Monday, August 23, 2010

1917 Sanitation Bits From Town Meetings

Some highlights of the Delmar, Maryland Council meeting minutes in 1917 regarding sanitation. It would not be until 1927 that Delmar had a sewage treatment plant and a sewage collection system. Until that time outhouses and septic systems were on each property in town.

Oct. 8, 1917
Motion made by W. S. Parker; 2nded by R. R. Walls that Levin Hastings be notified to take care of his waste water where Mrs. Knotts occupies his property within ten days as it is a nuisance and a menace to health.

Motion made by G. L. Long, 2nded by R. R. Walls that Mrs Knotts be notified to clean out her hog pen within ten days and keep the same in good clean condition.

Sept 6, 1917
Bailiff was instructed to put lights on East State and E. Elizabeth Streets; also to notify Hearn and Venables, S. H. Whayland to clean up premises of all rubbish also to clean out toilets on the rear of their lots. He was also instructed to notify Mrs. L. A. Truitt to have the weeds cut on her lot.

May 9, 1917
Bailiff was instructed to notify Mrs. Annie Parker to have her cesspool looked after as the odor was very annoying to the citizens near her. Moved and seconded that May 24 be the day designated as clean up day for the rubbish on the Delmar, Md. side of town.

Delmar Items From 1940

From the Bi-State Weekly Friday, August 16, 1940


Farmers in this section are receiving a bumper second crop of cucumbers according to the announcement of a produce buyer, on the Delmar block Saturday. Prices are ranging from $1.00 to $1.65 a hamper and is the highest price ever paid at the local block according to the buyer, this late in the season.

Clarence Workman, a farmer living east of Delmar in the Morris neighborhood, is believed to have established a record in the growing of cucumbers this year. He began picking on June 27th from two-acre patch and on Thursday sold 59 hampers through the local block and on Saturday another 100 hampers. He has picked over 1000 hampers from the two acres thus far, and he states that he has not finished picking yet. this is one of the largest yields per acre in this section.

Many of the farmers are reporting that they are averaging $300 per acre on cucumbers this season which is the highest average in over 20 years.


Frank Baker, of this city, has received word of his appointment as Justice of Peace on the Delaware side, from Governor Richard C. McMullen. Mr Baker, a life long Democrat in this section, was recommended for the post by the Democrat leaders in Delmar. He has for several years been in business in Delmar. He will succeed Patrick H. Hearn, whose term expired on Saturday. The appointment is effective immediately.

Mr. Baker was drafted by the Democrat leaders for the post and has not stated whether or not he will accept the appointment, however he is expecting to make the announcement within the next week. At the present time he is spending several days in Ocean City. The appointment is a recess appointment and will be brought before the Senate for confirmation at its next session.


Three grass and Woods fires kept Delmar Firemen busy last Friday. At noon the grass between the railroad and the Wilson Shirt Factory on State Street caught fire. Chief of Police Arthur L. Godfrey of the Maryland side saw the fire when it started and summoned the aid of workers in the factory, who were able to put it out without any damage to the building. The fire is believed to have been started when a one of the employees tossed a lighted cigarette through the door into the dry grass.

The second fire early in the afternoon swept over twenty five acres of land owned by Mrs. Mary Hastings. The fire was swept by a stiff breeze through the tall grass and it took firemen and about 15 railroad employees about an hour to bring the fire under control. The lot is located just north of the Railroad round-house. No buildings are near the field.

Friday night the Company was called to extinguish a wood's fire one mile north of Delmar on the west side of the railroad tracks. The fire burned through about five acres of cut over timber which is owned by Harland Smith. Chief Harry M. Burrows of the Delmar Department stated that this fire was started from the embers of a fire built by transients. In the woods is a tramp jungle which is located at the north end of the Delmar yard. When firemen arrived the Chief stated there were still several logs on the fire still burning, but no one was near it. Squirt guns and tanks were used to extinguish the three blazes. This is the first day that local firemen had been called since July 15th.

From the Milford Chronicle Friday August 17, 1934.

DELMAR NEWS- The Charges against John Tilghman and brother of Salisbury, for beating up town Bailiff Ralph Williams have been settled out of court.

The Bailiff of Delmar Maryland

Prior to having a policeman or police force, Delmar Maryland had a position known as Bailiff. In the Town Charter are a number of standard clauses about what the town can do. Usually protect and safeguard the citizens was one. Also however was maintain the streets. The Bailiff position started out as safeguarding the citizens but by the 1900's the duty of Public works or Street Commissioner was also added. In addition he collected Town taxes. This was before government and civilian positions became specialized and everyone was expected to do what ever was required to make the town work.

On June 12th 1912 Mr. William B. Elliott was appointed the town Bailiff. He replaced Mr. Daniel H. O'Neal as bailiff. Because the bailiff collected taxes he had to post a $100 bond.

"Now the conditions of the above bond are such that the said William B. Elliott shall faithfully perform the duties of Bailliff of the Town of Delmar, Maryland, and shall pay over all mony coming into his hands, and perform all acts and duties of said office, then this bond shall be void, other wise, to remain in full force and virtue of law.
Witness our hands and seals, this 28th day of June 1912."

Bailiff Elliott, who was about 62 years of age in 1912, was paid a percentage of the taxes he collected. This percentage appears to have been in the 15% to 20% range.

His job as law enforcer in Delmar was to keep the peace and enforce ordinances. I did not see a reference to the pay he received for this but other bailiffs in the area would receive a percentage of the fine imposed by the Justice of the Peace(about half of the fine) and a bounty of about 30 cents on each person picked up. From the Delmar Maryland Council minutes we see he was ordered on May 11, 1914 to break up ball playing on the streets of Delmar, Md. He was also in the same meeting told to notify Chas Sturgis to take out a town license or abide by the law. In February 2, 1914 the council ordered him to prevent skating on the street of Delmar, Maryland. Extra assistant bailiffs were hired for his absences and on February 2, 1914 Thomas C. Knotts was appointed to act as backup bailiff.

His pay was broken down into the type of job he was doing at the time, thusly his police duty was paid separate, his tax collecting was paid separate and his street commissioner job was paid separate.

In 1912 when he was appointed bailiff the council paid him 15 cents an hour plus 10 cents more if he used his horse, showing that the labor of a man was worth 50% more than the labor of a horse. This pay seems to have been related to the work on the streets he had to do. Part of his street work consisted of rounding up men to work on the streets. As readers of this blog know from a previous post in 1912 all men between 21 to 50 living in Delmar were required to work one day a year to maintain the streets. In addition I am of the impression he hauled the cinders and shells around the town patching pot holes in the street. In 1913 he was paid $451 dollars for street work.

William B. Elliott had the Elliott Brickworks located on the west side of Delmar. I hope to do more on the brickworks when I do a post on west Delmar and Frogtown

Saturday, August 14, 2010

1947 Ad Joe's Service Station

Kiwanis Organized in 1915

In 1915, The first Kiwanis club received their charter from the state of Michigan. The group was in Detroit and had 60 members. The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” It was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee- wanis. Kiwanis International now has over 500,000 members in some 8,000 clubs covering 96 countries worldwide

Kiwanis were defined as “an organization for men” in the constitution adopted in 1924. In 1987, after several years of debate and growing support, women’s membership received overwhelming approval.

The Delmar Kiwanis Club was organized on July 7th, 1950. Some of their service projects are:
Delmar Little League
Delmar Youth Basketball
Student Projects
Delmar Library Reading Program
Senior Citizen Projects
Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Sunrise Service
Community Prayer Breakfast
Smoke Detector Program
Delmar High School Key Club
Community Aid Programs
Delmar Senior & Middle School
Delmar Elementary School

Meetings held at All Saints Episcopal Church - 1st, 3rd and 4th Mondays 7:00 p.m. (dessert)
2nd Monday 6:30 p.m. (dinner)

Whayland Store/ Veasey Building

Some people have asked me to do a post on the old Whayland Store. The Store was on the corner of State and Pennsylvania Avenue on the Maryland side of town. From what I can gather the building was originally built by Theodore Veasey in 1893 as a hotel. In addition to the 24 room hotel there was a popular bar located in it. The hotel was called the Veasey House. In 1903 Wicomico County decided to go dry putting a stop to the lucrative bar business. Mr. Veasey built another hotel across the street in Delaware called the Stone House. This hotel was about opposite the Bank of Delmar Drive thru window and a couple of years ago burnt and was torn down. In 1908 Sussex County went dry putting Mr. Veasey once again out of the bar business. After Mr. Veasey death the hotel in Maryland was sold to Walter W. Whayland.

Mr. Whayland changed to name to the Whayland Building and ran a grocery business out of the center part of the building. Rooms continued to be rented. Biddy Hudson ran a Pool Hall on the State Street side of the building and on the Pennsylvania Avenue side was Austin's restaurant. After Mr. Whayland death the Bank of Delmar purchased the building. In 1945 it was in bad shape and was torn down. A parking lot for the Bank of Delmar now occupies the space.

Delmar Water Works

The first actual water system for Delmar Delaware and Maryland was created on October 9, 1911 when the Maryland and Delaware councils gave a franchise to Hugh T. Downing of Philadelphia to create a water works in the two towns. By July 1913 the Delmar Water Works system was in operation. The well and storage tank was located in the North West part of Delmar Delaware (same location as today). My guess is this location was selected because of an existing ice plant, built in 1907 next to the railroad. The ice plant supplied ice to the rail cars loaded with produce. Since an ice plant needs good water to make the ice they must have had an existing well that supplied that “good” water and the Delmar Water Works decided to duplicate that supply source.

The system in 1923 had a 100,000 gallon storage tank (standpipe) that was 12’ by 115’, a 20’ by 40’ pump house, four wells, two Deming Triplex pumps, 44 fire hydrants and five miles of pipe. It was know as the Delmar Water Works. There were smaller water systems in Delmar prior to this one but they served very localized areas and not the entire town. The standpipe served the town from 1913 until about 2000. As with any water tower it was a landmark and reference point for the town. The water mains serves both sides of town. Each town at that time was approximately one half square mile in size.

Since fire was a driving force for the water system (The town had two major fires, one in 1892 and another in 1901) scattered thru out the 1911 franchise are references to the fire department requirements; “The system of water works constructed under the franchise proposed to be granted shall be built so as to provide for an ample protection against fire…”, “would be 33 pounds per square inch of water pressure for domestic purposes and water pressure to throw a stream of water through two hundred feet of hose with a one inch nozzle to a height of at least 30 feet.” “a standpipe will be constructed to insure sufficient pressure of water in case of the breaking out of fire”, and “20 Fire Hydrants will be supplied”

The water rates spelled out in the 1911 franchise were;
The town will pay $20 per fire hydrant, per annum
Individual Customers would pay;
For one spigot, per annum $6.00
For each additional spigot, per annum $1.00
For stationary wash stand, per annum $1.25
For bath tubs, per annum$2.50
For horse trough per annum $4.00
For stables (first cow or horse) , per annum$1.00
For stables (each additional cow or horse) , per annum $1.00
By Water Meter per 1000 gal. per annum $0.30

The Delmar Camp Meeting - 1872

From the Wilmington Daily Commercial Aug 14, 1872



The Delmar Camp-Meeting begins on Friday and already the notes of preparation are visible on every hand in that locality. There will be about forty tents, many of them two stories high.

By way of ministerial aid, the prospect is encouraging. Revs Jacob T. Price, Enbury Price, and J. N. Dubbine of the New Jersey Conference and Rev. Joshua Hamphries of Wilmington will be present all the time; Revs C. Hill, G. D. Watson, Wm Urie, W. E. England and others after Sunday and Revs N. M. Broome, Jones, E. White and E. Stengle there most of the time.

The camp will be largely attended by Delawareans and Marylanders and much spiritual good is expected to be accomplished. Round trip tickets are now sold from Wilmington, Seaford, and Laurel.

Last year there was much annoyance from drunkenness, but better things are hoped for this season.

1930 Delmar Poem

The below poem was published in the April 1930 Bi-State Weekly


Delmar where the hooting train
Pauses, then goes on again.
Placed where Calvert's sunny land
Bounds the war lord's fertile strand;
Maryland and Delaware
Delmar's pleasant dwellings share,
Where industrious lives are wrought
And Happiness, true wealth is sought.
Peaceful Delmar, pleasant place
Where Life keeps a modest pace
Not foregoing modern toys
But retaining old time joys.
Kindness and Security
Both are Delmar's surety

author unknown

1940 Transient Issues

Transients Refuse To Work On Farms

An attempt to provide employment for many of the transients who have been passing through Delmar by railroad and highway during the past few weeks has ended in a failure because the men do not want to work, according to Sergeant Miles Fitzgerald of the railroad police.

The Sergeant stated that in the last two weeks many farmers in this section have called his office requesting that he send the transients to their farms for work in the fields, as many of the men when questioned by the officers, state that they want to work in the fields and that is the reason they are riding the trains south. Although there has been no let up in the police drive to rid the trains of these transients, the officers here have informed many of those working along the right of ways of the name and address of the farmers who have made the request. So far only one transient has accepted a job out of several referred to the farmers.

Two farmers, accompanied by a local officer one night last week visited the jungle at the end of the south yard, two miles south of Delmar, to get men to work on their farms. There were over thirty around the fire at the time they arrived. When offered work they laughed and refused to work the officer stated.

After exploding their alibi when arrested that they are seeking work on farms, the officers now are more determined than ever, to stop all transient traffic on the railroad. Trainmen state that they will oftentimes have transients riding south with them and the same ones will make the trip north day after day.

The Bi-State Weekly Friday, June 7, 1940

Caldwell Market Ad

Friday, August 13, 2010

Delmar Ku Klux Klan Meeting - 1920

This photograph, circa 1920s, documents a Ku Klux Klan rally held in the Delmar area.
From The Delaware archives

Delmar's WWII Aircraft Spotter Tower

Barbara O’Neal, sometime ago, told me about the World War Two Aircraft Spotter tower over on Delaware Avenue. Now most people who have been in town since the 1960’s will think first of the Civil Defense Aircraft Spotter shack that was behind the VFW. This, however, is different.

Once war had been declared and submarines begin sinking ships off the shores of Delaware people became alarmed that perhaps the United States could be attacked from air. All across the country aircraft spotter schools were set up and spotter towers appeared. Some were simply in church steeples, other were of the fire tower type, sitting on four legs with a small shack at the top. Delmar answered the call with a spotter post located on the grounds of the Delaware school, at the rear of the building. This post must have been near the Workman’s store as it is mentioned in at least one newspaper article. The School post proved to be unsatisfactory for sighting planes traveling east, due to it’s nearness to the building.

In July of 1943 a new post was built. This one was located at the intersection of Delaware Avenue and Sixth Street. It was a tower type with a 12 by 15 room located on 15 ft legs. What I found unique in reading articles about it, was it was not built with government money. In 1943 there was a different mindset and instead of waiting for a grant or the government to build the tower it was built with contributions from the citizens of Delmar.

The Delmar Aircraft Spotters reported to The First Fighter Command, US Army. An aircraft spotting post was a pivotal part of America's homefront defense efforts during the war years, but it took a load of volunteers to man them 24 hours a day. The Aircraft spotter course was taught locally in Delmar and one group of graduates in 1943 were the following people; Mrs. Mamie Bradley, Mr. and Mrs. Lou McFarland, Mr. John Wright, Mr. Roy Owens, Mr. Franklin Cooper, Mr. Ed Ward Owens, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wright, Mr. and Mrs. George Wright, Robert Beach, Mr. and Mrs. Otho Beach and Mr. Johnathan Wheatley

An aircraft spotter would do a three hour shift. It was their function to locate, identify and report any and all aircraft approaching the area. Once they climbed the 15 feet to the tower building they logged-in to the Spotter's log book and relieved the former watch. They would record any planes they saw, attempt to identify those planes and telephone that information into the Army. There was also a system of colors that indicated air raid conditions that they recorded in the log book. White was all clear, Blue was an air raid, and Red indicated an air raid was imminent. The only tools they had were a telephone, a pair of binoculars, and at night a flashlight for light (War Time blackouts). Their main hope was that someone would show up to relieve them after their three hours shift. Since this was a volunteer group it didn’t always happen. T P Hawkins, over in Georgetown, after eleven hours recorded his disappointment in not being relieved in the log book. Courtesy of the Delaware archives. Click to enlarge

Richard Cullen - 1947

1975 Home Coming queens

In 1975 Delmar high school Coach Rick White was preparing to play Laurel for the Homecoming game. Homecoming at that time was a two day event with a Homecoming parade on Thursday November 13th that went from the American Legion to All Saint Episcopal Church where a bonfire was held. On Friday was the game and at half time the 1975 Homecoming queen was selected. That years candidates were; Lisa Bonniwell, Mary Jane Elliott, Theresa Figgs and Cathy Foskey.

From the State Register Newspaper

1962 - George Ernest "Cop" Hearn

From the Bi-State Weekly Nov 2, 1962

George "Cop" Hearn succumbs at 87

George Ernest "Cop" Hearn, 87, died Monday in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, following a long illness.

Mr. Hearn, always known as "cop" here, was a retired policeman and former constable of Sussex County. He was a charter member of the Delmar Fire Department.

Born in Sussex county, his parents were the late John H. and Sarah E. Hearn. His wife, Mrs Amelia C. Hearn died several years ago.

He is survived by two sons, George J. of Delmar, and Edward of Detroit, Mich; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a sister Mrs. Harvey Reed, of Philadelphia.

Funeral services were conducted yesterday (Thursday) from the Marvel funeral Home by the Rev. John w. Townsend, a retired Methodist minister. Interment was in Mount Olive Cemetery.

American Legion Presents Memorial Plaque - 1943

On Sunday September 12, 1943 the American Legion of Delmar presented the Town of Delmar with a memorial plaque for the 271 men and women from the Delmar area who was serving in the Armed Forces in 1943. As listed in the September 10, 1943 edition of the Bi-State Weekly these are the men and women on the memorial plaque that was available at that date, it is not the total 271 that were presented a week later. I have no idea where the memorial plaque went. Since the war would continue for another two years and more men and women from our area would have joined I assume it was considered outdated and disgarded. Roland E. Galusha had a gold star by his name as he was killed in action.

Carlton M. Adkins
Howard L. Adkins
William Lewis Adkins
William L. Atkinson
Mark M. Atkinson
Roy R. Aydelotte
James Bacon
Cecil W. Baker
Lee P. Baker
Raymond J. Baker
Warren W. Baker
Carroll S. Barr, Jr.
William K. Beach
George W. Beasley
Charles Beauchamp
Stanley J. Boyle
Charles H. Brittingham
Doris H. Brittingham
Oscar E. Brown
Harry N. Burrows
Cecil J. Burton
Willis E. Burton
Paul Bramble
Joseph N. Byrd
Samuel L. Byrd
Jack H. Calloway
Marion H. Calloway
Maurice E. Cannon
Everett T. Carey
Richard L. Carey
John P. Caulfield
James T. Caulfield
John E. Collins
Luther C. Collins
Carlton J. Conoway
Edward C. Conoway
Oliver L. Cook, Jr.
Charles H. Crowley
Clayton D. Cugler
Walter G. Cugler
William S. Cugler
Richard E. Cullen
William J. Curdy
Harry B. Cutter
Albert U. Davis
James W. Davis
Paul J. Davis
J. A. Dennis
Mitchell F. Dennis
Olin W. Dennis
Paul H. Deshields
Donald M. Dickerson
Joseph C. Dickerson
Paul L. Dickerson
John M. Disharoom
William R. Draper
George W. Duncan
James R. Dutton
Alvin A. Elliott
Alvin E. Elliott
Calvin J. Elliott
George W. Elliott
William M. Elliott
Jackson P. Ellis
Leslie E. Ellis
Paul K. Ellis
Samuel M. Ellis
William H. Ellis
James deFelice
Sewell R. Fields
Harold W. Figgs
Henry G. Fisher
William H. Fisher
William E. Fitzgerald
David J. Foskey
Guerney G. Gaines
Irving R. Gaines
Robert E. Gaines
Tennyson W. Gaines
William C. Games
Amos C. Galusha
*Roland E. Galusha
Bayard J. Gordy
George J. Gordy
Howard W. Gravenor
Charles A. Green
Oswald W. Green
Lloyd V. Hall
Eugene F. Hammond
Louis M. Hartman
Carlton J. Hastings
Clyde T. Hastings
Clifford L. Hastings
George H. Hastings
Glen T. Hastings
Howard E. Hastings
Louis M. Hastings
Odell M. Hastings
Ralph H. Hastings
Willis D. Hastings
Vaughn E. Hitchens
Robert B. Hayman
Edwin T. Hearn
James Hearn
John W. Lavater Hearn
William E. Hearn
William H. Hearn
William M. Hearn
Omon Higgins
Paul E. Hill
James R. Hitchens
M. L. Hitchens
William W. Hitchens
Alvin T. Hoffman
Joseph S. Holden
George E. Hopkins
Levin J. Horsey
Thomas W. Horsey
Elston G. Hovatter
Paul A. Howard
Thomas O. Hoxter
Marion C. Hudson
George W. Hudson, Jr.
Everett R. Hutchison
James A. Johnson
Robert P. Johnson
C. William Jones
E. G. P. Jones, Jr.
George Kerekesh
Mike Kerekesh
Peter Kerekesh
George W. Kirk
Chester R. Lake
Norman E. Layfield
William Leadbetter
Linwood C. Lecates
Robert W. Lecates
William M. Lecates
James H. Long
Joseph W. Lowe
Edward H. Lynch
William S. Marvel, III
James S. McAlister
Paul H. McAllister
Ralph C. McCain
Clarence L. McCaine
Robert McCain
Brian C. McLaughlin
John T. McLaughlin
Elsie Northam Meyer
Roland L. Mills
Walter T. Mills
Luther W. Mitchell
Milton E. Mitchell
James C. Morris
William A. Morris
William R. Morris
Benjamin H. Mitchell
John H. Martin
Charles W. W. Mitchell
William R. Neff
Robert L. Neill
William W. Neill
Charles S. Nelson
Sylvia B. Nichols
Francis E. Nunvar
George H. Oliphant
William W. Parker
Robert W. Pennewell
John W. Penuel
James A. Penuel
Earl G. Perry
Davis N. Phillips
G. Wright Phillips
Joseph H. Phillips
Luther L. Phillips
William J. Phoebus
Charles Powell
Irving Powell
Robert E. Powell
James R. Powell
Robert O. Pote
William T. Pritchett
Paul A. Pusey
Maurice C. Reddish
Fred I. Rider
Harry P. Ring
Jenn W. Roberts
Charles V. Robertson
Calvin E. Ross
George E. Ross
Henry C. Ryall
Robert H. Ryall
Frank B. Sample
John W. Sample
Kathryn E. Sample
George O. Searcey
John D. Searcey
Lewis S. Selby
Margaret C. Sherwood
Carroll Smith
Joshua J. Smith
Millard C. Smith
Oliver K. Smith
Ross M. Smith
Clarence T. Smithers
Earl L. Smullen
George W. Sparrow
Walter J. Stephens
Robert R. Stewart
Arthur R. Studley, Jr.
Norman G. Sullivan
Norris H. Sullivan
Orville H. Sullivan
Walter G. Sullivan
Joseph L. Superka
Peter Tamburino
Curtis Taylor
Howard F. Taylor
James L. Taylor
Walter E. Teets
Joseph E. Tinley, Jr.
James E. Thompson
James R. Truitt
Louis H. Truitt
Elmer R. Twilley
Levin C. Twilley
Robert J. Vincent
Wilton C. Wailes
George B. Walker
Howard T. Waller
Glen W. Ward
William T. Ward
Earl F. West
Henry P. White, Jr.
John F. Whitley, Jr.
Raymond B. Wilkinson, Jr.
Francis P. Williams
Melvin L. Williams
Howard M. Wilson
Isaac A. Wingate
Samuel B. Wright
Melford L. White

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Dr. Larmore Weds - 1949

From the "Bi-State Weekly" June 3rd, 1949

Clara Etta Herbert Weds Local Physician

Miss Clara Etta Herbert of Hagerstown, MD became the bride of Dr. Ernest M. Larmore Jr. Delmar physician, Monday Morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown.

The Rev. Dr. Wilson P Ard performed the single ring ceremony in a setting of all white flowers.

The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Herbert, was given in marriage by her father. She wore a navy faille bolero suit, matching accessories and carried an old fashion bouquet of white snapdragons centered with a white orchid.

Mrs Herbert A. Stoner of Hagerstown was Matron of honor. She was in a grey silk frock with navy accessories and her arm bouquet was of pink peonies tied with pink tulle.

Dr. Larmore, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Larmore of Tyaskin, had as his best man, Donald Horner of Quantico. Ushers were Frederick F. Burhans, SR, brother in law of the bride and Herbert A. Stoner.

The traditional wedding music was played by Walter Westphal, church organist.

After a wedding breakfast at the Herbert home, Dr. Larmore and his bride left for a wedding trip in the Pocono Mountains. Upon their return they will make their home in Delmar.

Mrs Laramore is a graduate of Hagertown High School, class of '41 and also attended Roanoke College, Salem, Va. In 1947 she graduated from the Washington County School of Nursing, Hagerstown.

Dr Larmore is a graduate of Nanticoke High, Washington College, and John Hopkins school of Medicine.

The Delmar Hungarian Pickle Factory - 1946

From The BiState weekly July 26, 1946

Three Brothers Operate Pickle Factory Here

A new business of interest to Delmar is the Hungarian Pickle Factory just south of Delmar on the grounds where the Blue Hen Canning Company was in operation some years ago. The factory is owned and operated by the Lipechiga Brothers. The three brothers have been in the pickle business in Brooklyn, N. Y. for 25 years and operate in 18 states. At the present time twenty persons are employed at the factory here.

Large vats are used to process the pickles each vat holding 6,000 gallons. The factory has been purchasing a great amount of cukes and is in full operation at this time.

Camp Somerset

Camp Somerset is located on Camp Road in Westover Maryland. Today it is a migrant Labor Camp but it started it's life as a Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC)camp in 1935. The first 17 buildings there were built for 270 men. It included an administration building, five sleeping quarters, a mess hall, a kitchen, a recreation hall, officers quarters, shops, pumping station, an electric generator, a bath and a garage. A number of buildings currently in use look like they originate from this time period.

This is the entrance to the present migrant worker camp. I tried to enter to take photos but the security guard forbid me to enter the property.

The men in the CCC camp cleared tax ditches and worked on drainage projects in the area. The men were allowed to go to nearby town two nights a week. Their present not only increased the economic life of the area but also increased the date life for the local girls. With the outbreak of World War II the CCC camps were done away with and in their place Camp Somerset became an Army post. It was headquarters for the Army posts in Berlin, Chincoteague, and Oyster that guarded the shoreline during World War II. Eventually Camp Somerset had near to a thousand men stationed on it. More buildings were built.

In 1944 the entire group at Camp Somerset were sent to Camp Pemberton, Virginia. Since most of the young men in the area were in the service there was a shortage of farm labor. The county requested German POWs and Camp Somerset became a Prisoner of War camp. There were over a thousand of them and about 150 army guards. The prisoners worked in canning houses, sawmills, meat packing plants and on farms throughout Somerset County. The Germans stayed at Camp Somerset until June of 1946 and were than sent to England, where it is assumed they were returned to Germany. On occasion you will read in the Daily Times of one of the young men who were a POW at Camp Somerset returning to visit the area.

The six acres of land than became a migrant worker camp and with some periods of none use has remained so. Today I believe it has some connection with the tomato canning plant on Route 413.

A number of the points made in this post came from newspaper articles and oral history but I would amiss if I did not mention the excellent Old Home Essay done in 1962 by Linda Boston on Camp Somerset.

One of the other points of interest on Camp Road is a natural spring. This photo looks like a drainage pipe but it is the water flow from the natural spring. There seems to always be some one there filling a jug with water. In the time it took me to take this picture there were four different cars of people stopping for water.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Rehoboth Art League Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Exhibit

Rehoboth Art League Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Exhibit
Rehoboth Art League is the place for those with an appreciation for the finest arts and crafts in the region – especially Saturday and Sunday, August 7-8, and 14-15, 10am to 5pm during the organization’s annual outdoor exhibit and sale. More than 100 artists and craftspeople will exhibit their work for sale on the Art League grounds. The event will be held rain or shine. Refreshments will be available for sale. The event will also feature music and children’s entertainment.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Hearn and Rawlins Mill For Sale

If you have about $325,000 you can own the Hearn and Rawlins Mill. The mill sits on the bank of Hearns Pond outside Seaford. The current structure has been around since 1880 and it made White Dove buckwheat flour. It is being pitched as a potential restored historic center, much like Abbott's Mill outside Milford and Greenbank Mill in New Castle County.