50 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Clarence W. Miles, prom­i­nent civic busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal leader, was unan­i­mously elected pres­i­dent of the newly formed Queen Anne’s De­vel­op­ment Com­pany at the first meet­ing of its di­rec­tors Satur­day.

Four Vice Pres­i­dents, rep­re­sent­ing each of the County banks, were also elected. They are: James R. Friel, Queen­stown; A. Syd­ney Gadd Jr., Centreville; John E. Ge­orge, Sudlersville; and Claude Low­ery, Ch­ester.

On Tues­day, the County Com­mis­sion­ers en­thu­si­as­ti­cally noted the es­tab­lish­ment of the De­vel­op­ment Com­pany. They stated that they had, from the be­gin­ning, en­dorsed the project and added they feel “it will be of con­sid­er­able ben­e­fit to the whole of Queen Anne’s County.”

The Com­pany, formed pri­mar­ily “to fur­ther the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and pros­per­ity of Queen Anne’s County,” was granted a cor­po­rate char­ter on Feb. 2 by the State Depart­ment of As­sess­ments and Tax­a­tion.

••• Robert Dille­hunt, of the state fire mar­shal’s of­fice, has been called in to in­ves­ti­gate a se­ries of fires which have been set at Centreville Mid­dle School.

The lat­est in­ci­dent oc­curred about 9 o’clock Mon­day morn­ing and was the sixth time in two week that a fire had been de­lib­er­ately set inside the school. All fires were ex­tin­guished with­out call­ing the fire com­pany or evac­u­at­ing the pupils, ac­cord­ing to Prin­ci­pal Wil­liam Pat­ton.

An es­ti­mated $100 worth of cloth­ing and a num­ber of books have been dam­aged by the var­i­ous fires.

••• A ex­plo­sion and fire badly wrecked the Mid­way Garage, at Brown’s Cor­ner, for the se­cond time in two years Sun­day af­ter­noon.

The re­sult­ing fire also burned the garage pro­pri­etor, Wayne Thomas, on the left leg. He was treated by a lo­cal physi­cian and went right back to work Mon­day, he said.

The garage, that sits on Route 213 about three miles north of Centreville, was badly dam­aged on April 28, 1965, when an ex­plo­sion said caused by gaso­line fumes blew out the en­tire back end of the build­ing.

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