FROM THE PAST
Convicted murderer John Thomas Hill may be released from a life term in the Maryland Penitentiary after serving less than 15 years.
An order filed last week by Judge John Grason Turnbull of the Baltimore County Circuit Court set aside the life sentence of the Kent Island Negro convicted by a jury in January 1953 of the ax slaying of a Willoughby storekeeper in 1952.
Judge Turnbull’s order further said that Hill be held under $10,000 bail, pending a new trial, and such trial must be held on or before 90 days from the date of the order, Jan. 9.
* * * Deposits in four of the five banks in Queen Anne’s County totaled almost $20 million at the end of the year, according to statements published in the Record-Observer.
The fith bank, the Church Hill branch of the Chestertown Bank of Maryland, does not have deposit figures broken down for their branch but the overall deposits for the main bank and its branches amounted to $11,380,628.
All of the banks showed more than 10 percent gain, with the largest gain shown by Queenstown Bank of Maryland — a tremendous 42.9 percent increase. This is the only bank in the county that has another branch, an office in Grasonville.
** * The Defense Department has officially reported the death of Specialist 4 Raymond L. Elliot Jr. of Pondtown, following the recovery of his body in Vietnam.
The boy’s stepmother said Tuesday that a telegram arrived Saturday notifying the father that the body had been found and another wire came Monday asking if they wished the boy returned to the States.
The 20-year-old soldier, as graduate of Kennard High School, had been reported missing last week after a rubber patrol boat overturned in a river and he was thrown overboard. never made it to the dance that night.
He was pronounced dead immediately after he was struck and killed by a motorist Dec. 21 about 8:30 p.m. on Cemetery Road. The driver, Mark Lovette, was charged with homicide with a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated, among other charges.
* * * The Knights of Columbus Saturday distributed food to 759 Queen Anne’s County families — 10 percent more than the number of families who received aid last year.
The Knights were up and working at 4 a.m. and had expected to begin food distribution by 9. But at 8 o’clock, a long line had formed at the Grasonville Senior Center. So, the distribution stated earlier than expected so that senior citizens wouldn’t have to stand in the cold for long.
“We were swamped, but the people who came were really nice. They seemed very appreciative,” said volunteer Will Dehder. “We had a really good turnout volunteerwise too.”
* * * A 20-year-old college student is leaving for Queensland, Australia.
Thomas Gannon of Queenstown will be packing his bags and heading for Australia next month as part of his junior year of study abroad.
The graduate of Queen Anne’ County High School majors in anthropology at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. He plans to study anthropology classes at the University of Queensland near Brisbane, Australia.
* * * The flu season has yet to strike QueenAnne’s County, according to Dr. Gary Sprouse and Dr. Michael Lees of the Queen Anne’s Medical Center.
“From what I’ve heard, influenza A and B hasn’t even gotten here yet. We expect to start seeing cases later this month or in February,” said Sprouse.
Lees’ description of this year’s flu sounds remarkably like those of past years. It is marked by a sudden onset and characterized by fever, often as high as 106 degrees, chills, muscle aches, headaches, and generally feeling run down.