Thursday, February 28, 2019

Zeke Ellis with his shotgun and dog

above from the daily times 1972

Seth Joseph Ellis built the 2nd movie theater in Delmar. He ran a sweet shop in the front of it where he manufactured his own ice cream.  He purchased the sweet shop from G L Hastings in 1923.  He also did a little farming.  He married Cora D. Elliott in 1910.  He died in 1962 and is buried in St Stephens cemetery.

Delmar - Seth J. Ellis, 78, a retired confectionery store operator and former owner of the ElCora Theatre, died today in his home here.
He was the son of the late Joseph J. and Rachel Hearn Ellis of Delmar.  Mr. Ellis has been in business since 1903 and retired last year.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Cora Ellis of Delmar; three daughters, Mrs. Eugene Hammond, Mrs. Harrison Naugle and Mrs. Epperson Culver, all of Delmar; three sons, Roland and Arthur W. Ellis, both of Delmar and Dr. Seth Howard Ellis of Redlands, Calif.; seven grandchildern and a brother, Arthur W. Ellis of Delmar.
Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Marvel Funeral Home here.  The Rev. Donald R. Toung, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Delmar, will officiate.  Interment will be in First Methodist Cemetery here.
Friends may call at the funeral home tomorrow after 7 p.m.

Rosa German

above from the Morning News, Wilmington, Delaware 1912 Sept 23

Rosa B. German (1874-1963) was born in Delmar, Delaware to Mitchell H. German and Frances Anna Hearn German.  In 1892 she married Charles Hickman (1868-1910) in 1892.  Rosa and Charles had for children; Mitchell Henry Hickman (1893-1978), Nellie Hickman (1895-1895), Chauncy Russell Hickman (1896-1965) and Aline Hickman (1899-1916). 

After Charles Hickman died she would marry Peter Charles Ruch (newspaper spelled it wrong) in 1913.  They lived in Philadelphia.  They must not have gotten a divorce in 1912 as in 1913 they had Isabelle May Ruch.  Isabelle would marry George W. Knox in 1935.  They lived in Pottsville, PA.  Rosa would live with them until her death.  She is buried at St Stephens cemetery Delmar.

Monday, February 25, 2019

F - 47s

F-47N from the 142nd FS, 156th FG of the Delaware Air National Guard

F-47s of Maryland Air National Guard

1899 Train Signals

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Delmar Pool Room In Rear

above from the Delmar Library facebook page
Delmar had had a number of pool halls but the advertised as being in the back is perhaps the one that was in the movie theater, the men are unknown.

Eisenlohr's Cinco Cigars was a popular cheap cigar of the 1930s.  It was among the best selling 5 cent cigars in America.  It is said that after smoking a Cinco cigar, Vice President Tom Marshall made the statement, “What this country needs is a good five cent cigar.”

Our area had local cigar producers but by far Pennsylvania lead the cigar makers having at one time over 4,000 cigar factories in the state.  The Cinco was made in Pennsylvania. Lancaster County, PA has a rich history in tobacco and cigars. The origin of "stogie" comes from Lancaster county, home of the legendary Conestoga wagon from the 1800s. The wagon masters smoked long strong smelling cigars. The cigars became known as "stogies."

cigar factory 

1979 Delmar Post Card

Friday, February 22, 2019

Calloway Hardware Company 1937 and the RAF Blue Suit

above 1937 State Register Newspaper
As a young man, Walter William Calloway had worked for the railroad  and about 1926 worked for the F G Elliott Hardware Store (est 1876), in 1933 after the death of F G Elliott and the bankrucpty of the F G Elliott Hardware store, it was reorganized as the Calloway Hardware store in Delmar on Grove street.  He sold it in 1946 to L. Stanley Dashiell.  After the hardware store he opened the Delmar Variety Store which he had for another 25 years

He was a WW1 army veteran.  He married Glady Otwell Ellis in 1924 and had a daughter Lois Irene who married George Warner.  He was the son of William H and Saloma Mae Hudson Calloway. He was a Delmar civic leader abd businessman.

He was one of a number of people in the area who were William W. Calloway.

so  does that bring up the question of the "RAF blue suit."  Is it just a certain shade of blue? or is it a cut of the suit?  perhaps both as I found a number of wedding articles mentioning a RAF Blue Suit all in the 1940s.  There is this 1942 ad below which shows a RAF Blue Suit which from the cut has some military shapes to it.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Peninsular Regional Family and Internal Medicine at 3 Bi-State

From about 1995 to 2003 Peninsular Regional Medical Center had an office suite in Delmar Maryland where Pizza Pi and the barber shop is now.  It was a family practice operation and over it's life span had three or four doctors working in it.  One doctor was Joseph Inzerillo.  While he practiced there, his office had a number of underwater photographs that he had taken as he had a great interest in Diving.  He was originally from Long island. When he left Delmar he was replaced by Dr Alon Davis. In 2002 Dr Dennis R. Glover replaced Dr Davis and may have been the last doctor before the office closed. Inzerillo and Davis still practice on Delmarva, Dr Glover returned to Pennsylvania. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

The Rev Joseph Dare

above from the Cecil Whig, 13April 1872
The Rev Joseph Dare was sent to Delmar in 1872 from Cecil County Maryland.  He first conducted camp meetings in the woods at Delmar and then had the first Methodist Episcopal church built in Delmar. The church seated 100 people and sit on land donated by Elijah Freeney at the corner of first and State Street.
above December 1873

Rev Dare would shortly be off to other churches and he would spend the next 15 years moving to churches in Delaware and the Eastern shore of Maryland.

Rev. Dare was the son of Reyneer Dare (1797-1867) and Rachel Royal Corson (1797-1872).  They lived in Southern New Jersey where his ancestor, Capt William Dare, first came over from England in 1696.  Joseph Dare (1831-1887) married Caroline A. Henderson (1829-1867).  He was admitted to the Philadelphia Conference in 1854.  In 1856 he was ordained a deacon and in 1858 an Elder.  He would die while attending a good Templars convention in Newark, Delaware in 1887. Joseph and Caroline would have for children; William Reyneer Dare (1859-1931) and Mary Henderson Dare (1863-1940).

Sunday, February 17, 2019

George R Henry Death 1902

above from the Cecil Whig newspaper December 13, 1902

George Henry was the son of William Scott Henry and Ida Mills Henry.  William Henry worked as fireman for the railroad in Delmar. It is not known where George is buried but William Scott Henry, Ida Henry and Edgar Ray Henry (another son)  are buried in St Stephens Cemetery.


Women prior to the 1960s use to always wear an apron around the house.  The apron kept their dress clean and wearable so they did not have to washed as often.  They could be used to dry off wet hands. 

They could easily be made of scraps of material or feedsacks

many 'women"  magazines of the day would include patterns to sew your own apron.
as they grow older they continued to wear the aprons and many photos of grandmothers would show them in their apron.
update: came across this snippet from Santa's Clauset facebook
The History of 'APRONS'
I don't think most kids today know what an apron is. The principle use of Mom's or Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.
It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.
From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.
When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..
And when the weather was cold, she wrapped it around her arms.
Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.
Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.
From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.
In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.
When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.
When dinner was ready, she walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.
It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Russ Yohe and His Orchestra

From the 1930s thru the 1950s Delmarvaians danced to the music of Russ Yohe and his orchestra.  Charles Russell Yohe (1900-1956) was a musician, and he play a wide range of musical instruments.  He was president of the musicians union.  He started up in Wilmington where he was born.  He was the son of George Peter Yohe (1871-1934) and Etha Spicer Parsons Yohe (1876-1953). Etha was from Parsonburg.

He would marry Claudia L. West (1908- 1991) and they would move to Salisbury where he would work at the Wicomico Hotel as an orchestra leader. The Yohes would have a daughter Shirley Virginia Yohe (1934-2005).  Russ Yohe would become employed by WBOC in 1940 as musical director and remain in that position until his death.

In 1954 he would have a heart attack, it didn't kill him but it did slow him down. In 1956 he had another heart attack which did kill him.  He is buried in parsons cemetery.

His wife Claudia had been born in Snow Hill to E. Henry West and Jennie E. West.  She would marry again in 1961 to Jessie T. Bratton ( -1980).   Bratton was a retired manager of Railroad Express Agency in Princess Anne. She worked for the C&P Telephone company retiring in 1966 with 30 years of service.  She was a leap year baby and in 1972 celebrated her "sweet 16" birthday.

Shirley Virginia who was born in Wilmington but raised in Salisbury, graduating Wi Hi in 1952.  She died of lung cancer December 23 2005. She married in 1952 David Leon Pearl.  Later she married Mr. Higgins and finally William W. Uranko.   In 1951 at the age of 16 she was voted "Miss Rice Paddy of 1951" by the Marines in Korea.

Some Delmar Delaware Council Comments on 2 N. Pennsylvania Ave

November Mayor and Council meeting
Town Manager’s Report Town Manager Bynum-King asked the Council for some guidance on how to proceed with the property at 2 N. Pennsylvania Avenue (the Mills building across the street from Town Hall). She informed the Council that a few weeks ago, she and Community Development Coordinator Hardin met with a potential developer for the building. The developer said that the building is in very bad shape. Outside on the north side, it is starting to look like the south side looked a few years ago. All the work that was done a few years ago to stabilize the building, is now in a weakened state. He said that the building may not last but another 5-6 years. She asked the Council how they wanted to proceed. She asked if they wanted DB&F to come and re-evaluate the building. She said that she wasn’t sure what or if Mr. Mills was going to do anything towards fixing the structure. The Town Manager said that this is a historic building to the Town, but not part of the National Registry, she would love to see it restored, however the Town cannot let this building stay in the shape that it is in. Council Member Smith asked if there was anyway the Town could divert the tractor trailer traffic from State Street. Town Manager Bynum-King said that even with the diversion of truck traffic, the building still is falling apart. Maryland State Highway would have to approve the re-routing of the tractor trailers. Town Manager Bynum-King said she was not sure if the potential buyer was just playing down the condition of the building to get it at a better price, or if the building is actually as bad as he presented it to be. Council Member Boyan asked about the other potential buyer for the building. The Town Manager said that he was concerned about the amount of EDU’s he would have to pay for. This current potential buyer is concerned about parking. She said again that this building, in the shape it is right now, will not last another 5-6 years with the worsening conditions. Council Member Holmes said that at some point there comes a time that a building has outlived its’ usefulness even if it is historic. Town Manager Bynum-King said that she doesn’t want the Town to be a part of any liability. Mayor Houlihan said that the Town should contact DB&F and have them come and do an assessment of the building structure. Once that is done, then we will know how to move forward. It is in a Community Business District and that type of building will require parking. We will also need to re-evaluate what the overall use of the building should be. Most want to put apartments on the second and third floors and that requires parking. The consensus of the Council was to have DB&F do an evaluation of the building and once we get that we can move forward with any decisions. Town Manager Bynum-King said that she would reach out to Mr. Mills and make him aware of the Council’s decision based on the information given on the condition of the building and that we will be doing an independent assessment. Council Member Boyan said that the independent assessment would be a good thing to have for any future prospective buyers. The building is not registered as historic but has a major history with Delmar. Council Member Holmes said that it might be less expensive to take the building down than to fix it. Town Manager Bynum-King said that once the building is gone then it is gone. Council Member Holmes said that maybe prospective buyers would look at the land differently if the building is gone

December Mayor and Council meeting
Update on 2 N. Pennsylvania Avenue Town Manager Bynum-King reported that on November 27 th, Mr. Andrew Welsh, a DBF Engineer, completed an assessment of the property located at 2 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Delmar, DE. Mr. Welsh identified 9 issues with the building. Of those 9 items, he identified 4 items as of an immediate nature and 5 items were to be completed as soon as possible. Mr. Welsh also suggested that Mr. Mills; the property owner, should contract with a structural engineer to have the structure evaluated. The structural engineer should also prepare a design for the reinforcement of the building, the most immediate being the east wall. Mr. Welsh also mentioned that the work completed to the south side of the east wall has been exposed and is showing signs of deterioration. On December 3rd, there was a meeting with Mr. Mills, Mr. Randy Taylor, Town Community Development Coordinator William Hardin and herself to discuss the letter prepared by Mr. Welsh. Mr. Mills was informed that the Town could not continue to prolong the restoration of this building. The Town’s primary concern is public safety. Mr. Mills asked if he could have 10 days to get his structural engineer to have the building assessed. The Town agreed, that on or by December 17th, Mr. Mills would have in hand a written report from his structural engineer. If no report is received, the Town Manager would turn the matters over to the Delaware Officials to determine how the Town proceeds with the future of the building.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Gas Station Clean Up

Work is proceeding on the clean up at the old service station at the corner of State and Bi-State.  This intersection had a major clean up several years ago but the problem must be back as when you ride by it you can certainly smell gas.  Since the 1920s this intersection has had gasoline stations on each corner.  Since this was route 13 all traffic going north or south passed thru it until the dual highway was completed in 1954.

Delmar Moose Plan valentine Ball 1952

Moose Plan Valentine Ball
 The Delmar Moose Lodge, No. 582 will sponsor a Valentine dance in the Moose Hall on Feb. 15. In the event of a capacity crowd, all three floors will be used. The Christmas dance was an experimental dance for the Lodge and two floors were used. All funds will be used for the Children's Fund. Russ Yohe and his Yohemen will provide music. The dance committee include! Charles Brittingham, Joseph Hardwick, Earl Smith, Oscar Brown and Thomas Smith. Tickets may be obtained from any Moose members or at Culver's Men's Shop.
above from The News Journal 29 Jan 1952

Florence Mae Lowe Hastings

Florence (Flossie) Mae Lowe was born in Delmar.  She was the daughter of Isaac Samuel Lowe (1858-1917) and Sallie Zieglar Lear Lowe(1867-1941).  In 1912 she married Norman Lockwood Hastings (1890-1945).  Norman worked for the railroad as a telegraph operator and dispatcher.  The couple moved between Wilmington and Delmar as he was transferred back and forth.  He died in 1945 with 30 years of service to the railroad. 

Florence's great love was music.  She was head of the Delaware Federation of Music Clubs and besides teaching music she traveled extensively going to music contest with young students of hers.  Her final trip was to Miami, Florida in 1955.

 while in Miami she was stricken by a brain hemorrhage while in her hotel room, she never gained consciousness.

above 1947

Florence and Norman never had children but they did raise a foster child, Marie Elizabeth Potts.  Marie was the daughter of Charles E Potts and Marie Elizabeth Swift Potts.  At some point in the 1920s Charles and Marie marriage ceased and the girl came to live with Florence and Norman.  Florence took her on the numerous trips she made for the Federation of music and piano contests.  The mother, also named  Marie, would marry again in 1942 to a Mr. Estabrooks.  Marie Estabrook worked for the PRR and retired from it.   The daughter, Marie, would marry Charles Acker and they would live in Camden New Jersey. Charles and Marie Potts also had a son, Charles E Potts Jr, who as an adult would live in Columbia, South Carolina. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

American railroad scene snowbound. Currier Ives1871Lithograph handcolored

American railroad scene snowbound. Currier Ives1871Lithograph handcolored

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

1914 Delmar

Delmar when they were building the movie theater in 1914

The Insulting Comic Valentine

 Up until the 1970s there were two types of valentine cards, the traditional sappy lovestruck one and then there was the insult valentine sometime called a vinegar valentine. 
 In elementary school the traditional type was given to your classmates but by time you entered high school a more adventurous type was called for.  Usually these were unsigned
 Today, schools would consider this a form of bulling

A Lincoln Happy Birthday

In honor of Lincoln's birthday above is his calling call

Monday, February 11, 2019

Public Health Warning Cards

There was a time that if  someone in the family came down with an infectious disease the Public Heath department would place a cardboard sign on your house warning other people to stay away.  It was much embarrassment to the family and if that family had a business (grocery store, restaurant etc) and their apartment was above the business it was an economic downfall.

This happen in our local area until the 1950s. 

the signs shown are not from Delaware or Maryland  but merely representative of the type of cards that were used.

above from 1934

above 1931

The Lehi Historical Society carried an interesting article on Diphtheria (the reason the Iditarod takes place) and it is reprinted below.

There were many diseases that spread through towns and villages causing sickness and death over the years. Diphtheria is one of them that we don't hear of much anymore. (Diphtheria causes swelling of the mucous membranes, including in your throat, that can obstruct breathing and swallowing. Sometimes a bacterial toxin can enter the bloodstream and cause fatal heart and nerve damage.) In the 1920s 13,000 to 15,000 deaths occurred nearly every year in the United States due to the disease. The first inactivated toxin, or toxoid, against diphtheria was developed around 1921, but it was not widely used until the 1930s. Before that time many so called remedies were used to try to prevent and cure the disease.

In 1880 the disease was causing several deaths around the State. Sarah Harris, at 16 years of age found herself suffering with the disease in Salt Lake City, and it nearly took her life. This is her experience of her unusual healing in her own words.

“After going to school for about two weeks, I took very sick with the diphtheria which was an epidemic in the city at that time, very few who took it recovered. Everything possible was done for my recovery, Aunt Mary cared for me as she would her own child. A doctor came to care for me every morning about 10:00 and sometimes in the evening.

There was a large lump which grew in my throat, it looked like a toad stool and would almost choke me. I would swallow it would move back and forth in my throat making a noise so loud your could hear it in the other rooms of the house.

One morning when the doctor came he told Aunt Mary there was an old lady going around town taking these lumps out of the throats of the sick, and every one of them died shortly after. A few days after this doctor came and brought another young doctor with him who was just learning to practice. Aunt Mary could smell the liquor on the doctor and knew he had been drinking, something he had never done before, so she stood right outside my bedroom door and listened closely to everything they said.

The doctor took a pair of pinchers out of his satchel and told the young doctor who was with him that if they could get that lump out of my throat without breaking it, and dry it on glass it would mean thousands of dollars to them in their earnings. He propped me up in bed with pillows and told me to open my mouth as side as I could and keep it open.

During all this time Aunt Mary was just outside the door watching all that went on and listening very closely to all that was said. As the doctor with his pinchers in his hand was about to begin his operation Aunt Mary very quietly slipped up behind him and quickly taking hold of his wrist she twisted the pinchers out of his hand saying, 'No you don’t, I remember that you told me about the old lady.' She took the pinchers in her room and hid them. The doctor stood speechless but very gently he took the pillows from my back and laid me back down in bed, then without a word they left.
The next morning the doctor returned at the usual time. By this time he was sober and cared for me in his usual way. He had a little brush and a small bottle of medicine which he swabbed my throat a little at a time.

When the doctor swabbed my throat he said it was a deadly poison. After each swabbing of my throat he took the brush and bottle and burned them. He warned me to be sure and not swallow anything that might break off from the lump in my throat. A few days after this the doctor came in the morning and again in the evening, before he left he told Aunt Mary he could do no more for me. He said, 'She has gone beyond the help of man and tonight at midnight the change will come.' He prepared and left a small glass of medicine different to what I had been taking and told Aunt Mary to give me a spoonful every hour during the night, but a fear came over her.

She was frightened of the medicine and felt impressed it would harm me, so as soon as the doctor left she took it and threw it outdoors. After she had done this she was inspired by the Spirit of the Lord what to do for me and immediately carried out her inspiration.

She called her husband and son Ed to her and gave them instructions. Ed went to the yard, caught a chicken and split it two with an axe, then as quickly as he could holding the chicken together he ran to the kitchen door where his father placed the chicken on a heavy piece of paper and took it to Aunt Mary who waited it at my bedroom door.

She had made me ready by taking all the clothing off from my chest, shoulders and back. She quickly took the chicken and while its heart was still beating, she opened it up and placed it on my throat and chest. I could feel its heart beating, and it made me so sick I thought I would never stand it. I could feel myself getting fainter and fainter until I went unconscious.

About three or four o’clock in the morning Aunt Mary awoke me so that she could care for me before the doctor came. Before awakening me she took the chicken off my chest and buried it. Ed dug the hole ready to put it in but it had such an awful smell they could hardly stand to bury it. It had turned as green as grass for it had drawn the terrible disease from my body. She gave me a bath and put clean clothes on me, then she put clean linen on my bed.

Instead of the doctor coming at the usual time, 10:00 in the morning, he came at 6:00 expecting to find me dead. He came in the door and stood scratching his head dumbfounded repeating three times, 'This is a miracle, I expected to come this morning and find her stretched out on boards.' He turned to Aunt Mary and said, 'If you need me anymore you know where to find me.' He said, 'Good morning.' and left.

From that time on I continued to get well, by spring I was able to walk around, but if I happened to fall down which I did many times I couldn’t get up unless I crawled to something and pulled myself up. For a long time I had to eat and drink by myself for my throat was so badly eaten out I had to hold my head back or the food and water would come back through my nose.”

It took several years but Sarah recovered and lived to the age of 92 and had over 150 children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.