FROM THE PAST

Record Observer - - Opinion -

50 YEARS AGO

Cen­tre­ville’s first fa­tal pedes­trian ac­ci­dent in many years oc­curred just be­fore 8 o’clock Sun­day evening on Rail­road Av­enue, just a few hun­dred feet from the east­ern town lim­its.

Killed was Robin Gail Sher­wood, 13-year-old daugh­ter of Mr. and Mrs. Wil­liam G. Sher­wood.

Badly hurt was Robert W. Starkey, 22, of Main­brace Farms, Queen­stown, now a mem­ber of the U.S., Navy sta­tioned at Mof­fett Field, Calif. He was said to be a close friend of the fam­ily.

The two were walk­ing on the paved por­tion of the street as there are no side­walks in the area and snow was piled on both sides of the road. A car driven by Wil­liam Jen­nings Bax­ter, 19, of Chester, struck both young peo­ple just about on the slight curve in front of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Nel­son.

••• Gover­nor Agnew’s “Green Bag” ap­point­ments for Queen Anne’s County may not have as smooth sail­ing through the State Se­nate as has been the case in pre­vi­ous years.

State Sen­a­tor Robert P. Dean is known to be op­posed to hav­ing a lawyer as a trial mag­is­trate and for the first time in mem­ory of county cit­i­zens, an at­tor­ney — David C. Bryan — has been ap­pointed to the post by the Gover­nor.

How­ever, the ap­point­ments must get state se­nate ap­proval, and Dean may not let Bryan’s name pass, even though he is a Demo­crat. The present mag­is­trate is Wil­liam T. Thomas, an in­surance man.

The sub­sti­tute Mag­is­trate in the list is Wil­liam N. Hox­ter Jr. of Stevensville.

•• • Four fire com­pa­nies bat­tled snow, icy road con­di­tions and flames Fri­day af­ter­noon as a two-story frame house was gut­ted by fire at Pond­town. No one was in­jured, but Stans­bury Caulk and his wife, the only oc­cu­pants, saved very lit­tle cloth­ing and only a few of the fur­ni­ture items as the fire spread quickly through the old house.

Caulk told fire­men he was watch­ing tele­vi­sion when the cur­rent went off just be­fore 2 p.m. He went across the road to the home of Sid­ney Wil­son, who owns the house, and called the Chop­tank Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive of­fice. He came back home and said a few min­utes later smelled smoke. He ran out­side saw fire around the back door near where the elec­tric wires were con­nected to the house.

•• • Nearly 500 friends, pa­tients, for­mer pa­tients and just plain cit­i­zens gath­ered at the VFW Home in Gra­sonville Sun­day af­ter­noon to say “thanks” and sing “happy birth­day” to a long-time fam­ily doc­tor from Kent Is­land, Dr. Theodore Sat­tel­maier.

And they fol­lowed it up with a more con­crete ex­pres­sion of ap­pre­ci­a­tion — al­most $3,000 to be used as the doc­tor sees fit for some good at the Memo­rial Hospi­tal in Eas­ton.

Dr. Sat­tle­maier cel­e­brated his 70th birth­day on Feb. 16, and has said he would re­tire from his prac­tice – but most folks think he just means to “slow down a lit­tle.”

•• • Kerr-McGee Chem­i­cal Com­pany of Cen­tre­ville au­tho­rized their at­tor­ney, David Byran, to of­fer a com­pro­mise so­lu­tion last wed­nes­day on the se­cond day of the the three-day pub­lic hear­ing be­fore the county com­mis­sion­ers on a re­zon­ing pe­ti­tion.

Al­though all di­rect tes­ti­mony was com­pleted on Wed­nes­day, and cross ex­am­i­na­tion be­gun, time again ran out as the meet­ing was ad­journed shortly af­ter 6 p.m. un­til 4 p.m. Tues­day, Feb. 21. Tues­day saw the cross ex­am­i­na­tion and ar­gu­ments com­pleted around 11 p.m., but no de­ci­sion will be made by the com­mis­sion­ers un­til all tes­ti­mony is con­sid­ered.

The orig­i­nal pe­ti­tion called for re­zon­ing an ap­prox­i­mate two and a half acre tract on the north side of Bur­risville Road on the edge of town from an agri­cul­tural con­ser­va­tion, “A-2,” zone to a gen­eral busi­nesses, “B-2,” zone.

25 YEARS AGO

Within the next 10 years, Queen Anne’s County res­i­dents could see an­other high school, a new el­e­men­tary school in Gra­sonville and an­other el­e­men­tary on Kent Is­land to han­dle the grow­ing stu­dent pop­u­la­tion.

Within three years, all fifth-graders could re­main in the el­e­men­tary schools for one more year be­fore go­ing to the mid­dle schools.

And within sev­eral more years, many el­e­men­tary school stu­dents liv­ing in Queen­stown could be moved to Gra­sonville El­e­men­tary School and stu­dents at­tend­ing Church Hill El­e­men­tary School could go onto Sudlersville Mid­dle School in­stead of Cen­tre­ville.

A com­bi­na­tion of build­ing new schools and re­dis­trict­ing stu­dents to other schools is part of a 10-year plan un­veiled Wed­nes­day night be­fore mem­bers of the school board.

•• • Town com­mis­sion­ers posted no­tices here Fri­day warn­ing res­i­dents about wild dogs that threat­ened a man and have re­port­edly killed pets and farm an­i­mals in the area.

The pack of dogs have al­ready killed a res­i­dent’s pet, at­tacked chicken, bro­ken into a barn and eaten a skinned deer, and may have killed some cats. The no­tices warn res­i­dents to use ex­treme cau­tion if they see th­ese dogs and to call the Queen Anne’s County An­i­mal Con­trol. It is not cer­tain how many dogs are in the pack.

•• • High school stu­dents here were warned re­cently not to bring firearms of any kind, in­clud­ing BB guns, onto school prop­erty.

This an­nounce­ment fol­lowed the dis­cov­ery of three BB guns. Lt. Garth Mene­fee, com­man­der of the Mary­land State Po­lice bar­rack in Cen­tre­ville, said a high school stu­dent was ar­rested two weeks ago af­ter it was re­ported he was “point­ing the gun at pass­ing mo­torists,” while driv­ing to school. The stu­dent was re­ferred to ju­ve­nile ser­vices and re­leased into par­ent cus­tody.

Queen Anne’s County High School Prin­ci­pal Wil­liam Young said a teacher dis­cov­ered a gas pel­let gun ly­ing in the school hall­way last week. No stu­dent came for­ward to claim the gun.

Then early this week, a stu­dent was caught show­ing a pel­let gun to a fel­low stu­dent. The gun had “no work­ing mech­a­nism.” No ac­tion was taken against the stu­dent.

All three guns were sim­i­lar in that they looked like a real hand gun.

•• • Stevensville Post­mas­ter Henry Wil­son has been fired by the Postal Ser­vice. Wil­son will of­fi­cially to be re­lieved of duty Feb. 15.

“I’ll be out on ap­peal. I have ap­pealed the re­lease to the Merit Sys­tem Pro­tec­tion Board, which is a fed­eral gov­ern­ment ap­peals court,” Wil­son said.

Since Wil­son is ap­peal­ing the de­ci­sion, he will still be “on the rolls,” al­though he will not be at work or re­ceive pay.

Wil­son ex­pects a rul­ing on the ap­peal within a few months.

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