FROM THE PAST
50 YEARS AGO
Two groups in Queenstown have joined in a concerted effort to obtain a doctor for the community.
R.B. Bakers Jr. has been named chairman of a committee formed by the Queenstown Lions Club and the Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department. Other members of the committee include Dan Gannon, John Tipton and Franklin Smith.
Dr. Irvin G. Hoyt, longtime general practitioner in the community, died on March 30, at the age of 51 after a brief illness. He was the only doctor in Queenstown.
A Bennett Point Road family of five escaped serious injury Sunday when their light plane crashed on take-off from a private airstrip near Smithburg, which is near Hagerstown.
Robert D,. Eckstine, 37, was the pilot, accompanied by his wife, Ruth, 32; and their children, Deborah, 12; David, 11; and Robert, 7. All were treated by a local physician.
Mrs. Eckstine said Monday that they were enroute to Easton Airport when the plane’s engine failed on takeoff. They had been visiting relatives in Smithburg, and Mr. Eckstine’s father was watching as the plane nosed over some 20 to 30 feet off the ground. The nose hit and flames burst out but all managed to get out of the plane safely.
The State Roads Commission entered a formal protest to the construction of an airport on Kent Island at the industrial park near the Bay Bridge at a four-hour open hearing held in Baltimore before the State Aviation Commission last week.
Representatives of Bay City, a residential development adjoining the proposed airport site, also appeared in protest to the granting of a license to Kent Island Limited Partnership, owners and developers of the Bay Bridge Industrial Center, located on the south side of U.S. Route 50/301 and Md. Route 8 leading to Romancoke.
Fire calls and emergency ambulance runs both showed an increase for 1966 over the previous year in the two-county area of Kent and Queen Anne’s.
The annual report of the Kent-Queen Anne’s Volunteer Firemen’s Association was given at the March meeting of the group by the Association Fire Recorder Dan M. Tabler, showing a total of 687 fire alarms and 544 ambulance runs for the 14-member companies. Only five of the units operate ambulance service.
John H. Webb, the principal of the new Queen Anne’s County Comprehensive High School, was Tuesday appointed superintendent of Queen Anne’sCounty public schools.
The announcement was made by W. Emmitt Sylvester, president of the board of education in the board offices. He said it was a unanimous decision by the three members. The other two members are Mrs. Carolyn Thompson and William V. Riggs.
Webb, 46, succeeds Dr. Harry C. Rhodes who resigned late in February after 15 years at the helm of the county’s school system.
25 YEARS AGO
Charles Walls has been elected to a fourth term on the Centreville Town Council by a landslide of 233 votes.
Opponents Anne D. Tamlyn and David Boyles each received 16 votes.
“I thank the people for their confidence,” said Walls shortly after learning of his victory. “I’m happy I won and I’ll try to do the same as I have done before — or better.”
••• Members of the Ku Klux Klan were met with protestors in Galena and curious onlookers in Sudlersville during their recruitment campaign Saturday.
It was the same date the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 24 years ago.
In Galena, the town’s main intersection divided the Klan members from the protestors.
On the one side, men waved confederate flags while others in their white-hooded robes handed out five-page leaflets urging other whites to awaken “the great silent majority” and stop tax dollars from being “squandered on welfare and foreign aid.”
On the other side of the street, black protestors and some whites sang hymns and chanted slogans praising Jesus.
••• Demolition crews began tearing down the last remaining shanties in Queen Anne’s County last week, marking the end of an era.
About half of the 21 units that lined the parking lot by B&S Fisheries in the Kent Narrows were bulldozed into a pile of rotted wood and tin. A thick layer of oyster shells covered the ground instead of grass., All the units had been condemned.
The rest of the shanties will come down as nine remaining residents find new homes.