Friday, March 16, 2018

Sergeant James R. Truitt, 1944

The Bi-State Weekly, August 25, 1944


Mr and Mrs. Larry W. Truitt, Delmar, Del. have received a telegram from the war dept. informing them that their son, Sgt James R. Truitt,19, died August 4 from wounds received in action in France on July 11.

Sgt Truitt enlisted in January 1941 and had been overseas since October of 1942 as a member of the 29th division. He trained in both England and Scotland before participating in the invasion of France. In a recent letter home he informed his parents that he had been awarded the "Expert Combat Infantryman" badge.

Before enlisting Sgt Truitt attended the Delmar Maryland High School and was very active in sports.

Besides his parents he is survived by one sister, Mrs William Livingston, Salisbury, MD, and four brothers, George B. Truitt, Charles M. Truitt, Delmar; Sgt Louis H. Truitt serving in Italy; and E. Russell Truitt, S-2-C stationed in Oklahoma.

Sergeant Truitt is on the honor stone at the American Legion.

A Monument in the St Stephen (Mt Olive) cemetery to Sargent Truitt.

Sergeant James R. Truitt, US Army, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division is buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge England. The Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial site in England, 30.5 acres in total, was donated by the University of Cambridge. The cemetery contains the remains of 3,812 of our military dead.

To find the location of a military person who was buried overseas you can go to the American Battle Monument Commission click on which war they died in and enter their name.

Lefty Clunn Comes To Delmar Again


Delmar Team Makes Reading Twirler Offer For Season

Delmar, Del. – June 23rd – The Management of the Delmar Baseball team sent a message to “Lefty” Clunn, of the Tri-State team, last night, making an offer of $30 per week and all expenses for three months.  Clunn has twirled for the locals for the past three seasons, and during his career here has lost but one game.  It is thought he will get his release from the Reading management and return here.

Above from the Morning News (Wilmington) June 24, 1914

Floyd Clunn (1886-1961) was from Millville, NJ.  He was widely known in the baseball world in the early 1900s.  As the above article says he had played for Delmar before.  He played football and baseball and in between he worked for the railroad.   He started playing pro ball in southern New Jersey and was picked up by the New York Yankees but was then sold to the Bridgeport (Ct) Mechanics team where he played from about 1910 to 1911 as “Chalky” Clunn.  After he left the New England league he played in the Tri-State League of Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey under the nickname “Lefty” Clunn.  He was a left handed pitcher and he played on just about every team in the Tri-State League.  In 1915 he went with the Western League and played part of a season for the Topeka (Kansas) Savages.   In July of 1915 he left the Topeka team to go back to Millville and marry Edith. They had  sons named Floyd, Jr., Howard and Charles  He liked to draw and work in his garden and after leaving baseball he ran a framing shop and garden center in Millville.

above from the Topeka State Journal April 30 1915

1939 Delmar MD Soccer Team

Dealton Powell, Billy Morris, Carl Wilkins, *Howard Poulson, Lloyd McClaine, Mr Mills
*James Truitt, Jimmy Hitchins, Wilson Davis, Howard Phillips, Tommy Young
George Nichols, Howard Wingate, Mike Kerekesh, Henry Ryall, Wilmer Brittingham

*died WW2

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Charles Horace Truitt

Charles Horace  Truitt (1885-1956) was the son of William C. Truitt (1853-1916) and Laura Alice Parker Truitt (1853-1932) .  He was born in Cape Charles, Virginia and was the first recorded baby born in Cape Charles.  His father worked for the railroad.  When he was four years old his father was transferred to Delmar. Together they ran a coal and ice company in Delmar while the father continued to work on the railroad.  He was always a great baseball fan and did not miss a world series game on the East Coast since 1903. He played professional baseball with the Eastern Shore League from 1905 to 1925.  He was manager of the Delmar Railroad team in 1923. He also played in the old Tri-State league in Wilmington either with the Wilmington Peaches or Wilmington Chicks team.  He was a pitcher.  In 1907 he married Laura Helen Lowe (1886-1962). 

above in 1921

After 20 years with his father in Coal and Ice business he took a job as the first manager of the New Sunoco station in Delmar.   In 1932 he was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Wicomico County under Sheriff G. Murray Phillips.  Truitt and his wife moved into the living quarters at the county jail in Salisbury.  While Deputy he had a number of adventures in up-holding the law and was not afraid to use his gun.  One interesting event he was involved in was the flogging of Clarence Bell.  Mr Bell had been found guilty of beating his wife and Judge Joseph Bailey sentenced him to 30 lashes.  Wicomico county had never done a whipping so they had to call the Sheriff in Sussex county for advice on how to do it.  Flogging was routine in Sussex County.  It becomes unclear in newspaper accounts as to who did the flogging.  In one account it was said Sheriff Phillips did it, in another account, it said Phillips had been sick and he gave the whip to Deputy Sheriff Truitt to handle the flogging.  Whichever way it went down Truitt was involved. 

above in 1934

Deputy Truitt took some course at Washington College and played ball at the college. By 1934 he was ready to run for Sheriff again.  This time he won and had a salary of $3,000 a year plus expenses.  He would be sheriff from 1934 to 1938.  Afterward he would attempt a couple more runs at election to sheriff but never succeeded.  In 1937 the new Wicomico county penthouse jail was opened on top of the courthouse in Salisbury.  The Truitts moved into the living quarters there.  Mrs. Truitt worked as baliff in the courthouse.  In his World war two draft registration he writes he is blind in one eye.

above in 1950

After the Sheriff Job he worked at the state controller office.  His wife and he continued to attend baseball games though out the region sometimes traveling a couple hundred miles a day to see three games.  He has a stroke in the 1950s and would die in 1956.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

World Fair Cookbook 1939

Delaware is down for peach pies