The Midland Journal
Comments On Conduct Of
Welfare Office And
The Grand Jury completed Its la
bors and submitted its report to the
Judges of Cecil Circuit Court.
Pour presentments were submitted
for consideration: 4 true bills were)
found, in all 9 witnesses were exam-1
The Grand Jury visited the County
Jail on Tuesday afternoon, March 5,
194 6. Pound 8 white males and 1 col
ored male. They found the jail and
kitchen clean and well kept.
Curing the course of our investiga
tions, we had occasion to question
Mrs. Elsie Coles, Executive Secretary
of the Cecil County Welfare Board,
and dir.gently inquired into the au- ,
thority and regulations ‘under which
tins Board is working and as a re
sult of our investigation, it is the
opinion of this body that Mrs. Coles !
has been conducting her office in the
manner prescribed by law and is con
ducting her investigations of those
receiving aid as well as a limited
force o; assistants permits.
Furthermore, it is the recommen
dation of this body, that any publi
city released regaridng the Welfare
Board or any other Agency dispen-1
sing public funds, be carefully check
ed and verified before spreading up
on the pages of our county newspa
It has been brought to the atten- j
tion of the Grand Jury that due to
the terrible condition of dirt roads
over which school busses must travel
it has been necessary in at least one
instance that a school bus has been
going outside the State of Maryland, i
It is the understanding of this body j
that any or all insurance on this bus
and its passengers is void while out- ;
side of the State of Maryland. We
feel that the Cecil County Schoo,
Board and County Commisisoners
shall take such action as will see that
roads be made passable in our county
for school busses or that insurance
shall be such that it will be enforced
at all limes while carrying school
To Be Sought
The first move of the State Roads
Commission to begin actual construc
tion of a dual highway from Elkton
to points down the Shore, came when
Gov. Herbert R. O’Conor announced
that bids will shortly be asked for
the construction of the first link in
the highway, extending a distance of
six miles, from Elkton towards Ches
apeake City. An allocation of $448,-
700 has been made for the job by the
This improvement, which will
eventually pass through Kent County
at Gaiena and on down the Shore,
will be known as the Eastern Shore
Bouelvard. Rights of way between
Elkton and Chesapeake City have
been secured and needed property
has been obtained from the school
authorities for a new bridge over the
Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
To Spend $20,000’000
On State Roads
The year 1846 will see the greatest
period of road and bridge building
in the history of the State, Governor
Herbert R. O’Conor declares. Approxi
mutely $20,000,000 of projects on
the primary system of roads and
bridges are programmed for the
twelve month period, the Governor
declared, plus $2,759,242 of county
feeder and secondary roads, and $3-
58 0,162 in urban areas on the pri
mary system. The grand total thus
projected for the 1946 program the
Governor made known, including
Federal funds, is $26,126,756.19.
A total of 28 projects is scheduled
for initiation and completion this
year, Governor O’Conor declared, in
cluding those on which contracts
have already been awarded.
German War Prison
ers Leave Edgewood
Ninety-eight German prisoners of
war, encamped at Edgewood Arsenal
entrained Friday for Camp Shanks,
N. Y„ enroute to the European Thea
ter of shipment. This reduces to 144
the number of PW’s now encamped
In the Edgewood compound.
six armed enlisted prisoner of war
guards, under First Lieutenant War-
Slf'ren H. Mays, escorted the prisoners
i to Camp Shanks.
| Phesants Released
I The Octoraro Sportsmen's Club
liberated a large number of
Ijftoyneck. pheasants in New London,
aCtUe Elk, upper and Lower uxi-ru,
unu Last ana west Notuusmun towu
RISING SUN, CECIL COUNTY, MD„ FRIDAY. MARCH 1946
BIDS TO FUR
The Board of Education met in
regular session on Tuesday, March
! 12. Those present were Mr. Reuben
Reynolds, President; Mr. Harvey R.
Buck, vice-president, and Mr. Harold
The minutes of the regular meet
ing of February 12 th were read and
approved, and sundry bills ordered
! The resignation of Mrs. Grace A.
j Simmers, principal of the Colora
School, effective March 15, 1946,
wsa received and accepted with re
Bids for furnishing stationery and
| supplies to the schools of the County
lor the year 1946-47 were received as
The James T. Vernay & Sons Co.,
! Baltimore, $2,432.37; Meyer & Thal
j heimer, Baltimore, $2,356.17; Garret
Buchanan Company, of Baltimore,
The Board accepted the bid of the
A resolution was received from the
Rising Sun Local of Interstate Milk
Producers Cooperative, urging the
Board of Education to provide agri
| cultural courses in the high schools
! of the county. This resolution was re
: ceived with interest by the Board.
The following appointments were
approved by the Board:
Miss Dorothy Fell, Home Econo
mics teacher in the Rising Sun High
School. Mr. James D. Robb, assistant
in the Rising Sun High School.
! A delegation from the Rising Sun
! PTA, Rev. S. J. Venable, spokesman,
; came before the Board to ascertain
: what progress was being made on
plans for the new elementary build
j ing at Rising Sun.
A delegation from the Kenmore
PTA, Mrs. Josephine Mackie, spokes
man, came before the Board regard
! ing the proposed building and equip
ment program at the Kenmore
Teacher prospects for 1946-47
were then discussed at stfme length
by the Board.
Sportsmen’s Club Active
The Rising Sum Sportsmen’s Club
at its meeting on March 12 made a
donation of SSO to the League of
Maryland Sportsmen to help promote
the outdoors show to be held in Bal
timore. Ten new members were add
ed to the roll.
A member of the Good Roads As
sociation solicited the support of the
members present in a movement to
improve the dirt roads. A resolution
was drawn up and signed by all those
The following committee was ap
pointed to arrange for the men’s
night banquet; Ralph Reed, chair
man; William Rea, Fred Burkins,
Ross Johnson and Stanley Bailey.
Mr. Woodruff, a well-known sports
man and gunsmith of Oxford, will be
the speaker at the next club meeting.
Awarded Verdict For
Loss Of Finger
Mr. and Mrs. J. Roswell Poplar, of
Havre de Grace, won a substantial
verdict in the Supreme Court of New
York County, N. Y., against a cos
metic firm which they sued for dam
Testimony showed that in 1940
Mrs. Poplar cut her finger on a dec
orative star attached to the box of
cosmetics. Susbequently infection set
in and it finally became necessary to
amputate the middle finger on her
right hand. The jury felt that she
should be compensated and returned
a very substantial verdict.
A meeting will be held on Friday
evening, March 22, at eight o'clock in
ike auditorium of Rising Sun High
School for the purpose of* effecting a
permanent organization of an Ameri
can Legion Post. Officers will be
elected at this meeting and other
business of importance transacted.
All former service men are urged to
Historic Inn Destroyed
Historic Peggy Stewart Inn at
Joppa, Harford County, was burned
to the ground on Saturday night, de
spite the fact that fire apparatus
from five towns, Aberdeen, Bel Air,
Havre de Grace, Abigndon and Edge
wood, fought the blaze.
According to Mr. Franklin J.
Shackleford, owner of the Inn, dam
ages were in excess of $20,000. The
large old dwelling was converted sev
eral years ago into an apartment
The building was erected in 1765
and was originally known as Ann’s
Delight, and was used as a tavern
and stagecoach changing point,
Washington and other Revo
. iiuwiwti Wetves ale S*ltt 10 OgVe
stop?** ** t** lameus Inn
i Bain bridge Navy Chap
lain Will Be The
Captain C. H. Lambin, Senior
’ Chaplain at the Bainbridge Naval
Training Center will be the principal
speaker at the 15th annual Cecil
County Sunrise Service, which will be
held m the large Bainbridge Naval
’1 raining Center’s Amphitheater on
1 Easter Sunday morning, April 21.
This year, through the kindness of
Commodore William W. Behrens,
' Center Commander of the station, the
• people of Cecil County and the sur
-1 rounding area will have a chance to
worship with the thousands of young
1 men now serving their country in the
U. S. Navy.
1 Chaplain C . H. Lambin, who will
bring the Easter Message to the large
1 gathering, has served his country in
1 many places during the war. He has
1 had duty at the Naval Training Sta
tion, Norfolk, Va.; the U. S. Naval
Receiving Station, Brooklyn, N. Y.;
! aboard the U. S. S. West Point; Dean
of the Naval Training School for
' Chaplains; ai William and Mary, Col
lege, Williamsburg, Va.; and has just
recently reported to the Bainbridge
Naval Training Center, Bainbridge,
’ Md. Chaplain Lambin is also a mem
ber of the Baltimore Annual Confer
! ence of the Methodist Church.
The musical part of the service
this year will also be an outstanding
feature. It will consist of a Navy ana
1 civilian soloist, along with a Navy
1 choir. The Cecil County Council of
Churches will also have a robed choir
of a hundred voices from the follow
-1 ing churches of Cecil County: Rock
Presbyterian, Elkton Methodist, Elk
ton Presbyterian, North East Metho
dist, West Nottingham Presbyterian
and the Perryville Methodist church.
This Young People’s Choir of the
Cecil County Churches will be direct
-1 ed by Mr. Roy Schmidt of Elkton.,
Forecasts of greater highway user
revenues for Maryland’s postwar
road construction have been confirm
-1 ed with the announcement that state
’ tax collections for February, 1946,
exceed those of February, 1945, by
! $237,000. Receipts throughout the
country are rapidly approaching pre
war levels, and there is every indica
-1 lion that 1941 averages will be top
ped within 12 months, thus assuring
1 ample funds for highway improve
The Friendship Club of the Hope
well Methodist Church will present a
minstrel, Friday, March 29, at the
Hopewell Hall, at 8 o’clock for the
. benefit of the Organ Fund.
Pastor Invited To Return
At the Quarterly Conference held
on Tuesday evening of last week,
i Rev. J. R. Bickikng was invited to
return to the Rising Sun and Row
. landvi.le churches ior another con
! terence year.
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL MENTION
Miss Ann Blake, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Kennard Blake, North East,
has accepted a position in the oflice
of Beacom College, Wilmington, Del.
Miss Blake is a recent Beacom gradu
t Mr. and Mrs. William S. Wood of
. Elk Neck, announce the engagement
> of their daughter Betty, to Mr. Harry
' U. Aginegger, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.
Aginegger of Linthicum, Md.
SiSgt. Russell Johnson returned
from overseas service in the Euro
pean area Sunday. He will speak next
Sunday at the evening service.
1 Mr. and Mrs. Chalmers McFerren
. and Mical were week-end guests of
s relatives in Waynesboro, Pa.
1 Miss Ann Roberson, Arlington,
Va., was the week-end guest of Mr.
and Mis. Thomas Roberson.
a Mr. and Mrs. Herman Slaybaugh
. spent the week-end with Mrs. Henry
t Slaybaugh, Fayettesville, Pa.
j Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Busey had as
b recent guests, relatives from Hart
i ford. Conn.
Rev. and Mrs. J. ft. Sicking and
, Dtck were visitors of relatives in ,
Pocemeke City Friday and Saturday.
Sportsmen Join State
At a recent meeting of the Rising
Buin Sportsmen’s Club it was agreed
to supDort the Maryland Department
of Forests and Parks in • its spring
forest fire prevention campaign.
The Sportsmerf, realizing that fire
in fields and woods kill young wild- j
life, destroy game food and cover,,
urge those who burn debris to use |
the common sense measures of forest j
fire prevention. This means waiting
until atter 4:00 p. m. during the
spring months, when the wind dies
down and the humidity increases,
having the necessary help with tools
and stuying with the fire until it is
completely out. It Is suiggetsed that
debris burners plow under or mow
grassy vegetation if the area Is suit
able for farming. This vegetation
adds mulch to the soil -and enriches
it. Fields afford protective cover and
food for small game and 1 where such
fields -.anuot be cultivated economi
cally because of steep slopes or poor
soil, such land in grass or wooded
cover is more inviting to game and
holds the water in place and prevents
It is suggested that if burning
must be done that it wait until after
4:00 p. m. as required by forestry
Careless smokers are asked to ex
tinguish their smoking materials be
fore discarding them into dry grass
and leaves along the roadside.
The cooperation of all parties con
cerned will go a long way in reduc
ing the number of fire and increase
the number of game animals in the
Mr. and Mrs. Alden Harvey of
North East, announce the engage
ment of their daughter, Marjorie, to
Sergt. Robert Wolf, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Wolf, of Lyons, Kansas.
Miss Harvey is a graduate of Calvert
High School and attended Beacom
College. She is employed at the Aber
deen Proving Ground. Before enter
ing the service, Sergeant Wolf, at
tended, the University of Kansas,
where he will resume his studies next
fall. Tue wedding will take place in
August. The bridegroom is stationed
Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Warring
ton of Principio Furnace, announce
the engagement of their daughter.
Miss Mary Bye, to Mr. Wallace M.
Rowland 2nd, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Frank L. Rowland!, Port Deposit.
Mr. and Mrs. J. James Hill of New
London, Pa., announce the engage
ment of their daughter, Jennie, to
Harvey Hindman, Oxford, Pa., son
of Mrs. Naomi Hindman. No date has
been set for the wedding.
Rev. J. R. Bicking had charge of
the morning service at the Methodist
Church. At the evening service, Ethel
Burkins and Mildred Riley were lead
ers of the MYF. Rev. Bicking preach
ed from the text "All things work to
gether for good to them that love the
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Crothers, of
Rising Sun, are receiving congratula
tions on ths birth of a daughter at
the Memorial Hospital, Wilmington,
Del., on March 13.
Mrs. Edward Jenkins returned
home last week from West Grove
Hospital where she had been receiv
ing treatment for rheumatic fever.
Ruth Ann Ewing returned! home
Friday from the Memorial Hospital,
Wilmington, Del., where she had a
suiccesslul mastoid operation.
Mr. and Mrs. William Reynolds
and sor William Jr., were Sunday
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Deets,
Bel Air, Md.
Mr. nnd Mrs. William Cherry aud
sou But were Sunday guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Jack Lyons, Wilmington,
Dr. Walter Kirk, Darlington, has
been absent from his dental office
here for several days, due to illness.
Rev. Paul McCoy, Newport, Del.,
spent Sunday with Mrs. .Florence Mc-
Coy and Miss Isabelle.
Mrs. Edna Gifford is spending
some time with her brother, Dr. Ed
ward Benson, Palm Beach, Fin.
The taimers of Cecil County are
aware that the rugged inidvidualist
is in a precarious position today.
They are convinced that the farmer
is still one of the nation's most inde
pendent producers and thinkers,
through organization on a voluntary
basis they see strength to protect
their gains from the many poachers
on farm rights.
Mr. and Mrs. R. G. McDonald, who
farm just west of Rising Sun, took
time from their work to convince
over twenty of their neighbors on big
j i arms and small that they should
ijoin the Farm Bureau of Cecil Coun
ty and thus become a part of the
fitate and National organization as
Mr. Atlee Armour found 26 fami
lies ready to join when he left his
I busy farm and sawmill to get his part
ut the job done. He and Mrs. John B.
iiStie received from the President of
] the County Farm Bureau, Mr. David
1 B. McDowell, a modest gift for their
efforts in securing more members
than any other participant in the
membership Drive, which closed
Monday night with a meeting of the
workers in the New Central Hotel in
Now that the county has exceeded
its 1916 membership goal and is
about to reach the 300 member mark
\ hich means 25% representation of
.arm families, the leaders of the or
ganization are anxious to see all the
members and their families at the
Annual Banquet to be held in North
East High School on March 22nd at
7:00 p. m.
This is the occasion at which the
new members will have an opportuni
ty to ’ear" who their fellow mem
bers are. What the purposes and aims
i.f the county, state and national or
ganizations are will be touched upon
uy one of the speakers, among whom
will be Mayor McKeldin of Balti
more. Anyone is welcome to attend
the banquet, but should make reser
vations early to be sure of a plate.
Cecil County roads were in typi
cally poor condition during much of
the drive for new members and no
doubt, prevented some farmers from
being contacted by an old member.
Each farm family is urged to join or
indicate their interest by being pre
sent at the banquet on the 22nd.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Hummell, of
Lancaster, announce the marriage of
their daughter, Helen, to Mr. Ralph
Elville, son of Mrs. Frances Elville,
The marriage took place at the
Methodist Parsonage in Riisng Sun,
Rev. J. R. Bicking officiating. The
bride was given in marriage by her
father andi was attired in a blue tail
ored suit with blue accessories, with
corsage of white gardenias. Miss
Helene Alexander was the maid of
honor. She wore a blue pastel tailor
ed suit and blue accessories, with a
corsage of yellow rose buds. The
mother of the bride was dressed in a
black *uit with black accessories
and wore an orchid corsage. The
groom’s mother wore a dress of
black velveteen with a corsage of
red rose buds. After the ceremony,
dinner was served at the Oxford Post
House, then the bridal party left for
Lancaster where a reception was held
in the bride’s home. The newly-weds
will reside in Elkton.
The marriage of Miss Mary Havri
lak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George
Havrilak, ot Lloydell, Pa., and Mr.
Lester R. Kirk, of Lewisville, Pa.,
son of the late Leroy T. Kirk and
Mary ,T. Kirk of Oxford, Pa., took
place Saturday, Feb. 23, at 10:00
a. m.. at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Spratt, Jr., at Andora.
The Rev. Evans Renne officiated at
the ceremony. Miss Catherine Biros,
of Pittsburg, Pa., cousin of the bride,
was nmld of honor. Mr. Andrew Hav
rilak, brother of the bride, was best
The bride looked lovely in a bridal
gown of Jacard satin, a lovely veil
edged in lace hung from a tiny coro
net which was encrusted with seed
A small reception followed, then
the wedding party, accompanied by
Mr. and Mrs. Spratt, motored to
Lloydell, Pa., the home of the bride’s
The marriage of Miss Elaine Trim
-1 ble, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
1 Earl Trimble, of Pilot, and Mr. Rich
ard H. Kellar, of Port Deposit, was
solemnized at the Hopewell parson
age Saturday afternoon, March 9,
’ with a number of friends and rela
tives witnessing the ceremony.
1 A carnival will be held at the Elk
’ ton Elementary School by pupils and
teachers Friday. March 83, at l, m
Organization Formed To
t Promote Rural Road
[ Improvement f
' f A large number of Cecil County
t residents and taxpayers assembled at
3 Elkton on Thursday evening of last
week to discuss the improvement of
, dirt roads in our county.
[ Patrick Morgan, who was elected
i chairman, said the aim of the asso
, ciation is “to get us out of the mud.”
1 Leaders of the movement said it is
. hoped that by united action the citi
s zens can force adoption of a road iin
i provement program'.
Fred Martenis was elected vice
. chairman and Mrs. Gilbert Russell,
i secretary and treasurer. Three hun
, died and forty-nine paid membership
dues and l joined the association on
I Thursday night. Monthly meetings
[ will be held to hear reports ou the
. progress of the improvement di ,-e.
! Assistant County Treasurer 'rhom
i as Kay said that *304,000 is avail
able for a county road program, but
i t*mt the suggested program of 17
road and five bridge projects had
been rejected by the State Roads
Commission. State Senator James W.
i Hughes reviewed the history of road
work since county roads were taken
■ over by the state.
Directors were elected from each
. of the nine districts in the county.
. “rhey are: District 1, George K.
Bailey, Earlemille, Edgar A. Price,
Warwick; No. 2, William Price, W.
Burton Wilson; No. 3, Charles H.
. Howwell, J. L. Thompson; No. 4,
Harry W. Strahorn, H. W. Mason;
No. 5, Carl Eklund, North East,
i Glenn McGrady, Rising Suin; No. 6,
. J. W. Liddell, Colora; J. W. Lawson,
, Rising Sun; No. 7, Willis Taylor,
Port Deposit; William Groff, Colora;
No. 8, Fred S. James, C. W. Drew,
Conowiwngo; No. 9, Everett England
Rising Sun; Clarence Brown, Not
Murray J. Ewing and Mrs. J. K.
: Burkley were named publicity chair
, men. The Elkton High School band
, played several selections.
For the second time in six months,
Alexander Jones, of Port Deposit,
was acquitted in the Circuit Court at
: Elkton, growing out of alleged thefts
; of goods from the Pennsylvania Rail
During the December term of
, Court Jones was acquitted because
the State didj not produce sufficient
[ evidence to show that he had stolen
' the goods. Last week he was tried,
charged with having in his possession
l stolen goods. A verdict of not guilty
. was rendered by the jury in the case.
. The wedding of Miss Freda Jane
i Stillwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
. Lawrence Stillwell of Calvert, and
, James H. White, son of Mr. Charles
White, Union, W. Va., was solemniz
; ed by the Rev. L. L. Powell, in the
, Zion Methodist Parsonage, Monday,
March 4, at 8;30. The bride wore a
. blue suit with matching accessories.
[ Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Stillwell,
i father and mother of the bride, and
Mr. Freal Haga, brother-in-law of the
groom, attended the couple. The
bride was given in marriage by her
father. The happy couple left for a
honeymoon trip and upon their re
. turn will make their home in Calvert.
. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Gregson, Elk
J Mills, announce the marriage of their
daughter, Betty Jane, to Pvt. John
Henderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wal
t ter Henderson of Big Elk.
The couple were married in Camp
Crowder, Missouri, on February 10.
’ Mrs. Henderson will reside with
. her parents for the present.
i Recent Enlistments
1 Captain M. C. Maras, Recruiting
" Officer for the United States Army
1 with office in the McLane Bldg., Elk
ton, announces the following enlist
-1 ments in the Regular Army: Page A.
y Harrington, Rising Sun, and Bernard
J L. Bradley, Elk Mills.
8 The provisions of the GI Bill of
Rights are still open to men enlisting
before October 6, 1946. Any young
man who now enlists will be offered
a four-year college course in ex
- change for 36 months service in the
>• Army. The new Regular Army offers
- many benefits and advantages, in ad
s dition to comparing very favorably
i- with jobs in civil life. Inquiries are
i, welcomed from young men 17 to 31
.- years of age.
Clarence Denny has been appoint
:- ed Depity Fire Marshal for Elkton,
d the position formerly held! by My.
u Richard Masemore.
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