50 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - OPINION -

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.

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