancing gender equality by promoting workplace flexibility, striving to bring more women into math and science professions, and fighting for equal pay for equal work. We are combating violence against women by revising an antiquated definition of rape and harnessing the latest technology to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault. From securing women's health and safety to leveling the playing field and ensuring women have full and fair access to opportunity in the 21st century, we are making deep and lasting investments in the future of all Americans.

Because the peace and security of nations around the globe depend upon the education and advancement of women and girls, my Administration has placed their perspectives and needs at the heart of our foreign policy. Last December, I released the first United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security to help ensure women play an equal role in peace-building worldwide. By fully integrating women's voices into peace processes and our work to prevent conflict, protect civilians, and deliver humanitarian assistance, the United States is bringing effective support to women in areas of conflict and improving the chances for lasting peace. In the months ahead, my Administration will continue to collaborate with domestic and international partners on new initiatives to bring economic and political opportunity to women at home and abroad.

During Women's History Month, we recall that the pioneering legacy of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers is revealed not only in our museums and history books, but also in the fierce determination and limitless potential of our daughters and granddaughters. As we make headway on the crucial issues of our time, let the courageous vision championed by women of past generations inspire us to defend the dreams and opportunities of those to come.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2012 as Women's History Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month and to celebrate International Women's Day on March 8, 2012, with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that honor the history, accomplishments, and contributions of American women. I also invite all Americans to visit to learn more about the generations of women who have shaped our history.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.


It Is Irish-American Heritage Month

Presidential Proclamation -- Irish-American Heritage Month, 2012

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For centuries, America and Ireland have built a proud and enduring partnership cemented by mutual values and a common history. Generations of Irish have crossed the Atlantic in pursuit of prosperity, and today nearly 40 million of their proud descendants continue to make their indelible mark on the United States of America. Their stories, as varied as our Nation's people, humble us and inspire our children to reach for the opportunities dreamed about by our forebears.

Over hundreds of years, Irish men, women, and children left the homes of their ancestors, watching the coasts of Donegal and the cliffs of Dingle fade behind them. Boarding overcrowded ships and navigating dangerous seas, these resilient travelers looked to the horizon with hope in their hearts. Many left any valuables, land, or stability they had behind, but they came instead with the true treasures of their homeland -- song and literature, humor and tradition, faith and family. And when they landed on our shores, they shared their gifts generously, adding immeasurable value to towns, cities, and communities throughout our Nation.

Today, we draw on the indomitable spirit of those Irish Americans whose strength helped build countless miles of canals and railroads; whose brogues echoed in mills, police stations, and fire halls across our country; and whose blood spilled to defend a Nation and a way of life they helped define. Defying famine, poverty, and discrimination, these sons and daughters of Erin demonstrated extraordinary strength and unshakable faith as they gave their all to help build an America worthy of the journey they and so many others have taken. During Irish-American Heritage Month, we recall their legacy of hard work and perseverance, and we carry forward that singular dedication to forging a more prosperous future for all Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2012 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by celebrating the contributions of Irish Americans to our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.


Two Canneries For Delmar - 1898

From the Salisbury Advertiser April 16, 1898

It is reported that Delmar will have two canneries this season. One owed by H. N. Messick & Co. will be located near German Brickyard, and will can the product of 200 acres of tomatoes in addition to other vegetables and fruits.

The Delmar Canning Company will have a big plant. They have one building 60 by 100 feet, and another 40 by 54 feet, also a number of sheds. They will have two fifty horsepower boilers and the machinery throughout will be the best. The P.W.& B.B.R.Co. will run their tracks to the building. The company will have a financial rating of $100,00 to $200,000.

Let's Hear It For The Pig

Today is National Pig Day! Celebrate the pig eat scrapple.

The holiday celebration was started in 1972 by sisters Ellen Stanley, a teacher in Lubbock, Texas, and Mary Lynne Rave of Beaufort, North Carolina. According to Rave the purpose of National Pig Day is "to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man's most intellectual and domesticated animals.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blonde Parking Joke

Delmar little League

Tryouts for 9-12 year olds (softball & baseball) March 3 & 10

Sweet Battle Axe

"Retired In Delaware" has a comment on an interesting Tombstone he encountered in Georgetown.

So That Is How Peanut Butter Is Made

Politically Incorrect 1960's


The Delmar Joint Council Meeting for February 2012

The February Delmar Joint Town Council Meeting was held last night. All Delaware Council members were present including Woody Payne. This public meeting was over with about 8:35 PM, at which time to council went into executive session. There was a good turnout of the "Public", mostly friends and family coming to see two people sworn in to the Maryland Board of Zoning appeal. My usual disclaimer is I am not part of the council and what I write is my personal views, not the minutes, of the meetings. It is also just the parts I want to comment on or write about. If you want to know the real story, go to the meeting.

Some items of interest to me were;

The mention of the passing of Rick Lizotte, a previous councilperson.

These two Gentlemen were sworn on to the Maryland Board Of Zoning Appeal.

They were sworn in by Mayor Carl Anderton, Jr

The Maryland side of town passed resolution 2012-02-27 adoption of Wicomico County 2011 Hazard Mitigation plan as the Hazard plan for Delmar. Don't know how the people in Delmar Maryland will know what it consist of - maybe it is just for elected officials.

DNREC asked if Delmar, Delaware wanted to be sprayed for Mosquitoes from March to November at no charge to the town (since we pay Delaware taxes I would hope not) The Mayor and councilperson approved spraying for mosquitoes.

Delmar Delaware Resolution 2012-02-27 was passed allowing a special election for a bond issuance for a backup well in the amount $375,800.

Woody Payne (yes he was there) asked what was happening on the LeCates Building. The usual runaround excuses were given. This time Chris Mills is having a problem with the naming of the LLC to own the building, should be settled by next month.

Delmar Delaware Vice Mayor Mary Lee Pase mentioned her car (parked in her driveway) was robbed of a DVD player in the afternoon yesterday. You know she lives close to the postoffice so people are constantly going and coming but no one stopped the robbery.

A couple of amusing remarks were given by the Newbie elected Maryland Officials;
Commissioner Mike Gibb said he was happy to see so many people in the audience last night and he looked forward to the time when there will be Standing Room Only at a Town hall meeting. Based on my experience the last thing you want to see is a SRO crowd at town hall. It usually is a lynch mob that has turned out to complain and harass the town workers and elected officials due to some problem in town.

Commissioner Stephanie Ring was amazed that there was not even a quorum at the Delmar Revitalization Committee. Welcome to the rest of Delmar Stephanie. A fifteen minute discussion followed as to why no one will volunteer for groups that are trying to help Delmar. A rehash of previous discussions was given on ways to encourage people to volunteer.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Pre-Iditarod Story

Picked Up From the Anchorage Daily News

WILLOW -- Irving, the one-eyed wheel dog, got the worst of it.

"He's kind of a hard luck case of a dog," said Alberta musher Karen Ramstead, who will pilot a team of bushy-tailed Siberian huskies next week in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Irving, a 5-year-old, must remain behind. He's on the disabled list this year with a muscle tear in his hind leg. The consequence of what Ramstead calls an "ambush" attack during a recent training run on popular dog sled trails outside Willow.

Every musher has a moose story. Tales of charging bulls, or shattered sleds or head-on collisions with 1,000-pound cows. For Ramstead, the worst encounter of her career came on a recent weeknight, a saga ending in a flurry of hooves, a screaming husky and three shotgun blasts.

Here is her story.

A four-time Iditarod finisher who once claimed the "red lantern" award as the last musher to Nome, Ramstead trains in Willow in the weeks before the race.

This year she brought Richard Todd, a Brit from Lincoln, England, who answered Ramstead's want ad for a dog handler. The pair are staying with a friend north of Willow, where DeeDee Jonrowe is a neighbor and the dog yard spills into a collection of trails frequented by Iditarod veterans and recreational mushers alike.

On Feb. 16, Ramstead planned to celebrate the delivery of her dog food bags to Anchorage -- a time-consuming pre-race ritual -- with an overnight training run.

She and Todd left at 6 p.m. Within eight miles, the trouble began. As the team turned a corner, the ears of her lead dogs pitched forward. A big cow was strolling down the trail ahead.

The musher stood on her brake, and Todd's team soon arrived behind her. He stopped too. The pair waited about 30 seconds, assuming the animal would wander off, spooked by two dozen panting dogs.

As soon as Ramstead's sled edged forward a few feet, it was obvious the moose had simply stepped out of sight of the musher's headlamp, she said.

"(She) dropped her head and was waiting for us, basically ambushing us on the trail there," Ramstead said.

The moose stared at the dog teams. She lowered her head and raised her hackles.

Time slowed, Ramstead said.

When a group of dog sled drivers get together, they often talk about this "will it or won't it charge" moment. Ramstead recalled that Jerry Sousa of Talkeetna recently told her that moose lick their lips before barreling forward.

This moose only stared, its head swaying. Then came a guttural, rumbling growl.

"It was like a cheap, science-fiction movie T-Rex, dinosaur noise that she was making through the whole encounter," Ramstead said.

"Neither Richard nor I will ever forget it," she later wrote on her her kennel website.

The moose blitzed forward, directly into the dogs.

"Not just running through the team," the musher said in an interview. "She was actively stomping at the dogs and kicking with all four feet going in different directions."

This is the point in Ramstead's story that listeners sometimes say they would have shot the moose without waiting another moment.

Easier said than done, the mushers said.

"Watching her coming toward you, you just cannot really believe what you're seeing," Todd said. "You're not really prepared to do anything."

"Being a Brit and a Canadian it's not our first our reaction to draw a gun anyways," he joked.

But after trampling through Ramstead's team, the moose charged Todd's dogs, tangling the ganglines and twisting the huskies into a squirming knot

The moose continued straight for Todd, charging over the top of his sled toward the musher, Ramstead said.

Her team, agitated, turned toward the animal. "They wanted a piece of her," she said.

The cow turned and stamped back through Todd's dogs.

"At that point, all the dogs kind of went, 'Yeah, this isn't a lot of fun anymore," Ramstead said.

This winter hasn't been much fun for moose either. Across Southcentral Alaska, heavy snowfall is tempting the ungulates to wander along roadways, trails and railroad corridors, increasing the risk of dangerous encounters. The animals wander driveways and walk along streets to avoid slogging through the deep, soft powder.

As of Tuesday, 420 moose had been struck and killed by vehicles in the Mat-Su area, said Lem Butler, a regional management supervisor for the state Department of Fish and Game.

The animals are grouchy and hungry, reluctant to budge when they find a snow-free path, officials warn.

"It's not every moose that's aggressive, but people need to be aware that moose are really trying to defend these sites," Butler said. "Chasing them off hasn't been an easy thing."

Mushers, who tend to travel at night when moose are more active but harder to see, may be especially vulnerable.

"This is my 11th year, I think, up there training in the winter and I don't recall any year so bad," Ramstead said.

The moose attacking her team could have easily escaped on hard-packed trails, she said. But the cow stayed among the dogs, blocking access to the shotgun packed in Ramstead's overturned sled.

That's when the musher looked over her shoulder. Todd was rifling through his own sled, looking for the .44 magnum he carries on the trail.

Todd, who learned to shoot this winter, loaded the handgun.

"Do you want it over her or into her," he asked Ramstead.

"Over her," she said.

Todd fired a round above the moose's head. The warning shot hurled the animals into chaos.

The moose charged once again as Todd was half-pushed, half-jumped into a snowbank, cramming the handgun with snow, he said.

"This could be bad," he remembers thinking.

Unaccustomed to gunshots, the dog teams startled.

It was at this point that a name popped into the musher's mind. "George Murphy."

A retired Iditarod pilot, Murphy was attacked by a fuming cow moose Jan. 20 near the Willow airport. The animal broke seven of Murphy's ribs before his 97-pound, 85-year-old wife, Dorothea, whacked it with a shovel, driving the animal away.

The moose attacking Ramstead's team seemed equally menacing.

"She was obviously after dogs, people," Ramstead said. "I didn't think she was going to go by me without stomping."

Ramstead rolled out of the way as something struck her leg. A glancing blow, she said.

The moose stopped at Todd's sled, standing at the runners as if it was about to take the dog team for a leisurely run.

Team Ramstead looks like a 1920s dog team. The handsome Siberians resemble Serum Run-era heroes like Balto and Togo more than sinewy Lance Mackey kennel marathoners like Zorro and Maple.

Smiling but slow, the huskies double as beauty contestants. Literally. The kennel motto is "Pretty Sled Dogs." A 10-year-old team member, "Crunchie," won the open dog class at the 2007 U.S. Nationals.

Winning the Iditarod is another matter. Ramstead teams don't always complete the race and have never finished above 56th place.

But mushers and dogs, even those in the middle or back of the pack, train year-round for the competition, spending tens of thousands of dollars in the process. Ramstead's dogs are fan favorites, and the fuming Willow moose threatened to end the season just weeks before the Super Bowl of the sport.

"They're 40-pound dogs versus a 1,000-pound moose. It's not a very fair fight," Ramstead said.

As the moose paused at Todd's sled, the musher rushed to her sled and grabbed her shotgun.

"Do you want to shoot her or do you want me to?" she asked Todd.

Todd took the shotgun, walking clear of the dogs, and approached the moose. He shot it in the head from about three feet away, he said.

The animal dropped immediately, he said. Todd fired twice more.

The mushers surveyed the trail. A tangle of 24 dogs surrounded them, some in a panic, some strangely still. A dog named "Beauty" stood screaming in her harness.

Ramstead knew some of the dogs had been kicked and looked for signs of injury.

Only one of the huskies, 52-pound Irving, was badly hurt, she said.

Both musher and dog have been unlucky in the past. Irving, who is named for the drummer of a fictional band that appeared on an episode of "Gilligan's Island," lost his eye following a trail injury.

Two years ago -- around the same time of year as the moose attack -- Ramstead impaled her hand on a black spruce branch just before the Iditarod. The wound forced her to scratch during the 2010 race, and even today a piece of spruce remains cocooned in shiny scar tissue below her knuckles.

As for this year's race, a vet inspected Irving and found a tear in the quadricep muscle of a rear leg, Ramstead said. You can feel the tear in the muscle, she said.

The injury will heal but not in time to run the Iditarod. Ramstead plans to pull Irving from her starting lineup of 16 dogs. It's a loss, she said. The dog isn't her smartest husky but is big and strong, just right for a wheel dog. The missing eye has never been a problem.

"He does all the things a sled dog needs to do. Find the trail and find kibble," Ramstead said.

Although Todd says he now jumps at moose-shaped shadows on the trail, the mushers count themselves and their teams lucky overall.

"I can't get over how the dogs came through it as well as they did," Ramstead said.

The musher will join 65 other teams Saturday in Anchorage for the Iditarod ceremonial start. The race begins for real the next day in Willow.

Five days to the Iditarod

Delmar Joint Council Meeting February 27th

The Delmar Joint Council Meeting will be held at 7 PM in town hall on February 27th. Some items on the agenda are;

Maryland Resolution 2012-02-27 Adoption of Wicomico County Hazard Mitigation Plan

Delaware Mosquito Control

Delaware Resolution 2012-02-27 Special election bond issuance Back up well.

The Grizzly Bear Chair - 1865

'Bye, Bye Birdie'

'Bye, Bye Birdie' musical Delmar High School will present the musical, Bye, Bye Birdie, at 7 p.m. on March 1, 2, and 3, in the school's auditorium. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 if purchased at the door. Tickets are available from cast members or by calling the school at 846-9544 or contacting;

Delmar Library - Munch and Learn - February 28th

The University of Maryland Extension and Delmar Public Library, 101 North Bi-State Boulevard, Delmar, Financial management classes The University of Maryland Extension and Delmar Public Library continue to bring learning opportunities on managing money. On Feb. 28, Munch & Learn: Bring a Brown Bag Lunch from noon to 1 p.m., for adults focusing on retirement planning.

The educational programs are being delivered by Megan O’Neil, Finance Educator for UMD Extension on the Lower Shore. Ms. O’Neil is a two time award winner from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences for outstanding financial management educational programs and has served as Chair of the Public Policy Committee of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and President of the Maryland Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is credentialed in both Human Development and Family Studies (CFCS-HDFS) and in Personal and Family Financial Education (CFCS-PFFE).

Munch & Learn is free.

Tracking Your Ancestors II April 28th

Put on by the Sussex County Genealogical Society

Preservation Plan Laurel library March 5th 6 AM

Giving Humans A Hint

Annie's Ghosts and some of the effects of WWII

I recently finished reading a book called "Annie's Ghosts" by Steve Luxenberg ( 2009, Hyperion Books). Steve Luxenberg is a journalist who discovers after his mother's death that she was not an only child but had a younger sister, Annie, who was physically and mentally handicapped. She had spent thirty some years in mental hospital before dieing there. He decides to search out this secret of the family and records his problems with the bureaucracy and legal issues surrounding health records and information of people who have been in institutions. Lucky for him he was a journalist and knew a number of people that could give him advise so eventually he was able to construct some facts on this unknown Aunt of his. In the process of writing about his investigation he gives a great amount of background information about various outlooks in the 1920's thru 1960's. It is an interesting book if you have tried to do any family tree research and attempted to get information from any institution regardless of how long the person you are investigating has been dead.

One item of interest, in his background information, concerned the number of marriages that occurred in the 1940 to 1942 period. We always hope love is the main reason for marriage but we know in truth there are other factors involved. In part it was an outcome of limited economy opportunities women had in that period and the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, which initially had a provision exempting married men from military draft.

Altho he does not go into into it that much anyone who does family tree work can not help but be struck my the number of marriages in that time period (1940-1942). Also the number of divorces in 1945 hit an all time high after the war was over and the married man of 1942 returned home to someone he didn't really know. The usual age for women marrying in that time period was from age 16 to about age 25. Due to the lack of economic opportunities most women in that age group lived with their parents. We know at that age most were dieing to leave home and get out on their own, away from their parents, and one doorway for that was marriage.

For the men; the Army or Marines really had no appeal and one way out of the draft selection was to be married and even more insurance from being drafted was given if you had children. This would later change and men would drafted rather they were married or not.

So added to the two factors plus the sexual heat in that age group and once all your friends marry you feel you have to do likewise, a peak of wartime marriages was reached in 1942 when 1,772,000 marriages were reported compared say to 1938 with 1,331,000 marriages. Now in part, some marriages were put off until the war years due to the depression and lack of money to get married. Once the war started and the war industry was hiring everyone including women, money became available for marriage. So not only marriages but with the attraction of waiting jobs, the number of high school dropouts increased significantly, resulting in the teenage work force swelling from one million to three million youngsters.

Besides marriages and school dropouts, another event happened during the war years that when doing family tree work you will encounter and that in Delaware was called the Delayed Birth Certificate. In order to qualify for a job in a defense plant, and that was where the money was, you had to have proof of citizenship which meant you had to have a birth certificate. Most people, prior to 1930, were born at home and merely had their name and birth year recorded in a family bible, now they had to have a state document. Delaware has required a birth certificate since 1913 but since there was no reason to have one not all births were reported to the state. The state vital statistics offices were overwhelmed by an unprecedented number of requests for certified copies of birth certificates and with delayed registration of births. The delayed Birth Certificate called for submitting the family bible, maybe an insurance policy showing your age when you took the insurance policy out, marriage records showing your age, draft cards with age etc. These had to be submitted with sworn statements by your parents or family members or even a family friend. It would take awhile before the delayed birth certificate was issued.

I'm looking at You

Incorporation Considered - 1899

From the Salisbury Advertiser Feb 11th, 1899

The Delmar citizens on the Delaware side of town are taking steps to have the Delaware side incorporated which has never been done. We are glad of the move because it means better order, better sidewalks, and better lights on that half of town which has long been sadly in need of the same. This will also prevent horseracing through the business streets where the lives of citizens have been endangered by reckless and fast driving. You have our congratulations for any move for the improvement of Delmar.

Take Care Of The Land

Elijah Freeney Cemetery Cleanup

On a very windy day, some members of the Delmar Historical and Arts Society yesterday worked on the cleanup of the Elijah Freeney cemetery west of Delmar.

Happily OSHA was not there to observe our work habits.

The cemetery was not in as bad shape as others because the sod farm owners, where the cemetry is located, have tried to cut the larger trees down. A big thanks to them. We did try to remove the stumps. In a poor pun, Ed Ferro said we were digging out the family tree.

Chuck Swift, noted taphophile (“taph” from the Greek for tomb and “philia” meaning an inordinate fondness), volunteered to come down from Laurel and help us.

More work is to be done.

Titles That Deceive


The fifty hour snow storm, Feb 18, 1899

From the Salisbury Advertiser; Feb 18, 1899

DELMAR - The fifty hour snow storm, which ended Monday night, left Delmar cut off from the outside world except by telegraph. On Friday the Thermometer registered ten degrees below zero and on Wednesday the fifteenth, a zero temperature was noted in the early morning. The North-bound Norfolk and New York express which reached here early Monday Morning with thirty-six passengers, remained until Wednesday. Part of these were soldiers belonging to the hospital corp, on the way to Manila.

Work trains started North and South on Tuesday to assist in opening the way for transportation. The railroad company has given employment to extra men at good wages. The first mail since Saturday from the north arrived late Wednesday night. Horses were ridden through the street to break down the snow and a snow plow drawn through to open a path. Huge banks of snow stand along the sidewalks. School were suspended till Thursday. A number of photographic views of the scene were taken.

M. H. German, T. A. Vessey, W. B. Elliott and J.J. Ellis have been harvesting ice.

George McNeilia and Miss Florence White were married at the M. P. Parsonage, Wednesday evening by the Rev. J. L. Straughn.

The noted Railroad Evangelist, Miss Jennie Smith, has been assisting in the extra meetings at the M. E. Church.

It's 6:15