Past In Review from 7-19-2001
125 years ago
July 22, 1876
LOCAL AND STATE AFFAIRS.
Items of Local Interest.
Blackbird camp meeting will commence on Thursday next (27th).
At the monthly meeting of the Mutual Loan Association on Tuesday evening, funds sold at $1.50 per share premium.
Notwithstanding that so many men are "overcome by the heat" while at work, base ball playing is kept up. It isn't too hot for that.
The members of the Legislature are doubtless greatly obliged to Governor Cochran for not calling an extra session in this steaming weather.
Joseph Newell, of Wilmington, eight years old, was drowned in a pond made by the excavations for the new basin, last Sunday afternoon.
The raspberry season in this neighborhood is about finished for this year. Blackberries are still coming in, of fine quality, but small quantities.
The Bank reports are published this week. This is about the poorest season of the year for country banks, as deposits about this time come in slowly.
Thos. G. Oskins, of Dover, died from the effects of the heat last Sunday week. He had been at the Camden fire in the morning and over worked himself.
The wheat in this vicinity does not yield more than two-thirds or three-fourths of the amount that was expected from its appearance before being threshed.
A Republican - who professes to know - says the quarrels in that party will give this county to the Democrats by 800 majority. -- That is one more vote than we expect.
The farm house of C. C. Babbitt, near Cowgill's Corner, Kent co., was struck by lightning, Tuesday night last week, and badly damaged. It was set on fire, but the rain extinguished the flames.
Samuel J. Tolson, recently in the employ of G. W. W. Naudain, Middletown, has purchased the stock of G. W. Cummins in Smyrna, and commenced the dry goods and grocery business for himself. As Mr. Tolson attends closely to business, we hope that our surprise of his success will be well substantiated.
100 years ago
We have visited numerous resorts contingent to the cities and lying beside the ocean and along the Delaware Bay, but we have found none more attractive to either the city or country guest than the one known as St. Augustine Park, but to the local residents as "Port Penn Piers" now under the management of Mr. A. Cordery, a genial and pleasant gentleman, who has personally superintended a large force of men thoroughly renovating and beautifying the grounds since he purchased it and providing various amusements. With the large steamer "Twilight" making daily excursions and bringing immense crowds he is rapidly bringing this favorite resort into prominence while his hotel is run strictly upon a metropolitan basis under the supervision of Mrs. Cordery.
Mr. Cordery formerly was at Woodland Beach, but believing the "Pier" a more favorable and desirable location, decided to remove to that place.
He proposes giving dances every Thursday evening, but in the mean time has instructed his employees and servants to make it as pleasant as possible for all pic-nic-ers who visit the Park.
The Beach is safer by far for bathing parties than any other within a radius of twenty miles, while the fishing and crabbing are excellent and the new road lately built, lying as it does, well above the high-water mark, enables all parties to reach there without the danger attendant upon having to drive over a causeway covered with water.
We trust Mr. Cordery may have a successful season and not have cause to regret his advent among us, believing as we do that success will attend his efforts in catering to the residents of this community.
25 years ago
July 22, 1976
Those Who Entertained
And Have Been Away
Miss Edith Poyntz, of East Lansdowne, Pa., and Mr. Steven Welk, of San Diego, Calif., were Saturday visitors of Mrs. Elizabeth B. MacCahery.
Mr. and Mrs. Weldon Burge celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on July 14th. They visited Williamsburg and Jamestown, Virginia, for several days.
Mr. and Mrs. John Buckingham and baby daughter, Stephane, of Jekyll Island, Ga., visited his grandparent, Mr. an Mrs. Warren W. Buckingham, Sr., last week.
Mrs. Alvin Hands, of Winterthur Estates, was a recent visitor of her aunt, Mrs. Hanna W. Smith.
Mr. and Mrs. Merle Taylor and three children have returned home after spending three weeks visiting Mr. Taylor's mother, Mrs. Bertha Taylor, and other relatives in Rifle, Colorado. While there they attended a family reunion which was held in Rifle.
Mr. Wayne Wilds, of Chestnut Hill Estates, spent several days last week visiting his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Wilds.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Clark Burge, Jr., Miss Kristen Connolly, and Mr. and Mrs. G. Clark Burge, III, and family attended a wedding reception in honor of Mr. and Mrs. James Bailey, near Chesapeake City, on Saturday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Terry Walker and son, Chuck, and daughter, Karen, spent Friday through Monday at Indian River Inlet.