50 YEARS AGO
The County Commissioners met on Wednesday last week because of the Tuesday Holiday, and held a conference with two men representing the Volunteer Fire Companies in the County with ambulance and rescue services.
James R. Seward of the Goodwill Company in Centreville and John Holden of the Kent Island Fire Company appeared to discuss the need for the ambulance and rescue services if they are to continue.
These men told the commissioners that the operating expenses and maintenance on equipment are increasing constantly and the companies need additional financial aid if they are to continue.
••• Wiring may have been the cause of a fire that destroyed two barns and a large quantity of hay, straw and tools on the farm of J. Herbert Carter, prominent Queen Anne’s County agricultural leader, last Wednesday night.
Volunteer firemen from five companies battled the flames that consumed two barns and threatened a large dairy barn on the farm just north of Wye Mills from 6:10 p.m. to after midnight.
Preliminary investigation indicated that the fire could have started from wiring in the hay loft of the barn next to two large concrete silos.
••• The Queen Anne’s County Health Department in conjunction with the Tuberculosis Committee of the County Public Health Association is sponsoring a mass x-ray schedule throughout the county from Sept. 26, through Sept. 29.
The purpose of this schedule is to give everyone the opportunity for a free chest x-ray. These x-rays are frequently the best method of spotting any possible troubles in the early stages and serves to relieve the minds of all who receive a negative report.
••• Eighteen convicts and persons awaiting trial in the Queen Anne’s County Jail banqueted on roast dove last Friday night.
Sheriff George B. Sharp vigorously denied earlier reports that the prisoners had eaten pheasant under glass served by “bunnies” from the Baltimore Playboy Club. Instead, he said, the dove delicacy had been furnished compliments of a Chestertown resident.
••• “America needs the American Legion and its ideals now more than ever before,” said Charles E. “Pop” Anthony Sr., the new commander of Jeff Davis Post No. 18, at the installation ceremonies in the Post Home in Centreville.
A 30-year Army career man, Anthony is the post’s first “re-tread” Commander. He served during the year 1947-48 and this year succeeds Marion Chambers to the position. His son, C. E. Anthony Jr., served as post commander in 1958-59.
••• “The Pride,” the first edition of the Queen Anne’s County High School yearbook, went out to students, Friday, Sept. 15, at the first annual yearbook dance.
Dedicated to Dr. Harry C. Rhodes, former superintendent of schools, the yearbook represents the work of a staff of many who cooperated with advisers, Michael Wilkinson and John Smigo, to produce the County’s first collegiatetype publication.
Autumn brings beautiful colors for the changing fall season. Farmers are harvesting corn fields already. The crops that stood tall and green are now turning golden and ready for harvest. Many other crops and foilage will follow. Fall is a colorful season for nature. Everywhere there are signs of fall.