The Midland Journal
VOL. LVIII RISING SUN CECIL COUNTY, MD.. FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 12, 1937 NO. 31
Natural Gas For Cecil
Pennsylvania Governor Stops
Extension Of Lines Owing
To Anthracite Probe
Disti ibution of natural gas in nor
thern New Castle county, Del., and in
Cecil county, Md., has been delayed
by the action of Gov. George Earle
of Pennsylvania, in ordering the
Pennsylvania Public Service Commis
sion not to permit the extension of
any more natural gas lines until com
pletion of a probe of conditions in
the anthracite regions.
An announcement had been made
by the Delaware Power & Light Co.
on Dec. 3rd, that It would supply na
tural gas at substantial savings to its
customers as soon as the company
with which it has signed a prelimin
ary agreement, could pipe the gas
the Delaware line. It was expected
the installations could be made this
Shortly after the Pennsylvania Gas
Transmission Corporation filed with
the Pennsylvania commission an ap
plication to pipe nautral gas from
Western Pennsylvania, Kentucky and
West Virginia, into Southern Penn
sylvania, Governor Earle announced
When the report of Gov. Earle was
called to the attention of Thomas W.
Wilson, president of the Delaware
Power and Light Co., he said the
Pennsylvania Gas Transmission Cor
poration is the company from which
the Delaware Power & Light Co. ex
pects to obtain natural gas and that
evidently the gas transmission com
pany is being delayed in securing the
necessary permits in Pennsylvania
which would enable it to deliver na
tural gas to the Delaware State line.
The application of the Pennsyl
vania Gas transmission Corporation
proposed distribution of natural gas
to companies now serving the manu
factured product in Chester, Lancas
ter, Dauphin, Berks, Lehigh, North
ampton, Bucks, Montgomery and Del
aware counties in Pennsylvania.
The application wilf be held up un
der the governor’s order until com
pletion of studies by e commission
seeking a remedy for the “bootleg’’
coal situation in the anthracite re
Extension of natural gas into East
ern Pennsylvania was protested by
the United Mine Workers.
It had been hoped by the Company
supplying gas to sections in Cecil
county that natural gas would have
been available next summer, but the
delay will probably cause a postpone
ment- —Oxford News.
ELKTON FIRE COMPANY ELECTS
At the annual meeting of the Elk
ton Fire Company, held Feb- 1, the
following directors were elected to
serve for the ensuing year: Raymond
Arrants, H. Wirt Bouchelle, Charles
Dennis, John J. Denver, Calvin Fox,
William C. Feehly, Oliver C. Giles,
Sr., F. H. Lefller, Richard Masemore,
Sherman Marcus and Lewis Peterson.
The board organized by electing
Oliver C. Giles, Sr., President; Cal
vin Fox, first vice-president; Richard
Masemore, second vice-president;
John J. Denver, third vice-president;
Casper Dunbar, secretary, H. Wirt
Bouchelle, treasurer; Lewis a Peter
son, chief of department; John Ever
ett, chief truckman; Sherman Mar
cus, chief of motors; Richard Mase
more chief pipeman. Chief fire re
corder Mitchell Boulden reported
that the company was called out 87
times during the past year, 36 of
which was to quench chimney fires
and 4 false alarms
SHOOTS HOLES IN BOAT
Buffalo Bill shot horses from un
der his Indian foes and motion pic
ture G-men bang away at the tires of
the autos of the gangsters they pur
sue. But Ray Streeter, of Morgnec,
earned himself some little fame and,
incidentially, a *25 fine, for shooting
the boat from under a group of fish
When the Capel brothers, well
known watermen, fished their nets oil
Streeter’s property on the Chester
river, the latter opened fire with a
high-powered rifle and filled the boat
with holes. The Capels had him ar
rested and his actions drew a heavy
fine. —Cheetertown Enterprise.
Returns in the 1937 assessors’
books declare that there are 67,773
acres of timber land and 496,177
acres of cleared land, making a total
of 663,910 acres in the forty-one '
townships, in Lancaster county, Pa.
Sunday next, the 14th, is St. Val
Friday of this week, the 12th, is
the 128th anniversary of the birth of
Lent began on Wednesday of this
week, Ash Wednesday. Easter oc
i curs on Sunday, March 28.
The bake held in Pogue & Rober
son’s store window, by the Young
People’s Group, realized about sl7.
The receipts from the supper held
In the Church House, at Zion, by the
Ladies Aid Society, amounted to
- Governor of Maine, enroute
home from Washington last week,
stopped at Rising Sun Hotel for
A largely attended meeting in the
interest of improving the Blue Ball-
Childs road was held at Childs on
Wednesday night last.
Mrs. Florence England, chairman
of the Red Cross for Calvert section,
collected over SBB for the relief of
sufferers in the flood area.
Barnard T. Kelly, Oxford real es
tate broker, sold the 12 acre poultry
farm of Wilbur Morris, Oxford, R.
D., to Miss Alice Singleton, Sylmar.
The receipts from the Presidential
Birthday Ball, held at the Elkton
Armory on Jan. 29, were about $l7O,
donated to the infantile paralysis
Irving Stauffer has sold his prop
erty in Providence township, Lancas
ter county, of 27 acres, to Jacob Sch
euing also of Providence township,
John Wells, colored, sentenced by
Magistrate Pugh, of Port Deposit, to
two years in the Maryland House of
Correction tor larceny, was taken to
that institution on Friday.
An inch or more of snow fell on
Thursday night, and the mercury fell
also, going as low as 16 degrees- A
day or two of skating was enjoyed
by the young folks before it mod
A barn on the property of Mario
Zunino, near Avondale, was com
pletely destroyed by fire of unknown
origin Wednesday morning. The loss
is estimated at $2,600 with $1,600
At Sheriff’s sale Thursday, the 66
acre property in Lower Oxford, Ches
ter county, Pa., of the late Kelso A.
Johnson, was sold to the Dime Sav
.ngs Bank, West Chester, for SI.OO
tor debt of $2,600.
Margaret Mackie, 24 years old,
Oxford, Pa., has been granted a di
vorce from Leroy Mackie, 28, Oxford,
on gorunds of desertion, cruelty and
indignities. The decree was signed
oy Judge Ernest Harvey. The couple
were married Dec. 23, 1929, and sep
arated March 16, 1936.
CCC CAMP IN CECIL
State Forester F. W. Bosley and
Deputy Game Warden Richard T.
Norris, were guest speakers at the
monthly meeting of the Elkton Wo
mans’ Club in the New Theatre, Tues
day afternoon. They discussed the
development of wild life ic the coun
ty, replanting of forests and the es
tablishment of a CCC Camp for boys
in Elk Neck. A large part of that
section will be taken over by the gov
ernment as a park and recreation :
area where the men of the CCC Camp
will be placed. Many improvements
will be made, including improved
BAND LEADER’S AUTO KILLS
John Powers, Kennett Square,
died as a result of injuries received
when he stepped in front of the au
tomobile of Leon Hoffmann, known
in Oxford as the leader of Les Leon
ard’s Swing Band, which plays every
Saturday evening at the Center Res
taurant ball room. Hoffman was op
his way to Oxford when the accident
occurred. The Injured map was
taken fao the Chester County Hos
pital, but died In the ambulance be
fore reaching the institution. —Ox-
TRUCK AND FURNITURE DE
A large truck, loaded with new
furniture, enroute to Philadelphia,
caught fire along the Elkton-Perry
ville road, near Bacon Hill Saturday,
and was practically destroyed, togeth
er with most of the cargo valued at
SIO,OOO- The Elkton Volunteer Fire
Company was called to the scene, but
the blase had gained such a headway
It was impossible to reader much as
Tome School Building
Damaged By Fire
Manual Training Room Is
Fire of undetermined origin, that
was discovered at 7:15 o’clock Sat
urday evening, in the Manual Train
ing room, located in the basement of
Memorial Hall, of Tome School, Port
Deposit, damaged the building to the
extent of about |6,000, which Is
covered by insurance.
The Port Deposit and Perryville
fire companies responded to the
alarm, but before the flames were ex
tinguished the Manual Training de
partment, with machinery, tools and
other equipment, had been totally
The fire burned its way through
the ceiling to the office of one of the
professors directly above, and badly
damaged it also.
Smoke damaged the upper floors
and walls throughout the building.
JURORS DRAWN FOR MARCH
TERM OF COURT
Associate Judge J. Owen Knotts,
of Denton, has drawn the following
jurors to serve at the March term of
Circuit Court for Cecil county, which
will convene in Elkton on Monday,
First District —Roy C. Carpenter,
Howard Benson, H. B. Manlove, Wm.
H. Husfelt, Oldham W. Davis, Frisby
Second District—Benjamlnm H.
Ross. Clinton Foard, John Schaefer,
Frank S. Hutton, John L. Shelton,
Third District —William C. Feehly,
John K. Burkley, Murray J. Ewing,
J. Hayes McCauley, J. Frank Blake,
Jr., John Jenness, Dr. S. C- Sykes.
Fourth District —John Lawrence
Jr., Alonzo B. Creswell, Millard E.
Hess, Frank Stele, Nimrod Mlnner.
Fifth District —James Dixon, col
ored, Charles E. Day, John P. Logan,
William E. Roney, James M. Pillen
house, William C. Racine.
Sixth District —Kirk Gifford, Clar
ence Gifford, Ralph Wilson, Albert
M. McNamee, W. T. Dinsmore.
Seventh District—Henry D. Smith,
Elmer E. Campbell, Ralph Campbell,
John R. Nesbitt, William Harvey
Tome, Willis B. Qorrell, Wilton E.
Eighth District —Israel T. Rey
nolds, Alfred C. McGuigan, Robert
Ninth District —William D. Ewing,
Lawson Crothers, Ralph Thompson
THE STORY OF CHARLESTOWN
The story of Charlestown —"one
of the most romantic and historic old
cities in the United States”—will be
told by Carveth Wells in the Conti
nental Oil Company broadcast, “Ex
ploring America with Conoco and
Carveth Wells,” over radio station
WBAL, Baltimore, at 7:30 P. M.,
Monday, February 15.
“Charlestown has an amazing rec
ord of firsts,” says the famous ex
plorer and radio star.” Thiß South
Carolina city had the first steam rail
road, first submarine, first torpedo
boat, first department store, first
drug store, first museum, first cham
ber of commerce, first Poinsettia in
America, first golf course, first Inde
pendent American government and
In addition to relating interesting
incidents in Charleston's history,
Wells will describe the many gardens
for which the city is famous. “The
most famous of all,” he says, “is
Magnolia Garden- Started in 1676,
this garden is now conceded to be
the most beautiful in the world."
SUIT FOR DIVORCE FILED
Henry L. Cpnstable, attorney for
Elizabeth K. Driscoll, has filed a bill
in the Cecil County Court, at Elkton,
for the annullment of her marriage
to Harry J. Riebe, both of Bridge
port, Conn. The bill states that cn
June 21st, they drove to Elkton.
She says she was threatened by the
defendant and was forced to become
his wife by threats made against her
FARM LOAN ASSOCIATION
The annual stockholders' meeting
of the Cecil County National Farm
Loan Association, of which R. G.
MacDonald, of Rising Sun is secre
tary and treasurer, was held In Elk
ton on Monday morning.
A representative of The Federal
Land Bank of Baltimore was In at
tendance to outline the operations of
the Federal Land Bank System and
discuss the loaning policies of the
Bank and the local Association
; Stolen Loot Left By
1 Sheriff Recovers Two Bags
Of Stolen Chickens But
Thieves Not Caught
Sheriff Eugene Racine’s forces are
endeavoring to learn the owners of
two large bags of White Leghorn
chickens, all dead, found in the edge
of a field along the Elkton-Glasgow
Road, east of Elkton. The officers
believe the chickens were stolen and
the thieves, imagining they were be
ing pursued, threw their loot away,
1 probably from an automobile.
The chickens were found by a res
ident of that section and turned over
to the sheriff’s office. The two bags
contained about 40 chickens, all of
which had their heads wrung. Quite
a number of farmers and poultry
raisers in the locality have lost chick
ens recently. One of the heaviest
losefis was Lyman A. Spence of Cher
ry Hill, who had 76 full grown turk
CECIL COUNTY NEWS PLANT
Two Elkton Newspapers Merge—
News Established Fifty-Five
The Cecil County News, a weekly
newspaper established in Elkton 55
years ago by the late Dr. James H.
Frazer, later purchased by the late
Daniel H. Bratton, and edited and
published by William D. Bratton for
25 years until his death about six
weeks ago, has been purchased by
the Cecil Democrat- another weekly
paper published in Elkton. The two
papers will be merged and will be is
sued as The Cecil Democrat.
DISTRICT GOVERNOR ADDRES
District Governor Jos. T. Motz and
Harry B. Hasslinger, of Baltimore,
met with the Rising Sun Lions at th
Village Restaurant on Thursday eve
ning, when the District Governor
gave a talk on the activities being
carried on by the various clubs in th°
Twenty Second District.
C. M. Dannenbery, of West Ches
ter, Pa., Assistant Scout Executive
of Chester County Council was a vis
itor and spoke on the Boy Scout
movement, the Rising Sun Lions be
ing sponsors of a newly organized
Troop, with Warren Warren, of the
High School faculty as Scout Master.
Mr. Warren was present and asked
the cooperation of the Lions in mak
ing the Troop a going organization.
The Lions went on record as op
posed to Governor Nice’s proposal to
divert gasoline tax revenue from the
road improvement fund to other pur
poses, by passing a resolution favor
ing the raising of the additional
funds needed to balance the budget
by some of the special taxes suggest
ed by the Governor in his message.
DEPUTY INTERNAL REVENUE
Arrangements have been made to
assign Deputy Collectors of Internal
Revenue to various sections and com
munities throughout the District of
Maryland for the purpose of assist
ing taxpayers in filing income tax re
turns for the calendar year 1936.
A Deputy Collector will be in Cecil
county on the following dates: Perry
Point, U. S. V. H., March 1; Port De
posit, March 2; Rising Sun, February
27; Elkton, Feb. 26-26.
JERSEY CATTLE CLUB BANQUET
More than a hundred members and
guests attended the annual banquet
of the Cecil County Jersey Cattle Club
held in North East High School audi
torium Friday night. Speakers in
cluded Kenneth C. Keler, head of the
Animal and Dairy Industry of the
University of Maryland; Miss Jessie
May Hill of New York City, a noted
authority on Jersey cattle and a
member of the editorial staff of the
American Jersey Cattle Club, and H.
C. Barker, a prominent Jersey breed
er. Prizes in the 1936 contests con
ducted by the club were awarded.
FIFTH DISTRICT TAX-PAYERS
At a meeting held in North East
on Friday night, tax-payers of the
Fifth district registered a protest
against the prevailing road condi
tions, urging Improvement.
The present good road stops at
Sandy Cove entrance and from that
point to Turkey Point the road la
part dirt and part gravel and Is la
poor condition. Residents of the Elk
Neck section want the road improved.
* Personal And Social
Harry Clay Hess was the guest of
Marshall Pierce on Friday.
I Miss M. Lldle Stewart is visiting
her sister, Mrs. Ella Reese, in Phila
Ross Cameron, of Freehold, N. J.,'
1 spent the week-end with his father,
Jesse T. Cameron.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wiley and son
have moved to Baltimore, where Mr.
Wiley has a position.
Mrs. William M. Pogue has been
visiting her cousin, Mrs. Althea Sum
merill, in Woodbury, N. J.
Kirk Brokaw, Gallon, Ohio, has
been spending some time with his
mother, Mrs. Louise Brokaw.
William R. Pogue, Syracuse, N. Y.,
was a recent visitor of his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. William M. Pogue-
Miss Dorothy Deal and Donald Ex
ler, of Philadelphia, were week-end
visitors of Miss Mary Brumfield.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Ashby and
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Cherry en
joyed a trip to New York over the
Announcement has been made of
the marriage of James C. Williams,
of Liberty Grove, and Miss Helen L-
Dubree, of Port Deposit.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Dare, of
Alexandria, Va., were week-end vis
itors of Mrs. Dare’s brother, Ralph
r. Wilson and family, Mapel Lawn,
Mr. Joseph Carter, Mr. and Mrs.
Algernon Carter and sons Richard
and Charles, of Queenstown, Md.,
opent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. H.
George Prettyman, a member of
Rising Sun High School faculty, who
nas been a patient at the Coatsville,
Ra., Hospital, is now recuperating at
nis home at Zion.
Mrs. EUh Reese, Mr. and Mrs.
David Reese and Miss Mary Gamling,
of Philadelphia, were Sunday visi
tors of Miss M. Lldie Stewart and
Miss Mary Brumfield.
The engagement of Mr. George
Grant, Jr., of Elkton, and Miss Lil
lian May Baker, of Fairlee, Kent
county, has been announced. The
wedding will take place during the
Mrs. Robert Campbell, of near As
oury Church, entertained the Asbury
oewing Circle on Wednesday last,
-be occasion being the twenty-fifth
anniversary of the founding of the
Mrs. Campbell was one of
..no chatrer members.
Mrs. Daisy Olp and Theodore H.
Drown, daughter and son of Mr. and
Mrs. Elwood Brown, of this town,
who have been patients in Memorial
iiospital, Baltimore, at the same
time, were able to return to their
nome here on Thursday last.
In celebration of the ninety-first
anniversary of Mr. Edwin Haines,
one of Rising Sun’s oldest residents,
a dinner was held at his home on
East Main Street, Thursday, Jan- 28.
Those present were Rev. and Mru.
Wm. H. Michaels, daughters Betty
and Margaret, Media, Pa.; Miss Mary
E. Haines, Miss Elizabeth R. Steph
ens, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin L. Haines,
and son Lincoln.
Mr. Haines enjoys remarkable
health and daily attends to business
at his hardware store, which carries
the firm name of Haines & Kirk and
was established about sixty years ago
oy Mr. Haines and the late Mount E-
Kirk, who succeeded to the business
which had been founded some years
previous by the latter’s father, the
late Jesse A. Kirk.
FIRE COMPANIES TO DRAFT BILL
A meeting of representatives of the
volunteer fire companies in Cecil
county was held at North East on
Monday night for the purpose of de
ciding on a bill for presentation to
the Maryland Legislature providing
tor support of the fire companies
from the tax levy.
The meeting held on Monday eve
ning is to be followed by a Joint
meeting of the County Commission
ers, representatives in the Legisla
ture, and representatives of the var
ious fire companies, for the adoption
of a plan and the amount to be pro
vided for maintlnance of the different
The purpose Is to do away with
the holding of carnivals by the fire
Ninth District Farmers
Oppose* Us* Of Gasoline
Tax Revenue For Other
Than Road Purposes
The February meeting of the Ninth
District Farmers’ Club was held at
the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Fas*
sitt near Calvert. Mr. T. K. Mc-
Dowell, President, presided at the
meeting. The roll call was answer
ed by “The Blizzards I Have Met.’*
After the customary business was
transacted Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Mc-
Dowell, Mr. Ralph Wilson, Mr. T. K.
McDowell, Mr. Howard Brown re
ported the Pennsylvania Farm Show
neid In Harrisburg. It was decided
that a resolution be sent to the Gov
ernor requesting revenue from gaso
line tax and motor vehicle license be
used for the improvement of roads
and highways. Mr. J. Z. Miller,
County Agent, announced the Cecil
County Jersey Cattle Club Banquet
to be held at North Bast High School
on February 5. Our host, Mr. J. B.
Fassitt read an essay on ‘Get Our
Minerals From The Soil by Growing
our Vegetables In The Right Kind
Of Soil.’’ The Program Committee
composed of Mr. and Mrs. Raiph Wil
son and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Brown
took charge of the meeting. Mrs.
M. U. Zimmerman of Rising Sun sang
in her very pleasong manner sevearl
selections. Following a delicious
turkey dinner the meeting was re
sumed. Professor Arthur Janes,
Chemistry Department, Lincoln Uni
versity, spoke on “Petroleum’’. The
urst method used to get the oil was
called blanket mining. A blanket
was put in the mine and allowed to
absorb the oil which was then
orought up and wrung out. The oil
was sold at one dollar a gallon at first
then came down to ten cents a gal
ion. Mr. J. Z. Miller, County Agent,
announced that he would be glad to
cooperate with the farmers who
would have their soil analyzed.
The club will meet in March with
Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Kirk, near Farm
PROMISE OF BETTER SHORT
With the adoptions of a new sched
ule on January Ist, the Short Line
through Rising Sun, discontinued its
s:6O a. m. bus to Baltimore, since
which time there has been no service
over this bus line to Baltimore be
eween the hours of nine minutes af
ter midnight and 2:30 p. m.
This service, or rather this lack ot
service, by the Short Lino, led to the
filing, about three weeks ago, of a
protest with the Public Service Com
mission of the state by the publishers
of this paper.
We have just received a communi
cation from the Public Service Com
mission advising us that arrange
ments are being made with the Short
Line Company to provide a morning
trip to Baltimore, and that it is
hoped the new schedule can be made
effective by February 16th.
TRUCK STRUCK AT GRADE
Attempting to cross the tracks of
the Columbia & Port Deposit rail
road, in Port Deposit, in front of an
approaching freight train, the truck
occupied by Vernon Reynolds, aged
20 years, and Frank Conway, Jr., ot
North East, was struck and badly
wrecked. Both Reynolds and Con
way sustained painful but not serious
injuries. The drivers stated they
did not notice the approaching train
when they attempted to cross the
NEW HEAD OF STATE POLICE
Major Enoch Barton Garey,
on Thursday, was dropped from the
command of the State police.
To succeed him, Gov. Harry W.
Nice named Elmer F. M unshower, 61
year old World War vereran and •
former Mayor of Frederick, where he
still makes his home- He will not
take office until the State Senate con
firms the appointment.
Governor Nice said that he had
come to a decision that Major Garey
was "temperamentally unfitted” for
the command of the State police.
HOMEMAKERS CLUB ORGANIZES
The women of Providence neigh
borhood have organized the Kenmore
Homemakers Club with the following
officers: President, Mrs. Henry
Dunsmore; Vice President, Mrs. Al
bert Wilson; Secretary, Mrs. Samuel
Miller, and Treasurer, Mrs. Frank
Spratt. The culb numbers fourteen
members at present, with prospect*
of an Increased, enrollment.
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