Saturday, October 25, 2014

Every Sunday On The Pocomoke Public Eye..


It's reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archive and historical archive material, primarily of local interest. 

This week we share items from 1962, 1920, 1956, 1930, 1996, and 1903.

Check back tomorrow, 10/26, right here!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1962.. Pocomoke City planning week-long Halloween celebration; 1920.. Prescriptions for whiskey send Crisfield doctor to jail; 1956.. Lower shore loses an agricultural leader; 1930.. Passengers flee burning bus at Pocomoke City stop; 1996.. Crisfield High renovations to begin; and more of the observations made by a visitor to Chincoteague in 1903.

Although you may not find all of these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!  

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about?  It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Accidental release of murder suspect latest O'Malley-Brown failure to place Marylanders at risk

Despite assurances by Lt. Gov. Brown that administration addressed “issues” at Baltimore Detention Center, a state correctional facility went full weekend unaware that dangerous murder suspect was accidently released

Lt. Gov, Anthony Brown: “We took far-reaching, decisive action in response to the recent safety and personnel issues discovered at BCDC.”Baltimore Sun primary candidates questionnaire

Annapolis, MD – October 21, 2014 – Gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan today issued the following statement following reports that a state-run corrections facility in Baltimore accidentally released a murder suspect. 

“The lives and safety of Marylanders are once again at risk because of a colossal management failure in an O’Malley-Brown Administration agency.  Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown on numerous occasions assured Maryland families that his administration had addressed the horrific problems in the Baltimore City Detention Center, which was overtaken by a dangerous street gang under their watch.  

“How many examples do overtaxed Marylanders need that Anthony Brown lacks the management and leadership skills necessary to run our state government?” Hogan asked.  

“Despite spending $288 million of our tax dollars, he couldn’t build a functioning Health Exchange website; despite 40 straight tax hikes, he raided billions from environmental and transportation trust funds; despite warnings, assisted living facilities with track records of abuse and neglect were awarded tens of millions in state contracts; and now we learn that a state-run detention center didn’t realize for a full weekend that it failed to detain a murder suspect.”

“As governor, I’ll hold my administration accountable to the people who pay their salaries.” 

What should be done to correct and prevent problems at the state-run Baltimore City Detention Center?” - Baltimore Sun 2014 gubernatorial primary questionnaire 

We took far-reaching, decisive action in response to the recent safety and personnel issues discovered at BCDC. – Anthony Brown response to Sun questionnaire
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For more information and interviews, contact Adam Dubitsky at O (443) 221-4450, M (240) 625-2683 or visit

Authority: Hogan-Rutherford Committee to Change Maryland.  John C. Wobensmith, Treasurer

Times Endorses McDermott...Kinda..Sorta

“Times Endorses McDermott for Senate...Kinda, Sorta…”
by Delegate Mike McDermott

The DailyTimes rightly states, “It’s time for change in Annapolis” and then makes the case for that change by pointing out the failed policies which have continued to provide high unemployment, increased burdens on business, and no recovery from the Great Recession.

They go on to outline their rejection of Maryland’s Lieutenant Governor in favor of Larry Hogan with words that they should have also utilized to endorse me for the Senate seat in District 38.

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown/Senator Jim Mathias, the Democratic candidate for governor/Senator, has a distinguished career. His dedication to public service is remarkable. Sadly, however, he comes out of the same mindset that’s helped create Maryland’s current economic problems. Is Brown/Mathias likely to set a new course for the state and for job creation? It is hard to see that happening.”                -The Daily Times 10/19/14

To further their point, the Times goes on to highlight several key issues they believe Hogan will address. They are the same issues and policies that I have fought for in the House and campaigned on in the district:
• Lessen the tax burden.
• Reduce the impact of burdensome regulations, an especially important issue for the     Eastern Shore’s poultry industry.
• Promote jobs and the middle class.     -The Daily Times 10/19/14
Yet, the Daily Times appears bifurcated when they consider our future. They believe we need a new pilot, but they think the navigator should keep his job. I think the Times did a nice job on the Hogan piece so allow me again to offer another minor correction to make it perfect in closing:
When you vote, in early voting starting Thursday or at the polls on Nov. 4, think of the economy. Better yet, think of your children and grandchildren. Which candidate will best serve their futures?
In our view, it is clearly Larry Hogan and Mike McDermott.”
-The Daily Times 10/19/14
I could not have said it better myself!

Sheriffs Who Are Protecting Liberty

An increasing number of sheriffs are rising to resist federal overreach in their counties.  About 100 of them met in mid-September at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  

The gathering was organized by the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association -- a group that was formed by former Sheriff Richard Mack.  It was a time of mutual encouragement, where several sheriffs shared their experiences in resisting federal overreach.

Sheriff Mike Lewis of Wycomico County, Maryland was one of the sheriffs in attendance.  He got national attention recently for saying that the feds better not try grabbing guns in his county.

“I can tell you this,” Lewis said, “if they attempt to do that, it will be an all-out civil war. No question about it.”

Another attendee, Sheriff Denny Peyman of Jackson County, Kentucky, was equally blunt.  “My office will not comply with any federal action which violates the United States Constitution or the Kentucky Constitution which I swore to uphold.”  

Gun Owners of America presented Sheriff Peyman with the “Nullifier of the Year” award last year because of his strong commitment to defend the Constitution -- and the Second Amendment in particular.


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Monday, October 20, 2014

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Trick-or-Treat? Drink-or-Drive?
Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

Pocomoke City, MD; Halloween is quickly approaching, which for many people means celebrating with alcohol. As you carve your pumpkin or pick out a costume this year, keep in mind that one of the best choices you can make is to drive sober or designate a sober driver to get you home safely. Chief Kelvin Sewell and members of the Pocomoke City Police Department is reminding all drivers that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving because every Halloween there are still some people who think they can drive after drinking.    

 “We want people to remember: like ‘Trick-or-Treat;’ ‘Drink-or-Drive.’ One or the other, but never both,” said Gayle Waters. Before you take your first sip of alcohol on October 31, figure out who your designated sober driver will be.  If you wait until you’re ‘buzzed’ to make a decision, you may decide to drive. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving, which means that driving “buzzed” brings very serious consequences. In 2012 alone, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk–driving crashes. Those were preventable deaths that happened when drunk drivers failed to plan ahead.  

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is a statistically dangerous night for drunk driving. In 2012, almost half (48%) of all crash fatalities that night involved a drunk driver.

 Chief Kelvin Sewell recommends these simple tips for a safe Halloween:        

·         Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.

·         Always designate a sober driver.

·         If you are drunk, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

·         Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

·         If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement, it’s your responsibility.

·         If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.


House Of Pocoween

Sunday, October 19, 2014

TIME MACHINE... 1969, 1905, 1977, 1937, 1960, 1903

"Friendliest Town On The Eastern Shore."  Our tradition runs deep.  Excerpt from a letter to the editor from a visitor to Newtown, (former name of Pocomoke City) published in the Baltimore Sun, April 28,1847.

This place (Newtown) is a pretty snug little village, containing about 500 clever and hospitable inhabitants; is has good wide streets, quite clear of that "eye sore," known mostly over the Peninsula by the name of "deep sand"; the houses, though built of frame, are generally built substantially and with some discretion and taste; there are two neat, new, and quite handsome frame churches in it; as for the merchants of the place, suffice it to state that they are very clever and hospitable.  F. Mezick, Esq., the landlord with whom I stopped, and his very obliging and jolly assistant, are richly deserving of a passing notice, for the good treatment and the extension of the many civilities to "the stranger."

(Reader-friendly viewing of newspaper archives material)

April, 1969
Evening Capital (Annapolis, Md.)

Renowned Mansion Destroyed

BERLIN, Md. (AP)-  The mansion on an estate where the great racehorse Man O'War trained burned to the ground today.

Richard Ketterman, caretaker for the 1,500 acre spread, said the three-story frame house with at least 21 rooms was a total loss. He estimated the loss at $500,000 since the house was filled with antiques and at least 100 paintings of famous racehorses.

The estate, between Berlin and Ocean City, now called Winchester, was bought by the late Samuel D. Riddle in 1917, the same year that Man O'War was born.

Most of his horses had been transferred from the estate to Garden State Park by Trainer Oscar White.  The flames did not reach any of the stables.

Ketterman said the fire in the house started around 7 a.m. and two hours later it was in ruins.  Firemen from four towns were hampered by the lack of water, having to  pump it from a creek one-quarter of a mile away.  

Footnote: The property encompassing the estate has been developed as the Glen Riddle new homes community in recent years.

November, 1905
The Washington Post


Mob Released Prisoner and Made Magistrate Revoke Sentence.

Held Him A Captive Until He Yielded.

Paraded Crisfield, Md., in Triumph.

Threatens Planters. 

Special to the Washington Post.

Crisfield, Md., Nov. 29-  A mob of several hundred oystermen this afternoon attacked the courthouse, rescued Ralph Nelson, just convicted of raiding oyster beds, and captured Justice G. W. Kennedy, whom they released only after they had forced him to revoke his decision.

Nelson was arraigned on the charge of raiding oyster plantations of the Tangier Packing Company, in Tangier Sound, and it was alleged that he and his friends had been defying the law for a long time.  After trial to-day, he was pronounced guilty by the magistrate.

The announcement of the verdict was a signal for an attack by the oystermen, who throunged the court. A rush was made, in which the prisoner was taken from the court officers, and the magistrate was captured.

For about an hour Justice Kennedy was held prisoner by the mob, before he was induced to revoke his verdict, declaring he would never try another oyster case.

Nelson and his friends then paraded the streets in triumph.  The mob declared there shall be no planting of oysters, and threatens to raid and tear up the beds that already exist in these waters.

March, 1977 (Time Machine archive)

A health care clinic was being readied to open in Pocomoke City in the former school building at Fourth & Walnut Streets. A fund drive for the clinic's start-up operation was underway and the City Council was making a $5,000 contribution.  A physician assistant, Theodore Holt, was hired for the clinic's operation.

(Correct reference would be "Smith Island.")  
October, 1937
The Daily Mail (Hagerstown, Md.)

Smith's Island Soon Will Have Paved Road

SMITH'S ISLAND, Md., Oct. 7. (AP).-  Smith's Island motorists-all twelve of them- soon will be able tlo whiz up and down a paved road, as least as much as it is possible to whiz on a three-mile stretch.

Whizzing is not possible at all now. The only roads now on this Chesapeake Bay isle are little more than trails, with occasional spaces wide enough for cars to pass one another or turn around.

But the Somerset county commissioners over on the mainland about ten miles away voted $800 to surface the road from Ewell to Rhodes Point.

The County commissioners opposed the appropriation at first on grounds their were no traffic problem(s). Islanders replied:

"Without roads how can we have a traffic problem?"

May, 1960 (Time Machine archive) 
(The Salisbury Times)

Pocomoke Kiwanis Entertain Team

 POCOMOKE CITY-  The Pocomoke Kiwanis Club had as their guests on Monday evening the varsity basketball team of the Pocomoke Boys Club.

 Ben Cohen introduced the leaders of the club, Avery Smith and Dave Wagner.  Mr. Smith introduced the boys to the club and praised them on the excellent way they played during the season.  He then awarded a trophy to the most improved player. This award went to Jerry Smith. 

(A visitor to Chincoteague writes his observations.)
August, 1903
The Times Dispatch (Richmond, Va.)


CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, ACCOMAC COUNTY, VA., August 7.-Many attempts have been made to tell the outside world of Chincoteague and its inhabitants, and all that I have seen have failed. I came to the island with very hazy ideas concerning the nature and appearance of the people and their manners and customs. I cannot say that I have learned all there is to know concerning Chincoteague and the Chincoteaguers in the course of my stay, but I have learned enough to make me look forward with anything but pleasure to the time tomorrow morning when I must board the Franklin City boat and say good-bye to Chincoteague, probably for good, for though this old world is small it is very busy.

I do not believe that one-half the boys and girls of Virginia, who are studying geography, could tell where Chincoteague is if asked the question offhand. The other half would say it is an island off the coast of Virginia, inhabited by about 3,000 people and wild ponies. A few of the older generation who have come here would tell stories to illustrate the primitive way in whlch the people live. A smaller number, imbued with the ladder day spirit of commercialism, would tell of the money the people make off the oysters and clams, and the fish and crabs, and would speak of the number of stores on the island, and the volume of business done.

After spending some days on Chincoteague I find it impossible to give any of the descriptions I have given above. It may be the air, but I think it is the people; at any rate, I have found in Chincoteague that which makes me hate to leave. The island is so contradictory. It is up-to-date in many ways; it is fifty years behind in others. There is a railway terminus only six miles away, but three hundred or four hundred ponies run wild on the island, and men with money in their pockets walk along the main streets of the town in their bare feet, and nobody thinks of looking at the feet. Those facts seem to me to state in a satisfactory way the contradictory conditions on Chincoteague.

Chincoteaguers are amphibious, living on an island half a mile wide and seven miles long, those three thousand islanders have occasion to know much more of the sea than of the land. Only a very small fraction of the vegetables eaten on Chincoteague are grown on the island, and more than six hundred vessels of various sizes are owned in Chincoteague and call Chincoteague the home port. An average of one sailing craft for every five of population is probably greater than at any other sea town in the country.

(More from this article next Sunday.)

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about?  It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

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Rainbow Bluebirds

Flying On For JMMB.
Her Pocomoke Public
Eye postings (April,
2008 to June, 2014)
kept us informed.