Sunday, April 13, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 1969, 1973, 1954, 1920, 1907, 1903

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March, 1969
The Sunday Times (Salisbury)

Annie Oakley, Famous Marksman., Once Lived In Dorchester Town



CAMBRIDGE — An exhibition of photographs in the Dorchester Historical Museum recalls one of Cambridge's most glamorous residents.

Annie Oakley, the most famous woman rifle shot and gun expert in the world, and for many years the star of "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show," lived here with her husband for several years.
Annie and her husband, Frank Butler — himself a professional gun expert — bought a lot on Hambrooks Ave. in 1913 from Robert Matthews, local realtor, and soon built a substantial home there overlooking the Choptank River. It is now known as the Douglas Sites home on Bellview Ave.

The Butlers had visited Cambridge with a traveling show, and so liked the quiet Dorchester county seat with its tree-lined streets and easy-going ways that they decided after many years on the road, to spend a part of their life there. They lived off and on in Cambridge until 1922.

A few people in Cambridge can still remember Annie and Frank, or at least remember tales their parents told about these famous show people. Milton Hubbard, on High St., said his father, Samuel E. Hubbard, kept a hardware store in those early days, and that this store became a natural hang-out for persons interested in gunning and target shooting — including the Butlers. Sewell Matthews, whose father sold them the lot, remembers tales of the Butlers' kindness to other persons and of Annie's demonstrations with a rifle for local Girl Scouts.

Annie came a long way to Cambridge. From her birth on a lonely Ohio farm, through years with Buffalo Bill on the road, to visits as a guest of many kings and nobles in Europe, and the famous in this country, she came to a quiet middle age and semi-retirement along the banks of the Choptank.

September, 1973
Salisbury Times

Meteor Reported Over Delmarva

A bright blue meteor flashed across Maryland skies last night and was visible over a wide area.

The control tower at Friendship International Airport at Baltimore said it got reports from various fliers on the meteor. The pilots said it trailed off into amber sparks after rocketing from east to north. It was visible over the Eastern Shore for abou 20 minutes, starting about 6:30 p.m.

Fliers over Southern Maryland, over the Washington area and over Southern New Jersey reported seeing it.

Maryland State Police said residents in Dorchester County and Queen Anne's also reported the brilliant blue light—some figuring it was a plane crash.

April, 1954
Salisbury Times

Big League Baseball Comes To Baltimore

Boring Brownies Become Bright Orioles


By Jimmy Breslin

NEA Staff Correspondent

BALTIMORE (NEA) — The cab was taking you along North Charles Street, in the heart of Baltimore, in a city which this year gets its first glimpse of major league baseball In more than 52 years.

Yet, the woman cab driver was talking baseball in a way which made you think you were on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn.

"Pitching," she said. "If Turlie and Larsen come up with any sort of a year, we'll be right up there.

(Orioles starters are Don Larson, Joe Coleman, Duane Pillette, and Bob Turley)

"There will be a big parade," says Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, "the night the Orioles come to town for the April 15 opening day. And the parade will top anything we ever had here. There will be 5,000 orchids strewn over the route. This is a big thing to us."

Baltimore residents, all of whom are now baseball fans, purchased 600,000 reserved tickets before the Orioles even had them printed. Attendance in this long-time International League town- and not a good one at that — can come  very close to a million and a half this year. Last year, the minor league Orioles, drew less than 300,000. The Browns, in St, Louis, did even worse.

Footnote: For their 1954 major league debuting season at the new Memorial Stadium, Orioles attendance was 1,060,910.

May, 1920
Daily Times-Enterprise (Thomasville, Ga.)


Princess Anne, Md.—The case against William Whitney was tried before a jury here. The charge was assault and the accused was found not guilty.

Dr. S. Alexander Rosse, formerly a physician of Smith Island, was the prosecuting witness. He testified that in July 1919, Whitney met him in front of a store and struck him in the face.

Whitney admitted that he had struck Dr. Rosse but said that he did so because, while he was a member of Company L. of Crisfleld, and serving in the trenches in France, Dr. Rosse had told his father, John Whitney, that he was a "d___ fool" for enlisting in the army. He said his father told him that Dr. Rosse had made this remark and that three days afterward he met the doctor and struck him.

June, 1907
(Peninsula Enterprise- Accomac Court House)

Mr. William S. Dickinson, the leading merchant of Pocomoke City, and one of the most prominent and successful business men on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, died in a sanatarium in Philadelphia, of organic heart trouble, complicated with other diseases last Monday, in the 46th year of his age. He was also president of the Pocomoke City National Bank and Pocomoke City Building and Loan Association. He is survived by one daughter, Miss Miriam Dickinson.

The deceased was well-known in Accomac and the news of his untimely death is received with sincere sorrow and regret by his numerous friends in every part of thc county.

Footnote: The W. S. Dickinson & Son store in Pocomoke City offered a large stock of dry goods, notions, clothing, furs, and furniture.

April, 1903 (Time Machine archive)
(The Portsmouth Herald- Portsmouth, NH)

A Wild Goose Farm

What is said to be the only wild goose farm in the world is located on Chincoteague Island, says the Richmond (Va.) Times. The farm is a never ceasing object of interest to the visitor and of joy and profit to the owner. There are now between 300 and 400 in the flock. The progenitors of this remarkable flock were two which were "winged" in shooting, then tamed and used as decoys. The annual shipments from the farm are now about 400 to 600 fowl. Most of these are wild geese, but there are some Japanese ducks, brant and other game. The geese bring about $5 a pair. In summer they feed on the marshes of Chincoteague and Assateague, but as the cold weather comes on they gradually gather together near the owners residence, where food is provided for them. Mingled with the geese are many kinds of bird and fowl and fancy breeds of chickens and ducks and even some swans. Particular care is being taken with the swans, and the experiment of their culture bids fair to be a success in every way.

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