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The Midland Journal
Rumors Of
Severe Gag
Lack Spiked
Supplies Are Held “Very
Tight” But Adequate
“Day To Day”
Deputy Petroleum Administrator
Ralph K. Davies has discounted ru
mors that gasoline stocks are so low
tn the norheast that some motorists
will be unable to redeem all their
ration coupons.
He said that while supplies all
along the Atlantic seaboard were
"very tight” and probably would
continue so through October, “there
is enough stock to operate on a day
by-day basis.”
“This condition probably will con
tinue for some time unless a large
number of motorists try to keep their
tanks filled,” Davies said. “If that
should occur, many stations will ‘dry
up’ quickly, because there isn’t
enough gas at all supply points to
meet unusually heavy purchases in
short periods.”
Military requirements for the
European invasion continue at a rate
higher than had been estimated, Da
vies said.
He said that to ease the northeast
ern supply problem a large quantity
af gasoline was being shipped from
Texas, but pointed out that it would
be at least a month before the ship
ment was available to motorists.
Davies reported that for the sev
enth consecutive week stocks of civil
ian grade gasoline declined at refin
eries and terminals in the United
States, going from 46,097,000 bar
rels on July 15 to 44,397,000 barrels
on July 22. East Coast supplies drop
ped from 7,877,000 to 7,702,000
Rain Breaks Drought
And Saves Crops
Maryland’s farm cups were saved,
gardens revived, pasture fields and
lawns given new life by the steady
downpour of rain on Wednesday. Ac
cording to the Weather Bureau. Offi
cials, the rainfall totaled nearly three
inches in 24 hours.
This long wished-for soaking rain
was the result of the hurricane that
swept up the Eastern Coast from the
South and did widespread destruction
in North Carolina.
Rain fell gently, softened up the
hard ground, baked dry by day after
day of hot sun, and gave old earth
the first thorough soaking in weeks.
Farm Volunteer Camp
The Victory Farm Volunteer Camp
which opened at West Nottingham
Academy on July 3rd, closed July 25.
The Camp was under the direction
of the Agriculture Extension Service
of the University of Maryland. The
boys ranged in age from thirteen to
seventeen and were mostly from
Baltimore and Washington. The en
rollment varied from thirty to fifty
boys. They were engaged in picking
string beans in the Colora area for
the Silver Canning Company.
This larger camp grew- out of an
experiment at West Nottingham last
Bummer with a smaller group of boys
who were engaged to help harvest
the sweet corn crop.
Charged With
Stealing Auto
William Murphy, a soldier from
Fort Deveras, Mass., was arrested
near Elkton, by State Patrolman
Nathan Kaplan charged with stealing
an automobile near Trenton, N. J.
He was driving the car when detect
ed. He is being held at the county
jail \o await the arrival of the New
Jersey officials.
Arrested For Brutal Attrck
Charged with assaulting John B.
Hartnett of Elkton, by striking him
on the head with a brick while he
was on his way to the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Clay on West High
Street, where he boards, Calvin Yets,
19 years old, formerly of West Vir
ginia, is being held for hearing in
the county jail.
Fisher Property Sold
The real estate of Mrs. Olena
Fisher, located on the gravel road
leading from Colora to Battle Swamp
was sold at nubile sale on Wednes
day; July 26, to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse
Lyons of Fort Deposit, for S6OIO.
The property embraces 35 acres of
land, and improvements, which ln
clufte a 6-room frame dwelling, $0 x
„6t bard and other buildings,

With plain, clothes troopers riding
in unmarked cars to supplement the
regular olive-drab patrol cars, the
Maryland State Police have opened
an intensive drive to enforce the sta
tutory laws of the Maryland motor
vehicle cade, including the 50-mile
per-hou.r speed limit.
Col. Beverly Oberly, superinten
dent of State Police, described the
drive as an “emergency campaign”
made necessary by a rapidly increas
ing accident rate and the mounting
deterioration of automobiles and
Col. Oberly said fatal accidents in
the counties of Maryland increased
40 per cent in June, 1944, over June,
194 3. Motor-vehicle operation in the
State in June, 1944, increased 33.61
per cent over the previous June.
During the first half of 1944, he
said, there were 6,328 accidents on
the highways, with 184 persons kill
ed and 3,262 injured. During the cor
responding period of 194 3, the high
way accidents totaled 5,730, with
158 killed and 2,886 injured.
"There continues to be a steady
trend toward higher passenger car
an.d truck speeds,” he said. “The ra
tio of severity of accidents is at the
same point it was six months prior
to the introduction of the 35-mile
Victory speed limit.”
Colonel Oberly said the State Po
lice never had the authority to en
force the 35-mile-per-hour victory
speed limit and .that the troopers in
regular patrol cars are continuing
the procedure of reporting such vio
lators to the Office of Price Admin
Girl Teases Dog
And Is Bitten—
Death Results
Carol Pardo, aged six years, one
of the “Fresh Air” children from the
Bronx, N. Y., died Monday morning
in the Ephrata Community Hospital.
She had received lacerations of the
scalp, neck, back and arms by a dog,
according to Dr. John F. Mentzer,
deputy coroner, who declared! the
child’s death was accidental.
With her sister, Marie, aged seven
years, she was a guest at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey K. Reifsny
der, Lititz, and was attacked by their
Mr. Reifsnyder bad warned the
children about teasing the dog which
was tied, because they were strangers
and that the heat had made the dog
irritable. The dog had never attacked
any other person.
The parents of the girls are Mr.
and Mrs. Lavino Pardo.
—Sun, Quarryville, Pa.
Truck Wrecks Car
Harry L. Cleaves, of Newark, Del.,
who operates and owns a large print
ing plant in Elkton, had his auto
mobile demolished but escaped ser
ious injury in a crash at the red light
on Route 40 in Elkton Friday.
Several cars had stopped at the
crossover for a red light, Mr.
Cleaves’ car being in the rear of
three others, when a large Army
truck came down the highway, run
ning into the Cleaves machine. All
four wheels of his machine were
knocked off and it was otherwise
badly damaged. The crash caused
Cleaves' car to ram the car just
ahead of him., forcing the other ma
chines to crash in turn. None of the
occupants were seriously injured.
Church Dedicates Flags
An American flag and a Christian
flag were dedicated at Zion Metho
dist church Sunday evening. These
dags were presented to the church
by the Friendship Circle. Miss Vir
ginia Smith, president, and Mrs.
George B. Prettyman, vice-president,
of the Friendship Circle, placed the
dags during the ceremony.
Fined For Carrying
Concealed Weapon
Dean Baugness, who has been a
Cecil County resident for the past
year and one-half, was brought be
fore Magistrate James Weinroth, of
Elkton, and found guilty on several
charges. He was fined $250 for car
rying a concealed weapon upon his
person; he was further fined $100.75
for driving while under the influence
of alsohol; he was assessed $1.75 for
reckless driving.
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Traffic Violators Pay Fines
According to the report on the
month of July, eighty-two motor ve
hicle cases were heard by Magistrate
Weinroth in Elkton, with fines total
ling $1,195.60, which amount was
turned over to the Department ot
Motor Vehicles ot the state.
Maryland Is
Second In sth
Loan Drive
| Maryland, with Fifth War Loan
[ sales totaling 185 per cent of the
State’s $228,000,000 goal, is tied
. with Georgia for second place nation
_ ally in quota oversubscription in the
campaign, Walter N. Ruth, executive
vice-chairman of the Maryland War
, Finance Committee, announced.
Latest Treasury Department re
ports indicate that bond sales in
. Maryland during the campaign reach
|ed $421,000,000. West Virginia
holds first place in oversubscription
with 192 per cent of its quota sub
Meanwhile, Mr. Ruth said, E-Bond
, sales in, Maryland have climbed to
$41,000,000, or 84 per cent of the
State’s quota, in that category, the
, largest percentage of E-Bond sales
in any loan campaign.
C. Albert Ringgold, chairman of
tile Fifth War Loan Drive for Cecil
county, reports that the drive was
most successful. The sum of $1,600,-
000 was subscribed. The. County’s
quota was $900,000.
Sixtieth Wedding
Mr. and Mrs. William T. Wray, of
Barnsley, celebrated the sixtieth an
niversary of their wedding at their
home on the evening of July 31,
when over fitty neighbors and friends
gathered to congratulate them and
help them observe the notable anni
versary. Mr. and Mrs. Wray moved
from Shomakin to Oxford about fif
teen years ago. They were married
at Sunbury, Pa., July 31, 1884. Mr.
Wray is 82, Mrs. Wray, 83. Both are
in fair health, The couple have two
sons, William, Jr., of Norristown
and George of Philadelphia.
Engagement Announced
Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Smith, of 7108
EUendale Place, St. Louis, Mo., an
nounced the engagment of their
daughter, Lutcy Alverna to Winfred
M. Anderson, formerly of Elkton, at
an informal teh on Sunday, Aug. 6.
Miss Smith is the niece of Mrs. Don
na D. MacCauley, who formerly re
sided on Nortli Street, Elkton. Mr.
Anderson was a member of the gradr
uating class of 1940, Elkton High
School. He has resided in St. Louis
for the past two years, and is em
ployed as a draftsman by Stanley &
Co., that city.
Record Breaking
Heat Wave
The all-day rain of Wednesday,
August 2nd, broke the drought, but
did not put the record-breaking heat
wave out of business, as Thursday,
Friday and Saturday were sweltering
days, with the mercury ranging from
96 to 100 degrees during that period.
Sunday brought gentle showers with
the temperature in the seventies.
New Bridge For
North East
The board of county commission
ers for Cecil County and the board of
town commissioners of North East
have been notified by Gov. Herbert
R. O’Conor that the War Production
Board has approved “for immediate
action,” construction work on the
proposed new bridge across the
North East Creek in the town of
North East.
The state roads commission will
> receive bids for the construction of
the bridge up until noon on Tuesday,
August 15.
Mr. and Mrs. Ellis F. Barr, Port
Deposit, have received word that
their son. Perry, who has been ser
ving with the Navy in the Southwest
Pacific for the past year, has been
promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
Mrs. Joseph Summerville, Wood
bury, N. J., and Mrs. Ben Pogue,
Freehold, N. J., were guests last
week of Mr. and Mrs. Wo. M. Pogue.
Mr. and Mrs. Chalmer C. Reynolds
and Mr. and Mrs. F. Clifford Kirk, of
Wilmington, visited Rising Sun
friends on Thursday.
John Keppel, son of Mr. and Mrs.
F. P. Keppel, of Rising Sun, was
among those inducted into the U. S.
Navy last week.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Norman and
; son Wayne are visiting friends in
Philadelphia this week.
Mr. apd Mrs .Melvin Thompson,
Bayside, L. 1., were guests last week
of relatives here.
Miss Florence Yocum is visiting
relatives in West Chester, Pa.
Stale To
Rush Bridge,
Roads Project
With highway and bridge construc
tion projects designated by the State
as “urgent,” and totalling $3,614,-
000 in cost, approved by the War
Production Board for immediate in
itiation, Governor Herbert R. OCon
or and the State Roads Commission
have asked for further consideration
on four other equally necessary pro
jects throughout the State*which the
Review Committee failed to approve.
Work will be pushed immediately
on these eight projects, Governor
O’Conor declared, and every effort
will be made to finish work within
this calendar year.
The projects already approved in
clude resurfacing the Baltimore -
Washington Boulevard from the Bal
timore City line to Laurel; relocation
of U. S. Route 213, between Mt. Hol
ly and Big Mills on the Eastern
Shore; reconstruction on the Keyser-
McCool road, U. S. Route 220, and
new construction on U. S. Route 13
from Pocomoke City to the Virginia
line. Also approved were four
bridges, the Dodge Park Bridge, the
North Run Bridge, North East
Bridge, and Piney Run Bridge, all of
which have been washed out. Tempo
rary structures now are being used
at the* four locations.
In directing the State Roads Com
mission to ask for a re-hearing of the
four iprojects disapproved by the Fa
cilities Review Commtitee, Gover
nor O’Conor disclosed that all four
had the approval of the Federal Pub
lic Roads Commission.
Miss Felechia Grandy, grand
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nick
Brooch, of Appalachia, Va., and E.
M. 2|c Archie L. McGhee, U. S. Navy,
son of Mr. and L. S. McGhee of North
East, Md., were married June 20 at
North East by Rev. G. H. Holdway
pastor of the Methodist church.
The bride attended school at Rich
mond. Va. She has been employed
at the Triumph Explosives at Elk
ton for the past year.
The groom is a 1941 graduate of
the Lewiaburg High School in West
Virginia. In November, 1941, he en
listed in the Navy.
The couple plan to reside in New
London, Conn., during the time tj;B
groom is stationed there.
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The marriage of Miss Helen Ash,
daughter of Mr. J. George Ash of
Elkton, and the late Mrs. Mary L.
Ash of Elk Mills, Md., to Petty Offi
cer George Whitcoe, son of the late
Mr. and Mrs. George Whitecoe, of
Bristol, Pa., took place Saturday,
July 29, in the First and Central
Presbyterian church, Wilmington,
Del. The Rev. Dr. Willard G. Purdy
performed the ceremony.
Miss Doris Hillis of Wilmington,
was maid of honor and Mr. Harry
McMinn was best man.
A reception followed at the Hotel
Officers Of Mutual
Building Association
At the annual meeting ot the
shareholders of the Mutual Biulding
Association of Cecil County the fol
lowing officers and directors were
elected for the ensuing year: Presi
dent, Harry W. Pippin; vice-presi
dent, Joseph H. Sloan; secretary,
William T. Vinsinger; treasurer, Al
bert Denver; directors, Murray ’J.
Ewing, L. A. Spence, Robert J. Mc-
Cauley, Dr. Vernon S. McKnight, Dr.
J. Fred Fehler, A. Victor Davis, and
James W. Hughes.
Mr. and Mrs. Everitt Morris and
sons have returned to Waynesboro,
Va., after a visit of several weeks
with their parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Morris at Zion. Their son,
who is with the duPont Co., is being
transferred from Waynesboro to Wil
mington, and they will move to their
new home which they have purchas
ed in Wilmington, within the next
two weeks.
Mrs. Mary Green wishes to thank
her friends who remembered her
59th birthday by sending cards and
gifts on August 6.
The Westminster Guild held their
picnic meeting last Saturday at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Kennard.
Mr. and Mrs. John S. Wilson en
joyed a two weeks’ vacation at At
lantic City, New Jersey.
Miss Ann Roberson, of Washing
ton, D. C., oi spending her vacation
at her home here.
Miss Mary Ashby has been spend
ing her vacation at Ocean City, N. J.
i ma ML „dk ■
The law has caught up with two
. teen-aged Rising Sun boys who, in
s search of thrills, or for other reasons
. best known to themselves, have for
. months past been engaged in petty
. thievery, their operations including
. the stealing of money, jewelry and
[ various and sundry other articles,
i from several homes and stores in
. Rising Sun. One, with more opportun
, ties for travel than his fellow-com
panion in crime, extended his opera
tions to certain dwellings near Port
Deposit and Zion, it is reported,
splitting the “swag” in true “gang”
fashion with his buddy.
These two teen-agers, apparently
without thought of the disgrace they
have brought 'upon themselves, and
heart-aches to their respected par
ents, have finally been picked up by
the State Police, haled before Mag
istrate .C E. Marker of this town,
and confessed to their stealings. The
Magistrate has held them for action
of the September Grand Jury, and
they seem headed for jail cells, 1
where they may have an opportunity
to listen, in their idle hours, to such
radio programs as “Gang Busters”
and the like, which carry with them
the wholesome moral that crime does
not pay.
Miss H. Louise McKnight, daugh
ter of Dr. and Mrs. Vernon H. Mc-
Knight of Elkton, was united in mar
riage to Flight Officer Thomas Law
son Moffitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Evan
S. Moffitt, of Townsend, Del., on
Tuesday evening, Auguist 1, in Trin
ity P. E. church, Elkton. Rev. Dr. J.
W. Albinson, the rector, performed
the ceremony. The bride was given
in marriage by her father, Dr. Mc-
Knight, and her sister, Mrs. Freder
ick Graff, was matron of honor. Mr.
Evan Moffitt, brother of the groom,
acted as best man. The double ring
ceremony was used. Miss Miriam '
Jeffers, of Elkton, played the wed
ding march. The young couple spent
their honeymoon at Atlantic City.
The groom is stationed at Barclay
Field, Louisiana.
Mr. .and Mrs. Paul Williams, of
Perry Point, announce the marriage
of their daughter, Lieut. Mary E.
Williams, A. N. C., to Lieut. Orion
Lee Rogers of the Army Air Corps at
Langley Field, Virginia, on Satur
day, July 29, the Catholic chaplain
officiating. Lieut. Rogers is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Rogers, route
5, Austin, Texas. He has been sta
, tioned at Langley Field, prior to
leaving for overseas.
The bride is a graduate of the
Havre de Grace High School, class
of 1938, and of the School of Nurs
ing, Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, in
the class of 1942. She enlisted in the
Army Nursing Corps February 1,
1944, and has been assigned to the
air corps.
Miss Louella McDonald, daughter
of Mrs. Mae P. McDonald and the
late Mr. C. W. McDonald of Elkton,
i and Private Paul Dalton, son of Mr.
, and Mrs. James A. Dalton, of Coates
. ville, Pa., were married on July 22
' in the Immaculate Conception rec
, tory at Elkton.
Miss Ann Gray, Wilmington, was
maid of honor; Cpl. Charles McDon
ald, brother of the bride, of the
[ Richmond Air Base, best man. Both
Mr. and Mrs. Dalton have been em
’ ployes of the Edge Moor Iron Works,
Inc. Pvt. Dalton is stationed at Fore
l Meade.
’ Dawson-McMullen
Warrant Machinist Harry McMul
[ len, son of Mr. Arthur McMullen,
serving with the U. S. Navy for over
\ 20 years, and Miss Mary Dawson,
both of Perryvilie, were married in
the Perryvilie Church on Monday,
1 July 24, at 12:30 p. m., by Rev. Har
’ ry N. Bailey in the presence of a
• few relatives and friends.
Miss Mildred F. Wilson, daughter
: of Mr. and Mrs. Granville Wilson, of
■ Perry Point, and Mr. Carl Lee Speck
1 of Chattanooga, Tenn., were united
in marriage at the Perryvilie Metho
dist parsonage on Saturday after
• noon, July 29, by Rev. H. N. Bailey.
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Sunday School Picnic
The picnic Tuesday afternoon for
• the Beginners and Primary Depart
ments of the Methodist Sunday
School was held at the home of Mr.
■ and Mrs. Boyd Etter, and was much
1 enjoyed by the children and grown
up folks, alike. Swings, hammocks,
and games kept the children happy,
• also the lunch of sandwiches, cookies
■ fruit punch and Dixie cups.
4-H’ers Ob
serve Achieve
ment Day
County Wide Demon*
stration Held At Cal
vert High School
The county-wide 4-H Achievement
Day was held at Calvert High School,
July 28.
During the morning the girls en
tered their exhibits, held a treasure
hunt, and worked on stunts to be
presented in the afternoon.
Following a picnic luncheon, the
afternoon session opened with sing
ing. Two handicraft demonstrations
were given. Joanne Touchton demon
strated the making of a crepe paper
pocket book, and Ruth Anne Ewing
demonstrated how to make a crepe
paper doll. Four stunts were present
ed by groups selected in the morning.
The group composed of Jean Mil
ler, Betty Spence, Esther Adkins,
Darlys Orendarf, and Pearl Good
year, all of the Pleasant Hill Club,
were the winners.
Mrs. Orville Ottey, county 4-H
chairman, was the guest speaker and
gave several recitations.
The names of those receiving
awards are as follows:
Leadership: Calvert Club, Rose
mary Fell, Betty O’Brien, Frances
Crothers, Joanne Touchton, Lurlene
Brown, Virginia Rittenhouse.
Perryville Club: Marianne Bur
rows, Doris Shaffer.
Cecilton Club: Marian Burris,
Frances Williams.
Colora Club: Elizabeth Sargent,
Frances Johnson.
Demonstrations: Ruth Anne Ew
ing, Calvert Club, first, and Joanne
Touchton, Calvert Club, second.
Exhibits, Handicrafts: First prize,
Jean Miller, Pleasant Hill Club;
Ruth Anne Ewing, Calvert Club;
Doris Montgomery, Calvert Club;
Helen England, Calvert Club; Lur
lene Brown, Calvert Club; Nancy
Cox, Calvert Club; Patricia Ottey,
older youth 4-H’er; second prize,
Mary Emma Way, Calvert Club; 3rd
prize, Virginia Kane, Ethel Alexan
der and Doris O’Brien, Calvert Club.
Foods: First prize, Doris Mont
gomery, Calvert Club; Betty Speace,
Pleasant Hill Club; second prize,
Doris O’Brien, Calvert Club; Vir
ginia Kane, Calvert Club; Doris
Montgomery, Calvert Club.
Garden: Doris Montgomery, Cal
vert Club.
Clothing: First, Lurlene Brown of
Calvert; Esther Adkins, Pleasant
Hill; Jean Miller, Pleasant Hill;
Katherine Baer, Colora; Elizabeth
Sargent, Colora; Patricia Ottey, old
youth, Jane Martenis, older youth;
Emily Bell Martenis, older youth,
and Mary Lib Martenis, older youth
4-H’ers; second place, Betty Speace,
Pleasant Hill; Doris Scarborough,
Pleasant Hill; Ethel Alexander, Cal
vert; Nancy Cox, Calvert; Elizabeth
Sargent, Colora; Katherine Baer,
Colora; Joanne Touchton, Calvert;
Lurlene Brown, Calvert; third, Pearl
Goodyear, Pleasant Hill; Bonnie Cox,
Colora, Jane Lippincott, Colora.
The following girls rece iv e d
awards for bringing the most exhib
its: Lurlene Brown, Calvert Club;
Doris Montgomery, Calvert Club;
Doris O'Brien, Calvert Club; Virgin
ia Kane, Calvert Club; and Elizabeth
Sargent, Colora Club.
Insurance Com
panies Merge
At the recent special members
meeting of the Mutual Fire Insur
ance Company of Cecil County, held
at their office in Elkton, the by-laws
and charter were so amended to give
authority to the Board of Managers
to merge the assets and liabilities of
the Mutual Fire Insurance Company
of Baltimore Comnty. The headquar
ters of the company will remain in
The annual report of the president
of the company showed the assests
of the organization to be over $150,-
000, the largest in its history of over
fifty years.
Methodist Youth Caravan
A Methodist Youth Caravan con
sisting of Nancy Stimson, Ardmore,
Pa.; Mrs. E. A. Rood, Easton, Md.;
Mildred Parrish, Trinity, North Car
olina; and Coleen Gilmore, Hatties
burg, Miss., will arrive at the North
East Methodist Church, North East,
August 12, for a week of activity.
Mrs. Rood, adult counsellor, served
in the same capacity for the group
that visited the Zion Circuit last
The Caravan will work with the
yowing people, help them with their
problems, make visits, lead in recre
ation, and have charge of various
classes, as well as lead in worship
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