50 YEARS AGO
When folks complain about the severe snowstorm that hit Queen Anne’s County on Christmas Eve, E. L. Walmsley Jr. just smiles an says, “you don’t know what snow really is.”
A member of the U.S. Navy Seabees with an E4 rating, Walmsley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. (Bob) Walmsley of Sudlersville, has just returned from a year’s ser vice in the coldest spot on the face of the earth — the Antarctic.
… He is a heavy equipment operator with the Seabees. … He was brought to the Betheda Naval Hospital at Washington to recuperate from the amputation of a finger severed in an accident while stationed a McMurdo Station, Antarctic. He arrived home on Dec. 16 for Christmas and will be home until Jan. 7.
* * * Someone wanted to start the New Year off with a bang. Eight guns were stolen from the office of the Wye Mills Feed Company early on the morning of Dec. 22.
Alfred Covington, owner, told State Police his place was entered sometime after 10 p.m. on Dec. 21. The thieves broke a window in the door to gain entrance.
Total value of all items taken amounted to $1,056, according to State Police.
There were eight guns, including an octagon-shaped barrel carbine rifle dated in the 1880s, which was valued at $200, taken along with several small appliances, two cameras, three flashlights, 25 boxes of shells, seven boxes of bullets and a trash can.
*** The general contractor says they are on schedule for meeting their deadline for the last week in March, but an inspection of the county’s new comprehensive high school building gives a visitor the impression that there is a tremendous amount of work yet to be accomplished.
Prior to classes returning from the holidays Tuesday, the Record-Observer was given a guided tour of the building by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Harry C. Rhodes.
Before school opened in September, hopes had been raised that all classes would be able to get into the building by Jan. 1. This was not accomplished. Instead some 325 students in 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade vocational training are the only ones of nearly 1,200 students in the building. The rest of the senior high students are housed in the old Kennard High School.