I have written a number of times about restaurants in the area, how it is rare for one to last more than two years, and some of the problems they face. The Sunset restaurant in Glen Burnie is closing after 60 years. It is not in our local area but I thought the reasons given for it's closing were interesting. The article in The Capital Gazette newspaper is located here https://www.capitalgazette.com/business/ac-cn-sunset-closes-20200830-kjfolyyozrhx3ah77ymi5qiehq-story.html?fbclid=IwAR1IsGfF3ZiZaYZb9FsMkfKEME2T7w87LQCS0BlYR_ywAY38eBFt-fQNf70
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Lee Baker was born in Snow Hill, Maryland to Seth and Angie Baker in 1894. In 1915 he was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad in Delmar. He was a Fireman for the Delaware division and ran between Wilmington and Delmar. In 1917 he married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hester Phillips (1895-1971). She was the daughter of Emory and Leah Katherine Ellis Phillips. Shortly after marriage he went off to serve his country in World War One. In December 1917 he sailed for France on board the "President Grant" with the 21st Engineer . He left his wife pregnant. Lizzie would give birth to Lee Phillips baker in june of 1918. Private Lee Baker would see action in France and after the armistice he was assigned to help operate a railroad that ran from Le Harve to Metz Germany. When he came back to the USA he got his old job back with the railroad in Delmar. In 1942 he became a Traveling engineer. He retired in 1959 with 44 years of service. The Bakers lived at 800 State street. His son Lee P Baker would die of a heartattack in January of 1962, two months later Lee S Baker would die. His wife, Lizzie, would die in 1971.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Sometimes call the "all american 5" (AA5) it was manufactured from the 1930s on into the 1960s when the transistor replaced tube radios. The circuit design was such that if one tube burn out all the other tubes would fail to work. At the time in many drug stores was a tube tester and you would remove the five tubes from your radio and test all five to find the bad one then buy a new tube (usually a dollar or less per tube) and reinstall the tubes in the radio and it would work.
Another unique item about this type of radio was you could get an electrical shock from them easily. In this time period electrical wiring was not grounded nor were there GFIs, most old farm houses in this area had maybe two electrical outlets per room and if it was a kitchen or bathroom there was a good chance the outlet was next to the sink and the radio was plugged into that outlet. Simply trying to tune the radio to a station with one hand and turning the water on in the sink with the other would produced what today is called a life lesson and back in the 1950s was called "I am never doing that again."
It is a building that usually has a restaurant or Pizza place in it, just the name changes.
It would later become Compton's Family Restaurant
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Wanted - 100,000 railroad ties. Must be either white or red oak, 7 inches face, 7 inches through, 8 1/2 feet long or 6 inches face, 6 inches through, 8 1/2 feet long, sawed off square at both ends. For which will pay 40 cents apiece for white oak and 80 cents for red oak. Will buy any number. Kent & Wilson. Parksley,Va.
Hard to believe back in the 1950's we were so cost conscious we use to think it was a big deal if we bought "Permanent" anti freeze. Anyone under 50 of course will have no ideal what I am talking about. The non-"Permanent" anti-freeze was an alcohol based antifreeze (desperate people tried to drink it) and was a lot cheaper than the Ethylene glycol antifreeze which was considered permanent. As the higher powered cars came on the market the engine thermostats temperature went up to 180 degrees so the alcohol based antifreeze would boil away, since they were best down around 140 degrees.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Joe Long sent me this comment back a few years ago, about main street in downtown Salisbury in the 1950s
On Saturday everyone in Salisbury that owned a car used to drive uptown and
park their cars on Main St. Then they would walk home, eat dinner, and walk
back to sit and watch people walk back and forth on Main St. All the stores
stayed open late and it was the place to be seen that evening. I have a lot of
beautiful memories of the old Salisbury and it is sad to see what so-called
progress has done to the town.
To a teenager now day it may sound hokey but it really was no different than going to the mall or beach boardwalk today. It seems to be a basic human desire to see other people or be seen by other people.
From the Salisbury Times Oct 1954
DELMAR NIGHT SCHOOL TO HAVE REGISTRATION
DELMAR- Between 7 and 8 p.m. Monday there will be registration at the Delmar High School for the evening classes in typing, shorthand or bookkeeping.
It is not certain that all three subjects will be offered. It will depend upon the nature of the requests at the time of registration.
Delmar Auction Block - 1944
From the State Register June 20, 1944
DELMAR TO OPEN NEW AUCTION BLOCK MONDAY
The Delmar Auction Block will open for competitive buying next Monday, June 26, handling all farm produce. The block which has recently been completed is owned and will be operated by The Delmar Farmers co-Op, Auction Market Inc. It is located at Walnut and Railroad Avenue.
Friday, August 14, 2020
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Government Bonded Warehouse.
Special Correspondence The Morning News
Georgetown, Del., Feb. 19. -- The new government bonded warehouse for the storage of brandy, etc., located here, was opened the early part of this week and already there are a number of barrels of peach brandy in it for storage. Ira H. Melvin of Laurel has bonded fifteen barrels of peach brandy and L. A. Levy twenty-five barrels. The new warehouse is complete in its furnishings and is well adapted for its purpose. It has a capacity of many hundreds of barrels. Applications have been received from numerous other distillers and it is supposed that by the middle of March the warehouse will be filled.
Above from The Wilmington Morning News 20 Feb 1892
From the State Register January 7, 1905
For Sale.- "The Iron Hill Distillery" offers for sale its entire outfit for distilling, which is the best equipped in the District of Maryland, outside of Baltimore city. Will also close out entire stock of pure old apple, peach and grape brandies. These goods are strictly pure and have been in the Government Bonded Warehouse for five years. Anyone wishing pure old brandy for medicinal purposes can secure the right thing by addressing, T. A. Veasey, Proprietor, Iron Hill Distillery, Delmar, Del.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
From First State Update
As I recall Jackie Lovett was living is what is usually referred to as the nero's apartments at the time of the murders. My view on it at the time is here; https://delmardustpan.blogspot.com/2008/07/jackie-lovett-manhunt-1982.html
A Delaware inmate serving two life sentences for murder died Wednesday.
The Delaware Department of Correction (DOC) today announced that 71-year-old Jackie R. Lovett, suffering underlying health conditions, died on Wednesday, August 5 at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus from complications from hypothyroidism and COVID.
Lovett was serving his sentence in the Sussex Correctional Institution for the murders of Lori Todd and Richard Bull. On June 24, 1982, the Todd and Bull’s bodies were found floating in a tributary of the Pocomoke River in Maryland. Autopsies revealed that each had died from a bullet wound to the head. A subsequent joint investigation by Maryland and Delaware State Police indicated that the victims may have been killed in Delaware and their bodies dumped in nearby Maryland.
On each of the next four days, police talked to Charles Bower, a relative of Lovett, about the murders. Bower initially denied any knowledge of them, but on June 28, gave police a statement in which he claimed he was in a farmhouse near Delmar, Delaware, when Lovett took both Todd and Bull in back of the farmhouse and murdered them. He was later convicted of the murders at trial.
Lovett was tested for COVID-19 on July 5, 2020 and tested positive as DOC initiated proactive testing of all inmates as part of its aggressive COVID-19 mitigation efforts after a cluster of cases was identified through proactive monitoring and testing.
After his positive COVID-19 test result was returned, Lovett was transferred to James T. Vaughn Correctional Center where he initially received treatment in the facility’s COVID-19 Treatment Center. As symptoms developed he was admitted to Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus for treatment on July 14, where his family was engaged in treatment decision-making. In recent days Lovett’s condition deteriorated and he was pronounced dead by hospital staff at 3:21 a.m. today.
Lovett’s body was released to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science to determine cause of death.
Lovett, from Salisbury, MD, has been in DOC custody since 1982 and was serving two life sentences for two counts of 1st Degree Murder and Possession of a Deadly Weapon.
This week DOC announced that 350 inmates who tested positive last month for COVID-19 at two facilities have recovered from the illness. As of August 5, only 7 of the remaining inmates with active COVID-19 infection are symptomatic, including 2 inmates who are hospitalized. No inmates with COVID-19 infection remain on a ventilator.
above 1939 ad
The great Shad runs of the spring gave people a chance to accumulate protein in a large quantity after a winter of near starvation. As food became more plentiful the Shad was still a major inexpensive fish in the spring. Either your relatives went to a fresh water stream and netted the fish when they came into spawn or you had a friend who did and who would gave you a few dozen. Worst case you simply purchased the fish from the fish dealer.
above 1915 ad for corned shad
The Shad is about a three to five pound fish. It has a little over 700 bones per fish. The name Shad comes from the old English word “sceadd” which means herring. The shad spends it’s time in the ocean but comes in to freshwater streams to spawn. Locally in Maryland it had an impact and gave it’s name to such places as Shad Landing and Shad Point.
above 1940 ad
The Shad were caught in such large numbers over a short spawning period that what to do with the excess became a problem. The age old method of salting the fish was the answer. In the Mid-Atlantic area from North Carolina to New Jersey a salted shad was called a Corned shad.
above 1910 ad - Corned Shad 10 cents pound
To corn a shad; the shad would be scaled, split, salted and then dried in the sun. The dried fish would be in every ones yard stuck on sticks away from rodents etc but the flies were just ignored. After a couple days of drying the shad was washed off and salted again, heavily. The corned shad was placed in a box or barrel and it would keep from three to eight months.
above 1932 ad
When it came time to cook the shad it was handled like any other salted fish, Usually boiled to get the salt off and then fried.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Four arrests for traffic violations prevented a fist-fight from materializing Saturday night. Following an altercation between two young men on the street here, it was decided to go out of town and stage a fight between the two. Four carloads of young men, who were rushed to the scene of the proposed fight, were picked up by Town (Laurel) Officer Harry R. Mitchell on charges of reckless driving. The would-be fighters returned to the scene of the arrests to see what was the matter and the arrests cooled their blood to the point that they decided not to fight at all.
The four traffic violators included Albert Joseph, James Truitt, Riley Watson, Jr., and Larry Perry, all of Delmar, were summoned to appear before Alderman Marvel Lynch Monday morning, and each was fined $5.50, all fines being paid.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Saturday, August 1, 2020
The Bob-Bon (Recipe again from Dick Dykes) consisted of a layer of ice, a dip of ice cream, another layer of ice and whipped creame with a cherry on top.
The opening of the dual highway caused traffic to divert from the old US13 on Bi-State Blvd and it started the closure of the businesses that were on old RT13. As an example in 1942 the Bi-State Weekly reported "Delmar has been nicknamed the town of gas stations. There are ten stations on U. S. Route 13 within the city limits which is approximately a one and one-half mile stretch".