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WORCESTER DEMOCRAT EST. 1898 THE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE EST. 188 C IMPROVEMENT ON OUR RIVER FRONT New County And Town Wharf To Be Built. B. C. & A. Also To Make Improvements. As was expected, the building of the new bridge across the Pocomoke river at this place called for other improvements that were sure to fol- Icw. The county and town wharf on cither side of the bridge has been in bail condition for some years. The construction oi the bridge necessari ly Tote aivay a portion of it and the river front adjacent to the bridge has been an eyesore to our people ever since the structure was commenced last year. We are glad to know tha L the county commissioners and the Mayor and Council of our town have gotten their heads together and the two official bodies will work togeth er in building their wharves so that the approach to our town will be in keeping with the other vast improve ments that are being made in that section. The past week, we understand, the contract was let to the McLean Con struction Company to rebuild in a substantial and up-to-date manner the wharf on either side of the bridge on the Worcester side of the river, from line Of Powell & Long on on'* side to that of the B. C. & A. proper ty on the other, which takes in all the river frontage owned by the town and county combined. Material has al ltady been hauled in to do the work and in fact the contractors have al ready started on it. The McLean Company are expert wharf builders and we are sure that they will make a good job of the work. And the authorities made no mistake in giving them the contract. I heir heavy machinery for this kind of work was right on the scene of op eiation and it stands to reason that they could do the work cheaper than some other company who would have had to brought their entire equipment here from a distance. The county commissioners and the town authorities are to be congratu lated upon the stand they have taken in the matter. The old wharves, both of them, were unsightly and it would have been a disgrace both to the town and the county to let them re main as they were. Persons coming to our town w'->uld have gotten a bad impression of our people generally had they not been rebuilt in keeping with the other graceful improve ments. We believe in giving credit to whom credit belongs and in this mat ter the county commissioners and the Mayor and City Council are to be congratulated and they will receive the plaudits of the public generally. WOMAN’S CLUB WILL MEET IN THIS CITY Worcester County Association To Hold Interesting Session On Thursday, May 12lh. A meeting of the Woman’s Club of Worcester County will be held in the Municipal Building at Pocomoke City, Thursday, May 12th. A full attend ance is desired as several important matters will be brought before the Club for their consideration. Prof. E. W. Pruitt, principal of the Buckingham High School, will ad dress the meeting on “The State Pro gram for Better Schools.” Mr. Pruitt, who is chairman of the Worcester County Teachers’ Association, has re cently attended a Conference of rep resentatives of State Teachers’ Asso ciations and State olficials in Balti more which met for the purpose of perfecting these plans and hence is fully informed concerning the reforms advocated. Interesting talks will be made by other speakers and all mem bers and all those interested in civic improvement are requested to be present. The meeting will be held at 2.30 in the Firemen’s Room. Bethany M. P. Church Mothers’ Day will be observed at this church at all the Sunday servi- j ces. Sunday School at 9.45. Preach ing at 11 a. m., and 8 p. m. You are ' cordially invited to attend all these services. I NEW POCOMOKE RIVER BRIDGE NEARING COMPLETION None of our out-of-town readers and many of our own home folks have never seen the improvements at our river front. For their bene fit we give the above picture so that they may have an idea of what is “EAST LYNNE,” BIG MOVIE SPECIAL COMING Will Be Shewn At Empire Thursday And Friday Nights.—William Farnum Here Wednesday. For Monday night the Empire an nounces Blanche Sweet in her latest feature, “That Girl Montana”. Miss Sweet plays the part of a high-spir ited and courageous girl of Montano m the days when gold was discovered along the Kootenai river. It is a pic turisation of Marah Ellis Ryan’s nov el of the same name. Mahlon Hamil ton, star of Half a Chance, which was shown here a few weeks ago, is the leading man. On Tuesday Mr. and Mrs. Tom Thumb’s wedding will be presented by about 80 children of Pocomoke. This entertainment is said to provide much amusement for old and young alike, and has received much praise where ever presented. It is for the benefit o l ' the Junior Aid Society of Salem M. E. Church and the admission will be 50 cents. Tickets may be secured fiom the members of the Junior Aid or at the theater. The popular William Farnum will be here again next Wednesday in a big emotional photoplay called “The Orphan.” The dramatic art as exem plified on the screen by Mr. Farnum Continued on Page 2. Strawberries Getting To Be Very Plentiful Strawberries are getting to be very plentiful in this section and had it not been for the cool and rainy weather of the past week the season would now be in full blast. Reports generally are that a fair crop will be harvested in the southern counties of the state, and especially in the south ern counties of the Eastern Shore, and that the season will be on in ear nest next week. It is also stated that this is the earliest strawberry season! for the past 30 years. i Order Of Services At M. E. Church Sunday Services will be held at Salem M. E. Church on Mother’s Day as fol lows:—Class Meeting at 8.45 A. M. Sunday School at 10.00. Sermon, “Our Mothers,” 11.00. Epworth League 700 P. M. Evening Sermon, subject, “Home,” at 7.45. The pastor will be in the pulpit both in the morning ami evening. It is hoped that all who at tend these services will wear a white flower in honor of their mother. THE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE POCOMOKE CITY, MARYLAND, MAY 7, 1921 THE B. C. & A. CO., WILL IMPROVE ALSO Piling Being Driven Preparatory To Improving Wharf Property At This Place. The .spirit of enterprise continues to grow in Poeomoke City; really it seems to be “catching”. This week the Baltimore, Chesapeake & Atlan tic Railway Company began the driv ing of piling at their wharf in this city reparatory to improving their entire river frontage. The McLean Construction Company have the eon iract for driving the piling and they have been hard at the job this week. We understand that some improve ment will be made to all of their property along the river front. This property has run down in late years and the building of the new bridge and other improvements around this company’s Poeomoke City possessions has shown them olf to a disadvan tage. This being the case they have decided to make vast improvements so that their property may be in keeping with the atmosphere at the foot of Market street. It is said that their entire river front will be rebuilt, plenty of whitewash and some paint spread and other needed improve ments made. Good Mr. Steamboat Company, let the good work go on. Let us make a suggestion, however, and don’t feel offended. Tear down or move away the old office building at the north-east end of the wharf. It is old and delapidated. It is neither a credit to your big corporation nor the town. It meets the gaze of visitors a half of a mile before they reach the new bridge. It gives them a bad im pression of your company and the town when they enter and causes them to leave the town with a bad taste in their mouths. Things around the Poeomoke River Bridge when completed are going to be in ship shape. It will be one of the most at tractive places on the great State highways system, and we want to point to the B. C. & A. Company as one of the thrifty and enterprising concerns of the town. Let us all pull together and make the new Market street entrance to our town a credit for all years to come. S. S. Convention. The Annual Sunday School Con venton of the Poeomoke District will be held in Salem M. E. Church on Thursday of next week, May the 12th at 7.45 p. m. A number of good speakers have been secured who will make short addresses on vital sub jects. You are earnestly requested to attend. AND going on. The above shows the bridge as it is today. It will be com pleted by the middle of June, and will he a credit to our town and the great Highway System of Maryland. STATE POLICE FORCE VISITS POCOMOKE They Passed Through Our Town Tuesday Bound For Snow Hill To Qualify As Deputies. The members of the Maryland State Police Force arrived in Poco moke City Tuesday morning, headed l'i Colonel Baughman, and they at tracted much attention. It is a body of fine looking young men and refiect great credit upon the State. Their stay in our town was of only short duration as they were enroute to Snow Hill to be sworn in as deputy sheriffs. The oaths were taken at the court house and they proceeded to the other counties of the Eastern Shore where they were also sworn in as deputies. Their procession was an interesting sight and met with much favorable comment from our people. It is best explained by the Baltimore Sun in the following paragraphs descriptive of their tour of the Eastern Shore. It cays: Running about 50 yards apart, the machines make a string about a mile long. They go like a green streak. There is about them an enchanting roar of engines and delicious reek of gasoline. They come by as regularly as clock work, for they can ride and they know how to keep an even line. When the head of the flying troupe passes you feel like singing “Casey Jones.” When they have gone you wish they would come back so you could see them do it again. They have laid the rural imagina tion by the ears. They move swiftly to strange places and are hence ro mantic. They are here now and gone in a moment, and are hence myster ious. They perform miracles of lo comotion on their machines and hence they seem incredibly swift. They have overhauled some of the famous speed artists on the Shore and had them fined, hence they have come to be regarded as inexorable and inevitable, like the mills of the gods. It seems to be the consensus that if Barney Oldfield were to coma down here in his best and newest speed wagon he would get pinched and haled before the judge. Nothing has been brought forward to show thus far that he wouldn’t be. There is every roasc • to think he would. As soon as these gasoline devils get the reputation that they always get their man they are going to be some cops. It is a safe bet that the reputation i will come. SIXTH STREET OPENED YESTERDAY TO PUBLIC This Popular Thoroughfare Com pleted And Now Open To Use Of The Public. Everybody take off their hats to the Maryland State Roads Commis sion. Yesterday Sixth street was opened to the public and the gap be tween this city and Snow Hill is at last filled in. For years this unfinish ed gap was an eyesore not only to our people but the public generally, es pecially that portion of the public that travelled this section of the State highway. Time and again ef forts were made to have the gap filled in. Time and again it was promised that it would be done. Now that it is done we take off our hats to the State Roads Commission and yell a loud “three cheers” for them. As we said in our last issue Mr. Wetter, the contractor, has made a good job of it. This is verified not only by laymen but by road builders who ought to know. To be sure there is yet some work for the town to do before the thoroughfare is in perfect condition. Sidewalks are to be ad justed and possibly some poles to be moved, and when this and other im provements are made Sixth street will be one of the best streets in our city. And with this goes the advancement in price of property in that section. Every foot of property along the street will be greatly enhanced in \alue and in a very few years we pre dict that it will be built up on both sides with attractive homes from one end to the other. Mr. Sherw od Buys Lot; Will Build Bungalow Mr. H. S. Sherwood, manager of one of the American Stores in this Jty has purchased of Messrs, James W. Bounds and R. Harlan Robertson one of their vacant lots on Linden avenue, between Second and Third streets. This lot is situated in one of fhe new and fast growing sections of our town and Mr. Sherwood was for tunate in securing it. Messrs. Bounds and Robertson, in addition to selling him the lot, have arranged to build him a bungalow on the same, follow ing blue prints and specifications fur nished by him, and turn the property ever to him ready for occupancy. The bungalow, we understand will be of the seven room, one story type and will be equipped with a cellar and all the modem conveniences, thus adding another attraction to that section of the town in which it is located. Let the good work go on. VOLUME 41. NO. 19 FORMER POCOMOKIAN DROWNED IN VIRGINIA Mr. James D. Ball Loses His Life In View Of His Home In North ampton County, Va. The announcement of the death of Mr. James D. Ball, by drowning, in liungar Creek, Northampton County. Va., on Monday afternoon last, caus ed much sorrow in this his native town. Mr. Ball, who lived on Hungar Creek, had gone out to catch a few fish for his evening meal. Having finished his catch he had started for his home and when in full sight A his residence a cry for help was heard by members of his family and also bv neighbors on the adjoining farm. Looking out on the creek they saw his boat but Mr. Bail was not to be soon. His sons and nearby neighbors hurried to the scene but the body of Mr. Ball had disappeared. Just how the unfortunate occur rence happened no one knows. His boat was in tact, the fish which he had caught were in evidence, his pipe and tobacco occupied their accustom ed place in the craft and even the pole that he used for staking the boat was aboard. With these points in evi dence, coupled with the fact that Mr. Ball was in fine circumstances and in a happy frame of mind, the only con clusion is that he lost his balance and fell overboard. Unfortunately his cries were not heard soon enough for help to reach him. Mr. Ball was a native of this sec tion and most of his early life was spent in this city. About thirty years ago he left this place and located in Northampton county. There he mar ried and has lived since leaving this section. He was well known to the older residents of our city and was held in the highest esteem here. He .was a brother of Mrs. Alice Powell of cur town and often made her visits. It had been his custom for years to visit her during Focomoke Fair week and his many Pocomoke friends found pleasure in these annual visits as well as his devoted sister. In Northampton county he was also held in the high est esteem and his passing is gener ally lamented. He is survived by his widow, who before her marriage was Miss Alice It. Charnock; by one daughter, Mrs. C H. Murden, of SulTolk, Va.; and two sons, Joseph C., and Harndon H. Ball, both of Northampton county. Funeral services were held at his late home on Thursday morning and the remains were brought to this city on. that afternoon and interred in the family burial lot in the Presbyterian cemetery. The Rev. J. D. McAllister, of Virginia, conducted the services, assisted by the Rev. E. L. Bunce of the M. P. Church of this city. The grief stricken f&mily have the sympathy of all our people in their hour of great bereavment. POCOMOKE CITY MAN MARRIES N. C. LADY Mr. J. Thomas Merrill And Mrs. Hattie Hudson, Of Wilmington, N. C., Married. Mr. J. Thomas Merrill, one of our best known and most prominent far mers, residing near this town, in the Fitts Creek neighborhood, was mar ried on Thursday of last week to Mrs. Hattie Hudson, of Wilmington, N. C. The ceremony was performed at Nor folk, Va., in the Baptist parsonage by the Rev. J. D. Peebles, a former pastor of the First Baptist Church of this city, only a few intimate friends being present. After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Merrill left for Poco moke City and are now at home to their friends at the Merrill home in Pitt’s Creek. The groom is known to our people as one of our best and most substan tial farmers. The bride is a daugh ter of the late James Walls, who some years ago resided in our city and conducted the merchant tailoring business. Our people generally will join us in extending . congratulations and wel coming Mrs. Merrill to our commu nity. Mr. J. F. Ford, of Philadelphia, spent the week end in this city with his brother, Mr. Joseph R. Ford.