Past In Review from 08-26-2004
100 years ago; Aug. 27, 1904
Big crowd was there
The hotels at Bowers' Beach estimate that they lost $1,000 each from their “Big Thursday” receipts because of the anthrax scare which prevented several thousand persons from journeying to the Delaware resort Thursday of last week. The State Board of Agriculture, fearful that the customary gathering of thousands of men and horses, especially during a campaign year, would serve to spread the fatal disease among the live stock of lower Delaware, had sent out letters of warning and, while they did not prevent the “Big Thursday” frolic they had their effect.
A Maryland boy, Anthony Redding, of Hartford County is fighting for the Japanese, being a member of a company of 100 men called the American Rangers. Interesting letters have been received from him.
Mr. Joshua Crossland, one of the local agents for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, was the recipient of a handsome gold button on Wednesday, the gift of the company he represents. The button is what is called an “expert button,” and speaks well for Mr. Crossland's ability as a hustler in the insurance field.
August 29, 1929
School nears completion
Opening date postponed to Monday, September 9
M Mr. Gilbert Nikel, superintendent of the Middletown Schools, has announced that the state school department has authorized him to postpone the opening of the current Fall term until Monday, September 9. It had been intended to open on Tuesday, September 3, but because of unforeseen delays in installing the necessary equipment, that date was found to be impractical.
The teachers’ meeting originally scheduled to be held on Labor Day morning September has also been postponed and will be held on Friday morning, September 6. The various class assignments will then be made and plans for the coming year will be laid before the teachers.
It is now expected that everything will be in readiness on the newly announced date. The desks and other equipment will be installed during the latter part of the week. The building proper is now ready for the occupancy. New up-to-date books for the various classes have been arriving daily and placed in the school library. Mr. Nickel has been busy for some days directing the preparations for the coming school term.
Pavements are being completed fronting the property and leading to the main entrances of the school. The work of grading the site is almost progressing satisfactorily, although it will not likely be completed by the opening date.
This year will very likely witness the largest enrollment that the local schools have ever experienced. About 450 pupils are expected to register on the opening day. One new bus will be added to the present fleet of eight, to adequately transport the pupils of the rural districts, including the Levels, Mt. Pleasant and Summit Bridge school districts.
The new school, costing approximately $175,000, is modern and up-to-date in every respect. It has many fine appointments and conveniences throughout its 30 rooms and auditoriums. It's well lighted, heated and ventilated and fulfills the rigid specifications of the state school commission. The realization of its construction has marked this a grade A school district.
When the landscaping of the grounds is completed, the school property will be a thing of surpassing beauty. Its architecture is pleasingly colonial and lends itself well to the site. Several athletic fields and many playground facilities will be installed as rapidly as practical. The auditorium is to be used as an indoor basketball court. As in all other details, the recreational accommodations are of the best and should serve the local needs for many years.
The commercial home economics, manual training and science courses will be greatly augmented this year due to the much better facilities and equipment at the disposal of the teachers. The new building should be the means of a much broader scope odern, adequate building
of educational work in this community. It is a fitting monument to the untiring and unselfish efforts of the public-spirited men who have made its realization possible.
‘The Woman Disputed’ at the Everett Theatre
At last we can offer you the most different, most powerful love story ever brought to the screen -- guaranteed to be unlike anything you have ever seen. It's Norma Talmadge's latest, biggest ad best, a United Artists Special, “The Woman Disputed,” and it's coming to the Everett Theatre, Wednesday, and Thursday, September 4 and 5.
Daring in theme, spectacular and starkly beautiful in action, “The Woman Disputed” stands alone as the year's film triumph of romance and adventure. Two men battling for the love of the same girl, a redeemed woman, yet a strange twist of fate forces her to give herself to the man she hates. Paradoxically, the three figures in this bizarre modern love triangle are he closest friends. Gilbert Roland, Arnold Kent, Gladys Brockwell, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Michael Vavitch, Boris de Fas - what a supporting cast! And thousands more.
A picture big beyond words, crammed with super-sensations and surprises. “The Woman Disputed” is the most talked-about picture of the year!
50 years ago; August 26, 1954
‘Safety’ feature to start in the Transcript Sept. 2
Everybody has his pet peeve. Mine is the guy who lumbers up (usually in front of somebody) and bellows, “Say, What's the matter with the newspapers and radio? Why don't they do something about traffic safety?”
In the first place, the newspapers and radio -- yes and a lot of other forms of public information media are doing something about traffic safety. Doing an awful lot in fact.
Now, let me say right here that I have no illusion that we have the answer to the problem of how to plaster the papers and radio and magazines with traffic safety stuff. Far from it. But I do have a couple of hunches on how all of us, all over the country, might do a better job in persuading the public that there is no future in having traffic accidents.
Let's take a look at the stuff we are trying to sell. We get a break in the fact that nobody can argue against it. Everybody believes in traffic safety, at least for the other fellow. It's humanitarian, clean, upright, non-commercial, non-this and non-that. Every newspaper and radio station should be tickled to death to use bales of the stuff as public service, we keep telling ourselves.
But there's another side, an uglier side of the picture, from the publicity standpoint. For the cruel fact that safety, alas, is as stuffy as your grandmother's bustle - and stuffy stuff just ain’t news.
Our job, then, is to unstuff safety, give it a shot in the arm, pump it full of human interest, and mug it up enough so that people will want to read it, listen to it, look at it and if we're lucky, maybe PAY SOME ATTENTION TO IT. Starting in next week's issue of the Transcript and continuing for ten weeks, our readers will get safety messages from numerous prominent local citizens as well as the president of Delaware's Safety Council. This page is being sponsored by the cooperating businesses in this area.
It is the earnest hope of both the editor and staff of this newspaper that these safety messages will help save at least one life and help prevent at least one serious accident on the highways on the farming, in industry, or in the home.