Sunday, May 19, 2013

TIME MACHINE ... 1962..1993..1884..1943..1906..1900

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March, 1962
(The Salisbury Times)

Famed Chincoteague Pony Foals A Filly

CHINCOTEAGUE, VA., (AP)- The most famous Chincoteague pony of them all foaled a filly even as the count showed 55 ponies died in last week's savage coastal storm.

Misty, the storied 16-year-old pony who was evacuated from this ravaged island when the floods struck, gave birth to a third off-spring at Pocomoke City, Md., Sunday.

That was about the only bright news to reach pony-owners and fanciers on Chincoteague.

A final count showed 55 of the little ponies perished in the flood on nearby Assateague Island, where they roam wild. Ninety died on Chincoteague.

Four Army helicopters will remove the dead animals from the two islands today, lifting them by rope and depositing them in trucks, which will take the carcasses to a mainland farm for burial.

November, 1993
(The Altoona Mirror- Altoona, Pa.)


WAYNESBORO (AP)- Stormy, a brown and white foal of Misty, the Chincoteague pony made famous by a 1940's children's book, has died at age 31.

Stormy, who died Wednesday, was born near Pocomoke City, Md., and lived nearly all her life on Chincoteague Island off the coast of Virginia's Eastern Shore. In 1989 she was moved here by Michael Pryor, who runs a non-profit organization with Misty's descendants.

Stormy was the third and final foal of Misty, who gained fame after Marguerite Henry wrote the 1947 children's classic, "Misty Of Chincoteague." It was the first of a series of tales she wrote about the herd of wild ponies that live on the island.
In 1962, the California author wrote a sequel, "Stormy- Misty's Foal." Pryor said it sold more than 12 million copies in eight languages.

Pryor said Stormy, who died at 745a.m. (11/24/93), would be preserved by a Mt. Alto, Pa., taxidermist and displayed along with her mother, who died in 1972.

November, 1884 (Time Machine archive)

A railroad route from Delmar, Md. to Cape Charles, Va., was put into service by The New York, Philadelphia, and Norfolk Railroad. The line was to travel though Salisbury, Fruitland, Eden, Leretto, Princess Anne, King's Creek, Adelia, Pocomoke, New Church, Hallston, Matompkin, Accomac, Pungoteague, Belle Haven, Bird's Nest, and Eastville. At Cape Charles passengers were to be transferred to fast mail steamers and ferried over to Norfolk where rail connections to other locations could be made. A new steamer under construction would carry rail cars and was planned to be in service in March. 

May, 1943

A Pocomoke City man, described by authorities as a vagrant, was arrested for violating the "work or fight" law that had been enacted by the Maryland legislature. Trial Magistrate Crawford R. Hillman sentenced the man to serve six months in The Maryland House Of Correction. Worcester County State's Attorney William G. Kirben had ordered officers to look into enforcement of the law. No other violators were found. 

April, 1906
(The Denton Journal)

The Peninsula Agricultural Society's executive committee has decided to offer $35 in prizes to the school children of the Eastern Shore of Maryland for the best collection of insects made this spring. 

(An automobile is coming to the Eastern Shore!)

April, 1900
(Trenton Times- Trenton, N.J.)

Automobile Tour

An automobile bound for Salisbury, Md., passed through this city Wednesday afternoon. The vehicle was in charge of W.L. Edison of the Edison Vehicle Supply Company of New York, and Thomas Clarke of the Boston Theatrical Company. The run from New York (to Trenton) was made in four hours. The party expects to tour the South and may go to Paris.


"... it is said that Salisbury may have had up to a dozen cars on its streets by 1910. The first car to be driven in Salisbury was around 1900 and the driver and owner was Billy Edison, son of famed inventor Thomas Alva Edison. The young Edison had lived in Salisbury for a while and married a young lady from Salisbury. But he encountered the problem of tires on his Stanley Steamer being cut while negotiating Salisbury's sandy oyster shell based streets of that era. Years later when Edison returned to the area in an expensive Pierce Arrow he found that attempting to drive the vehicle on country roads was too hazardous an endeavor. He decided not to attempt a return trip from the country back to Salisbury; he sold the vehicle." 

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