"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; it 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."
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January, 1880 (Time Machine archive)
The New York Times
Baltimore, Jan.7. - Advises from Pocomoke City note a curious sequel to the sensation caused a fortnight ago by the scandalous charges brought by Mrs. Polk against ex-State Senator Aydelotte, of entering her house during the absence of her husband and attempting to violate her person. Aydelotte is a conspicuous pillar of the Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Mr. Brown is an eloquent speaker and popular Pastor of the Presbyterian flock, having accepted a call from the West to take the Pocomoke City charge. The congregation has been violently agitated by the charges against Aydelotte, and a split is threatened. On Sunday the church was crowded, but in place of a sermon the Rev. Mr. Brown gave from the pulpit a scathing diatribe, denouncing Aydelotte and the whole community. He came there, he said, supposing he was coming into a Christian, moral, community, but found himself among a people without principle or morality, lost to all sense of shame, rotten to the core. He was ashamed to acknowledge his residence there, and recently in Philadelphia he could not acknowledge to a brother clergyman that he belonged to Pocomoke. He ended by resigning his pastorate, and the congregation dispersed in high dudgeon. The excitement throughout the county is intense.
The Salisbury Times
Prizes Awards At Deal Island High
DEAL ISLAND- During the Deal Island High School graduation held in St. John's Methodist Church in Deal Island last night, the Luther Webster Memorial Scholarship awards were presented by Mrs. Vernon Jones, chairman of the awards committee.
Miss Kate Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Anderson of Deal Island, and Miss Rebecca Abbot, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Abbot of Deal Island received the awards.
There are two awards of $300 each presented each year by Richard C. Webster, owner of Somerset Seafood Co. The awards are given on the basis of character, scholarship, leadership (in school and community) and perseverance and are to be used by the winners for the purpose of furthering their education in any field of related or advanced learning.
Miss Anderson is planning to enter a State Teachers College or take a business course. Miss Abbott is planning to go to State Teachers College.
The Rev. John E. French, DD, Superintendent, Salisbury District Methodist Church, addressed the graduates.
The Evening Star (Washington, D.C.)
August, 1867 (Time Machine archive)
The New York Times
(News from Maryland's constitutional convention)
A new county to be called Wicomico, is authorized to be formed on the Eastern Shore, out of portions of Worcester and Somerset, should the majority of the people within the bounds of the proposed county declare for it by their votes.
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