50 YEARS AGO
Although fire calls have been less this year than last, more homes have been hit by flames, according to the Queen Anne’s County Fire Board.
To Monday morning, the fire board had recorded but 92 alarms compared with 120 this time last year for the county.
The latest fire was disastrous for a family as their home burned to the ground Sunday afternoon.
Clerks at the fire board said they received a call at 12:47 p.m. that a house owned by Albert Winchester was on fire on the Church Hill-Barclay Road. By the time the first fire trucks arrived the house was destroyed.
• • • The site selection for the proposed model of the Chesapeake Bay, with Kent Island still running strong, may be made known by the first part of August, according to the most recent information from the Baltimore District, Army Corps of Engineers, who are responsible for the project.
Michael Kolessar is the engineer assigned to devote his full time to the $6,000,000 project authorized by the 1965 Congress. On Monday he said that his office is negotiating with a consultant to assist in selecting a site.
• • • The Centreville Chamber of Commerce Monday night went on record in opposition to the Town Commissioners’ suit against the County Commissioners in connection with a recent zoning change made by the county for the firm of Kerr-McGee.
Twelve members were present at the dinner-meeting and it was a unanimous vote that the Chamber support the county’s recent ruling and allow Kerr-McGee to have the area zoned for general business. It is an area at the Centreville Wharf of about one acre and would be used to have an office built, according to the firm.
••• Since no candidates filed for the office of Town Commissioner for Church Hill, no election will be held for this year.
The present commissioners, Edward Luff, president; Barrett Smith. Treasurer; and Francis Hall, Councilman, will continue in office for 1967-68.
••• Nine people were sent to hospitals in accidents that occurred on the two-lane Chesapeake Bay Bridge during the long Memorial Day holiday — stretching from Friday through Tuesday.
Five crashes, involving 12 cars, happened on Sunday, while three accidents took place Friday and one on Monday.
••• A speeding car went off the highway, overturned, killed one man and injured three others about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday night on U.S. Route 213, just north of the town limits of Centreville.
It was the most serious holiday accident in Queen Anne’s County despite heavy traffic on the Bay Bridge Friday through Tuesday.
State Police said Frank Oscar Johnson, 24, of Stevensville, died beneath an overturned car in the center of the highway as frantic efforts were made to life the heavy machine from his body. Dr. C.R. Layton pronounced