Thursday, July 12, 2012

George R. Hill Comes Home To Salisbury - 1921

Art In The Park July 12th

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society (DHAS) "Art In The Park" Kicked off tonight with the great sound of Riffshakers.  A little jazz, a little blues, and a little funk made for a great musical evening.  A big thanks to the band for giving of their time to entertain us.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Slight Miscalculation

I noticed the new paved courtyard in front of Town hall pools water so it is useless as a walkway in the rain.  I wonder if the town will call the contractor back to correct the problem or will this be another item the town just accepts.

You Have Got To Love It

After thousands were without power for several days on the western shore the customers of Pepco and BGE are being told the utilities are allowed to recoup some of the money lost after the severe storm June 29 by charging a fee to be paid by customers who were without power.  Called BSA (bill  stabilization adjustment it is but one more example of what happens when you don't become involved in your government and you let bureaucrat decide your life for you.

Tomorrow Night; Art In The Park Begins

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society (DHAS) will once again give free musical concerts in the State Street Park on Thursdays in the Month of July. They will go from 6 to 8 PM starting on Thursday July 12th and continue on July 19th and July 26th. Vendors will be at the park to sell craft items and food. So bring a lawn chair and come out and listen to the music.  Tomorrow night will be Riffshakers.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pine Bluff Sanatorium Expands - 1913

From the Feb 20, 1913 edition of The Wicomico News


The Pine Bluff Sanatorium Commission of which Senator Price has recently been named a member to take the place of Dr. Brice Goldsborough, resigned, has started work erecting some outside shacks at the Sanatorium for use of colored patients.  This institution is doing a great work and is providing places for incurable tuberculosis patients.  It is the only place in Maryland where the incurable can be sent and it is a great boom for suffering humanity.  It is the intend of the commission to erect several of these shacks and providing for more patients.

Eastern Shore Gas and Electric Company Ad - 1921

Sears Roebuck Buggy Ad 1899

The July Quarterly Delmar Police Commission Meeting

Last night the Delmar Police Commission held their quarterly meeting.  All members were present except Chief Saylor.  Among the items discussed before going into executive session (a questionable move.) 

The Delaware side of Town was subject to Project Safe Streets which resulted in the quarter of issuing 1,654 tickets (citations) as compared to the Maryland side of town in which only 153 tickets were issued.   

They are working on the Animal Control agreement and it will go to the lawyers for review.

A letter was sent to A & EK Properties, owner of a house (rental property) at 24 East State Street ( it's the brown house along side of Town Hall)  that the town will file for confiscation of the property due to the drug activities taking place at the property.  Strange that they have not done the same on the old Nero apartments in town behind my house.

Delaware has a website for Wanted Persons; Go To
and select
"Wanted Person Review"
and enter the name of the person you are think might be in the data base

The site is very boring, there does not appear to be  any to bring up everyone in the database name and address, so unlike the sex offender list you don't know who is wanted in your neigborhood.

Kids are hanging out in State Street Park after dusk and the police were asked to remove them.

Monday, July 09, 2012

File By Tuesday

Picked up from WGMD
Tuesday is the deadline for candidates to file to enter this fall’s races.
Delaware Elections Commissioner Elaine Manlove says candidates must file with the commissioner of election by noon to secure a spot on the September 11 primary ballots and the general election ballots on November 6.

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Two Short Book Reviews

The First is Amy Tan's "The Hundred Secret Senses,"  Published by Random House Ballantine Publishing Group 1995. This is by far her best book.  All of her books revolve around family and Chinese families go way back.  "The Hundred Secret Senses" key characters are Olivia (Chinese- American) and Kwan (Chinese but Olivia half sister).  It has many of the elements which makes a book interesting to me - family tree, some researching of family trees, a little reincarnation and a lot of spirits from the dead.  The book is well written and the characters are developed well. Kwan stands out for the way she speaks pigeon English, her loyalty, and her ability to see and talk to Yin people (the dead).  Disappointing was the ending and what happened to Kwan.  Amy Tan also likes to employ the technique of one chapter being in the present and the next chapter being in the past, which I don't usually care for.  I have read "The Joy Luck Club", "The Kitchen God's Wife" and "The Bonesetters Daughter" and by far this is book is the best one of her novels.

The Second book is "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" by Stieg Larsson, published First Vintage Crime/Black Lizard June 2009.  Since this book was originally written in Swedish let me give a large amount of credit to Reg Keeland, the translator,  for making this book so interesting.  Okay for many of the same reasons given in "The Hundred Secret Senses" plus the addition of 40 years murders, a missing person and various forms of sex, I found the story interesting.  I found I was hooked on this book in the Prologue and it kept my interest for the next 644 pages.  As I said the book has family tree, family tree research, crime research, a unique character in Lisbeth Salander, researcher, and family secrets.  Many of you may have seen the movie, I have not, but I am curious as to how well it follows the book.  Many books have more in them then what is contained in the movies that are made from them, "Dr Zhivago" and "No Country For Old Men" come immediately to mind. The general plot is Harriet Vanger goes missing and 40 years later the Vanger family hires Mikael Bloomkvist to find out what happened to her.  He employs Lisbeth Salander to help investigate and research.  Along the way he has sex with her and a couple of other females.  He is shot at, beat up etc until he finally wraps up the murders and the missing person.  It is set in Sweden, a country I know little about other than trips to Ikea, but the book did mention Ikea, Glogg and Lingonberries so I was able to relate at various parts in the book.

The 1897 State of Maryland Health Report - Wicomico County

Wicomico County.

Dr. C. K. Truitt, Health Officer.

April 26th, 1897, I visited White Haven, and found the place

poorly drained, the ditches in bad condition. The ditch along

the county road is in bad condition and filled with mud, trash

and stagnant water. This ditch empties into another large ditch

that crosses the marsh from southwest to northeast, and is also in

bad condition. If this large ditch was cleaned out it would be

flushed by the river.

There was formerly a ditch that passed through the lands of

Mr. J. F. Bloodsworth, and drained the lands of three families.

After this ditch was closed by Mr. Bloodsworth, the storm water

ran over the lands of the other families and under their privies,

and washed out fecal discharges, over the lots and front yards,

out to the road. After the rain was over, and the sun shone

out, the odors were very bad. They have now put in an under-

ground drain to the river, and so far, I have heard no more


May 7th, 1897, I was asked by the City Council to inspect a

ditch at the head of Main street. The place is in bad condition

and unhealthy, as the water-closet from 'the Humphrey's build-

ing empties into the ditch.

May 21st. 1897, received complaint from Quantico, that Mr.

had killed an old horse, and had put it in his lot near the

Main street, and turned in hogs to devour it. The odor was very

bad. Ordered it buried and covered with charcoal; also ordered

hog pens cleaned.

June 5th, 1697, I visited Powellsville and examined the ditch

that runs through the place. Found it in bad condition, and

dangerous to health. An epidemic of diphtheria occurred there

last fall. The contract for cleaning the ditch has since been


June 8th, learned of diphtheria at Pittsvile in the practice of

Dr. Freeny. The cause seemed to be an old well. Had the well

cleaned, and had no more cases. The child recovered.

June 23d, complaint made that Johnson's mill pond was in a

state of nuisance and dangerous to health. I notified Messrs.

Johnson and Bell to abate the nuisance. There is a great deal

of sickness in the neighborhood, and most of it is laid to the

old mill pond with its stagnant pools of water. The dam is

broken, and there was not enough water to cover the bottom. I

hear that this dam has been put on the county, if so, it should be

repaired at once, as it is a road frequently used.

June 24th, complaints were made that Humphrey's mill pond

is in a state of nuisance. Nearly all the water has been run out

through the mill. I notified Mr. Phillips to cease using water

and to use stream, which they have since done.

August 19th, I received complaint from Delmar. Complaint

had also been made to the State Board of Health. At Mr. W.

B. Elliott's, I found the water running into the streets, where it

stagnated. At Mrs. Jane Elliott's, the water was running in the

street, where it became offensive. The Town Commissioners

were notified to clean out the ditch that runs east and west

through the town. People, whose property is next to the ditch,

throw into it dead animals and fowl, spoiled eggs, and all sorts

of refuse.

Thomas E. Hearn empties refuse into the ditch.

W. C. Lecates, W. O. West, W. A. Culver, Geo. A. Waller,

W. C. Truitt, B. B. Gordy, Ulyses Baker, T. A. Veasey, T. A.

Landing, tenant, M. H. German (a block of houses), all run waste

water into the street. Veasey Hotel empties sewer into railroad

ditch, also a sewer from water-closet.

The above places are in Delmar, and owners were notified to

abate nuisances in fifteen days. From later reports I learn that

they have all obeyed the notice.

August 20, 1897, I was asked to visit the Jackson farm, where

Mrs. Mills lives. There had been several cases of typhoid there

in previous years. On investigating, found surroundings filthy

and in very bad condition. Notified to clean the premises at

once, and put a new bench cover over the pump.

September 10th, 1897, complaint that the dumping grounds on

river front near old basket factory was in bad condition and

unhealthy. On investigating, found nothing unhealthy, but

much that is unsightly.

September 11th, many complaints received from Quantico, that

a bad odor filled, the town. I went again to this place, and on

investigating, found that an old mule had jumped oyer a fence

into the marsh, and had gotten fast in the mire and died, having

been there for several days. Ordered it buried, covered with

boards, and dirt put on top of the boards to keep the hogs from

rooting it out. Notified Mr. that if I had to see him any

more for maintaining a nuisance, he would certainly be prose-


September 27th, 1897, William Morris made complaint that

the water in the Cranberry Bog was stagnant and unhealthy.

On visiting the place I found no need of action.

September 28th, 1897, I visited Nanticoke. Had heard from

several persons that there was typhoid fever, and, as I had not

been notified, I went to see Dr. Ben Lankford. The cases have

recovered. I had written several times, enclosing stamped return

envelope, but received no reply.

October 11th, 1897, complaint made that the water from the

fountain, corner of Main and Dock streets, was standing in the

gutter and becoming offensive. Ordered the gutter cleaned and

the water run off, which was done.

Besides the above, outbreaks of scarlet fever have been

reported by four physicians. Outbreaks of typhoid fever by

three physicians. Outbreaks of diphtheria by four physicians.

Private nuisances inspected, 24. Dead animals removed, 3.

The Freeney / Hearne Cemetery Fence

The Freeney/Hearne Cemetery sits about 2/10ths of a mile south of Waller Road.  It is on an 18 inch rise of land, compared to the surrounding farm land.  The cemetery is enclosed by a 25' by 34' iron picket fence.  The fence appears to have been installed in the late 1800's.    The fence is made up of 5' 6" sections attached to 4' tall one and a half inch diameter  metal post set in marble blocks.  Each post has a support rod from the post to the marble block. The 1/2 inch pickets alternate between 2' uprights and 3'4" uprights.  Each picket is sharpened on the top and an embellishment stuck on that makes the shape of an arrowhead. Of the approximately 310 pickets 40% are missing that embellishment.
There is no gate on the fence.  In 1994 when Col. Robert Freeny Jr drew a map of the cemetery he showed a gate, so in the past 15/18 years it has disappeared.
Some photos of the cemetery in 2008 are shown here.

1957 Liquor Raid

A Rose

Mills and Company - 1921


Progessive Firm of Mills and Company Install New Roasting Device At Their Store

Large crowds of Delmar people have been admiring the new electric coffee roasters which was installed at Mills and Company's store here last week and incidentalling enjoying a cup of delicious coffee which this progressive Delmar firm were serving free to all comers, to show the excellent flavor of coffee made from the fresh roasted product.

The grand opening started last Wednesday and they had secured a demonstrator from Philadelphia for the occasion. The new and original roaster was installed in one of the windows at the store and coffee was roasted, as well as Jumbo peanuts in view of all who cared to see.

Mr. Mills said Saturday:
"By installing this roaster, the first of its kind in this section, we are able to but our coffee green and roast it daily, thus giving our customers the benefit of a savings of over 10 cents a pound. Our coffee at 29 cents a pound is the best that can be secured anywhere at any price.

From the Wicomico News, Salisbury Maryland 1921.

The DHAS Brick Sale

The Delmar Historical and Arts Society is selling engraved bricks to be placed in the sidewalks down town.  The bricks are inscribed with the messages of friends, family, businesses, pets and more.  This sale offers individuals an opporunity to place a message that will be part of Delmar history for some time to come.
For the time being, blank bricks are being mixed in with the inscribed ones so larger sections of the walkway can be redone in advance of sales. The empty bricks are only temporary, though.  As more inscribed bricks are sold the blank bricks will be removed and replaced with inscribed bricks.

A regular 4-inch by 8-inch brick, which costs $100, allows for three lines of text with 15 characters per line.

Make your check out to Delmar Historical and Arts Society and mail with completed form to DHAS 34662 St. George Road Delmar DE 19940

Police Commission Meeting Monday Night

The Delmar Police Commission will meet at town hall at 6:30 PM Monday night.  This is their quarterly meeting. 

Town Hall New Flag Post

Town Hall has added a new flag pole to their new courtyard.  It is the same type the VFW has in front of their building. 

On Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., the VFW will dedicate the US flag and present it to both Town Mayors at the new courtyard area of Town Hall. Everyone is invited to witness the ceremony.