Thursday, August 17, 2017



Lewes, Delaware Sunday, March 12 1949 :

Soviet Naval Officers were marooned ashore in Lewes last night at the Caesar Rodney Hotel after they had attended a dnner.

The officers were from the cruiser Murmansk, the former USS Milwaukee, which was lent
to the Russians five years ago and now being returned.

The return ceremonis are scheduled for Monday.

After the dinner a U. S. Coast Guard cruiser took them out to the Murmansk but high winds
made it impossible to board the ship and they were returned to the Caesar Rodney Hotel. The gold braided officers were Commodore Vasily Foodorvich Kotov and Rear Admiral E. G. Glinkof.

The town of Lewes sent a bouquet of spring flowers to the crew of the Murmansk as a gesture of freibdship from the 317 year old town.

Source: Columbus Dispatch, Sunday, Ma

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


1924 – 1925

Lewes, Delaware, September 6, 1924

The public school of Lewes will open for the academic year 1924 – 1925 Monday,
September 8 for a nine month term.

Grade one enterants will be admittted if the are or will be age 6 on of before January 1, 1925.
With the excellent physical plant and teaching staff from standard colleges and normal schools ,
the school year promises much progress and achievement. Enrollement will be higher than previous
years owing to better transportation facilities.

Members of the Lewes Board of Education are; Napoleon Register, Dr. James Beebe and
Thomas Ingram. Ira Brinser has again been appointed superitendent of School.

The teaching staff are; Miss Catherine jones of Wilmington, for grade one. She is a graduate
of Wilmington High School and the Illman School for Training of Primary Teachers.
Grade two; Miss Edna Blizzard, of Lewes, graduate of Lewes High School and a student in
teachers training at Delaware College.

Grade Three; Miss Virginia Lingo of Rehoboth, a graduate of West Chester Normal School .

Grade four; Miss Mary Megee of Lewes a student of Delaware College teachers training

Grade five; Miss Elizabeth Register of Lewes, Lewes High graduate and student at
Delaware College teacher course.

Junior High School:
History, geography, and girls physical education , Miss Margaret Deckard, A. B., of Marysville,
Pennsylvania, graduate of Marysville High School and Wilson College.

Mrs. Katherine V. Johnson, Lewes, graduate of Ontario Normal School , for english, reading,
and grammer.

Miss Etta Futcher , graduate of Lewes High School Student Delaware College and Pennslyvania
University, summer school, will teach arithmetic, penmanship and hygeine.

Senior High School :
Miss Isabella Ross of Lewes, a Lewes High School graduate, West Chester Normal and Columbus
University, social science and mathematics.

Miss Virginia Galt, of Hermond, Virginia, A. B. Goucher College, latin and history.

Miss Anne Martha Osborne, A. B. of Danville, Indiana, a graduate of Indiana Normal
School, Earlham College and University of Indiana, english.

Miss Elizabeth MacIntire of Lewes, graduate of Lewes High School , A.B. Womans college, University of Delaware, is home economics teacher.

Stewart E. Poole, Hillsboro, Maryland, Beacom Business College, commercial course
      1. C. Schock, B. S., Franklin Marshall College and Temple University, general science, biology, chemistry and physics.

A. Boyd Cass, Nichols, New York, graduate Mansfield Normal and Pennsylvania
State College, manual arts.

Ira S. Brinser, superintendent, Millersville Normal, Franklin and Marshall, Harvard.

Teaching Staff of Lewes Colored School:
Grades one and two, Miss Mariam Brown, Lock Haven Normal School. Grades three, four and
five , Eugene Lockwood of Lewes. Grades six, seven and eight, George Read of York, Pennsylvana,
A. B. Lincoln University.

Friday, August 11, 2017

1926 Henlopen Hotel



1926 - 1928

Thursday afternoon, August 5th, 1926, title of the Henlopen Hotel passed from the
present owner, Mrs. Lucy May Burton, to a company with the head officer being Mr.
William Coyne of Wilmington. Mr. Coyne's company has been interested in erecting a
modern hotel at Rehoboth on a site adjoining the Henlopen Hotel. The purchase price was not
disclosed to the public.

Others present when the transaction was concluded by Mrs. Burton and Mr. Coyne
were C. P. Burton, William Kurtz, Mr. Coyne's attorney, Georgetown lawyers Dan Layton and
Frank Jones. Also Thomas Haydock an architect, E. D. Prince of the hotel company and Ralph
Wingate, Rehoboth realtor, the broker who arranged the sale. It was stipulated the management
of the Henlopen will continue under C. F. Burton for the rest of this season. Also decided was that
it is now time to build a new modern comfort establishment ordinarily sought by vacationist at
any first class resort.

Plans for the new hotel have been completed by Haydock & Young , builders of Philadelphia,
and work is to begin at once on a concrete block structure, which is to be a spanish type structure
of architecture. The interior will be built of gypsum block fireproof materials.

Plans call for 180 sleeping rooms, each with a lavatory with hot and cold running water,
that will have the same rate as present. The dinning room is to be much larger and be located at the ocean front giving guest the benefit of ocean breeze and view of the Atlantic. The main lobby will be toward the rear and elevators will be installed. The entire front will be taken over by sun decks.
A dance floor, three times larger that present will be on the ground floor and have a stage to
accommodate theatricals or conventions. There will be a area to hold colonial relics and items to
remind guest of the Henlopen Lighthouse for which the hotel was named.

It has been announced, by Haydock & Young, that whenever possible, all contract works, building materials, etc., will be let or purchased in Delaware.

William Coyne, who has made the much desired modern hotel for Rehoboth possible,
is a vice-president of I. E. duPont & Nemours and Company and his visits of many years have
made the the new hotel a reality.

The Las Flores Hotel Company which had planned to build a new hotel at Rehoboth will be management and operate the new Henlopen Hotel.

Wilmington Morning News, Saturday, August 7, 1926. Abstract: Harrison H, August 11, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017



TUESDAY , APRIL 1, 1924.
The Wilmington Evening Journal , April 5, 1924, reported that the milk receiving and cooling station at Nassau is in operation and that an inspection and program was held last Thursday when dairymen and agriculturalist from all sections of lower Delaware where visitor.

Thomas R. Ingram of Sussex Trust Company eas chairman of this affair. Brinser's Band of Lewes was resent and furnished music during the afternoon and evening.

The new plant was in operation Tuesday, April 1, and diarymen of the Nassau community
were paid $2.85 per hundred pounds at the plant. The secretary of the Interstate Milk Producers
Association , C. I. Cohee, spoke about the necessary requirements expected of the diary farmers
to produce high grade milk for the Nassau plant. He congratulated Sussex County Ag Agent
Molloy Vaughn and his committee who had aroused the farmers to establish the cooling plant.

The diary farmers are reqired to have their milk at the plant before 9 in the morning so it
can be be cooled peior to rail shipment to Philadelphia in the afternoon.

Dean McCue, University of Delaware School of Agricculture , also was a speaker and he
emphasized the fact that eastern Sussex was suitable for milk production and that he Nassau Station would be a siccess. Other speakers were H. D. Davis of the Supples – Willis Diary Company of Philadelphia, Molloy Vaughn and Hiram Burton of Lewes.

Some 700 persons enjoyed the visit and feed cafeteria style , free ice cream supplied by the
Supplee - Willis people of Philadelphia and the owners of the Nassau plant.

The Nassau Station is one of the most modern in Maryland and Delaware, the only grade A
receiving plant on the Delmarva Peninsula and cost $25,000. Milk is furnished from more than
four hundred thoroughbred cows.

Samuel Wallace of Philadelphia is manager of the Nassau plant of the Supplee – Willis Company. Also present at the affair were Dell Henderson Supplee -Willis superintendent and Dr.
R.C. Dayton, representative of Grade A.


JULY 14 1925

Simpson & Brown, contractors constructing a new terminal at Pennsville, New Jersey
and the slip at Delaware Street wharf in New Castle, for the Pennsville-New Castle ferry is now
installing cribbing for the concrete of the slip and will pour the concrete tomorrow.

The 70 foot long steel slip for the Pennsville terminal under construction at New York
Shipbuilding Company in  Camden,  New Jersey,   will be finished in a day or two, and will be brought to the terminal by barge in a matter of days.

The slip for the Delaware Street wharf terminal, also constructed at the same firm, will be
brought in section and assembled at the wharf.

Contractors have guaranteed that the ferry will be ready for operation by the first of August.

The two ferry boats recently purchased are to arrive within a few days. Business men are looking forward to the increase in new business.

A ferry was operated across the river here a hundred years ago.

Reported by the Wilmington Evening Journal, Saturday , April 5, 1924.




It so happens that tomatoes grown in lower Sussex county Delaware are one of the most

profitable crpos grown there.

A four acre patch grown by George N. Howard , on the farm of the late George W. Shockley,

located between Midway and Love Creek, produced 1713 baskets , sold through the Farmers

Produce Association at Nassau, brought him $1407.04.

Mr. howard said his success come by settng good quality plants and to apply good food to

them. The land is well prepared and nine tons of barn yard manure and 400 pounds of fish scrap were

used to each acre.

Last year's tomatoe crop was a total failure with yields of ten baskets per acre for most

Mr. Howards results are considered remarkable and he probably had a net profit of $3000 for

his four acres of tomatoes.

Reported by Wilmington Morning News, 29 January, 1920.

FYI the late George W. Shockley farms is now the location of the Beacon Middle School on

the John J. Williams Highway, Delaware road 24.



The residents of the Yellow Hill School District organized the Nassau Coumminity
Association in November 1920 under the direction of Mrs. Mabel Draper, the district chairman of

Sussex county.

The members were unusually ernest and interested in the work of the organization and

their enthusiam bids fair to making it one of the wortwhile associations in the state.

The following offcers were elected :

President, Mrs Rachael Warrington; vise president , Mrs Frank Truitt ; secretary, Miss Margaret

Mitchell; treasurer, Miss Mary Massey.

Stoke Ingram was made chairman of the membership commttee.

Reported in the Wilmington News Journal , Thursday , November 8, 1923