Past In Review from 05-30-2002
50 years ago
May 29, 1952
Local Personal Column
Those Who Entertained and Have Been Away
Mrs. Charlotte Lansdale spent Monday in Philadelphia.
Mrs. Clarence E. Pool, of Wilmington, is visiting Mr. and Mrs. Howard A. Pool.
Mrs. Florence Hopkins, of Wrangle Hill, spent Tuesday with Mrs. Harold Batten, near town.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moore, of Wilmington, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John S. Sapps, on Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Toner and sons, Bobby and Charles, and Miss Rose Toner, of New Castle, spent Sunday with Mrs. Mary A. Dugan.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwards Newnam and sons, of Oxford, Pa., spent the week-end here with his parents, Mayor and Mrs. Thomas R. Newnam.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert C. Mode and daughter, Cynthia, of Rye, N.Y., spent Saturday here with her father, Mr. Thomas S. Fouracre and family.
Mrs. Harold A. Batten, of near town, and Mrs. Marshall Tyndall and son, Clay, of Wilmington, visited relatives at Georgetown and Laurel on Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee-Martin and daughter, of Elkton, visited her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Cannon and family, of Middle Neck, Md., on Sunday.
Mrs. Ann Hale and sons, Jackie and Ronnie, of this town, and Mrs. William Price, III, and son, Lawrence, spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. Bernard McLaughlin and son, Mickey, at Accomac, Va.
Mrs. Minnie Bowman and sons, Messrs. Henry and Roger, and daughter, Florence, Mrs. John Yardley and two children, of Haddonfield, N.J., spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Clarence V. Cannon and family, of Middle Neck, Md.
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Roe, Sr., and three children, William, III, Carolyn Dee and Mary Catherine, of Richland, Wash., arrived here on Monday night to spend some time visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren W. Buckingham, Sr. and family.
75 years ago
June 2, 1927
BIG PROJECT AT THE CANAL MOUTH
HUNDREDS OF ACRES TO BE FILLED NEAR DELAWARE CITY
TO BE USED FOR HOME SITES
Hundreds of acres of marshland surrounding Delaware City will be filled in by the dredging company that will receive the award for dredging the old entrance to the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.
The material, to be taken from the old entrance and from the new channel to be dredged just south of the old locks, will consist principally of sand, mud and gravel. The total estimated quantity of material necessary to be removed from within the specified limits, exclusive of allowable over-depth, to complete the project is 121,000 cubic yards. To this, is added 75 percent of the maximum quantity estimated over depth, 19,000 cubic yards.
The project consists of dredging a channel 50 feet wide at the bottom and six feet deep at mean low water. The new channel will extend from the Delaware River, just south of the old locks 9.721 feet inland to join the new alignment of the canal. The canal waterfront in Delaware city will also be dredged approximately 700 feet, making what is known as a spur channel.
When the citizens of Delaware City were informed that Colonel Earl I. Brown, U.S. engineer in charge of the Wilmington District, had already advertised for bids for this work, they at once raised the question of how the excavated material will be disposed of as the base of operations will adjoin Delaware City, Fort duPont and the Reedy Point entrance.
Not Good For Farm Land For Years
Upon inquiry, it was discovered that the disposal of the material is left to the discretion of the contracting company. The government specifications state that the material must be transported and deposited on shore at least 50 feet from the canal banks.
As in the case of dredging Deep Cut, the contractor who will receive the commission for the work will use pipeline dredges. The only available place for depositing the material is in the marshlands north of Delaware City, along the Delaware River, near Reedy Point entrance, and south of the town.
The material will not be good for farming until a number of years. It will, however, prove valuable for building purposes, and it is thought that home developments may be the result of the filling of the marshlands.
Bids for the project will be opened by Col. Brown June 23, 11 a.m. standard time.
95 Years Ago
June 1, 1907
William Lofland spent Monday in Philadelphia.
Donít forget Childrenís Day services will be held to-morrow evening, June 2d.
Miss Gertrude McCrone, of Middletown, has been spending a few days as the guest of Mrs. L.B. Manlove.
Charles Holden is spending sometime with relatives in Baltimore.
Miss Helen Eaton has been spending a few days with her friend, Miss Clara Blackburn, in Wilmington.
Mrs. Rebecca Day and daughter, Mrs. D.D. Manlove, have been spending a few days with her daughter Mrs. George Goldsborough.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Vinyard spent one day last week with L.B. Manlove and wife.
Mrs. A.E. Delaney, of Baltimore, has been spending a few days with her mother, Mrs. Rachel Merritt, who has been quite ill during the past few days.