Do you know about Maryland Day?
Did you know we had a Maryland Day in March?
I read about it somewhere and made a note, but could not find it listed on our calendar hanging on the refrigerator. March has Ash Wednesday on the 3rd, Daylight Savings Time starting on the 12th, St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th, and March 20th is the first day of Spring. But no Maryland Day listed. I hope the state government has a big celebration coming up. Can any of my readerfriends fill me in?
I went to a unique hand-produced calendar by Bill Lampman he gave me recently to look up March, but he did not have it listed either. He did have some interesting items on the page of March. He had included some advertising from Centreville Record back in 1922. The paper, which merged later with the Observer to become today’s Record Observer, said in it’s masthead back then that “A Square Deal is our Motto,” and that “Fifty-Five Years Largest Circulation,” plus “First Class Job Printing.” Included in the ads he reproduced was one from Wright and Lowe Company where they were selling Ford cars effective Jan. 16, 1922, at $580 for a coupe and $645 for a sedan. There was also an ad for J.E. Mears Barber Shop and another for Holland and Thompson’s Pharmacy. You could call Phone 4 and get Bartlett Hardware Co. or call 242 for the J.O. Pippin Taxi Service and Garage. Another ad said “We Refer Our Guests to Alfred Green and Son, Centreville’s Big Department Store.”
Bill did a great job of putting out this unusual calendar. I will talk about some of the old photographs of the town he has has in the April month and some baseball photos in the May issue.
I’m sorry you can’t get one of the calendars for yourself as Bill only made a few for directors of the Museum of Eastern Shore Life out at the 4-H park. We have gotten a big kick out of each month and will tr y to tell our readers more about the upcoming months and how Bill used local pictures and happenings on each one.
• • • THOSE 7 POLICEMEN That was a startling headline in the Sun the other day about the 7 city police officers accused of fraud, overtime pay, etc.
Now everyone knows that a man is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, so that will have to wait. If found guilty all should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. According to one story, they all put in a lot of overtime to get the money listed int he story. It said the amount was more than $43 million for a year — certainly a lot of money out of the city tax payers’ pockets. It said in the story that one officer was paid $85,400 for a year’s salar y, but then received another $83,300 in overtime pay. That’s darn near $165,000 in his pocket. Those allegations, if true, certainly put a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.
• • • SAVING VETERANS HISTORY There was an interesting story in the latest issue of the Legion magazine concerning the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
The project notes that we should make it our (we veterans) mission to collect and achieve the accounts of all veterans before their memories are lost to time.
Don Keith, the author of the article in the Legion magazine, has written one book about a World War II submarine; and while doing that in 2006 he ran across a Veterans Administration statistic that an estimated 1,000 WWII veterans died each day. It was further predicted that by 2036, we will bury the last man or woman who served in that war. Keith is attempting to write another book about a ship and its role in the Battle of the Coral Seas in May 1942. He has been unable to locate a single surviving member of the crew.
Keith said the American Legion supports this veterans history project and hopes all Legion posts will make an attempt to get members from the posts to get stories of veterans from WWI and WWII along with the current conflicts, including: the Korean and Vietnam wars. It said you can go online to download a brochure about the Veterans History Project or field kit at www. loc.gov/vets.
I would hope the Legion posts in the country might try to do some research and help out this history project. I’m afraid I’m not much help since I spent all my WWII time at Camp Lee, Va, the home of the largest Quartermaster Branch in the Army; some 40,000 strong. So, I can’t offer any major story of those live battles overseas, but surely we must have some veterans in the posts who would have interesting stories to tell.