Thursday, July 25, 2013

Belated Happy Birthday To Delmar Delaware Vice Mayor Mary Lee Pase

When you get old your mind fails you and I missed wishing Mary Lee Pase a Happy Birthday - Soo Happy Birthday Mary Lee.

Now I won't say how old Mary Lee is BUT while doing some research over at the Dorchester Library in Cambridge, Maryland - back in the historical photo section where they keep the photos of 100 year old house, etc I found this 1961 photo of Mary Lee
See she hasn't aged a day

A Book and A Blog

I recently have been re-reading "Roots" by Alex Haley. The book is slightly different from the Mini-series but it is still great fictional genealogy.  It does have a number of inaccuracies in it but you read the book for the story not the history.  One part of the book mentions that the Waller family, who owned Kinta Kunta, built houses that were a story and a half instead of two story houses because the King of England had put an extra tax on two story houses. 

Enter a blog called; History Myths DeBunked

Myth #78 talks about this story of a tax on two story houses and she concludes there was no such tax.  I tend to agree with her.  Like she says a story and a half house is just that a story and a half house, much like the Cape Cod house I built, it is cheaper to build than a two story house to build. 

Plant It on Friday At The Delmar Library

On Friday, July 26, at 1:30 PM, Beth Messick of Bess' Buds will be at the Delmar Library with "Plant It," getting our hands dirty but leaving with plants to decorate your porch or patio.

Planning and Zoning Meeting Tonight at 7:00 At The Maryland Town Hall

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival - 2013

My wife and I drove down last night to the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival
for those great oyster sandwiches.  It also gave us a chance to listen to that great oldie radio station in Pocomoke on 540 AM  that is hard to pickup in Delmar.

It poured down raining about the time we were heading for the carnival grounds.
The ground was wet but there was the usual big crowd there. Lotsa of fat old people walking around so we fit in.  No Trayvon Martin tee shirts or hoodies here.  I still don't understand how people can enjoy going somewhere and talk on a cell phone the entire time.

I tend to think about 7:30 or 8 is a good time to hit the oyster line as there is no line and the oyster fritters are cooked better.  Still $7 each
and of course ponies waiting to be sold today

Delmar Police Press release

The Acadians Among Us

New Maryland Historical Trust Sign Unveiled


Nearly 260 years ago a small group of refugees landed on the shores of Maryland against their will. The year was 1755, during the outset of the French and Indian War, but a different war was being waged against the French Catholics - known as Acadians - as they were expelled from their lands in Nova Scotia, Canada. Four shiploads, carrying about 900 Acadians, were unloaded on the shores of Maryland in November 1755 and by 1770 the majority of these displaced Acadians left by ship to Louisiana.

Rarely discussed in history books, these Acadian people were the early settlers of Oxford, Newtown (today Chestertown), Georgetown, Fredericktown, Baltimore, Annapolis, Upper Marlboro, Lower Marlboro and Port Tobacco and many of their names are found in the Maryland 1763 Acadian census.

At the Manokin River Park in Princess Anne, MD on July 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm, a Maryland Historical Trust Sign will be unveiled, recognizing the Acadians' contribution to Maryland's mainstream history and experience on the Eastern Shore. Marie Rundquist, author of Revisiting Anne Marie: How an Amerindian Woman of Seventeenth-Century Nova Scotia and a DNA Match Redefine “American” Heritage and Cajun by Any Other Name: Recovering the Lost History of a Family and a People, in support of the Maryland Historical Trust marker program, researched and outlined the important and little-known story of the expulsion of the Acadians from their lands in Nova Scotia and their forced resettlement throughout the colonies, including the Chesapeake Bay area.

Rundquist states, “Visitors searching for signs describing Acadian history in Maryland, and particularly their ancestors' experience on the Eastern Shore, will no longer be disappointed; by reading the Maryland Historic Marker in Princess Anne, they will discover the nearly hidden role of Acadians in Maryland's early history. Visitors will also find out about the remarkable, historic, Acadian connection that links Maryland's Eastern Shore with Nova Scotia, Canada and the Acadian (“Cajun”) people of Louisiana.”

The public is welcome to join the celebration and share in this historic event.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Sgt Ralph Hook

From The Salisbury Times, Salisbury Maryland April 24, 1945
While putting together the Delmar Historical and Arts Society newsletter I came across this short note in The Salisbury Times 1945
WOW! Ralph Hook, joined at 17 years old and by 19 had completed 20 missions
I can only compare this to 17 year olds today.

Monday, July 22, 2013


Tomorrow at the Delmar Library at 11 Am will be someone to help you with the SNAP.  The Federal government Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) better known to most of us as Food stamps use to be looked on as something really poor people had access to.  In today's economy however there are quite a few of us who didn't think that we were THAT poor and now we find we qualify for the program.  I had always heard that if your main income was from your social security check you automatically qualified for the minimum amount of SNAP.  I tried applying and received such a ration of shit from the "Representative" I had to deal with (Yes, she was Black) that I said to hell with it.   Tomorrow at 11 AM you can give it a try.