Maryland Day dates to 1634
Mike Kader, one of my faithful readers and a history buff, did not take long to get on the phone to me after last week’s column when I asked about March 25th being called Maryland Day and the date did not strike a note for me at the time.
Mike said it was March 25th, 1634, that the settlers got off the Ark and the Dove at St. Clement’s Island in the Potomac River to establish our state.
Then I looked up more of our history in my World Book and recalled that while 1634 might have been the beginning of the state, William Clairborne had already set up a trading post on Kent Island in 1631. However, history says those settlers from the Art and Dove set up the town of St. Mary’s and soon the true trading posts on Kent Island came under the authority of Lord Baltimore and that was our start as a state.
By the way, Mike tells me he is looking for any old photos of the towns or county for the Museum of Eastern Shore Life out at the 4-H Park. Get in touch with him if you have any you can loan to him. He will make copies and return the photos.
• • • LOST ANOTHER FRIEND I have lost another good friend and classmate from Centreville High School. Bill Mason died last week and his services were early this week.
A life-long farmer, just outside Ruthsburg, he was born and raised on the farm and was still driving tractors until getting ill. Bill and I were in the same class, although he was two years older than I. He used to sit in front of me in school until we were in Miss Roe’s English class. She moved me up to the front row to keep an eye on me.
Bill was one of our leading farmers in this agricultural county; he will be missed.
• • • WHAT GOOD IS IT? My question of why do we have Daylight Saving Time was repeated by Dr. James L. Snyder, a minister in Florida, who writes a mostly humorous column in the Record Observer weekly called Out to Pastor.
He said Daylight Saving Time was a “stupid” idea, and I can’t agree more.
Dr. Snyder writes: “You turn the clock ahead one hour and a couple months later you turn it back one hour — what good does that accomplish?”
What good indeed! It certainly does nothing for the good of the economy now that I can see. I get a kick out of Dr. Snyder’s column. He lives outside of Ocala, Florida, and if we still traveled south to visit my late brother who lived in that area, I would make it a point to look Dr. Snyder up.
• • • FUNNY LICENSE TAG Got a smile out of a license tag on the rear of an SUV in the parking lot of the VFW Post at Grasonville, Saturday when I drove down to get those delicious fried oysters the post offers up each Saturday.
The license had one word on it: FUN. I was so interested in getting my oysters in to my car I did not take the time to see what state the license tag was from.
By the way, I hope my readerfriends are taking advantage of those Saturday luncheons at the VFW Post. My son-inlaw, Jaime Coursey, was in the kitchen shucking raw oysters on the half-shell for those wanting them and my acrossthe-street neighbor Dickie Coursey, a post commander of the post, was in the kitchen with the crew taking care of the hungry crowd.
• • • CORNER STONE OF
DEMOCRACY It looks like our new president will have a running battle with the press throughout his time in office; and his top advisor, or whatever he is called, Steve Bannon, referred to the press as “the opposition party that should keep its mouth shut.”
Now I realize over the years most presidents had their falling out with reporters and most newspapers, but wasn’t it Thomas Jefferson who argued that given the choice between “a government without newspapers or newspapers without government,” he would not hesitate to choose the latter?
A free and open press is the backbone of our democratic way of life. Any attempt by the president to suppress or control the press is exactly what Thomas Jefferson warned against.