50 YEARS AGO
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.