Past In Review from 11-08-2001
125 years ago
November 4, 1876
LOCAL AND STATE AFFAIRS.
A number of ladies from this place contemplate visiting the Centennial Exhibition next Tuesday – women’s day. Hope they may have a good time.
The ladder up which James Morris, of Wilmington, was carrying a load of bricks, Wednesday morning, fell down and the man was badly hurt.
The Smyrna “Benevolent Society” is making arrangements to give an entertainment of some kind on Thanksgiving evening for the benefit of the poor of the town.
Jos. H. Wood, formerly of Smyrna, and a onetime constable in Appoquinimink Hundred, died suddenly at Chester, Pa., of hemorrhage, last Saturday.
The house of Henry Lodge, in Wilmington, was broken into by a couple of sneak thieves, on Monday night, and a gold watch, and overcoat and some other things carried off.
A stable belonging to Judge Bradford, of Wilmington, was burned down on Tueday night. Several suspicious circumstances give rise to the belief that the fire was incendiary.
Rev. J. V. Smith and A. L. Hudson, of Smyrna, had a mishap in the shape of a run away and upset a few days ago. Their carriage was damaged by it but they got off Scott-free.
The limitation of the “game law” having expired on Tuesday, a large number of young men and boys, who probably have nothing else to do, now daily shoulder their guns and march out into the country.
The Wilmington P. M. has notified the people of “the city” that mail matter that arrives from the Delaware Railroad by the five p.m. train will not be delivered in the evenings hereafter, but kept till next day.
Samuel Porter, a young man residing in Wilmington, tried to kill himself last Saturday afternoon, by drinking laudanum, but he took too much and overdid the matter and so saved himself. Next time he should be less greedy.
A pair of horses attached to one of the carriages in a funeral procession in Wilmington on Tuesday, ran away, demolished the carriage, and spilled the occupants, a Mr. Zimmerman, his wife and daughter, upon the pavement hurting them all pretty badly.
The regular Saturday-before-the-election Democratic Mass Meeting is to be held in Smyrna to-day. These meetings have been held regularly every campaign, for the past fifteen years. John O’Byrne says he has addressed them for ten years and is going to do it again.
The trimming store of Miss Eliza Baker in Odessa, was broken into by some thievish scoundrels on Thursday evening and money and goods to the amount of sixty-five dollars carried off.
In pursuance with previous announcements Rev. Dr. Patton delivered an interesting discourse on Sunday last, giving an authentic history of the Forest Presbyterian Church, from the time of the separation of its congregation from Old Drawyers in 1742 to the present.
Horse and Carriage Stolen.
The horse and carriage of Mr. R. A. Cochran, Jr., was taken by some unknown parties from in front of S. M. Reynolds grocery store, on Thursday evening and driven away. We understand Mr. Cochran has since recovered them, but where or how we do not know.
100 years ago
November 2, 1901
Miss Helen Eaton, of Odessa, is at home to-day.
Miss Bessie R. Merritt is the guest of Miss Clara Manlove in Cecilton.
Mrs. B. S. Hall visited her daughter, Mrs. E. G. Armstrong, of Odessa, on Monday.
Miss Etherington, of Cecilton, was pleasantly entertained on Wednesday by Miss Mattie Lynch.
Mrs. J. McLain Brown and sister, Miss Bertie Lieghman, spent one day this week with Mr. and Mrs. King.
Mr. Merritt Paxon, of Philadelphia, spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Erran Paxon, at Summit Bridge, Del.
Mr. and Mrs. James Hoffecker, of Middletown, were entertained one day this week by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Williams.
Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Spear celebrated their twenty-fifth anniversary of their marriage on Friday evening last.
Mrs. Mary E. Clayton and sons, Walter and John, spent Saturday and Sunday with Miss Florence Egee in Chesapeake City.
Rev. and Mrs. Perry, of Chesapeake City; Messrs. Charles Cann of Kirkwood, Del., and Maurice Eliason, of Mt. Pleasant, were entertained on Friday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Ellison.
The condition of Harry K. Armstrong, of near Middletown, who is suffering from a fractured skull, the result of a blow with a pitchfork in the hands of George B. Rhoades, is gratifying to his friends. He is receiving treatment at the Polyclinic Hospital, Philadelphia.
25 years ago
November 4, 1976
Manslaughter Is Charged In Death Of James L. Burris
James L. Burris, 40, of Odessa, who was seriously injured after a Middletown High School football game here Friday, Oct. 22, died of head injuries one week later on Friday, Oct. 29. Janet, his widow, is a receptionist in the office of Gov. Sherman W. Tribbitt.
Burris was beaten by two men who pushed through a crowd leaving the Middletown-Elkton game Oct. 22. After being punched in the face, he fell to the asphalt and struck his head, New Castle County Police said.
Police arrested Larry Fullman, 23, and John F. Cale, 21, both of Middletown and charged them with 1st-degree assault in the case. Both were released last week under $5,000 bail pending trail.
A new charge of manslaughter was brought Monday against Cale in connection with the death of Burris.
Cale was committed to the Delaware Correctional Center near Smyrna in default of $20,000 bail.
A third man, Tyrone “Tucky” Johnson, 19, of Townsend, was also arrested on an assault charge in the case, but County Police Lt. Robert Carmine said that the arrest was a mistake. He said accounts by witnesses incorrectly pointed to Johnson as one of the assailants.
Johnson was released last week, and the charge against him dropped.
Burris’ wife and two sons, James Stephen and Michael Alan, live on U.S. 13 in Odessa. Burris had been a toolmaker with the Chrysler Corp. plant in Newark for 18 years.
In addition to his wife and sons, his is survived by his mother, Mrs. Lula Burris of Odessa; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Rena Linton of Saxis, Va.; two sisters, Barbara Gruwell of Odessa and Jerri Wallis of Middletown.
Services were Monday afternoon at 1 at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Odessa. Interment was in Gracelawn Memorial Park.