Saturday, December 08, 2012

Trying For A Share Of The Christmas Dollar

Over in Annapolis the Annapolis Business Association is irate over the City of Annapolis letting the  
Non-Profit "Stepping Out For Breast cancer" sell crafts in a building the city owns.  The Nonprofit has in the past sold crafts but the building they used in previous years was not available this year.  The town allowed them to use a building free of charge.  The ABA  is saying;

"The whole intent of Midnight Madness is to fill the stores of our merchants," ABA President Sean O'Neill said. "By doing this, the city has completely missed the mission of Midnight Madness."

"It’s not a cheap event to pull of," he said. "We've spent thousands of dollars in advertising, and they are just riding our coattails on the sly. The dysfunction in City Hall, this is the epitome of it."

I can certainly see the ABA viewpoint.  If they spent money to get customers to their store than the city allow another competitor in who did not spend anything in advertising but wants a piece of the pie.   Because the city is not leasing the building to the Non-profit they didn't have to vote on it at the council meeting so it was an under the table affair.  Annapolis Chatter has a little to say about it

Annapolis businesses are a very tight group and they are always fighting someone who tries to open a business in the downtown section.  Currently Chipotle is trying to open a location in Annapolis and is being fought by Moe's.  Annapolis has a fast food ordinance that says fast food "restaurants" can't come into town and part of the definition is for the restaurant to use reusable silverware and generate no more than 10 percent in profits from takeout sales.  I consider Chipotle a fast food place, but anyway the Annapolis Council will address it in January.  For a little more on the subject follow the below link.

Friday, December 07, 2012

The western Shore Visit

I have been away for the past couple of days visiting my daughter over on the western Shore.  I did however squeeze in a couple of Historical research items on the trip. 

First I was able to stop by the Maryland Hall of Records State Archives in Annapolis.

It has been a number of years since I have last been there.  The helpfulness of the State employees that work there vary greatly (much like the ones who work at The Delaware archives) so if you hit them on a good day you can have a productive day.  I did hit them on a good day and they were helpful but I did not succeed in finding anything.  Some days are like that. 

Since it had been a number of years since my last visit I went to their website to see what the requirements were currently to visit. You have to register and interestingly they now have a guard at the entrance to the place.  They say it is due to 911.  I am sure a terrorist is going to hit the State archives and bring Maryland to it's knees by holding the guests hostage.  Since the researchers that go there are genealogist and history researchers what ever terrorist that entered the building would be surrounded by genealogist asking for the name of his grandfather and Grandmother and the history buffs would be asking him if he was related to the Baltimore Arabs who use to sell produce out of push carts in 1950's. 

I was looking for Somerset County court records from the 1840's and since they are handwritten it takes about an hour to train yourself to read the clerks handwriting. 
a typical page, scattered thru out the court proceedings are maps of land plots such as the one below;

The next day I was able to squeeze in a cemetery visit.  This one was in DC - the US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery.  It is a small cemetery in comparison to others and seem to be close to being filled up.
I was looking for the grave of Hugh N. Moore who died in 1900.  Another of my research projects.  The tombstones are numbered and since I knew he was in section K grave 6825 it didn't take to long to find him. 
No additional data could be found on the tombstone and since there was a funeral in process the office was closed so I could not inquiry there.   A military cemetery always involves feeling in you due to the number of uniform tombstones.  Not to mention the playing of taps for the funeral that was in process.

So there you have it, several hours spent to find very little research data but that is the way most of the history research goes,  it takes you hours to find one bit of information.

A Couple of "Holiday" Events

The Village of Quantico has their annual Holiday Candlelight Tour this weekend from 5 to 9 PM.  It is on both Saturday and Sunday.  It will take the 2 hour time slot to visit all the houses and bring a flashlight with you as it is a walking tour. Cost $10 or it is free just to walk around town and look at the decorated houses.

The Vienna Maryland Luminaria Night Celebration is December 22nd from 5 to 9 luminaries on the streets house tour music tickerts are $5 or it is free to just walk around town and look at the decorated houses.

Today Is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Today in 1941 Japan attacked Pearl harbor leaving 1,282 Americans Wounded and 2,402 killed.  In spite of the loss of individuals Pearl Harbor Day will soon go the way of "Remember The Maine Day."  The people who were there are mostly dead and those who were alive at the time or would be alive a few years afterwards are also dieing off and once those who could remember the event or whose father was part of that time period die, the memory of the importance of that day will go.   Future Presidents will no longer be afraid of offending Japan by speaking out on Pearl Harbor Day.  If you notice in President' Obama Proclamation Japan is not mentioned at all in it.  Pearl Harbor was the equivalent of 911 at the time.  An unexpected attack leaving many dead.  I think the difference between 1941 and 2001 is the President in 1941 declared War on Japan.  In 2001 the President continued undeclared war on which ever country he felt he wanted to.  If War can be Honorable it was honorable in 1941 and today our country acts little better than the terrorist who attack us.


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On December 7, 1941, our Nation suffered one of the most devastating attacks ever to befall the American people. In less than 2 hours, the bombs that rained on Pearl Harbor robbed thousands of men, women, and children of their lives; in little more than a day, our country was thrust into the greatest conflict the world had ever known. We mark this anniversary by honoring the patriots who perished more than seven decades ago, extending our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones they left behind, and showing our gratitude to a generation of service members who carried our Nation through some of the 20th century's darkest moments.

In his address to the Congress, President Franklin D. Roosevelt affirmed that "with confidence in our Armed Forces -- with the unbounding determination of our people -- we will gain the inevitable triumph." Millions stood up and shipped out to meet that call to service, fighting heroically on Europe's distant shores and pressing island by island across the Pacific. Millions more carried out the fight in factories and shipyards here at home, building the arsenal of democracy that propelled America to the victory President Roosevelt foresaw. On every front, we faced down impossible odds -- and out of the ashes of conflict, America rose more prepared than ever to meet the challenges of the day, sure that there was no trial we could not overcome.

Today, we pay solemn tribute to America's sons and daughters who made the ultimate sacrifice at Oahu. As we do, let us also reaffirm that their legacy will always burn bright -- whether in the memory of those who knew them, the spirit of service that guides our men and women in uniform today, or the heart of the country they kept strong and free.

The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2012, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

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


Sunday, December 02, 2012

Books Books Books - Buy Now For Christmas

In your Christmas shopping remember that a number of our local museums have stores that have unique gifts.  Perhaps a gift for that person who moved out of our area  and would like something to remind them of Delmarva.  A vist to the a museum gift shop might solve a shopping problem.

As always the local Historical Societies have books for sale;

The Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society (LDGS) has a number of publications for sale that would make great presents for your family Genealogist and Historian.

Some of those books are;
BURBAGE FUNERAL HOME - Cemetery Records (1914 - 1980) Birth and Death dates - transcribed by Dale M. Jones 127 pages - $30.00 plus $4 P&H.

WHAYLAND/INSLEY/KIBBLE Ledger from Allen, MD store 1700s-1900s - ships cargoes and more indexed; 100 pages $25 plus $4.50 P&h

FOOKS FAMILY BOOK By Herbert C. Fooks in 1953. Reprinted by LDGS 2001 with index, 589 pages. Many surnames, maps, land patents, more $45 plus $4.25 p&H


A SOMERSET SAMPLER: Families of Old Somerset County (MD) 1700- 1776, compiled and edited by Pauline Manning Batchelder. Supplementing Clayton Torrences 1935 "Old Somerset on the Eastern Shore of Maryland" 312 pages $35 plus $4 P&G.

GRAVEYARDS AND GRAVESTONES OF WICOMICO By John E. Jacob, jr. 132 pages, death dates up to Dec 31, 1900 $15 plus $3.25 p&h.

MORE FROM THE SHORE (6 books: each contain 10 back issues of LDGS' bi-annual Newsletter from 1982-2011), Vol. 1-5; Vol. 6-10; Vol. 11-15; Vol, 16-20; Vol. 21-25; Vol 26-30 Each of those six books $25 plus $4 P&G

These books may be ordered from Lower Delmarva Genealogical Society, PO Box 3602, Salisbury, MD 21802-3602.  Naturally include the address where you want it shipped to.

And from the Laurel Historical Society there are a number of books and a DVD that can be given as gifts this year for Christmas.

The second book in the cemetery series, Cemeteries in Laurel, Delaware, was launched by the Laurel Historical Society in May 2010. The book is a comprehensive listing of the families and individuals who are interred at the various cemeteries within the Town of Laurel. An excellent resource for genealogists and historians, the book also includes an overview of the history of the various cemeteries.

Price: $40 (includes shipping) Authors: Doug Breen and Chuck Swift

The first book in the cemetery series, Odd Fellows Cemetery, Laurel, Delaware, was launched by the Laurel Historical Society in August 2009. The book is a comprehensive listing of the nearly 5,000 families and individuals who are interred at the cemetery. An excellent resource for genealogists and historians, the book also includes an overview of the cemetery's history, special features found within the grounds, and some stories of the families who are found there. Other interesting features include maps of the numerous sections of the cemetery, photos of various headstones, and a listing of organizations and symbols.

Price: $40 (includes shipping) Authors: Doug Breen and Chuck Swift

167 pages

First printed in 1986, The History of Nineteenth Century Laurel serves as a comprehensive collection of Laurel's history. Like a written time capsule, it captures the town's long and interesting past. This book has been reprinted recently by the Laurel Historical Society, and for good reason. It is a resource for readers to find the stories, maps, and photos that help to shed light on the history of Laurel. The book begins with the earliest known history of the area and the Native Americans who called the shores of Broad Creek home, and moves through the time of the town's initial settlement and its growth into a thriving ommunity.

Price: $50 (includes shipping) Author: Harold Hancock 438 pages

Bacon Switch DVD -The DVD contains a presentation that was made during the Laurel Historical Society’s Annual Dinner in June 2009. The presentation was made by Jay Hill and detailed the long history of the Bacon Switch area of Laurel and the families who have called it home. It is a steal at a Price: $7 (includes shipping)Speaker: Jay Hill
Producer: Doug Breen

Please make checks payable to “Laurel Historical Society”
Provide with your check your Name and Mailing Address

Mail to: Laurel Historical Society
P.O. Box 102
Laurel, DE 19956

The Season of Uh? What? and Say That Again

Christmas is the time for parties, dinners and crowds, but for those of us with hearing difficulties it is also the season of saying, "What?, Uh?, say that again, and are you talking to me?".  I happen to be totally deaf in one ear and have a hearing lost in the other ear.  The result at those dinners and parties is everyone conversation around me all flow into one ear and  the result is chaos in understanding anything.  I try to avoid those social events but at this time of the year I find I may have to attend one or two of them.  Usually I look for the ones that have the least amount of people in the room and by their nature will have less outside the group noise going on (piped in music, bands, heavy traffic of people walking or passing by,). 

I recently received an advertisement from a hearing center and they had a few suggestions that would apply at this time of year for those of us who have hearing problems.

1 - Don't be shy - remind your friends and family that you have a hearing difficulty.  They'll be reminded to slow down, speak up, and be more attentive to your needs.

2- Strategic Seating -  If gathering for a meal, ask to be seated at an end of the table so you won't have multiple conversations on either side of you.

3 - Smaller Groups - Is your party dining at multiple tables? If possible request to sit with a smaller group to focus on conversations more easily.

4 - Turn Down The Volume - Is there music playing or a television on during your meal? Ask your host to turn down the volume so you can enjoy every one's company better.

5 - Pack Your Accessories - If you wear a hearing aid, travel with extra batteries and a hearing aid cleaning kit.