Thursday, December 13, 2012

Stealing In 1909 versus Today

The above article concerning Paul Hitch and Herman Wells is from the Courier a Salisbury Maryland Paper April 24th 1909 edition.   What strikes you is that in 1909 they took stealing seriously as opposed to today's view of it.  In 1909 these two 17 year olds were going to an institution for stealing 7 dozen eggs, a pair of shoes, 2 shirts and a bed blanket.  Today something like this would never make the news, the police would not do anything other than take your report of stolen items, and even if it did go to court nothing would happen to the thieves.  Odds are some bleeding heart would race in and say the two were misunderstood and they would be given cell phones, food stamps and a government paid for apartment, from which they would sell drugs out of.   Of note Deputy Sheriff Waller was from Delmar.

Tombstone Thursday and Doug Breen

Eleanor Tyler 1869 to 1946, at the old Monie Churchyard cemetery

It is only recently that I heard of Doug Breen passing.  Doug was a "Come Here" who took an active part in the historical aspect of  Laurel and the surrounding area.  He explored and documented a large number of cemeteries in the area so I think it is only proper to speak of him on Tombstone Thursday.    He wrote three cemetery books, was active in the opening of the Heritage Museum in Laurel, was a past president of the Laurel Historical Society, and a husband and father.  Cancer finally took him at age 67.    His accomplishments were many and he will be missed. 

Delmar Planning and Zoning Meets Tonight

The Delmar Planning and Zoning Commission meets tonight at 7 PM at Town Hall.  Nothing is on the agenda so it should be a quick meeting.