Sunday, June 7, 2015

TIME MACHINE ... 1906, 1919, 1975, 2003, 1899.

"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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May, 1906  (New rules for the road)..                                                                                                 


                                      (Peninsula Enterprise, Accomac)                                         


July, 1919 (Time Machine archive)
The Charlston Daily Mail (Charlston, South Carolina)


Strawberries In Great Demand for Soft Drink Trade; 

Prices Are Unprecedented 

Philadelphia, July 26.-  Prohibition indirectly produced an extraordinary condition in the strawberry market this year.  Prices went higher than ever before because a Chicago packing house opened what was said to be the largest fruit preserving plant in the world in the heart of the strawberry district in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and bought the product of great berry producing fields virtually without regard to cost to meet the tremendous demand for ice cream and soft drinks produced by the "dry" period.

Strawberries that normally sold from from 5 to 10 cents a quart were snapped up at from 30 to 37 cents.  The price to the consumer never went below 30 cents this season.  Strawberry syrup for flavoring soda water, formerly sold at 65 cents a gallon, is now quoted at $3.50 a gallon.

Farmers are elated.  Many of them made an average of $1,000 an acre on their strawberry crop, and they are looking forward to big profits next year.  The packers, when the strawberry season was over, sent their employees to other work and closed the factory.

October, 1975..

                                                                       (The Naples Daily News, Naples, Fl)

April, 2003
The Somerset Herald (Princess Anne)

Cheaper golf fees attract 150 new members

By Liz Holland


An effort to boost membership by reducing fees at Great Hope Golf Course has resulted so far in 120 new members, nearly doubling the numbers at the county-owned facility.

Harlyn Goldman, Great Hope's superintendent, said he was expecting even more new members to sign up this week because the annual membership cycle begins April I.

He also was expecting most of last year's 138 members to sign up again this year.

The bulk of the new members are from Somerset, Worcester and Wicomico counties, with a few from the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Goldman said.

Some are giving up memberships at other golf courses to take advantage of Great Hope's cheaper rates. Others have never been a member anywhere before, he said.


(History text below, courtesy of

Originally produced by Pillsbury-Washburn Flour Mills Co. Ltd. of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Vitos Wheat Food became Pillsbury's Best Wheat Cereal around 1908.

 Advertisements and packaging for Vitos pointed out that the cereal was sterilized. "Pillbury's VITOS, the ideal wheat food, is sterilized. Unlike other cereals, it does not have to be critically examined before using and none need ever be thrown away."

Vitos had many uses. It could be eaten as a hot breakfast (ala Cream of Wheat); it could be used in place of bread crumbs for batter frying meats and fish;  an ad from 1899 titled "An Autumn Morning Dish" described how Vitos could be used to make fried mush:

Pillsbury's VITOS, the ideal wheat food, can be prepared in the form of fried mush, but fried mush of unusual delicacy and ease of digestion. Fried mush made of Pillsbury's VITOS is neither greasy nor heavy. Served with maple syrup, it is an ideal breakfast dish for cool Autumn Mornings. 

In the early 1900's Pillsbury had a contest, giving away $680 in cash prizes for the best recipes for cooking with Vitos.

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