Does any­one know these ladies?

Record Observer - - OPINION -

Once again an­other of my col­umn’s faith­ful read­ers has come for­ward with a thought­ful col­umn idea:

Su­san Boone, Char­lie Boone’s widow, sent me this photo the other day she had found in the county’s ar­ti­fact col­lec­tion Char­lie kept in his in­sur­ance of­fice on Water Street. On the back is writ­ten: ”Centreville 1948” not­ing that it was snapped on the cor­ner of Com­merce and Water streets, the town’s main in­ter­sec­tion with Con­nor’ s Drug Store in the back­ground, and says the two ladies are uniden­ti­fied.

I can­not iden­tify them and my wife and a cou­ple other people could not iden­tify them ei­ther. As Su­san said in her note: “Maybe you can chal­lenge Record-Ob­server read­ers to iden­tify these ladies.”

I await your calls! (Oh, I just thought of some­thing: I bet My­ron Lat­shaw, who had a jew­elry store next to Fox’s Store on Com­merce prob­a­bly snapped this photo. When not busy, he could be found stand­ing out­side the store with a cam­era tak­ing photos here and there dur­ing the day.)


SAV­ING TIME! Time magazine had a short piece on the orig­i­nal point of Day­light Sav­ing Time re­cently, call­ing it “mostly a myth that DST was be­gun to give farm­ers more time in the fields.” It said the farm lobby ac­tu­ally was against the DST idea and Congress re­pealed the law af­ter WWI, re­plac­ing it with a new ver­sion in 1966.

David Pr­erau, an au­thor of a book on Day­light Sav­ings Time, claims it was politi­cians, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Woodrow Wil­son, who thought that in­creas­ing day­light hours would re­duce de­mand for elec­tric­ity and free up coal for the war ef­fort. Nowa­days, they are say­ing it has got­ten more people to shop, a trend many re­tail­ers say to­day.

OK, I’ll not fight DST any longer, if it is help­ing the econ­omy.

WE SUP­PORT MPT We have sup­ported Mary­land Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion for many years be­cause of the many in­ter­est­ing sto­ries and the commercial-free shows, which in­cluded that won­der­ful doc­u­men­tary the other night on Maya An­gelou. Ruth and I both en­joyed it tremen­dously.

Of course, my reg­u­lar read­er­friends know that my fa­vorite BBC com­edy, “Last of the Sum­mer Wine,” is a MPT sta­ble and has been for many years.

An­other of our fa­vorite shows is Fri­day evenings, “Ce­sar Mil­lan, the Dog Whis­perer.” Man, that is some large van he rides around in these days!

He was quoted in Reader’s Di­gest re­cently and I kept the page. Here is what he wrote:

“I learned the roots of any re­la­tion­ship from work­ing with dogs — hon­esty, in­tegrity, loy­alty. It’s hard to find a hu­man to give you all three. But ev­ery dog, that’s all they know. hu­mans are the only species that fol­lows un­sta­ble pack lead­ers. An­i­mals don’t ... Why would they?”

FIRST DAY OF SPRING This is be­ing writ­ten on Mon­day, the first day of Spring, and the weather out­side is sunny and bright, so I want to get this weekly chat fin­ished up quickly.

I must go out and fill up the small bird feeder which was emp­tied yes­ter­day by the birds, and also get an­other suet cake which hangs on the feeder’s metal pole. The birds don’t get to eat on it as much as the pesky squir­rels that climb up to the metal cage and hang up­side down to nib­ble through the lit­tle holes in the cage to get at the suet cake. Thank good­ness, the larger bird feeder at the rear of the back­yard is still rather full.

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