Wednesday, June 29, 2016

W. L. Sirman, Express Agent

W. L. Sirman was the first railroad and express agent.  His office was equipped with an instrument that pencil-marked the Morse Code on tape for translation.  This was in 1859.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Some Deed Plots from the 1920s

Minnie Ellen Hastings Melson, with her sisters, inherited the land of their father Levin Hastings.  They owned a large part of Delmar in the Bi-state Blvd, Grove Str, Jewell St out to 8th street area of Delmar and in the 1920s sold it off in lots.  Below are a few plots that were included with the deed registration.  It was in the 1920s that Hastings street became Delaware Ave and Mill St became Lincoln.  Also Third street became better known as State Highway  (Bi-State)

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Fire J. E. Shockley 1931

From Sept 18, 1931 State Register

Our town was aroused at 3 o'clock Saturday morning by a fire that destroyed the residence of J. E. Shockley, located at Highway and Jewell street.  Mr. Shockley, an employee of the Pennsylvania railroad was out on his run at the time.  Mrs. Shockley and son, who were in the home had a very narrow escape as they were almost surrounded by flames and smoke when discover was made.  the origin of the fire is supposed to have been caused by defected wires.  The loss was heavy but with some insurance.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Spring Grove M. E. Church - Riverton, MD

I was riding around Riverton last week and rode pass Spring Grove.  It is still standing.  Originally built about 1862 and renovated about 1893.  It is on private property and I assume those property owners keep it up.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

John W. Gordy Sells Delmar Shirt Company Plant

From The State Register September 11 1931

Mr. John W. Gordy who owned and managed the Delmar Shirt Company's plant in this town for several years has sold his plant and equipment to Feldman brothers of Baltimore for $12,500.  The new owners expect to assume management with in a few days.

Saturday, June 4, 2016