Wilcher Park is east of Holloway Town and North of the Elementary school. It is located in Delmar Maryland. The development is located on the 200/300 block of Popular Street and Spruce Street and most of it is outside of Delmar, Maryland town limits. The original 1958 Plat called for 28 houses. Wilcher is a combination of the son and daughter names of the developer J. William Gordy. Most of the homes are the “rancher” style from the 1960’s and in fact most were built in the 1960’s. As was the thing for developments of that era there are not sidewalks in the development, with the exception of those lots bordering
Street which are in the town limits. The rest of the lots are out of the town
limits with the exception of four lots that are split between being part in
town and part out of town. The
development was owned by J. William Gordy Fuel Co and was developed by J.
William Gordy. The lot sizes are
generally about a quarter acre (85 ft by 140 ft) . Due to the lot size Wicomico County would not
allow them to drill a well and have a sewage system on the each lot. There was an agreement signed that the town
of Delmar would provide sewage to the lot owner when they built on their lot
and the owner of the lot would provide a well of their own.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Esslinger Brewing was in business from 1873-1920 and again after Prohibition from 1933 to 1964. One of several large regional breweries that operated in Philadelphia in the 1940s and 1950s it used the little Esslinger waiter on its logo for many years .
Boy Locked in Box Car
Ernest Henderson, eighteen years of age, was saved from death from starvation at Seaford Thursday morning. Car Inspector O. O. Ellis was making a trip through the freight yard, when he was attracted by faint cries from a refrigerator car, and found the young man helpless from cold and lack of food.
After partly regaining his strength the young man told his rescuers that he had boarded a freight train in Wilmington about a week, ago, With the intention of beating his way to Delmar to visit his step-father, and fearing detection on the open cars, he crawled into the refrigerator car, the doors of which he supposed were closed by a brakeman.
As soon as the lad regained sufficient strength he was sent to Delmar on a passenger train.
Above from The Middletown Transcript Jan 17 1914
Monday, November 26, 2018
Sunday, November 25, 2018
In December of 1938, 66 year-old Justice of the Peace for Delmar, Wicomico county, W Frank Pilgrim, was found guilty by People Court Judge Marion A. Humphry of four criminal charges and sentenced to six months in jail and a ten dollar fine. He was convicted of two charges of assault and two charges of indecent exposure. The charges were filed by two sisters; Mrs Alice Whaley and Mrs Grace Hearn.
The two sisters were the daughters of Charles Marvel Wilson (1870-1957) and Eva D. Conoway Wilson (1877-1957). Alice Conoway Whaley (1899-1973) was married to Harley Benjamin Whaley (1898-1952) and Grace Laura Hearn (1908-1978) was married to Clifford George Marvel Hearn (1904-1976).
William Frank Pilgim (1875-1943) was born in Iowa, the son of Charles and Nancy Boyer Pilgrim. In 1901 he married Anna Mae Elwick (1875-1947). While living in Iowa they adopted Mildred A. Krauss (1904- ). Mildred would marry Clarence Cooper Bradley and their offsprings would reside in Delmar until their death. They also adopted Harold William Krauss (1900-1945). Harold would marry Helen Alice Sanborn and they would live in Honolulu Hawaii. By 1920 the family had moved to Punge, Princess Anne County Virginia where he continued to farm. About 1923 the family arrived in Delmar, Maryland to farm and being strong Republicans they became active in the Republicans party in Wicomico County. While in Delmar He accumulated a few properties he rented out.
The fourth player in this trial was Judge Marion A. Humphry. Marion A Humphreys (1875-1942) lived in the Tony Tank part of Salisbury. He started work at Jackson Brothers lumber company and William P Jackson took him under his wing to bring him into Republican politics and in the Jackson Bros Lumber business. He ruled the Republican party in Wicomico county and was a classic party hack. He was postmaster in Salisbury from 1900 to 1912. He was appointed Judge to the People’s Court in 1935. He set on the board of numerous businesses in Salisbury.
In the trial it developed that on Oct 12th, Alice Whaley went to Pilgrims office to discuss renting a house in Delmar from him. At that time she was working for Feldman and sons a pants manufacturer in Delmar. Pilgrim discussed the rental, then propositioned her and made an indecent exposure.
Mrs. Grace Hearn was renting from Pilgrim and was $83 in arrears on her rent. Both Grace and Alice had borrowed $20 from him and he was holding a bad check from Alice’s husband, Harley B Whaley. Grace Hearn’s husband, Clifford G Hearn, had been indicted for Larceny of machine parts from the Salisbury Brick Company in June of 1937 and it is assumed he was in jail at the time. Alice’s husband Hartley Whaley in 1925 had been damaged in a cement mixer accident and had his arm mangled limiting his work ability. Pilgrim said the charges were brought by the women “Out of Spite” after he refused twice to loan them anymore money.
The public, in general, likes it anytime charges are brought against an elected or appointed official so the courtroom was overflowing with over three hundred spectators lined up three deep to watch the show. Early on in the trial it became obvious Judge Humphry had decided Pilgrim was guilty so the outcome of the trial was not that much of a surprise. Pilgrim by way of his attorney, Edgar Porter, filed an appeal .
The appeal took until April of 1939 and a jury found Pilgrim not guilty of all charges. While the appeal was going on charges were brought against Judge Humphry for acting in a disorderly manner in the Wicomico courthouse. His case was heard by Justice of Peace W Frank Pilgrim who of course found him guilty. Chief Justice Benjamin A Johnson and Associate Judge Sangston T Insley granted motions in April to squash the proceeding against Humphry due to a number of mistakes made in the trial by Pilgrim.
In April of 1939 W Frank Pilgrim was replaced as Justice of the Peace by Harry Hudson, a Democrat and Marion Humphry was replaced by E Sheldon Jones. Humphry would die in 1942 and Pilgrim would die in 1943.
In 1939 Grace Hearn gave birth to Joyce Ann Hearn. Shortly after that her marriage to Clifford Hearn broke up and she married Lester Nibblett a few years later.
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and at the same time he worked as manager of the restaurant at the Trailways Bus Terminal in Salisbury.
The Whaleys had two sons James G Whaley and William Albert Whaley (1927-1991). Both were school teachers.
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Last week I received the below
Now this isn't the last Doctor's office in Delmar as we have a couple of medical offices that must have MDs associated with them but the way it looks this office in this building may be the last.
Friday, November 16, 2018
The Barri-Jay Dress Shop was run by Carrie Green (1917-1994). Carrie was originally a Calloway, daughter of Benjamin and Sallie Gravenor Calloway. She would marry Elton Woodrow Harrington (1912-1983) first and then Julius (Jay) Gilbert Green, a railroad worker who was killed when he fell under a railcar in Hurlock, Md in 1949. Her third husband was Frank Barry Sample (1917-1997). The shop was named after her two sons; Barry Wood Harrington and Jay Gilbert Green.
The dress shop seem to go out of business around 1954, Carrie Sample would work as a manager at Deckers retiring in 1979.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
He played In Delmar at the Coliseum
His Night Club, The Blue Moon ,was over top Polan's 5 and Dime store and in 1958 it had a fire and after that he pretty well shut down.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
August 1950 waiting for train #455 in Delmar going to Norfolk
The two train people E. L Poulson Flagman (center) might well be Ernest Lee Poulson (1890-1972) and J. F. Long Conductor (on right) might be John Frank Long. Norman Elzey is the one in light clothing
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Yes it is a darning egg, placed in a sock to mend the threads. In those days when you didn't throw the socks away because they had holes in them. The egg went into the sock to stretch it as if a foot was in it.
so how do you darn? Here is a website that shows it being done
In a recent issue of the Lewes Historical Society newsletter was the below article. I reprinted here because first John Farrace was a Pennsylvania Railroad employee and second he made an endowment to an organization he was not a member of.
Monday, November 12, 2018
So at Broyles Skateland in 1958 Teter Dumser played the Organ. Teter was really Peter and the next day the newspaper issued a correction
In August of 1958 Skateland burnt. It was located about where Pep Boys is today.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
This was the last May Day Queen for the Delmar Maryland High School. The high school was consolidated the next year with Delmar Delaware High School. Over 500 people attended the event because the residents always enjoyed these events and they knew it was be the last one.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
The matron or superintendent of the home only lasted about 2 to 3 years. Some of them were Mrs Rehetta Duffus (lasted the longest) , Mrs Sarah Beye, Mrs Ethel Johnson, Rev and Mrs William Reed, and Mr and Mrs Edward G Rapp.
A list of children placed there is not available but in 1937 this ad appeared with their names or at least those residents who could write.
William Myer Mittleman (1925-2000) and Carolyn Jane Mittleman were the son and daughter of Charles and Mary Jones Mittleman. They had gotten a divorce in 1927. Who is missing is their son Charles Franklin Mittleman who is not in the home. He may have already been sent to a Foster Home with Mrs Murray. Mary Wenonah Jones Mittleman would be married a couple more times after Charles Mittleman. Carolyn would marry Jacob Edward Jones from Delmar.
The Baker kids were Ida D, Pearl, Helen and Raymond. Their parents were Elisha and Birdie Mitchell Baker.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
This November 11th will be the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One. As in any place with a large number of military men there are retail companies that try to make a business of selling to the men in the military. From the more base vice habits to the simple clothing stores they all try to provide a service to the men. Looking at the ads in the Paris edition of Stars and Stripes in 1918 we can see the type of advertisements aimed at American troops.