Sunday, January 19, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 1990, 1939, 1941, 1891, 1893

(Reader Friendly Viewing Of Newspaper Archive Material)

January, 1990 

Efforts spearheaded by Mayor Curt Lippolt along with local and state officials resulted in the good economic news that the Italian-based gun maker Baretta would set up operation in the Pocomoke Industrial Park with prospects of employing up to 100 people in three years. Baretta USA Corp. was expected to invest $1.5 million in the plant. The company would use the 25,000 foot shell building to manufacture components for small pistols. Six states had been in consideration for the new Baretta site.

June, 1939
(Chicago Packer {Trade Publication} - Chicago, Illinois)


Big Crowd Attends Eastern Shore Potato Blossom Festival

Onancock, Va., June 16. - No more beautiful spectacle was ever seen on the Delmarva peninsula then the ceremonies for the coronation of Queen Eastern Shore V the evening of June 8, opening day of the fifth annual Eastern Shore Potato Blossom Festival, which continued the following two days at the American Legion Park at Tasley. Five thousand persons thronged the grounds for the afternoon and evening performance. Clear skies and a warm sun and bright moonlight added to the carnival spirit which prevailed.

Miss Kathryn Lawson Barnes, of Pocomoke City, Md., as festival queen, dressed in white and wearing robes of regal splendor, crossed the quarter stretch upon the arm of Herbert R. Rhodes, of Baltimore, commander of the Maryland Department of the American Legion.

Preceding the queen were the princesses dressed in deep pink, while the maid of honor, Miss Elizabeth Williams of Salisbury, Md., wore green. Each girl was accompanied by an escort.

In the afternoon, a baby revue, directed by Mrs. Adelaide Ames Phillips, of Cheriton, won applause of the audience.

The festival of this year, like its predecessors, was highly successful from a social and amusement point of view and served to draw attention to the shore's chief product- the potato. 

June, 1941 (Time Machine archive)

In Crisfield the normal peacetime production at the Briddell plant was now involved with a heavy workload related to military needs with two work shifts required. Also in Crisfield two tent factories were working overtime to fill military orders.

January, 1891
(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac Court House) 


An Opportunity for a Free Visit to Pocomoke City, The booming town of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, for one month only- from December 15th, 1890 to January 15th, 1891.

I.H. MERRILL, proprietor of the Peninsula Clothing, Shoe and Gents' Furnishings Depot, Will pay in CASH at his office, upon the day of purchase, to all cash customers that are residents of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, whether they come by rail or otherwise (except for ministers, to whom we always give an extra discount), mileage according to the table below upon the following plan: customers may be waited on by any of the salesmen they may elect, who will do their best to suit them in quality, style, and price. If we cannot please them we will not expect them to buy. After having made your purchase in full and settled your bill, the purchaser must not fail to write his or her name and post office address on a card or slip of paper with the amount of goods purchased, and receive the mileage in cash, viz:

Bills amounting to over $5 up to $10 one cent per mile for the distance.

over $10 up to $20 two cents per mile
over $20 up to $30 three cents per mile
over $30 up to $40 four cents per mile
over $40 up to $50 five cents per mile
-Large bills at the same rates.-

This is very simple and every customer can calculate the amount they will make, in addition to having large and varied stocks to select from, and at guaranteed prices.


June, 1893
(Denton Journal) 

The heroine of Pocomoke City is Miss Nellie Dryden. Last Saturday night she was awakened by a burglar who had torn away the window slats, broken a pane of glass and entered the parlor and gathered several articles, with which he was about to encamp. As he was leaving she opened fire with a revolver. He dropped his plunder and fled.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness Miss Nellie Dryden isn't here today! She would not be allowed to have a revolver and would have had to call the police who would have taken at least 10 minutes to respond. When seconds count the police are only minutes away!

Your friend,