50 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

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

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