Sunday, June 26, 2016

"General Winnie"

Our Pocomoke Public Eye friend "Slim" offered some informative comments on automobile dealership history in Pocomoke City, including mention of Midway's "General Winnie." Here's a March, 1967 ad for the General in the Salisbury Daily Times. -tk



TIME MACHINE: 1922, 1960, 1958, 1962, 1964.

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February, 1922



The Washington Herald (Washington, D.C.)



February, 1960



The Daily Mail (Hagerstown, Md.)



March, 1958


The Salisbury Times

February, 1962


The Salisbury Times 


September, 1964


The Salisbury Times


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Friday, June 24, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 23 Meeting

The Citizens for a Better Pocomoke will meet Thursday,
June 23rd at 7 PM at New Macedonia Baptist Church
located on the corner of Sixth and Young Streets in
Pocomoke. 

Please come out to hear and/or express your concerns.
Even if you don't live in the Pocomoke City limits
the decisions made by the officials affect those
living near, shopping, or visiting Pocomoke City.

Spread the word, as this is short notice.  If you can't
make it and have concerns contact me via this email
or phone.

Thanks!
Monna Van Ess
410-726-0961

Sunday, June 19, 2016

TIME MACHINE: 1942.

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March, 1942















(Salisbury Times)


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Event Reminder!






Summer Kick Off on the River


Date: June 16, 2016

Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT


This event will be held in Pocomoke City's Cypress Park to celebrate the beginning of Summer. There will be live entertainment, food and craft vendors, a duck derby, tug of war and BBQ competition, with inflatables and other fun obstacles for the kids. 


Sunday, June 12, 2016

TIME MACHINE: 1975, 1827, 1889, 1959.

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March, 1975



(The Daily Times, Salisbury)




April, 1827


(Newbern Sentinel, New Bern, NC)





June, 1889




(Evening Star, Washington, D.C.)


1959


(Duke University ad collection)


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Small Fire At Scher's



(Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company photo) 

A short in a steam iron on the second floor was attributed as the cause of Saturday's small fire at Scher's Bridal Shop in Pocomoke. 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

TIME MACHINE: 1964, 1873, 1942, 1894

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February, 1964







September, 1873 

(The Future Ocean City)




(The Star Democrat, Easton)



January, 1942



(The Salisbury Times)



October, 1894


(The Peninsula Enterprise)


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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Summer Camps!



Recreation Summer Camps

The 2016 Recreational Summer Camp season will deliver weekly action-packed camps at the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill.

Swim Lessons

Swimming is a great summer pastime.  Since safety is key, in and around water, we offer a variety of youth and adult swim classes at Shad Landing Pool in the Pocomoke River State Park during the summer months.  Our knowledgeable staff will work with all participants to place them in the proper level.  Age, ability, and maturity are all factors used to determine the appropriate level for each child.

Baseball Camp

Mid Atlantic Shockers have partnered with Worcester County Recreation & Parks to offer a Baseball Camp this summer!

Boys Lacrosse Camp

Worcester County will offer a Boys Lacrosse Camp for the 2016 Summer!

Follow Me Robot Camp

New! Sciensational Workshops for Kids Inc. will be offering a Follow Me Robot Camp this summer at the Worcester County Recreation Center.

Day Camps

Spend the day at Frontier Town Water Park and/or Shad Landing State Park with our Day Camps.

Our mission is to provide a variety of quality recreational programs, pristine parks, and facilities to enrich the lives of citizens.
6030 Public Landing Road
Snow Hill, Maryland 21863
(410) 632-2144

Sunday, May 29, 2016

TIME MACHINE: 1943, 1903, 1939, 1953.


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May, 1943



(The Salisbury Times)




February, 1903


(The Times Dispatch, Richmond)  

May, 1939


(The Wilkes-Barre Record, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)

August, 1953



(The Salisbury Times)


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WHO WAS THE REAL WINNER?

From 104 years ago.. a local debate on the subject: "Resolved, that the world is advancing in morals."  

April, 1912



(The Times Dispatch, Richmond, Va.)


Has time redeemed that Stockton debate team?

Do you have an opinion? 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

TIME MACHINE: 1949, 1880.

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December, 1949




(The Star Democrat, Easton)


September, 1880





(The Morning News, Wilmington, De.)


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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bayside Mission Fundraiser


TIME MACHINE: 1953, 1887, 1906.

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May, 1953




(The Salisbury Times)



January, 1887



(The Peninsula Enterprise)



May, 1906
(Ledger-Enterprise, Pocomoke City)

Worcester County:Interesting Facts About the County, as given by the State Bureau of Statistics and Information:

(Excerpts) 

The population of the county is now over 21,000, and the assessed valuation of property for the county is $5,769,123, while the tax rate for 1905 was $1.00.

Thriving villages are Stockton and Girdletree, from each of which are shipped annually about 40,000 barrels of oysters, each of which contains a thriving bank, canning factory, and barrel factory, and also good schools and churches. Other growing villages are Newark, Bishopville, Whaleyville and Showells, each of which contain factories which are adding rapidly to the prosperity of the people.

The steady growth of Ocean City as a summer resort has made an excellent local market for truck, and the farmers on the mainland derive a large revenue therefrom.

There are 1,987 farms in the county, according to the last census. Agriculture is one of the important industries of the county which abounds in the production of small fruits. The principal products of the farms are grain, wheat, and truck.

There are two large and prosperous nurseries in the county, those of J. G. Harrison & Sons, near Berlin and the W. M. Peters & Sons, near Wesley and Ironshire. From a modest beginning a few years ago, they have grown to large proportions and their goods are shipped all over the United States and to many foreign countries.

The banks of the county are the First National and the Commercial, at Snow Hill; the Pocomoke National, the Citizen's National and E. G. Polk's Savings Bank at Pocomoke City; the C. B. Taylor Banking Company, the private bank of L. L. Dirickson, Jr., the Exchange Savings Bank, at Berlin; the Stockton Bank, at Stockton, and the George L. Barnes & Company at Girdletree. The individual deposits subject to check, as shown by the last statements, aggregate over $1,450,000.

The Equitable Building and Loan Association of Snow Hill is now building a handsome home in Snow Hill, and will open a banking department soon.

Pocomoke City, Snow Hill and Ocean City have excellent electric light and water works systems. The lines of the Diamond State Telephone Company and the Pocomoke Telephone Company cover the county in every direction, and first-class town and county service is given by both companies, and through the Diamond State Telephone Company first-class long-distance service is also given.

There are five newspapers in the county: the Democratic Messenger at Snow Hill; the LEDGER-ENTERPRISE and Worcester Democrat, at Pocomoke City; the Berlin Herald and the Berlin Advance at Berlin.

The schools rank among the highest in the State. The religious denominations represented by churches are the Presbyterian, Protestant Episcopal, Methodist Episcopal, Methodist Protestant, Southern Methodist, Old School Baptists, the Disciples of Christ, New School Baptist and Roman Catholics. There are 86 white and 20 colored schools in the county...


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Friday, May 13, 2016

Bathroom Directive


The New York Times reports that " The Obama administration is planning to issue a sweeping directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity."

Article at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/us/politics/obama-administration-to-issue-decree-on-transgender-access-to-school-restrooms.html

Your opinion?

Sunday, May 8, 2016

TIME MACHINE: 1962, 1896, 1904.


(Reader-friendly viewing of news archives/historical archives material)



July, 1962


(The Salisbury Times)



Cobb's Island, Virginia.. Not to be confused with Cobb Island in the Chesapeake Bay off of southern Maryland, Virginia's Cobb's Island is one of the Atlantic coast barrier islands south of Assateague.   It is no longer inhabited and was acquired by a conservation organization, The Nature Conservancy, in the early 1970's. Here's a flashback to a previous era in Cobb's Island's history.-tk


October, 1896
(The Sun- Baltimore)

The Extinction of Cobb's Island.

Cape Charles, Va., Oct. 19 -- After quite an adventurous trip The Sun's correspondent succeeded in reaching Cobb's Island yesterday by means of a small sailboat, in company with several other visitors, to ascertain as near as possible the actual damage received by the island in the recent hurricane which prevailed along the entire Atlantic coast with such a destruction to life and property. Our boat was the first one to carry a party to the island since the storm, and as yet the seas in the vicinity of Cobb's Island are running so very high that it is really perilous for a boat of small dimensions to attempt the trip. The reports of the damage done to Cobb's Island have been so conflicting, coming as they did from unauthentic sources, The Sun's correspondent thought a trip to the island would be necessary to render entirely authentic reports. Owing to the blowing down of the telephone connecting with the island and the inability of the islanders to leave their homes, correct reports have not previous to this been rendered.

We found about twenty persons on the island, including the members of the life-saving station, all of whom were in a very sorrowful mood on account of the almost entire destruction of the island and the property thereon. One of the most prominent citizens of the island took his loss in the most philosophical manner. He believes that this, as well as the previous storms encountered on the island during the past few years, are only Divine warning for them to vacate the island entirely, and he thought it would not be long before Cobb's Island would be many feet under the surface of the broad Atlantic ocean. While only a few of the houses were washed entirely away, all of them suffered more or less damage. The water was fully a foot deep over the entire island, and the seas which rolled were from 40 to 50 feet in height.

The Baltimore Cottage, a very prominent building on the island and which was occupied generally by Marylanders, and which was previous to the storm seventy-five yards from the beach, is now a total wreck, being pounded to pieces by the immense seas which swept the island. Several other cottages were about half buried in the sand. In one of these your correspondent found tacked on the wall a well-preserved copy of The Sun dated June 12, 1895. The room was almost full of sand; barely room enough to admit a person. The hotel is a complete wreck; the floors, porches, walls and windows are all broken up. About three feet of sand stands in the dancing pavilion on the first floor. The bar room, billiard room, bowling alley and several other small buildings were tumbled down in one heap and broken up so they were of no use whatever. There are several wells of fresh water now covered by the ocean that were previously to the storm in the barn-yard of Mr. Cobb, used for watering his stock. The island was reduced fifty acres, leaving only about twenty-five in sight at low water.

The government officials about four weeks ago moved the life saving station two hundred and fifty yards further inland, which undoubtedly saved the building, as the water stood six feet deep at the former site of the building. The Methodist church and the cottages belonging to Mr. Thomas Smith (recently purchased of the Rev. Thomas Dixon, of this city,) and Mr. Ashby Jones, of Richmond, Va., were not seriously damaged on account of their elevation from the ground. The loss is estimated at many thousands of dollars and probably the extinction of Cobb's Island as a summer resort. Quite a number of boats of considerable size are now in the middle of the island, on dry land.

Cobb's Island is situated about nine miles from the mainland, out in the Atlantic ocean. It has been inhabited for about fifty years and is unexcelled in its game products, being visited annually in the winter and spring by the sporting men of the Northern and Southern cities. It has also been quite a prominent summer resort. It had for a long time been owned by the Cobbs, of Northampton county. About five years ago a Lynchburg syndicate purchased about twenty-five acres, including the hotel and a number of cottages, for the sum of $20,000, and but for this the recent damage would have resulted very disastrously to its former owners, Messrs. Nathan and Warren Cobb. Already several families have moved from the island and others declare their intention of doing likewise.



July, 1904


(The Peninsula Enterprise)


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