Saturday, September 11, 2010

Delmar News Item - 1943

This article is from the May 20th, 1943 "State Register." I am sure it was the cause of a lot of gossip at the time.


Two Salisburians, identified by Delaware state police as George Raymond Carey, 46 and Mrs. Irma Pearl Griffith, 36 were found suffocated by illuminating gas in a tourist cabin about three miles north of Delmar early Saturday morning.

A verdict of accidental death by asphyxiation was given by N. W. Conoway, Sussex County coroner, police said.

The bodies of Carey, whose address is Penn Street, Salisbury, and Mrs. Griffith, whose residence is on Pond Street, the same town, were found in the cabin by Mrs. Ernest Morando, wife of the operator of the Empire State Inn. Mrs. Morando told police she was making a routine check of cabins before retiring for the night when she discovered the bodies in the gas-filled cabin. she called her husband and police and a Delmar Physician.

Police learned the couple had come from Salisbury Friday afternoon in a taxicab and engaged the cabin.

The cabin in which the couple died was heated by gas heater and apparently the flame extinguished when the oxygen in the small room was used up, police said.

The Laurel ambulance was summoned and it arrived on the scene before the physician, but the driver, observing the two persons had evidently been dead for some time, did not move them, but awaited the arrival of a doctor, who appointed
them dead.

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