Sunday, April 7, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... 1913..1899..1968..1907..1994

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(This is another update to postings of the last couple of weeks of articles from 1913 regarding a young Salisbury office worker who was found dead in her office chair. Subsequent articles will follow, as investigation heightened the mystery surrounding her death.)

June, 1913
(The Washington Post)


Miss Wainwright's Body Carried to Gas Office Chair.


Young Salisbury, Md., Woman not a Victim of Poison, but of an Operation. Other Employees of Office Say She Complained of Feeling ILL on Fatal Friday Afternoon.

Salisbury, Md., June 24.- Despite the effort being made by the authorities to keep secret the developments in the investigation into the death of Miss Florence Wainwright, the young woman who was found dead in the office of the Home Gas Company Friday night, it is now known the young woman did not die of poison, as first thought, but from an operation performed, it is thought, Friday afternoon in the yard back of the gas company office.

That the young woman did not die sitting at her desk, as was made to appear, now seems certain. In all probability she was carried into the office and placed at the desk, in the position in which she was found.

Harold Smith, the manager of the gas company, testified before the coroner's jury, it is said, that he was in the office all the afternoon, leaving there at 6:15, and that the young woman had been complaining of feeling ill. Smith says he left the young woman alone in the office and went home. He did not summon a physician, and did not offer to call a cab to take her home.

Mrs. Elmer Smith, wife of Elmer Smith, a former employee of the gas company, and a friend of Miss Wainwright, testified, it is said, that she was with the young woman from 4 until 5:45 o'clock, leaving her at the office with Harold Smith. She testified, it is said, that Miss Wainwright was quite ill all the while she was with her. Miss Wingate, the stenographer, employed by the gas company, says she left the office at 5:30 o'clock. No arrests have been made, but rumors persist that there will be soon.

November, 1899

The new governor-elect of Maryland was prominent Snow Hill resident John Walter Smith, a former Congressman and State Senator with major business interests in lumbering and various other local endeavors. 

December, 1968 (Time Machine Archive)

A new 1969 Camaro would be given away in a Shop Pocomoke promotion sponsored by the Pocomoke Ciity Businessmen's Association. Members of the Association were: Bata Shore Store...Burnett White of Pocomoke...W.H.Clarke & Company...City Service Oil Company (C.K. Duncan)...The Democratic Messenger...George's Furniture...Guy's Implement Company...Hancock's Grocery...Lankford & Cutler Hardware...Montgomery Ward Catalog Store...Midway Auto...Miller-Massey Auto...Somers-Kirby Motor Company...Miller's Ladies Shop...Modern Floor Company... J.J. Newberry...Outten Brothers...Pocomoke City Flower Shop...Pocomoke City Pharmacy...Pocomoke Machine & Implement Company...R.E.Powell & Company...Scher's...Schoolfield & Ham...Sears Catalog Store...Sherwin Williams...Silco...Vincent's Jewelers...Webb's Grocery...Western Auto...George E. Young Auto Parts.

April, 1907
(Logansport PharosTribune- Logansport, Indiana)

"Public Day" is a term applied in Southern Delaware and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to those days when by concerted agreement, the result of old tradition, country folks come to town to "do their trading."

August, 1994
(The Chronicle Telegram- Elyria, Ohio)

Maryland man makes 'pastries for keeps'


DOVER, DEL. (AP)- Dressed in chef's jacket and surrounded by mouthwatering cheesecakes, breads, eclairs, and brownies, Dallas Hewitt looks like the consummate pastry chef.
But you won't smell the aroma of baked goods coming from Hewitt's workshop behind his house in Pocomoke City, Md. In fact, he can't bake worth a lick.

Hewitt's pastries are made from building materials.
Cakes are shaped from blocks of wood and frosted with spackling. If it looks like there are chocolate sprinkles on top, it's really the tiny gravel found in aquariums. Breads and roasted chickens are made from spray insulation that puffs up. Barbequed ribs are a combination of insulation and clothespins.

Hewitt travels to festivals and fairs along the east coast and a few in the midwest to sell his pricey fake food. His booth was the center of attention at the arts and crafts show at the Delmarva Chicken Festival in Dover recently.

Mary Crisco of Felton snapped up a devil's food cake with white icing, and topped with strawberries. She said her kitchen is decorated with a strawberry theme.

"I might have to come to Pocomoke," she said, eyeing a strawberry meringue pie.

Hewitt, a retired car salesman, gets tickled when potential customers cautiously approach his concoctions, unsure whether they're real or fake. They often don't make the connection with the sign bearing his business' name: "Pastries For Keeps."

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