FROM THE PAST

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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.

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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.

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