Sunday, March 2, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 1935, 1957, 1941, 1891, 1895

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January, 1935
The Daily News (Frederick, Md.)


Management Committee To Be Named For Harrlson Nurseries.

Snow Hill, Md. Jan. 4. A general meeting of all creditors of the Harrison Nurseries, at Berlin, Md, will be held in the courthouse here on Tuesday when a management committee will take over the affairs of the company. Permanent plans for conducting the business for the next three years will be made. The committee will be composed of representatives of the family, of bondholders, unsecured creditors, and of the Union Trust Company of Baltimore.

It was stated by interested parties here that many conditions have combined to injure the business of the nursery. Founded more than thirty years ago, it is one of the largest nurseries existing. Four hundred men are currently employed, and during spring and summer months the total reaches 700.

March, 1957 (Time Machine archive)

With the dualization of the nine mile stretch of U.S. 13 from just north of Princess Anne to Salisbury completed, plans were in the works to dualize the stretch from Pocomoke City to Princess Anne. By-passes for Pocomoke and Princess Anne were also being planned. 1956 saw the completion of a new railway overpass near Pocomoke that replaced a dangerous Route 13 grade crossing.

Digging out tons of sand and gravel for the overpass created a quite sizeable man-made body of water, perhaps about a quarter of a mile across, just to the east of the overpass. This became known as Merrill's Beach and with the help of one of Pocomoke City's civic organizations it was maintained for a number of years as a popular local swimming and bathing area. Merrill's Beach eventually had to close because Health Department water standards could not be maintained.

November, 1941
(Hagerstown Daily Mail- Hagerstown, Md.)

Force Of Shuckers Reduced By Strike

CRISFIELD, Md., Nov. 19.- The oyster packing industry in this "seafood capital" of Maryland's Eastern Shore operated on a greatly curtailed basis Tuesday as more than 600 unionized oyster shuckers continued on strike for the second day.

The walkout reduced the forces of the 27 packing plants by an estimated 75 percent, but some operated with skeleton crews and one leading seafood packer said that pre-Thanksgiving rush orders already had been filled.

Local 19600, United Oystermen's Union (AFL) , called the strike on Monday after packing house operators failed to sign a labor contract by the Sunday night deadline.

June, 1891
(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac Court House)

Greenbackville- Mr. John Bishop and Miss Eva Derickson, both of Chincoteague Island, were married at the State line on the night of the 6th inst., by the Rev. R.S. Williamson. The arrival of a runaway couple after night, in our quiet village, for the purposes of being made "one," created some little excitement on the streets.

Footnote: For many decades couples would come to the Virginia-Maryland state line near Pocomoke City to be married, where Maryland's age requirements for marriage were less restrictive then Virginia's. At one time there were said to be three "marriage trees" at the site under which the marriage ceremonies were performed.

In 1937 the Maryland State Roads Commission placed a historic marker just off Route 13 with the inscription: "Boundary Line Maryland-Virginia. 500 feet East of this point near the Boundary Stone is a large white gum, one of the old Marriage Trees under which Virginia and Maryland couples married."

To PPE commenter Slim: Didn't you attempt to find this location when we originally posted an article about it? What were your findings?

November, 1895
(The Free Lance- Fredericksburg, Va.)


The Margaret Academy, the chief institution of learning on the Eastern Shore (of Virginia), is located at Onancock. Mr. Frank B. Brent is the able principal, and he has associated with him a fine corps of teachers. This school was established in 1807, and is under the supervision of a board of trustees composed of prominent citizens of the two counties. It has 150 students this session, and is in a flourishing condition.

From the beautiful grounds of the Academy can be seen the handsome old estate, "Only," the home of that fine Virginia politician and statesman, Henry A. Wise, at the time he was elected governor of the state.


The Margaret Academy chartered in 1756 was built near Bobtown. When it was closed Onancock School got the title in July 22, 1893.

The Eastern shore (of Virginia) has had one Governor, Henry A. Wise of old Only on Onancock Creek.
Footnotes Source: GHOTES -Genealogy & Historie Of The Eastern Shore (of Virginia.)

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