50 YEARS AGO
The fiscal 1967 Public Works Appropriations bill going to the floor of the House of Representatives in the next few days contains $174,000 for vital Maryland projects including the first funds for work on a hydraulic model of the Chesapeake Bay, Rep. Rogers C. B. Morton reported this week.
For the Bay Model, seen as the number one working tool fo a real scientific attack and study of the Bay’s problems and promises, there is included $100,000 for initial technical and site study.
This amount represents a quiet victory for Rep. Morton, who with the help of Rep. George H. Fallon (D-4th-Md.) managed to have the Corps of Engineers original fund request incorporated into the Budget for Fiscal 1967.
• • • A 25-year-old Grasonville was hero has been awarded the Broze Star medal for bravery under fire while serving in Vietnam early this yer.
Sgt. Louis C. Swann of Baltimore is now back in the United States at Ft. Campbell, Ky., after 11 months with the U.S. Army’s 503rd Infantry 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam.
The citation accompanying the medal reads in part:
Sgt. Swann distinguished himself by valorous actions on 16 March 1966, while serving as a squad leader during a combat operation near Phuoe Minh, Republic of Vietnam. At approximately 0715 hours, Sgt. Swann’s battalion defensive perimeter came under intense small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire from an estimated Viet Cong regiment.
Throughout the entire five-hour battle, Sgt. Swann repeatedly exposed himself to the heavy Viet Cong fire to encourage, direct, and redistribute ammunitions to his men. On one occasion, Sgt. Swann, with complete disregard for his safety, rushed through an extremely heavy volume of fire and carried a wounded soldier to safety.”
••• On Tuesday the County Commissioners unanimously agreed to accept a bid of not more than $21,000 from Rummel Klepper and Kahl, Baltimore consulting engineers, to prepare the state and federal required Master Sewer and Water Plan for Queen Anne’s County.
The price for the plan is based on the number of man hours actually spent multiplied by 2.20 with a maximum figure of $21,000 guaranteed. In addition there will be a printing cost of $2,000 for bound reports with color plates. The quality of these brochures is deemed advisable as they will be in use as reference guides by county officials for some years to come.
••• There were smiles all around Tuesday evening at the final meeting of canvassers of the Centreville Methodist Church’s building fund crusade. The church members hoped to raise at least $60,000 as their minimum goal but the special gifts and pledges from the congregation went far over the figure — making a total of $87,338 as of 9 p.m. Tuesday.
The 40-gun warship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, hid within the quiet sanctity of the Chester River, while her captain, Blackbeard, sneaked ashore to bury a cache of treasure, or so tradition holds.
For 273 years, generations of Eastern Shoremen have passed along colorful tales of the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
“The stories have always passed down, since I was a little boy, that pirates used to come into Blackbeard’s Farm (Queenstown), and that they buried some of their treasure there. Of course that was the rumor and whether it is fact or fiction, who knows,” said Harry Rhodes, former school superintendent and Queenstown historian.
“We used to hear a tale from the older folks that under a certain oak tree, at a certain time when the moon was just right, that’s when you could find the treasure,” said Mrs. Betty Quimby, of Queenstown, whose father Harry Barton tilled Blackbeard’s Farm for 26 years. “I do know that people have asked to come back to the farm to dig for it.”
Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard, came by his name fairly, for he did indeed have a long black beard. He was notorious for his forays against the Spanish Main, while he was still a “law abiding” privateer. He held a letter of marque from Queen Anne, which licensed him to pillage the Spanish.
••• A Queen Anne’s County school bus driver, who said she was friends with people on both sides of a sex discrimination hearing, alleged Monday that it was understood among female drivers that they would receive job privileges if they had sex with the transportation coordinator.
Monday was the third day of hearings before John W. Hardwicke, chief judge from the state’s Office of Administrative Hearings, on charges the the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education allowed a male employee to demand sexual favors from women drivers during the mid-1980s.
The case stems from two female complainants, who say they were sexually harassed by the transportation coordinator, G. Paul Emory. The state Human Relations Commission officially charged the school board and is now representing the two bus drivers.
• • • Eastern Shore watermen, worried that a proposed $300 surcharge would go to the wrong agencies, met with Department of Natural Resources officials who assured them that the money will be spent on replenishment.
Peter Jensen, director of Fisheries, addressed approximately 60 watermen last Wednesday at the Kent Island Fire Department. The meeting organized by Ralph Lee, president of the Queen Anne’s County Watermen’s Protective Association, was also attended by Del. Ronald C. Franks, R-Queen Anne’s.
Opposition to the surcharge has been growing on the Eastern Shore where the majority of watermen have not paid the surcharge, as yet.
• • • The facade for the new county building has been unveiled and is on display at the Queen Anne’s County Library in Centreville.
A smaller version of downtown Centreville that includes the Liberty Building has been displayed in the library since last week after plans for the building were approved by county commissioners, administrators, and committee members who were organized to help decide the design.
The new building will be located on the corner of Liberty Street and Broadway, the site of the old jail house.
The proposed designed for the building is in the Jeffersonian tradition, which will fit in (well) with the town, said Charles E. Anthony, the architect who designed the building.
SGT. LOUIS C. SWANN