50 YEARS AGO
A minor crime wave appears to have developed in Queen Anne’s County starting with the safe-cracking job at the Delmarva Power & Light office in Grasonville on Dec. 3.
Since that time, two schools and two homes have been forcibly entered and items taken; four boasts stolen, five outboard motors taken and a school room broken into.
The latest in a daring daylight that occurred Monday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kolata near Queenstown and the home of Mrs. Charles Ewing in Stevensville. * * * Queen Anne’s County is heading toward an all-time bloody high in traffic accidents with the month of December yet to be added, a survey by the Record-Observer in the State Police office showed this week.
Reports filed from January through November show a total of 447 accidents on county highways, with 44 persons injured and 15 killed.
This compares with all 12 months of 1965 that had 454 total accidents, 343 persons injured and 10 killed — the record-breaking year up until now.
Just for the past week in this county, six persons were taken to hospitals in three separate personal injur y accidents. ** * Investigation is continuing this week by state fire marshal office representatives into the burning of a large vacant farmhouse near Centreville on the morning of Nov. 25.
Robert Dillehunt, investigator, said two other fires at the Bramble Asphalt plant near Rolph’s Wharf the same week apparently were not arson. He said one of the fires was traced to a malfunction in a gas heater.
Fire companies from Centreville, Church Hill and Queenstown were called to the farm of Dr. DeGraff Woodman on the Brick Schoolhouse Road early Nov. 25 as the house, vacant three years, burned to the ground. Dillehunt said there was a “strong” possibility of arson in this case. * * * Three workmen escaped serious injury Saturday morning when a scaffolding collapsed plunging them about 14 feet to the ground at the Wye Institute property on the Wye River.
Taken to Memorial Hospital in Easton by the Queenstown Fire Company ambulance were Dan Gannon, the contractor, who suffered a back injury; Billy Hammond, broken arm in three places, and John Cappa, bruises.
Franklin Burris, farm superintendent, said that the accident occurred about 10:25 a.m. while the men were putting a new roof on the barn which is used as a dormitory for the boys’ summer camp. He said the scaffolding apparently collapsed and the men were thrown to the ground. * * * Maryland First District Representative Rogers C.B. Morton has launched “Operation Inform” for the benefit of the elected leaders of the 12 “Bay Country” counties in his district to help them prepare for the complicated job of “water zoning” that faces Maryland under terms of the 1965 Water Quality Act.
The purpose … is to outline what is involved in Maryland’s classification of its waters, both tidal and non-tidal, so that the State and its counties and communities can participate in the Federal Water Quality Act and reap the benefits of financial incentives made possible under the new and far-reaching plan designed to protect the water of America and aid in the construction of pollution abatement systems.