Sunday, January 27, 2013
TIME MACHINE ... 1983, 1948, 1925, 1941, 1890
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(Frederick News Post- Frederick, Md.)
Somerset group prepares to fight state prison plan
Princess Anne, Md., (AP)- A Somerset County attorney said Friday a group of Princess Anne residents is gearing up to fight location of a new state prison near this lower Eastern Shore community.
Alexander Jones said the group, which calls itself The Lower Eastern Shore Citizens Opposed to the Prison, or LESCOP, hopes to raise $20,000 to carry on the battle against location of the prison in the area.
Jones said the group, composed of about 20 county residents, has retained Baltimore attorney Melvin J. Sykes and attorney and lobbyist Bruce Bereano of Annapolis, to assist them in their opposition to the prison.
Jones, co-chairman of the group, said LESCOP will cite costs of building the prison at the site near Princess Anne, and costs of transporting prisoners to and from the Baltimore area, as arguments against locating the facility in the rural community.
In addition, Jones said location of the prison here would adversely affect the rural atmosphere of Somerset County, many residents of which are watermen and farmers.
"When all you have got is farmers and watermen and you put this thing (prison) here, you have totally destroyed the quality of life in this county," he said.
In April, the State Board of Public Works approved an option to buy a 603-acre site in Somerset County for the 1,500-cell medium-security prison.
88-year-old Pocomoke native Dr. Edward A. Clarke..owner, publisher, and editor of The Worcester Democrat since 1922..was honored by his hometown citizens in an event given by the Pocomoke Rotary Club for his "service to the community as an honest newspaper spokesman." Prior to acquiring the local newspaper Dr. Clarke was a 30-year faculty member of Washington College and head of its' English Department, and earlier had taught in Eastern Shore public schools. Samuel M. Crockett, who died in 1922, had operated The Worcester Democrat prior to Dr. Clarke.
The disappearance of steamships on Eastern Shore rivers had left just two lines still in operation according to a special correspondent to The Baltimore Sun. While there were direct lines remaining from Crisfield and Cambridge to Baltimore, inland operations to such points as Pocomoke City and Snow Hill no longer existed. A similar decline in steamship routes had been seen throughout the Eastern Shore. Expanding railroad lines were said to be the reason.
December, 1941 (TIME MACHINE Archive)
Pocomoke City and other other Eastern Shore residents were tuning in to a special statewide radio broadcast "WHEN THE BLITZ COMES KNOW YOUR TASK." A newspaper ad advised that officials will tell you what an enemy attack will mean to Maryland..to you..to your family..and what your part will be when that time comes. Front page news items such as Approaches To Bay Mined By Navy and Eastern Shore Guardsmen On Active Service reflected the worrisome news of that era.
(The Daily News- Frederick, Md)
The canners of Worcester County refuse the demands of the farmers to pledge themselves to pay $5.50 per ton for the next crop of tomatoes.
Memories of Accomac, 1890
John S. Wise Jr.. "Memories of Accomac, 1890" Peninsula Enterprise (Accomac, Va.: August 21, 1937)
A friend recently said to me that after all, our memories remain with us and with many are all they get out of life. Certainly I cherish nothing more than my memories of old Drummondtown and Accomack County in 1890, now nearly half a century ago, when I spent a summer with my dear old cousin, Dr. John J. Wise, at his old home "Woodburn," about a mile north of Drummondtown.
I was then a lad of fourteen and full of youthful vitality and activity and interest and curiosity about all things of the Eastern Shore new to a boy who had spent most of his time in the inland country mountains.
Dr. George Scarburgh was a gray bearded Confederate veteran and a familiar figure around the town.
Miss Sadie Bayly was living at her house Rural Hill and always neatly dressed and with her parasol would be seen on her afternoon walk. Then the croquet game on the lawn of the Episcopal Rectory.
Mr. Cammie Oldham was County Clerk and was beloved by everybody.
Fitchett was the indispensable harness maker of the town with his little shop on the road just at the end of the row of the law offices.
John Richardson was then building his sailing skiffs, the best the shore ever knew, and Welly Coard was beginning to build dead rise bateaux.
George Parker was then running a general store.
Boss Henry Melson was familiar figure. So was Mr. Alfred Lilliston.
Floyd Nock was then an established lawyer as was Sam Ross, afterward County Judge.
Judge Thomas C. Parramore was a great friend of Dr. Wise and in pleasant weather was usually at the gathering.
He was a bit irascible and it was proverbial that when the dinner bell of the hotel rang and the dog barked, the old judge swore blue streaks.
George Parramore was then a young lawyer, if he wasn't on one of his distant sea travels.
Miss Lizzie Parramore and Miss Betty Parramore were the young ladies of the day.
Bayly Brown was Congressman.
John Edmonds was running the Enterprise and James Rowles and Bob Coleburn were his main staff.
His brother Ned Edmonds was a pretty regular attendant at the noon meeting.
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