FROM THE PAST
50 YEARS AGO
Centreville’s second major fire within seven months early Tuesday morning left the Board of Education warehouse building in ruins and the damage estimates running toward $100,000.
Volunteer firemen from Goodwill and Church Hill had to battle not only flames that had gained considerable headway, but a fierce northern wind with gusts up to 50 mph and pelting rain throughout the nearly seven hours they were on the scene.
While the fire had been contained within the structure by 7 a.m., a welcome crew of men from the Grasonville Fire Company showed up to relieve weary firemen and wet down the smoldering ruins.
• • • Three men were hurt, one seriously, when their speeding car left the road near Crumpton, hit a small tree, then a concrete vault weighing 1,500 pounds, into another tree and stopped on an embankment 150 feet from where the vehicle left the road.
State Police said Weldon Wayne Demby, Route 1, Chestertown, 17, who was sitting in the back seat, suffered a possible fractured spine and is in the Kent and Queen Anne’s Hospital in Chestertown.
Also admitted was Thomas Lewis Shorter, 22, Centreville, the driver, with a chest injury and lacerations.
• • • Chesapeake College will add to its developing program of continuing education with a new course in Retail Salesmanship, designed for local men and women who seek the opportunity of improving their sales techniques.
The 14-week course in the art of persuasion will start on Jan. 16, 1969, meeting each Tuesday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Wye Mills campus,
Serving as instructor will be Mr. George F. Thoma, manager of radio station WCTR in Chestertown.
• • • James R. Friel, president of the Queenstown Bank of Maryland, announced that at the special meeting held Nov. 12, stockholders owning more than 91 percent of the outstanding stock of the bank approved a proposal to increase the capital of the bank through the sale of additional stock and the declaration of a 50 percent stock dividend.
As a result of the stock dividend, stockholders will be entitled to one additional share for each two shares held on Nov. 12. In addition, stockholders have been given the right until Dec. 3, 1968, to subscribe to nine new shares for each
14 shares held prior to the stock dividend.
The Treasury of Queen Anne’s County has been swelled by a total of
$150,890.19 as its final share from state income tax returns filed from taxable year
According to the State Comptroller’s Office, distribution of the local income tax revenue amounted to
$63,692,711.59 for the entire state from the 1967 returns. This final breakdown to all 23 counties and Baltimore City amounted to
Local income tax rate for Queen Anne’s County is pegged at 20 percent, on par with half of the other counties in the state.
A Kent Island pedestrian was struck and killed in Chester about 5:55 p.m. Sunday, according to state police officers.
The victim was Johnnie Bratton, 57, of Chester, who suffered head injuries and lacerations and was pronounced dead at the Memorial Hospital at Easton.
The driver told police he was going south on Route
552 and was just south of the intersection with Route 18 and failed to see the pedestrian crossing the highway.
••• A whopping $385,741 in Christmas Club checks has been received by residents of the area from six banks in or near Queen Anne’s County.
An increase in club members and deposits was noted by every bank as readers begin their Christmas shopping in earnest.
Locally, the Queenstown Bank of Maryland had the largest membership. They mailed out checks totaling
$81,883.50 compared to last years record amount of
••• Saturday was a day of violence in Queen Anne’s County with two persons being stabbed and another shot in separate incidents.
State Police were called to the home of William Little, about 40, on Saw Mill Lane in Grasonville about 3:10 p.m. where they found him suffering from a stab wound in the left chest. A butcher knife was allegedly used.
About 9 p.m. a shooting occurred at Asbury Tilghman’s restaurant in Kent Narrows. Jonas Harmon,
32, of Mardela, was shot in the left shoulder by a 410 shotgun and was taken to the Memorial Hospital by a private car.
Two men living in the same house near Starr got into an argument about 10 p.m. and Preston Honey,
67, ended up by having 14 stitches taken in a gash in his chest.
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The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners have received a check in the amount of $12,605.50 from the State of Maryland for their share in the improvement of bulkheads, ramps and piers for the use of the public.
Projects which have been completed by the County over the past few months included the county-owned land at Piney Narrows (pier and trailer stop); Denny’s Landing (launching ramp and parking area); Shipping Creek Landing (bulkhead and launching ramp) Matapeake temporary roadway to pier and launching ramp.
• • • Traffic over the 4.4-mile William Preston Lane Memorial Bridge continues to show a near 10 percent increase for the same period a year ago, according to the Maryland State Roads Commission.
Nearly 4,000,000 vehicles had used the span up to Oct.
1, a 9 percent rise over the first 10 months of 1967.
Test borings are being made in the bay bottom preparatory to the building of a parallel bridge just north of the present span.
25 YEARS AGO
A Church Hill man was in jail Monday for allegedly shooting a man he offered to take home early Sunday.
Shane Paul Bender, 20, was charged with assault with intent to murder, carrying a dangerous weapon, concealing a deadly weapon, carrying a weapon on a public road, assault and battery in the shooting of Eric Lewis Clark, 20, of Centreville.
A Queen Anne’s County District Court judge set Bender’s bond at $25,000 Monday. He was being held at the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.
• • • Organizers from the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 27 from Salisbury picketed the Kent Island Food Lion Thursday afternoon.
The group was protesting what they claim are unfair working conditions and antiunion policies for employees.
“We’re picketing basically to inform the community,” said spokesman Bob Donnelly. “Food Lion has had a history of violating employees rights, of violating workers’ safety and health violations for the workers and the community,” Donnelly alleged.
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The annual search for the perfect Christmas tree has begun.
Cream of the crop trees take either a lot of searching or a lot of bucks.
Christmas trees with character are cheaper. Charlie Brown trees with bald spots, droopy boughs and the propensity to lean, offer a challenge to the more ambitious decorators.
For $5, you can buy a “not so pretty tree,” according to Barbara Gregory of the Green Thumb Outlet in Chester.
But her tree lot is filled with a wide array of trees, and range up to $95 in the price for a “top of the line 12foot tree.”
New clues are helping to narrow the search for the two fisherman missing and presumed drowned in the Chester River.
William T. Baxter and Allen E. Pinder, Jr., both 36, of Chestertown, have not been seen since they left to go fishing early on the morning of Nov. 20 from Cliff City, on the north side of the Chester River.
Natural Resources Police conducted dragging, shoreline, aerial and foot searches in a 10 square-mile area of the Chester River after the men were reported missing Sunday, Nov. 21.
Like giant test tubes, the Chester and Choptank Rivers will culture a five-year experiment.
To save Maryland’s dwindling oyster populations, 40 environmentalists, legislators, watermen, and aquaculturalists proposed the non-binding Maryland Oyster Roundtable Action Plan Tuesday.
“We’ll have to take it a step at a time,” said Paul Massicot, director of the Tidewater Administration and roundtable member. “We’ll have to see how it works. None of us feels it’s a guaranteed cure.
At the heart of the plan is the designation of the Chester and Choptank Rivers as Oyster Recovery Areas.