Mary­land Day dates to 1634

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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.

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