FROM OUR EARLY FILES
Dec. 5, 1868
• A postoffice has been established at Urieville, in this county, and H.M. Rollinson appointed postmaster. It will be a great convenience to that populous neighborhood.
• The ladies connected the M.P. Church at Galena held a festival last week, for the benefit of their Sabbath School, which realized the snug little sum of $105.
100 years ago Dec. 7, 1918
• The Chestertown Order of Owls, Nest No. 1891, will meet next on Monday evening at its rooms. Important business on hand and a full attendance of the members is desired.
• The News some years ago urged the building of a bridge across the bay and it is with pleasure that we note the Governor has become interested. A bridge could be built from Bay Shore, which is 8 miles from the new Baltimore city limits, and be reached by a reasonably good road to the Kent county shore at a point about three miles south of Tolchester. The bridge would be approximately nine miles long.
75 years ago Dec. 4, 1943
• Dr. R.H. Riley, director of the State Department of Health, yesterday warned that, although wild rabbit meat was a welcome addition to restricted wartime menus, precautions should be taken in handling it to avoid contracting rabbit fever, or tularmia.
• W. Clarke Grieb and W. Gilpin Brown have sold for Emory Bonwell his farm to Captain Webb Hayes, of the United State Navy. This farm is located four miles from Chestertown and has a frontage of several miles on Morgan Creek. As it is part of an original grant of land known as “Rose Hill,” it has been very appropriately named “Rosemont,” by the new owner. Captain Hayes, who is a grandson of a former United State President, Rutherford B. Hayes, graduated from Annapolis in the class of 1911 and is on active duty with the armed forces.
50 years ago Dec. 4, 1968
• A Kent County soldier, PFC Cornelius B. Christy was recently awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in Vietnam last February 2. The citation which accompanied the award of the Silver Star said:
“Private First Class Christy distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 2 February 1968 as a gunner of a machine gun mount to to reinforce a military compound at Camp Lo.
“The camp came under an intense early morning attack by a Viet Cong force firing mortars, rockets and recoilless rifles which was followed by a fierce ground assault.
“He was wounded when his gun received three direct hits from enemy rockets. Ignoring his wounds and his safety, he carried wounded comrades and treated them, refusing aid for himself.”