50 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - OPINION -

Last Week A stub­born, smokey fire prac­ti­cally gut­ted a four-fam­ily row­house on John­stown Lane in Centreville Sun­day morn­ing leav­ing 12 people home­less.

Three fire com­pa­nies fought the blaze and losses were es­ti­mated at be­tween $15,000 and $20,000 by fire­men. The building was al­most a to­tal loss and oc­cu­pants were able to save very lit­tle from the ru­ins.

While none of the people in the building were in­jured, a 17-year-old ju­nior fire­man with the Good­will Fire Com­pany, suf fered smoke in­hala­tion. Ron­ald Davis, who had just been ac­cepted into the mem­ber­ship last week and was re­spond­ing to his first alarm, was taken to a lo­cal doc­tor’s of­fice, treated and sent home.

• • • Centreville Town Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing two break­ing and en­ter­ing crimes which oc­curred early Sun­day morn­ing and were ap­par­ently com­mit­ted by the same per­son or per­sons.

Po­lice Chief Charles I. Tar­but­ton re­ports that on Sun­day morn­ing be­tween 2:38 and 3:06, the Acme Mar­ket in Centreville was bro­ken into. The in­trud­ers en­tered through the back of the store by break­ing three iron bars from a win­dow and pro­ceeded to the front of the store where they at­tempted to break open the safe. The safe is hooked to a bur­glar alarm which went off and ap­par­ently fright­ened the bur­glars off.

• • • Gover­nor Agnew’s nom­i­na­tion of David C. Bryan to be Trial Mag­is­trate for Queen Anne’s County has been turned down by the Gen­eral Assem­bly.

The un­fa­vor­able ac­tion is con­sid­ered to be di­rectly at­trib­ut­able to Up­per Shore Sen. Robert. P. Dean, who rep­re­sents Caro­line, Ce­cil, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties. He re­port­edly ob­jects to hav­ing a lawyer serve as Trial Mag­is­trate.

• • • When the 1,116 stu­dents of the Queen Anne’s County Com­pre­hen­sive High School re­turn from Easter Va­ca­tion Fri­day, March 31,

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