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The Midland Journal
VOL. LXI Fatally Burned At Plant Two Women Lose Their Lives Several Persons Injured Fire at 6:30 o’clock Wednesday morning of last week, at the Triumph Fusee & Fireworks Co. plant, on the property of J. B. Decker, adjoining Elkton, resulted in the death of two women and injury of five others. The fire occurred on the second floor of a large garage at the home of Mr. Decker, which was being used for packing products of the Triumph Fusee and Fireworks Company, of which he is President. Miss Thelma Dunlap, aged 21 years, of North East, was dead from burns when taken from the burning building. Miss Catherine Daniels, 27, of Elkton, daughter of Mrs. Hannah Daniels, of Townsend, Del., died Wednesday afternoon from burns of almost her entire body. Others who suffered burns and in juries were: Mrs. Edith Harvey, of North East; Howard B. Ash, of Iron Hill; Mrs. Madeline Stewart, of Elk Mills; Eugene Futty, of Elkton; Mrs. Reba Kline, of North East. * JVRY FIND VERDICT OF ACCI DENTAL EXPLOSION A Coroner’s jury at Elkton, after hearing evidence in the connection with explosion at the Victory Fire works & Specialty Co., plant on June 4, whereby Mrs. Cecilia McNabb lost her life, found that she came to her death in an “accidental explosion.” The effect of the jury’s verdict, reached after hearing testimony for an hour and forty-five minutes, was to exonerate the company of any blame in the explosion in which Mrs. McNabb was fatally injured and a dozen hurt. The jury heard employes of the factory testify that the clogging of a “Cherry salute” was a common oc currence. The explosion occurred while Robert Harmon, foreman, was removing a clogged “salute” from the machine. Harmon testified he used only his hands, and no metal Implement to remove the explosive. Several girls who worked in the factory bore him out on this point. WORK PROGRESSING ON NEW’ PHILADELPHIA ROAD The bridge over Winter’s Run on the new Philadelphia road is entirely finished, and the overpass above the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad tracks is “ninety-five per cent” finished, the State Roads Commission reports. Four other bridge projects are well under way. The entire work of grading and drainage for the new highway, from the Baltimore city line to Havre de Grace, is sixty per cent completed, according to R. M. Reindollar, assistant chief engineer to the commission. '“The rest of the work will be com pleted by the end of the summer months,” he said. “No surfacing con tracts, which call for the concrete or macadam parts of the road, will be let until next summer, however. "The grading and drainage work must be allowed to settle throughout the winter, so that it will all be firmly in place when the surfacing is put on. “From what I can see, Maryland motorists are going to have an excel lent piece of highway when this job is done.” * COUNTY COMMISSIONERS MAKE PROTEST The Board of County Commission ers, Mauldin Lum, Daniel H. Garrett and Lawson C. Tosh, at their meeting of June 11, acting on a report that a successor had been named by the State Roads Commission to replace Joseph T. Richards as Supervisor of Lateral Roads in Cecil County, the Board, although having no official notification of such change, most emphatically protested replacement of Mr. Richards on account of his splendid qualifications and the very efficient service he has given. They also contended that the spirit of the law is violated in any such change. Delegations appeared before the Board asking for the appointment of a Constable for the Second district; the installation of a fire plug on Atkin avenue, Perryville, near the High School; that farm extension service be continued in Cecil pounty. The Board of Education appeared before the Commissioners asking an appropriation for a new school house tor colored children at Port Deposit. RISING SUN CECIL COUNTY, MD.. FRIDAY, JUNE *l, 1935 Briefly Noted Hap penings Friday, the 21st, is the first day of summer and longest day in the year. The June non-jury term of the Cir cuit Court for Cecil County convened at Elkton on Monday. The Chesapeake City Fire Com pany will hold their annual carnival August 16-24, inclusive. Howard Ewing, of this town, is suffering from severe burns of the right leg, inflicted by blazing gaso line. Despite unfavorable weather the recent festival of the Third District Auxiliary of Union Hospital, Elkton, netted SIOO. George M. Potts has resigned as head of the Elkton police force, after 27 years of service. He has bqen succeeded to the post by Jacob T. Bidelle. Governor Nice has appointed John W. McCool, of Elkton, State Li brarian, a delegate from Maryland, to the American Library Association, which meets in Denver, Colorado, June 24 to 29th, inclusive. A novel advertising feature for Beechnut Chewing Gum was that of five attractive young ladies, dressed in red uniforms, carrying drums fill ed with samples of the gum, which they distributed about town on Mon day afternoon. Rev. E. C. Woodward was reap pointed to the pastorate of Bay View M. P. church at the annual Confer ence which concluded its session at Westminster, Md. on Tuesday. Rev. F. A. Holland was appointed to the pastorate at Leeds. His team frightening at the ap proach of the storm on Tuesday afternoon, while Harry Buckley was cultivating corn on the Boyd Etter farm, adjoining town, became un manageable and ran away. Mr. Buckley was thrown from the ma chine and painfully hurt. The cul tivator was wrecked. The fifth annual meeting and ban quet of Group Three of the Mary land Bankers’ Association was held in Elkton Friday night. James B. Higgins, of Newark, N. J., spoke on “The Prevention and Detection of Forgeries.” The banquet was serv ed in the M. E. Church House by the ladies of the church. N. R. Touchton, popular store keeper of Zion, was unfortunate enough to lose his bank book con ttaining a number of checks and amount of money on Friday as it was being taken to North East bank for deposit. As it has not been re turned it evidently has fallen into hands not averse to pilfering. * COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FILE COMPLAINT Political storm clouds hovering over the State Roads Commission moved into Cecil county this week, bringing court action by the Board of County Commissioners over the dismissal of Joseph T. Richards, county roads engineer. There already have been Demo cratic protests in Washington and Worcester counties, where the roads body has ousted scores of Demo cratic workers in what appears to be a panned program of Republicaniz- j ing the highway forces throughout the State. It is reported drastic cuts are con templated in Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester counties. The Cecil county storm broke when Rolph Townshend, district roads engineer at Chestertown, sev eral days ago notified Mr. Richards of his dismissal. The County Com missioners filed an order of com plaint with the Circuit Court at Elk ton and secured the ruling that the State Roads Commission must answer the order on or before next Tuesday. All of which serves to recall the old saying—“to the victors belong the spoils.” * HAS NOT DECLINED APPOINT MENT The story carried last week by Elkton papers to the effect that Bar clay Reynolds, of Rising Sun, who was appointed Superintendent of Schools of Cecil County at a special meeting of the Board of Education on May 28, had declined to serve, is incorrect. We are informed by Dr. T. B- Moore, president of the Board, ( that Mr. Reynolds has not declined the appointment. Sent To Penitentiary Dr. H. C. Zimmerly, 67 year old Lancaster county, Pa., physician, was sentenced on Friday in the Lancaster Court to serve seven and one-half to 15 years in the Eastern Penitentiary. The physician was convicted by a jury of performing an unprofes sional operation which caused the death of Mrs. Gladys Lawson, Cal vert, Md. He came into court and pleaded guilty to a similar operation on Miss Elsie Miller, 17, of Rising Sun, Md., and adnlitted two of four charges against him of violating the narcotics laws. Judge Benjamin C. Atlee imposed sentences of 3 % to 7 years In the death of Mrs. Lawson; Ito 3 years for the operation on Miss Miller, and 2Ms to 5 years for the narcotics violations. Zimmerly also was fined SIOO in each case. Richard Parker, the doctor’s handy man, appeared in court and pleaded guilty to the narcotics charges against him. Parker was a State’s witness at the trial. Sentence was suspended. The jury of workmen and house wives reached its verdict after debat ing for less than four hours the weird tale told by many witnesses. Zimmerly’s trial came to an abrupt end late Thursday when the State closed its case and the defense rested without offering testimony. Defense counsel had attacked the scientific testimony of State’s wit nesses who said that bone fragments found on Zimmerly’s farm were those of a woman. These fragments, as well as a 50-pound lard can partly filled with a fleshly substance; cloth ing identified as Mrs. Lawson’s, and saws found after the State contend ed the body was hacked in an up stairs room of the doctor’s home, were carried into the jury room when the jurors began their deliberations. * ELECTRICAL STORMS The heat wave of the latter part of last week and fore part of this, when the mercury climbed up in the tube as high as 94 degrees, was ef fectually broken on Tuesday evening by one of the heaviest storms of the season. r Monday evening’s gust was of short duration, and did not seem to cool the atmosphere to any great extent, but Tuesday’s storm was a prolonged one, and brought a big drop in the temperature. It broke over this section between two and three o’clock in the afternoon with violent electrical discharges, high wind, hail and heavy downpour of rain. The high wind did considerable damage about town by blowing down several trees, tearing off branches and causing breaks in telephone and electric wires. After partially clearing in the late afternoon, the storm broke again in the evening with renewed fury and heavy rainfall, continuing until late at night. Much damage is reported in this locality by our farmers through bad ly washed corn fields, while fields of growing wheat were flattened to the ground, as though a roller had passed over them. The heavy rain made torrents of every stream. The Octoraro creek went on a rampage, sweeping out the fine, newly-constructed dam of the Boy Scout Camp, at Horseshoe Farm, j northwest of town, and tearing up the roadway along the creek, leading to the Camp. This road was being graded and graveled and put in first class shape, and is a sorry sight now. The dam was some distance up the creek from the old paper mill dam that was swept out last year. Work on the new structure had just been completed, the dam backing up the waters of the Octoraro for more than a mile, the beautiful lake formed being one of the Camp’s most attrac tive features, providing splendid boating, etc. Its loss to the Camp is a serious one, financially and other wise. DEMPSEY—DINSMORE Miss Dorothy Dinsmore, daughter of Mrs. Harry Dinsmore of Harris ville, and William A. Dempsey, of Rowlandville, were married at the home of the bride on Friday evening, June 14, at 8:30 o’clock, by Rev. A. H. Hibshman, of West Nottingham Presbyterian Church. Serenaders gave the young couple a rousing reception. The newly weds left for Salem, Mass., where the groom has a position. If one has a reputation for judg ment, his mere grunt has weight. Struck By Lightning Ralph Barrett, aged 15, son of Clifford Barrett of near Colora, met instant death on Tuesday afternoon, about 1:30 o’clock, while standing near a tree in the yard at his home. His mother, who was standing near, talking to her son when the bolt struck, was not injured and felt only a slight stinging sensation. At the approach of the storm the lad had driven the horses and calves to shelter and returned to the house, but the storm had not yet broken when the bolt struck. The lad’s death was instant. An examination of the body by a physician revealed marks on the breast and leg. Some bark was torn from the tree, and there was a small hole in the ground made by the lightning, but little to show the deadly force of the bolt that struck young Barrett. He is survived by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Ralph was a first-year pupil at Rising Sun high school. Funeral services will be held at the home on Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock. * ALUMNI BANQUET AND DANCE The Alumni Association of Rising Sun High School held its annual meeting, banquet and dance on Fri day evening last. The business meeting was held at the high school building, when Ralph T. Reed was elected president of the Association, Ross Cameron vice-president, and Miss Louise Monger secretary treasurer. Following the adjournment of the business meeting the company as sembled at Rising Sun Hotel where fifty-five members enjoyed the splen did banquet that had been prepared under supervision of mine host Mar tin Keplinger and wife, and served by their efficient force of waitresses. At the conclusion of the banquet, which was voted one of the best ever served the Association, all returned to the High School auditorium, where over one hundred enjoyed tripping the light fantastic, until a late hour, to good music furnished by an orchestra from Havre de Grace. * WOODWARD—BRINTON The wedding of Miss Margaret Hickman Brinton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Emerson Brinton, Westwind, Oxford, Pa., and Lt. La mar Fenn Woodward, U. S. A., son of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius L. Woodward, Vienna, Georgia, took place Thursday morning, June 13, at ten o’clock, in the Cadet Chapel of the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. The bride, who was given in mar riage by her father, wore a gown of ivory satin, with train, and a short three tiered veil of bridal illusion, caught with orange blossoms. She carried sweetheart roses and lilies of the valley. Her attendants were Miss Helena V. Salmon, Ashland, Kentucky, maid of honor; Mrs. Harry J. Bradley, Brevard, North Carolina, sister of the bridegroom, matron of honor; Mrs. J. B. Deaver Cooke, Lima, Pennsylvania, sister of the bride, and Miss Dorothy Kilburn Ewing, South Ardmore, Pennsyl vania, bridesmaids. The Rev. J. B. Deaver Cooke, pas tor of Lima Methodist Episcopal church, and brother-in-law of the bride, performed the ceremony. Lt. Woodward had for his best man, Lt. David H. Gregg, St. Paul, Minnesota; his ushers were: Lt. Stuart G. Fries, Washington, D. C.; Lt. Wm. R. Patterson, Pittsburgh; Lt. George R. Wilkins, Pensacola, Florida; Lt. Walter J. Bryde, New burgh, New York; Lt. Sydney G. Spring, Silver Springs, New York, and Lt. Kenneth I. Curtis, Milwau kee, Wisconsin. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the bridal party marched out of the chapel to the Mendelssohn Wedding March, under an arch of swords formed by the ushers. The bride is a graduate of Swarth more College, class of ’3l, and has been associate editor of The Oxford Press for the past three years. The bridegroom is a graduate of this June’s class of the United States Military Academy. They will spend the summer in Georgia, and will be stationed at a post in the service of the United States Army in early September. Charged with exceeding the speed limit through town, Martha M. Brooking, of Alexandria, Va., was fined $6.00 and costs by Magistrate George L. Ewing. Personal And Social Items Miss Florence Yocum has been visiting relatives in Pennsylvania. Miss Shirley Evans Ewing is visit ing Miss Jean Smith in Baltimore. Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Dinsmore have moved to Danville, Pa., where Mr. Dinsmore has a position. Fulton Etter has returned to his home here from Hampton-Sydney College, Virginia, for the summer vacation. Mrs. Chas. M. Keilholtz, who suf fered a slight stroke on Friday, at her home near town, is somewhat improved. Mr. and Mrs. R. S. MacLellan, of Baltimore, were week-end gueets of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil E. Ewing at “The Bungalow.” Mr. and Mrs. Joe Workman and little son Philip, of Elkton, Va., were recent guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Baugher, near town. Ben Pogue, Mrs. Nonenmacher and son Charles, Mauch Chunk, Pa., spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. William M. Pogue. Mrs. E, C. Dixon, of Overbrook, Pa., and Miss Gertrude S. Dare, of Swarthmore, Pa., were guests of Mrs. Cecil E. Ewing, during the week. James Renn, son of Mrs. Marietta Renn of Zion, has returned to his home after completing the course at Rising Sun Aircraft School, Phila delphia. Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Ely attended the Agents Convention of the Mutual Fire Insurance Co. of Montgomery County, Tuesday, at the home office, Sandy Springs, Md. Mrs. George L. Ewing was able to return to her home here on Tues day from Maryland General Hos pital, Baltimore, where she had sustained an operation. Mr. and Mrs. I. N. King, of Phila delphia, Miss McManus and Miss Nellie Connley, of Wilmington, were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Clif ton Kirk. Miss Connley is superin tendent of Wilmington General Hospital. Mi 1 , and Mrs. T. J. Wilson, of Tonawanda, N. Y., who have been spending some months in Pasadena, California, where week-end visitors at the former’s old home, “Maple Lawn,” near town, the home of Ralph T. Wilson and family. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gerstley and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Boyle, of Baltimore, were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Boyle. Mrs. Clara B. Keen and William C. Buck are spending the week with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Irvin and family, Altoona, Pa. Miss Evalyn Ewing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Ewing of near town, and Ernest Galckin were married Saturday evening at Aber deen. The bride is a nurse in Mary land General Hospital, Baltimore. Mr. and Mrs. Glackin left on a short wedding trip North. # LIONS ELECT OFFICERS At the dinner meeting of the Lions Club, Monday evening at the Village Restaurant, the annual election of officers was held, the following being chosen: President, Dr. R. C. Dodson; Ist vice-president, M. U. Zimmer man; .nd vice-president, Evans E. Ewing; 3rd vice-president, C. E. Marker; secretary-treasurer, John C. Hindman; tail twister, Norris J. Reynolds; Lion tamer, T. S. Riale; directors, Cecil E. Ewing, Francis Kennard, J. Earl Tyson, Willis L. Ely; delegates to Ocean City conven tion, Dr. R. C. Dodson, M. U. Zim merman. ,1 ..—!% STUDENTS’ LEAGUE AT NORTH EAST The Students’ League of Many Nations, a group with representatives from various countries, will present one of their services at the North East Methodist Church on Thursday evening, June 27, beginning at 7:30. Organized by the Rev. John A. Davis, D.D., founder and late presi dent of the Practical Bible Training School, this group has traveled in every state in the country and has held more than 3,000 meetings in some of the larger cities. The ser vice begins at 7:30 with a period of song, followed with special snappy speeches, solos, duets, chorus singing and many other features. Isaac A. Brown has sold his dairy farm containing 168 acres, in Fulton Township, to Ross C. Ulrich, Peach Bottom. / ' NO. 49 Rising Sun High School Graduating Class Of Twenty- Five Receive Diplomas The twenty-five members of the graduating class of Rising Sun High School received their diplomas dur ing the annual commencement exer cises, held in the auditorium of the high school Thursday evening. The occasion marked the twelfth anni versary of commencement celebration in this school. Dr. T. B. Moore, President of the Cecil County Board of Education, presented the diplomas to the Rising Sun graduates for the first time since his appointment to the board. The address to the class was delivered by James H. Bishop, Director of Religious Education, Methodist Church, Wilmington Con ference. Dr. Richard C. Dodson, local physician of civic prominence, made the presentation of Lions’ Club Awards to the outstanding girl scholar and also to the boy having the highest scholastic rating. Ruth Wilson and Kenneth Witman receiv ed the awards respectively. Musical selections were offered by the school orchestra, under the direction of Harry Rinehart. The Reverend A. B. Frye gave the invocation and pronounced the benediction. In his remarks to the graduates Mr. Bishop stressed the remarkable opportunities for the youth of today to put into effect their ideas and ideals towards the betterment of conditions throughout the world. Mr. Bishop also lauded the present generation of young people for their apparent characteristics of leadership and challenged them to prove their abilities in the life ahead of each of them. The graduates were: Earl Henry Baugher, Fonnie Char lotte Boyd, Caleb Kirk Brokaw, Wil liam Claude Buck, Clara Margaret Burkins, Joseph Newton Cameron, Paul Harvey Dillinger, Emma Al berta Donache, Eula Verniece East ridge, Marshall Trimble Foster, Philip Albert Foster, Lenna Lee Goodman, Anne Elizabeth Haines, Jane Eizabeth Jenkins, Frederick Herman Lieske, Margie Ethel Mc- Peak, Elsie Anita Nesbitt, Beulah Virginia Ritchie, Hayford Rakes Robertson, Roscoe Harrington Stuart, Thomas Allan Way, Claude E. West, Ellis Harry Wiggins, Ruth Carhart Wilson, Charles Kenneth Witman. SEVENTH GRADE CLOSING EX ERCISES The seventh grade closing exer cises for the Elementary Schools of the Sixth and Eighth districts were held in the auditorium of the Rising Sun High School on Friday morning, June 14th, at ten o’clock. Approximately 75 boys and girls received certificates of completion of the seventh grade from Mr. C. S. Pyle, chairman of the trustees of the Rising Sun school. Mr. Pyle present ed the certificates in his usual splen did manner, preceding the presenta tion with very timely remarks. The invocation was pronounced by Rev. A. B Frye of Rising Sun. The pro gram also included some splendid music by the seventh grade of Rising Sun. Mr. Zimmerman, principal of Rising Sun High School, welcomed the young graduates to Rising Sun High School. The program was closed with the benediction by Dr. A. H. Hibshman, of West Notting ham. CALVERT HIGH SCHOOL GRAD UATES The commencement of Calvert Agricultural High School was held Thursday in the school auditorium. Rev. Edward J. Russell, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Oxford, Pa., was the guest speaker. The ten seniors who were awarded their diplomas were: Academic Course —Ethel J. Beers, Blanche S. Alexander, Cordell Simp kins, Mary V. Simmers, Vesta E. Kincaid, Dora A. Wimmer, John B. Bolton, Harry K. Gifford, Samuel B. Nickle, and John H. Williams. The annual meeting and banquet by the Alumni Association was held Saturday evening at the Research Building, Oxford, Pa. MUSICAL MINSTREL The pupils of Mrs. Anna S. Wilson will present a Musical Minstrel in the High School auditorium, Rising Sun, on Friday evening, June 21, at eight o’clock. The program will be divid ed into two parts, the beginners ap pearing in the first part, and ad vanced pupils in the second part, which will include the minstrel.