50 YEARS AGO
A farm family of five lost everything but the clothes they were wearing when flames leveled their home just north of Wye Mills about 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
The wife, Jean Helton, had to run more than a quarter-mile through snow-covered fields and a ravine to give the alarm.
Volunteer firemen from Queenstown, Grasonville and Queen Anne-Hillsboro were summoned, but the two-story frame dwelling was beyond saving by the time the first truck arrived on the scene. Firemen did save the outbuildings behind the house.
Hubert Helton, who works for Herbert Carter on the next farm, told the firemen they had lived on the farm only about six weeks.
* * * Another fire company reporting an increase in the number of alarms for 1966 is Church Hill. The yearly tabulation showed 52 calls compared to 44 in 1965.
Charles Schelts, fire recorder, said the alarms included 20 calls for assistance by neighboring volunteer companies and one false alarm.
There was a loss of $50,350 on property valued at $145,350. The fire calls were: residences, 1; chimneys, 3; barns, 4; outbuildings, 1; factories, 1; public buildings, 1; cars, 3; trucks, 3; corn pickers, 1; grass, 9; woods, 5; dumps, 4; and miscellaneous, 4.
The men on fire duty expended 773 ½ man hours and the engines traveled 553 miles.
* * * Only one other county in the state had less sales tax returns than Queen Anne’s, according to the 19th annual statistical report of the state’s retail sales tax division for the fiscal year which ended June 30, 1966.
The voluminous book, some 40 pages crammed with hundreds of figures, places Queen Anne’s County just above Somerset in the 23 counties and Baltimore City in net receipts to the state from retail sales and use taxes and license fees.
This county’s receipts totaled $314,113.17 for retail sales and use taxes plus $51 for license fees for a gross total of$314,164.17, less $16.02 in returns, making a net total of $314,148.15.
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