Record Observer - - Opinion -

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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