THAT TOWN SPELLING
I found a clipping in my four-drawer overstuffed file the other day of a story I wrote some 67 years ago on the front page of the RO about how the spelling of Centreville causes complications. It seems that it started out many, many years ago as Centre-Ville. Emory’s history of the county I found in the library uses the “re” spelling in all references he has of the town. The Post Office used “Center ville” spelling for many years, but no one seems to know when it was changed to “Centreville.” There was a newspaper published in town in 1865 using the “re” spelling in its name that was the Centreville Citizen. Even the Maryland Manual, which is compiled ever y few years by the state department, has used both spellings. In the 1902 edition it was “er,” but later editions use the more common “re” spelling. I ended the story saying that lawyers say both spellings are correct. But it is confusing to say the least.
A SHORTER COLUMN
You might find this week’s visit a tad shorter than usual.
The editor called to ask that I write the column by Friday, because of an early Thanksgiving day printing deadline.
So, if something happened over the past weekend, I missed it for the column as this is being written on Friday.
Happy Thanksgiving if you get the paper early this week!