Sunday, June 22, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 1996, 1920, 1955, 1912, 1917, 1901.

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MAY, 1996
Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pa.)


Delmarva Peninsula Suffers Blackout

DOVER, Del. (AP) -  Equipment trouble at a power substation caused a blackout in three states Tuesday, affecting 290,000 customers on the Delmarva Peninsula, snarling traffic and forcing some businesses, schools, and a nuclear reactor to shut down.

Customers in central and southern Delaware, and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia lost power at 10:12 a.m. when 16 high-voltage circuit breakers at Delmarva Power & Light Co.'s Keeney substation tripped simultaneously.

Crews were replacing some components at the sub-station south of Newark at the time of the outage, said Howard E. Cosgrove, Delmarva Power's chief executive officer.

Company officials said power was restored to all customers by 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The blackout caused grocery stores and shopping malls to close, costing businesses thousands of dollars.  Some schools closed early, and police were dispatched to major intersections to control traffic jams caused by inoperative signals.

Footnote:  Where were you on Tuesday, May 14, 1996 when the power went out on Delmarva? I recall being with several co-workers attending a computer class in Salisbury.  The instructor was commenting on her week so far, and just as she was referencing and motioning with her hands that "Everything has been going wrong..................." the lights went out and  the computers went dead.  After about a half-hour or so wait the class was cancelled. -tk

 August, 1920
The Washington Herald (Washington, D.C.)


Somerset County, Maryland, Boomed as Future

New Church. Va.. Aug.9.- Somerset County, Md., promises to he
one of the richest potato fields in the United States. 

During the past month one real estate firm has sold twenty-five
farms, totaling 5.000 acres, in that section to prospective potato farmers.

Many of the buyers are coming from nearby Virginia territory.

Somerset County farmers this year obtained as high as seventy-five barrels of potatoes to the acre. The best potato land extends through the Dublin, Westover, Fairmont, East and West Princess Anne and Mount Vernon districts.

Some of the land sells for as high as $500 an acre, exclusive of

June, 1955
Annapolis Capital 

Eastern Shore Newspaper Marks 75th Anniversary

POCOMOKE CITY (AP)- The Worcester Democrat and Ledger Enterprise today published a 72-page edition celebrating its 75th anniverary.

It bore greetings from President Eisenhower and Governor McKeldon on the front page. The President said the freedom and independence of the press Is an essential of American democracy.

Columns of type and 109 pictures retold Worcester County's history from 1688 to the present. Capt. John Smith's map of the territory in colonial times was matched with a recent aerial photograph.

The paper was founded in 1880 by Willisam D. Clarke and in 1922 it was taken over by Dr. Edward J. Clarke, a cousin, when he retired from the faculty at Washington College. 

The latter Clarke edited it for 33 years until has death at 92 in February of 1953. 

The paper now is owned by Elmer M. Jackson, Jr., vice president and  general manager of the Speer publications at Annapolis, Glen Burnie, Brooklyn,  Waldorf and Leonardtown. Miss Alice R. Young is editor of the Democrat and O.J. Shively, vice-president and general manager, supervised production of the anniversary issue.

November, 1912
The Times-Dispatch (Richmond, Va.)

An ox roast was held at Greenbackville Saturday in celebration of the Democratic victory. There was a parade at 3 o'clock, headed by a donkey, which attracted much attention. There were several floats. One hundred school children, carrying American and Virginia flags, were in the line. They sang "America," "Dixie," "Bonnie Blue Flag" and "Maryland My Maryland." Addresses were made by Alfred Price Dennis, PH. D. D. of Pocomoke City, and Henry Conant (spelling?) of Chincoteague.

January, 1917 (Time Machine Archive) 
(Chester Times- Chester, Pa.)


There will be great activity in the Remington Arm's Company's plant  from now on until the contract for Enfield rifles is completed.

New Arrivals

Among the new arrivals are Arthur Brittingham, Claude Brittingham, John Brittingham, and Herbert Ross from Pocomoke City, Maryland.  They were lucky in securing a boarding place at Ivers House. 

On being asked if there were any young men remaining in Pocomoke City, they replied that all the young men were leaving and coming to Eddystone, attracted by the higher wages being paid in the plants in the borough.  They said the pay for men in their hometown ranged from a dollar a day to a dollar and a half.  That a cook's wages were two dollars a week, and board ranged from four and a half to five dollars a week.

October, 1901
(The Daily News- Marshall, Mich.)

The first license for a female pilot issued by the Baltimore board of steamboat inspectors was given to Miss Carrie B. Hunter of Snow Hill, Md.  Miss Hunter's father owns a small steam yacht, and her license entitles her to navigate vessels of that type on Pocomoke sound, river, and tributaries.  Miss Hunter is the second woman on the Atlantic coast to receive a pilot's license.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember the blackout. I was at my brother's house in Berlin. After awhile the coffee in the pot got cold and we took our cups and put them under a solar heating blanket they had on their pool. It worked well to heat up the coffee.