Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Caboose Rail Road Stove

Above is a very poor photo of the pot belly stove in the Delmar caboose, somewhere I have better and will update this with a better photo when I find it.  The next time you are over to the caboose take a look at the stove.

The pot belly stove is a cast-iron wood/coal burning stove that is round with a bulge in the middle of it. Its name is derived from resemblance of the stove to that of a fat man’s pot belly,  Usually those that were used in schools and general stores stood on 12 inch legs, however a stove on a railroad car is different.


The Caboose Rail Road Stove,  at the front of this loading door, you will notice that it has a double latch system, or a safety. This is because caboose stoves were largely left unattended, and if you've ever been on an old train, with the side to side motion and bumping around, it would be too easy to have a simple door catch spring open and spill forth hot coals on the floor of the train. The rocking motion of the train brings up my next point, these stoves did not have legs, but were built to be directly bolted to the floor. A stove with 12" legs sitting on the floor of a moving railroad car would simply fall over before it got out of the rail yard or depot. And finally, in almost all cases, the stoves had a Lipped Top, a solid ring of cast iron above the top cook surface, usually 1" or more, to keep the coffee pot or pan of chili from sliding off while under way. Also, in almost all cases, they were coal stoves, as that is what the train's locomotive was burning. Coal must have draft from the bottom of the fire, thus it has to have draft controls below the firebox. Note that literally thousands of these Original stoves where cannibalized for their cast iron content during our country's War Efforts,

Three Types of Pot Belly Stoves Used in the Past Times

There are at least three famous types of pot belly stove used in the past time. The first type is called Monica. It was made by the Union Stove Works Company in the year 1890-1900. It has a dual wood-loading system where the wood can be loaded from the top or the front in a traditional fashion by lifting the cook lid. This type is tall, 52 inches. It is the most expensive pot belly stove because of its good function and the size it possesses.



The second type is Estate Smoke Consumer. This kind of pot belly stove is able to get up and go. It is the wood stove that was originally made by the Estate Stove Company between 1900 until 1920. This kind of stove was usually used in the trains. Furthermore, it is also used to heat up meals or a pot of coffee. The features of this type are wide and flat bottom which provides a stable base when the trip turned bumpy.


The last pot belly stove is Station Agent #14. It is used by the rail travelers to pass the time. It is designed and used primarily to heat rail stations, too, between 1800 and 1900. This type of stove stands almost 4 feet tall. It sparkles with some nickels that are mostly seen on pot belly stove. It is even held up by three decorative legs. What makes it awesome also is that it has a nickel emblem above the wood loading door. It features a large cook lid on the stove’s top.



and finally since we mentioned the Station agent stove did you know that the name "Station Wagon" came from the carriages that hung around railroad stations to carry people and luggage to hotels etc.  The carriages were originally called "Depot hacks" (the hackney carriage was an old name for taxis).  Over time they went from being called hacks to being called "carryalls" or "suburbans" or "station wagons",  Eventually when gasoline powered vehicles came along and replaced the horse drawn ones, Detroit decided to call the big family carryall vehicles a "station wagon." 



1929 Delmar MD High School Chorus

1929 Gypsy Chorus "Miss Blue Bonnet"
Front Row - Nadine Hudson, Frances McGuiness
Back Row; Thelma Powell, Irene Parsons, Catherine Elliott, Pauline Small, Jeannette Walls, Virginia Hudson

Boxing Before WW2

Prior to World War 2 and after WW2 there was an active boxing league on Delmarva.  There were several rings including one in Delmar, others in Ocean City and Salisbury.  Mostly they would have one or two eight round matches followed by some 4 and 3 round matches, usually the local men fought the 3 and 4 round matches.  It is hard to identify a particular boxer since they frequently used a ring name such as "Kid" before their last name.  One boxer from Delmar in the pre WW2 boxing rings was Daly Williams.  I can only assume Daly was a ring name as I can't find any Williams in Delmar with the first name Daly.  There was a number of well known boxers with the last name of Daly, Dan Daly comes to mind as he fought as a boxer and died in 1930.    Anyway Daly Williams seem to stay on the local circuit for a while before vanishing after about 1935.

Other boxers of the pre WW2 era were; Kid Lewis-Chincoteague, Kid Lloyd-New Church, Kid Beebe-Chincoteague, Kid Mister-Crisfield, Kid McGovern-Parksley, Kid Crawford-Princess Anne, Kid Richie-Salisbury, Bob Williams- Cordova, Jack Raymond-Hebron, Freddy Jackson-Siloam, Jack Stanley-Crisfield, Chick Finney-Pocomoke, Bob Gadsby-Salisbury, Killer Crawford-Princess Anne, Nuke Fisher-Crisfield, Therm Bradford-Chincoteague, Ben Parson- Berlin, Bob Dennis-Powellville, Crowley Mears-Eastville, and Big Boy Smith-Princess Anne.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

General trivia

ambulances are called that because in the old days they had amber-colored lanterns hung on poles at the back to signal their presence. people started calling them “amber-lamp carriages” in the late 1800s and over the years it was shortened to ambulance.

Railroad trivia

In the early 1900s it was not unusual to use a piece of railroad track as a main support beam in a house.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Runs In The Family


From The Morning News 28 Aug 1913
Frederick Edwin Pote (1852-1913) died from a train accident. He was born in Maine.  He married Lavenia (Lorenia) M. Robinson (1858-1933) in 1877. His son was Mitchell Monroe Pote.  The four daughters were; Lillie Mae, Jennie Grace, Nellie, Emma, . His son, M. Monroe Pote, seven years before had a leg cut off in a train accident. another child died in 1890 from burns.

Mitchell Monroe Pote was born May 1, 1883 to Fred and Lorenia Pote.  Monroe Pote would marry Lorena Blizzard on March 14 1906.  Monroe worked for the railroad as a telegraph operator.  Monroe and Lorena had as children; Edwin, Richard, Robert and Grace.



From The Evening Journal 06 Apr 1906



1 Apr 7 1906 From the Courier Salisbury MD

Monroe continued to work for the railroad but he was active in the baseball teams in Delmar.   As such Pote field over at Gordy Park is named after him.

the original Little League field, at one time it had a sign naming it 'Pote Memorial Field.' This field was named for Monroe Pote in 1958. Known as Mr. Baseball, Monroe Pote was one of those Town Citizens who was active in youth sports. He organized a Maryland High School base ball team in 1922 and also coached a soccer team. He was a High school coach (Maryland School)until about 1930. In 1932 he organized a boy scout baseball team. He was active in baseball and sports up until his death in the 1949.

Mr. Pote worked for the Railroad and had lost a leg in an accident on the railroad. He continued to work for the railroad and after working the midnight shift would grab some sleep and than be at the athletic fields by the time school was out to coach and support the teams. In the 1930's there was not much financial support for the ball teams. The Maryland school principal would ask the team each year if they wanted a one ball and two bats or two balls and one bat for the season. Mr. Pote would take his personal earning and supplement the team's equipment.

Obed W. Marvel 1903

Head Cut Off By Car Wheels

Princess Anne, Md.,  Nov 27 - Olia W. Marvel, of Delmar, Md., was instantly killed this morning in Princess Anne by being run over by passenger train No. 92 of the New York Philadelphia, and Norfolk Railway.  He was a brakeman on the New York Philadelphia, and Norfolk Railway, and when last seen alive was coupling a freight car  which had been shifted to a side track by his train at 7 o'clock this morning at Princess Anne.  When found his head was severed from his body and was lying on the outside of the track .  His body was between the track.  A coroners inquest was held before Justice Samuel H. Colonna and returned a verdict that the deceased came to death by accidentally falling between the cars.  Marvel was 35 years old and is survived by a widow and two children.

Above from the Baltimore Sun 28 Nov 1903

Obed W. Marvel (1866-1903) was the son of Levin James Marvel (1833-1897) and Sarah A. Crockett (1832- ).  He had first married Virginia Lee Johnson (1863-1893).  After her death he married Cora E. Truitt (1877- )  in 1897.  She was from Crisfield.  They had two children; Arva Anna Luce Marvel (1898- ) and Levin T. Marvel (1902-1904).  Arva l. Marvel would become a Delaware nurse in 1919, and work and live in Haverstraw NY .  She would die in 1965,  She never married. She was one of five students would graduated in 1916 from the Delmar Delaware high School.  

from Daily Times 02 Jan 1965