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A DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPER WORCESTER DEMOCRAT EBT. 1898 THE LBDGER-ENTERPRIBBEBT 1880 “Chirps”f*?l from the Democrat’s Pen Well, Sir, that old man down Cris field way, who calls himself Lorie C. Quinn, Sr., will have to add one or more Sr.’s to his name, if he goes to recalling much more of the ancient history of Pocomoke City, from which place he removed many years ago, and thereby proved his senility before his time. This patriarch has written for the Crisfield Times, two articles—maybe more, about “Newtown”, as he men tioned it in time long gone before. He recalls many points of interest that are probably beyond the ken of the oldest living resident, and thereby proves his length of years. For in stance, he calls to the attention of the modern day reader that, once in ye anciente dayes” there was a bridge at the foot of what is now Willow Street, spanning the Pocomoke River and connecting the two counties of Worcester and Somerset. You know, it’s a pity that bridge was ever removed —just how it dis appeared, deponent saith not —but, for some time, there has been discussed the project of a by-pass for Poco moke, along which heavy traffic might roll and, thereby, relieve the congestion on Market Street. This by-pass would necessitate another bridge across the “American Rhine.” This bridge at the foot of Willow Street, would have come in mighty handy. Alas! it shared the fate of wanton destruction if the historian is right in his statement that one was ever there. An account of it would be a most important and interesting contribution to the archives of “New town.” Reminiscing still further, this same Lorie C. Quinn, Sr., and yet Sr., says that one of the distinguished citizens ©f his time, confessed to the name of “Jim Abbott”, and that he lived on Willow Street that led to a bridge at its foot that spanned the beautiful stream, that was called “Pocomoke.” You see, I can’t forget the little ron <k>, “The House that Jack Built.” Well, I have inquired among the ■onagenarians of this burg, and some •f them are not ashamed to confess they do remember that far back, and also recall an Abbott but he answered to the name of “Clate”, cut from the more dignified moniker —“Clayton.” Was it old Clate Abbott you remem ber Mr. Lorie? or was it his grand father? Anyhow, the “Times’ ” con tributor goes on to contribute that this man died, a statement no one is ready to dispute. And he died on that same Willow Street, that, etc., ad lib. Now, “Jim” (?) was, according to Lorie, a convivial old soul, and he had some pals of like proclivities. Out of these, his pall bearers were selected. When the funeral procession started for the church-yard cemetery, one would have received the impression the time antidated the horse and bug gy era, because, as related, it left Wil low under entire man-power and pro ceeded up “Main” street, the last re mains suspended by the strong arms ©f his pals in his days on earth. I note there was a street called “Main” in them days. That is under standable. I suppose the name was changed to “Market” when “New town” became “Pocomoke City.” It takes these old fellows to dig up these long-forgotten data. I was wondering why, tho’ the body was carried from Willow Street up such a public thoroughfare. I reckon it was to show off the crepe hat bands, and the flowing shoulder drapery that used to adorn the selected few to per form the last duty to the dead. But, Lo! and Behold! the old hotel, corner “Main” and Clarke Avenue was the objective. This ancient tavern was kept by one “Bob Marshall.” Now, another visit to the aforementioned nonagenarians gave me the informa tion that Mr. Bob kept the Clarke House, not the house in question. Mr. Quinn, I believe, is a relative of the Clarke family, and he should have known better. One of the pall bearers was Mr. George Landing. It seems he knew what to do when he reached the inn. He halted the procession, headed the sextet of bearers inside, treated all hands to a glass of beer, returned to the bier, and proceeded as fast as the temperature of the day would permit to the church-yard of St. Mary’s Epis copal Church, where, with appropriate (Continued on Page 8) THE OV. COPY Let us give thanks for all the precious relationships and pos- 11. sessions that we have. But let us ‘ E& rededic.ate ourselves to unstint- jEw mm ingly striving for the Victory wH mgLd&jm jp which will endow all the people JMm. mmmXM m of all the world with that liberty ■ Wwi which is our greatest reason for 9 Phß fm Thanksgiving! The most grati fying way you can observe this holiday this war year—is by in- viting one or more service men into your home for dinner and heart-warming companionship. NEXT SUNDAY i GAS A CARDS ARE REDUCED I 1 Instead Of 4 Gallons, Holder Will Receive Only 3. “B” And “C” Unchanged RULING EFFECTIVE IN 16 EASTERN STATES Effective next Sunday, the value of “A” gasoline ration coupons will be reduced from four to three gallons in sixteen Eastern States, the Office of Price Administration formally an nounced. The value of “B” and “C” coupons, j however, will remain unchanged at four gallons. Next Sunday, it was pointed out, marks the start of a new rationing period and the change in value of the “A” coupons was made to coin cide with that date. Thus “A” coupons valid during the current period, which ends at midnight Saturday, still will! be worth four gallons. This action, which had been fore cast in advance, was taken to help re lieve the petroleum shortage in the East, which has been intensified by the large gasoline and oil require ments of the military operations in North Africa. The cut in the value of “A” cou pons will apply throughout the east (Continued on Page 5) DISASTROUS FIRE IN PRINCESS ANNE, THURS. A fire which destroyed the feed mill of Cohn, Bock & Co., Princess Anne, Md., broke out early Thursday morn ing, and the building and contents were totally destroyed, entailing a loss of $75,000 or SIOO,OOO. No cause for the blaze has been assigned. The fire was of such dimensions as to threaten a large part of the city, much of the residential section being endangered. The Pocomoke Fire De partment was summoned and aided much in preventing the spread of the flames. The loss is pretty well cov ered by insurance. POCOMOKE CITY, MD., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1942 KELLY-ADKINS WEDDING TOOK PLACE ON 12TH Rites Performed At Willards At Home Of The Bride’s Sister, Mrs. Madge Venable The home of Mrs. Madge Venable at Willards, Maryland, was the scene of an informal but attractive wedding Thursday evening, November 12th at 8 o’clock when her sister, Miss Mattie Adkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benton Adkins, of Willards, became the bride of Mr. Edward Marshall Kelly, U. S. N. R., son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Kelly, of this city. The ring ceremony was used, the Rev. Albert Turkington, pastor of the M. P. Church at Whaleyville, Md., of ficiating. The bride was attired in a rose beige dress trimmed in velvet with black accessories. Her flowers were pink rosebuds. Her sister, Mrs. Madge Venable, was matron of honor. She wore a tan wool dress with London tan ac cessories and a corsage of yellow rose buds. The groom had as his best man, Mr. Collins Ayers, of Ocean City. Only the immediate members of the! two families and a few intimate j friends were present at the wedding and at the reception which followed. (Continued on Page 8) UNION MEETING ON 26TH IN THE BAPTIST CHURCH The usual Union Thanksgiving Day service will be held on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, at 10:30 A. M. The service will be held in the First Baptist Church with the Pastor in charge of the service. The Reverend Herman McKay, pastor of Salem Methodist Church, will preach the ser mon. The offering at this service will be turned over to the King’s Daughters for their charitable work among the needy. At 9:00 A. M., on Thanksgiving Day, the service of Holy Communion will be held in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. The public is cordially invited to at- j tend both of these services. AND THE LEDGER-ENTERPRISE MAYOR RAY V. GLADDING DIES AFTER LONG ILLNESS AT HIS HOME WED. NIGHT FUNERAL TODAY (FRIDAY); IN TERMENT IN BETHANY CEMETERY Former Mayor, Ray Valiant Glad ding, of this city, died at his home on Market Street, early Wednesday even ing, after an illness of several years standing. Mr. Gladding was Mayor for two terms: 1932-1934; and 11T34- 1936. The deceased was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George T. Gladding and was born at Atlantic, Va., Oc tober 27, 1879. He came to Poco moke in 1914 and at the time of his death was engaged in the automobile business. Prior to this, however, he was in the lumber business, having spent 21 years with the Deiches Lumber Com pany, of Baltimore; then for himself at Loretta, Md.; after which, in 1924 ; he engaged in the auto trade, i As stated above, he was Mayor of Pocomoke for two terms, and served 1 in a successfully, business-like way. ’;He was also Vice-President of the Citizens National Bank; President of the old Fair Association, and also of > the old Base Ball Association and President of the Building and Loan Association. He was a member of ■ the Masonic fraternity, at Temper anceville, whose members will have ■ charge of the funeral. The deceased is survived by a wid ow, three sons, and one daughter. The isons are: Edwaid A., and Herbert R., both of Pocomoke; Paul J., of Snow Hill; and Mrs. Gladding Davis, of Po (Continued on Page 4) Enoch F>'att Ulnary TURE SERVICE Maryland Room. $1.50 v T “ h MONDAY’S TEST SHOWED LITTLE i UNDERSTANDING Local Persons Not Alone In Not Recognizing Signals. Much Confusion In State FURTHER EXPLANATION. IS PLAINLY NEEDED Pocomoke City had another “test” —a raid alarm—on Monday evening, and many a resident failed to stand the test. There were about as many opinions as to the meaning of the si rens’ blasts as there are people in the city. There were many violators. However, there were others. In Baltimore, confusion worse confound ed prevailed: Reports of hundreds of ! blackout violations poured into city | and State civilian defense headquar | ters along with loud and long com plaints that the air-raid signaling sys , stem as demonstrated ii> a surprise test blackout was ineffective and con j fusing. Although the “red” or alarm signal I was first flashed at 8:58 P. M. sirens j and horns were blasting the alarm j and all-clear signals from 8:35 to 9:15 P. M., with apparently no rhythm or reason. One air-raid horn in North Balti more even started out by sounding, (Continued on Page 8) DR. WILLIAM BURWELL RE COVERING FROM ILLNESS Friends of Dr. William M. Burwell, | of Chincoteague, Virginia, in this vi cinity—and they are legion—will re- j gret to hear that he has been serious- \ iy ill in the Marine hospital, Balti- j more. But they will also be glad to j hear that he is slowly recovering; and, in a few weeks, hopes to be able \ to return to his home. Dr. Burwell has had some cardiac j trouble, but this is being successful-j ly treated, and, at this writing, he is much improved. As said above, Dr. Burwell has many friends here who trust that he will respond to treat ment rapidly and will soon be his nor mal self. VOLUME 62 NO. 47 POCOMOKE BOY | LOSES HIS LIFE SATURDAY LAST Ira Tull Was Instantly Killed \\ hen Car Was Struck By Train Near Parksley, Va. TWO OTHERS INJURED ONE OF WHICH DIED A Pocomoke boy was instantly kill jed Saturday night and a Virginia youth died a few hours later from in juries received in the same accident, while a third youth was reported by hospital attendants to be in a fair condition, when the car in which they were riding was struck by a train at the crossing in Parksley, Va. Ira Tull, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reuben Tull of Cedar Hall, employed at Southern Farms, a local chicken dressing plant, was instantly killed; Dorsey Dix, 15, of Parksley, died a few hours later in the Nassawadox Hospital where he was removed by the Parksley Fire Department ambu lance. The third passenger in the car, 17 year old Harvey Wessells, of Rue, Va.. received injuries but is ex pected to recover. Tull was driving the automobile (Continued on Page 4) ORGANIZATION OF MINUTE MEN ON MONDAY, 23RD Monday night, November 23, at 8 i P. M., the final organization meeting i for the Minute Men will be held at the Armory. At that time Capt John Morris will be there to swear in those present | who wish to join. A company com ! plement is 50 men. It is urgently urged that all those interested be present at that time. A Minute Men Organization is very .vital now and will become more so as jtime goes on. Don’t forget the time and place— I Armory, Monday, Nov. 23. Time— -8 o’clock. t F. E.~COFFMAN TAKES AS BRIDE | MISS C. M. HESSE 1; . Groom Is Son Of Mr. And Mrs. George W. Coffman, Former Residents Of Pocomoke Miss Charlotte Meta Hesse, daugh ter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hesse, and Mr. Frederick Eugene Coffman, Json of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Coff .! man of Catonsville, Maryland, were [married November 14th, at 4 ’clock in the Salem Lutheran Church by the pastor, Rev. John C. Bowers. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a gown of ivory satin, made on long princess lines with ! heart shaped neck and long sleeves. Her veil of illusion was caught with j a coronet of orange blossoms. She carried a bouquet of white orchids, white roses and bouvardia. Mrs. Ir jvin S. Gibbs was her sister’s matron !of honor and the bridesmaids were Miss Meta Hesse, Mrs. Vernon Truitt, and Mrs. Robert H. Robertson, Jr. | The matron, in olive green taffeta, (Continued on Page 5) THANKSGIVING DANCE BY WORCESTER POST, 93 The annual Thanksgiving Dance, sponsored by Worcester Post No. 93 American Legion and Auxiliary, will be held in the State Armory in Po comoke City, Thanksgiving night, November 26th. The committee in charge of ar rangements has been fortunate in se | curing the Washington Collegians so : the public is assured of some good dance music. Dancing will start promptly at 9:30 p. m. and the Col legians will play until 2 a. m. The admission price will be $2.20 per couple which includes tax. Tele phone E. Farrel Bowen, Pocomoke 329-W for table reservations.