Monday, August 23, 2010

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.

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