Sunday, February 23, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 1935, 1996, 1921, 1950's, 1967


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September, 1935
The Daily Mail (Hagerstown, Md.)


Nice Personally Seeks To Settle Argument Of Clammers.

SNOW HILL, Md., Sept. 10.— Speeding here in a State Police car, Gov. Nice proposed Monday that protesting Worcester County clam diggers be allowed to pay their new $5 (five dollar) annual license fee in installments to avoid threatened trouble over its collection.

The Governor hurried here after a group of 300 of the clam diggers gathered about the county jail last night and threatened to raze it to force the release of three who had been arrested for failure to take out licenses. He came from Federalsburg, where he had gone to inspect the flood damage and aid in rehabilitation.

Accompanied by State's Attorney Thomas F. Johnson, Elmer 0.Townsend, chief oyster inspector, and William. T.Scott, district inspector, he went to Girdletree, clamming center, and outlined his proposal personally to the clammers.

The Governor said they received it favorably. He expressed hope that Attorney General Herbert R. O'Conor, to whom it will be submitted, will find it may be legally adopted.

A hearing is scheduled tomorrow before Magistrate. W. W. Price at the county court house, for Wilson Young, Willie Duke and Joshua Andrews, whose release from the jail was obtained last night by protesting watermen.

The Governor said charges of failure to obtain licenses pending against these three would be held in abeyance until a ruling was obtained on the installment payment plan.

October, 1996
(Annapolis Capital)


Bally's bid for track stirs slots speculation.

OCEAN CITY (AP) Gov. Parris Glendenning and Worcester County officials want to quash any speculation that slot machines may be coming to Ocean Downs harness track.

Casino magnate Bally's Entertainment has been operating the track since lending its owners $10 million last year, and this week made a $1 million offer to buy the track, prompting speculation that it wanted to put slots there should they be legalized in Maryland.

Ocean Downs officials say the situation at the track has gone from bad to worse since the nearby Harrington, Del. Raceway began drawing large crowds to a new slot machine parlor.

But Mr. Glendenning says he remains firmly opposed to any expansion of gambling in the state.

Mr. Glendenning this summer said he would veto any legislation expanding gambling in the state to include slot machines at horse tracks, or casinos.

According to members of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association, if the sale to Bally's is approved next week the track will be turned into a training facility and live racing will be ended.

Worcester County Commission President James Barrett said he hopes Bally's will keep Ocean Downs as a harness racing track and said local elected officials are united against any move to allow slots at the track.

Mr. Barrett said the county's other commissioners wrote to Mr. Glendenning last month to urge him to form a task force to study ways to save the horse racing industry without expanding gambling.

Mr. Glendenning said he supports carrying out a study of the industry but said it would have to have the unamimous support of legislative leaders to go forward.

November, 1921

The latest Essex automobile. a five passenger vehicle, was "The Coach," offering "Closed Car Comforts - Open Car Performance." Price, $1,495 F.O.B. Detroit. In Pocomoke City the Essex dealer was Cullen Motor Co.

1950's- Pocomoke City's busy Willow Street

Numerous enterprises occupied Willow Street between Clarke Avenue and Front Street. Recalling the scene during the 1950's: on the east side of the street (middle of the block) going south from People's Food Market was the Flax Confectionery Store, the WBOC Pocomoke City radio studio, and the County Liquor Dispensary on the corner with the telephone company office and operators on the second floor. Across the street on the west side of Willow Street (going north from the corner of Clarke and Willow) was Creath Appliances, Gladding Brothers (Dodge) automobile dealership, Lewis Laundry And Dry Cleaners, and J. Scott Porter (Studebaker) automobile dealership.

Any longtime Pocomoke City residents have recollections of what occupied Willow Street between Clarke Avenue and Second Street? A few I recall included Kilmon's seafood market at the southeast corner of Clarke and Willow; the back entrance to the original J.J. Newberry store on the east side of Willow; on the west side of Willow was Modern Office Supply, Leslie Bunting repair shop, and Western Auto which I think was on the corner of Willow and Second Street. Down the street the Peacock Hotel and restaurant was on the southwest corner of Clarke and Willow. A former Pocomoke resident I was in touch with remembered Ed Tarr's; didn't recall the type of business but said you could also buy 45 RPM pop records there, where he remembers buying the number one chart hit Honeycomb by Jimmie Rogers in 1957. -tk

March, 1967
(Salisbury Times)

Sears on South Salisbury Boulevard was advertising a two-day sale on new Kenmore electric clothes dryers..

 "$68.. no trade-in required. Choose "Heat" setting for drying regular fabrics.. plus "Air Only" for fluffing. Load-A-Door makes a handy loading shelf. Top-mounted lint screen slides out to clean. Safety switch stops tumble with door open. NEVER IRON Permanent-Press fabrics in a Kenmore automatic dryer. 2-year nation-wide free parts guarantee. No money down on Sears Easy Payment Plan."

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