Sunday, December 16, 2018

LENAPE'S FIRST LEWES RESIDENTS


LEWES HISTORY
1631
FIRST RESIDENTS OF CAPE HENLOPEN

They called themselves ' Lenape ' , meaning common men
in the Algonkian language which they spoke. Later a tribe was
named for the river they lived around, The Delaware Indians. There
were more than 40 communities on both shores of the Delaware Bay &
River, it's tributaries, from the capes to the northeaster Pennsylvania
and New York stream headwaters. Estimates hold the total population
to be 12000 to 15000. Each village had a chief and great men who were
independent of one another, held responsible for government, religion,
welfare of it's families.

The one thing they held in common was their friendlyness to visitors,
sharing wigwams, meals, and such. There is documentation that notes
the Cape Henlopen village shared the favors of their women with early
settlers, therefore the name Whorekill. Their life was primitive, tools
were of wood, shells, stone or bone, no metal. No cloth, only animal
skins for clothing and weather protection. The lodges were made of grass matting and bark, dirt floors, no window's , only one door. Smoke from
the cook and heating fire escaped through a hole in the roof. Women made
cooking and eating utensils of clay. Lenape's were farmers, fishermen,
hunters and had no ambitions to take other tribes territory or means.

The forest nearby furnished wild fruits, nuts and berries, roots and herbs
as medications, the river and it's branches furnished fish, clams and
oysters . Each villager had his own garden plot for corn, beans, squash,
and tobacco.

The Lewes area Indian village inhabitants were known as Siconese and
or Sickoneysinks. The creek, Lewes Creek, was the Sickoneysinck's
Kill, pronounced “ chick-hawness-sing “ meaning “place near the
great tidal waters “ .

Abstract: Lewes Historical Society 1978 seminar by C.A. Weslager &
' Touching Leaves ' of Oklahoma, a Lenape descendent.

LEWES 375TH ANNIVERSARY 2006.


LEWES HISTORY

2006

375 TH ANNIVERSARY

Friday, April 21, 2006, Delaware's General Assembly convened
in Lewes at 10:30 am in the sanctuary of St. Peters Episcopal
Church for a ceremonial session in acknowledgment of the 375th
anniversary of Lewes. The last time this happened was in 1781, 225
years ago. George Washington's troops were still fighting the American
Revolutionary War.

It was attended by members of the General Assembly, introduced by the Sergeant of Arms at the door, the Judicary, cabinet members, city and
county officials. Lt. Governor Carney and Senator Thurman Adams spoke.
The Minister Plenipotentiary of the Netherlands was present.


Abastract: Dennis Forney in Lewes 375 Anniversary Magazine.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

1837 FINANCIAL PANIC DELAYS DELAWARE RAILROAD


BAXTER BLACK HUMOR
ON THE EDGE OF COMON SENSE

A HORSE NAMED TANGO SED

Tango Sed was a horse from the New Mexico pastures and this story
was passed along by Annie, a jockey and trainer of good reputation
from that place.

She tells that a horseman, Clyde, who ran horses at San Juan Downs
Race Track at Farmington, New Mexico, spotted Tango in a pasture
near by , watched him a day or two, liked what he saw, bought the 4 year
old stud.

Tango Sed was fast, real fast, trouble was no body could stay with him,
all the local cowboys tried as well as trainers, retired jockeys, weekend
buckarroos, rough necks, silversmiths, auctioneers, and some parolees.
No one could stay with him. Local bronc busters were called upon, they
eared him down, mounted, got bucked off as all the rest.

So Clyde, much disappointed , bit he bullet and sold Tango to a Navajo
over in the reservation. Six months later Tango and the Nahajo showed
up at the race trackand tango and the Navajo smoked the competition,
winning the 250, 330, and 400 and quarter mile races.

After the races, Clyde went to the barns and found the Navajo, gave
him his congratulations and such and asked him how he broke him.

The Navajo told Clyde he toke him home, tried to ride, got bucked off, his
brother tried, got bucked off, his cousin tried, got bucked off. This went on
every day for almost a week . One day , maybe the fourth day, I got on
him and rode him, as did my brother and my cousin.

“ Guess he got hungry and thirsty”.

ABSTRACT: Baxter Black, “On The Edge of Common Sense”,
11 December, 2018, Delmarva Farmer.

BAXTER BLACK TANGO SED


BAXTER BLACK HUMOR
ON THE EDGE OF COMON SENSE

A HORSE NAMED TANGO SED

Tango Sed was a horse from the New Mexico pastures and this story
was passed along by Annie, a jockey and trainer of good reputation
from that place.

She tells that a horseman, Clyde, who ran horses at San Juan Downs
Race Track at Farmington, New Mexico, spotted Tango in a pasture
near by , watched him a day or two, liked what he saw, bought the 4 year
old stud.

Tango Sed was fast, real fast, trouble was no body could stay with him,
all the local cowboys tried as well as trainers, retired jockeys, weekend
buckarroos, rough necks, silversmiths, auctioneers, and some parolees.
No one could stay with him. Local bronc busters were called upon, they
eared him down, mounted, got bucked off as all the rest.

So Clyde, much disappointed , bit he bullet and sold Tango to a Navajo
over in the reservation. Six months later Tango and the Nahajo showed
up at the race track and tango and the Navajo smoked the competition,
winning the 250, 330, and 400 and quarter mile races.

After the races, Clyde went to the barns and found the Navajo, gave
him his congratulations and such and asked him how he broke him.

The Navajo told Clyde he took  him home, tried to ride, got bucked off, his
brother tried, got bucked off, his cousin tried, got bucked off. This went on
every day for almost a week . One day , maybe the fourth day, I got on
him and rode him, as did my brother and my cousin.

“ Guess he got hungry and thirsty”.

ABSTRACT: Baxter Black, “On The Edge of Common Sense”,
11 December, 2018, Delmarva Farmer.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

NON-HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT.


NONHUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT
ANIMALS ARE PEOPLE TOO
BY
LEE PITTS
''IT'S THE PITTS'

Contrary to her name, Happy, a not so cheerful 47 year old
elephant, in captivity at the Bronx Zoo, is being ' :segregated ' from
her “multi-generational social group”, which means “ family” in
plain talk and easy understood.

NRP has a goal to liberate Happy, demands the court to recognize her
' personhood ' because Happy has a fundamental right to liberty
just like you and I..

NRP, the only civil rights group seeking recognition of personhood
and rights for self-aware non-human's. In plain talk, easy understood ,
they are demanding animals be treated as people with liberty and
justice for all. These guys have been around since 1996 and have
lawyers .

If they are successful freeing Happy it could be the beginning of the
end for the livestock industry. There would be a “Million Hooves March”
in Washington, D.C. sponsored by calves, hogs, lambs to draw attention.
If you think the wild pony problem is a heavy, wait until the feedlots are
liberated. Cattle will start a checkoff and earn enough to buy Super
Bowl adds to advertise chicken. Chickens no way will reach personhood.

Cat's will be issued library cards and find they have been treated second
class, form a rights group, and NRP lawyers will hand them the deed to
the house. NRP will go to court to get deer their own travel lane. Race and
rodeo horses will share equal purses. All mares will get free child care.
It will mean the end to Cabela's for hunting supplies. Some, like the
Spotted Owl or fairy shrimp will demand endangered species status.

Abstract: December Issue Delmarva Farmer Newspaper. 12/13/18

Monday, December 10, 2018

CIVIL WAR HISTORY CSS ALABAMA & USS KEARSARGE

HISTORY
CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA
CSS ALABAMA

The Associated Press reported in the Wilmington News Journal , Sunday,
December 12, 1993 that relics from the wreck of CSS Alabama off the
coast of Cherbourg, France were special packaged and sir shipped to the
Crownsville Lab of the Maryland Historical Trust which is one of a few
in the world with facilities and expertise to restore underwater artifacts.

There, state conservator, Betty Seifert, oversees restoration of 50
salvaged artifacts from the wreck of the long lost warship.

Articles recovered include dishes, the ship's wheel assembly,, oarlocks,
cannon pivots and gun carroages, all damaged by 130 years of exposure,
all need to be stabilized so the public can view them with in the next 18
months in the new Columbus Center at Baltimore.

The wreck was found in November 1984 by the Circe, a French Navy mine hunter under 200 feet of water off Cherbourg, by Captain
Max Guerout who confirmed it was the CSS Alabama remains.

From Wikipedia we know the CSS Alabama was built in secrecy by John Laird and Sons at Birkenhead on the River Mersey for the Confederates, laid down, launched and commissioned in 1862 and was
sunk by USS Kearsarge in batttle on June 29, 1864.

The Alabama's motto “Aide toi, Et Dieu T'Aldera”; God Helps Those Who Help Themselves, engraved in the bronze of the ships wheel. She``deplaced 1015 tons, 220 feet long, 31'8”
beam, draft 17'8” , had two 300 HP steam engnes, auxillary sails and
made 13 knots with a single screw porpeller and was a screw sloop of
war was a successful commerce raider attacking Union merchant and
naval ships over the course of her two year career.

Known as 'hull number 290” for secrecy, launced as Enrica 15 May. 1862,
and slipped out of Birkenshead 29 July 1862 with a civilian crew and
captain to Terceira Island of the Azores.



In spite of the secrecy , Union Captain Tunis A. M. Craven, in the
command of the USS Tuscarora was tasked with intercepting the new
ship but was not successful.

The new ship's captain, Raphael Semmes, left Liverpool 13 August 1862,
arrived Terceira 20 August 1862 and took command, refitting her with
armaments, coal for fuel, brought by the Agrippina, the new ship's
supply vessel. Within three days the Enrica was equipped as a naval
cruiser,, designated a commerce raider and commissioned CSS Alabama,
off shore one mile in international waters with a large ceremony , the crew
and officers in full dress Confederate uniforms and band music playing
“Dixie”.

The Alabama's ordnance, British made, was six muzzle loading, 32
pounders, smoothbores, three on port and three to starboard, two pivot
guns, placed mid ship fore and aft main mast, which were 100 pounders,
one 7 inch rifle bored muzzle loader and one 8 inch.

Captain Semmes, now on board and in command, had only his 24 officers,
no crew. He was looking for a crew that was to sign on for a voyage of
unknown length and destiny and offered money to sign on, double wage,
paid in gold, and prize money for the Union ships destroyed. He ended up
with 83 seamen, but needed 20 more that he hoped to recruit from crews
of captured ships and at friendly ports of call.

The first two months were spent in the Eastern Atlantic , capturing Union
merchant ships, then she came to the New England water, sailing south
to West Indies before cruising west into the Gulf of Mexico where she had her first military engagement after she came upon and sank the USS
Hatteras off Texas and took her crew. Sailing south and made successful
raiding on Union merchant vessels. Finally the Alabama went in Cape
Town, south Africa for refitting ans reprovisioning after which she sailed
to the East Indies, spent six months, destroying seven more northern ships.
Then off to France for refit and repairs where Union warships hunted the elusive famous Confererate raider but she outwitted her pursuers and vanished over the horizon.



All total, the CSS Alabama did in 65 Union vessels and the crews
were never harmed during detainment. There were eventually placed
aboard a neutral ship or ashore in a friendly port.

The CSS Alabama completed seven Expeditionary Raids, was at sea
534 days, never visited a Confererate port , took more than 2000 men
prisoners without a single loss of life.

June 11, 1864, Alabama arrived Cherbourg, France port where
Captain Seemes asked for drydock to overhaul his ship.

Three days later, the USS Kearsarge, Captain John Ancrum Winslow
in command, arrived and took up station outside Cherbourg port. He
also request Gibraltar send USS St. Louis with provisions and provide
blockading assistance. The CSS Alabama was now boxed in and no
where to run.

Captain Seemes chose to fight his way out and prepared his ship and
crew for the fight and through diplomatic channels challenged the USS
Kearsarge asking her captain not to leave until he was ready to go out.

On June 19, 1864, CSS Alabama sailed out to meet the SS Kearsarge.
As the Kearsarge made it's turn to meet the Alabama the CSS ship
opened fire but was out of range. The two ships steamed on opposite
courses making seven circles moving SW with the 3 knot current,
each master trying to cross the bow of his opponent to send a heavy
raking fire. The battle turned against the Alabama due to the superior
gunnery of the Kearsarge. The Alabamas gun powder and fuses had
deteriorated but a shot from her 7 inch Blakely pivot rifle hit very near
Kearsarge's stern post and disabled to a point her rudder badly. It did not
explode, had it done so, the Kearsarge would have been disabled ending
the fight. The Alabamas rapid rate of fire sent many of her shots too
high to do much damage.

Unknown to Captain Semmes the Kearsarge was armor clad with an
outboard chain armor installed at an Azores port more than a year
before.



This “ chaincladding” armor of 2 inch chain link iron chain, 720 feet of
it, was placedon both port and starboard down to the waterline. The
chain armor was hidden by 1 inch deal boards painted black as was the
ships hull This armor belt was hit twice by Alabamas shots. One
shot from the 32 pounder cut the chain armor denting planking of the
hull, ans a second 32 pounder broke the chain and tore away the deal
board .

A bit more than an hour after the first shot was fired The CSS Alabama
was a sinking wreck by the Unions 11 inch Dahlgrens , Captain
Seemes ' struck his colors ' and sent a surviving boat to the Kearsarge
asking for assistance.

A small hand held white flag was shown on the stern spanker boom a
short while after her colors were struck and the engagement ended. As
the Alabama sank Captain Seemes threw his sword into the sea, which
deprived Kearsarge's Captain John Anerrum Winslow of the traditional
surrender ceremony having it turned over to the victor, a dishonorable
act.

The CSS Alabamas crew was taken aboard the Kaesarge except for
Captain Seemes and 41 officers who went aboard a private British
yacht, “ Deerhound “ , which spirited away to England.

The USS Kearsarge was awarded a U. S. Navy Battle Star. The
Confederate Medal of Honor was awarded to the CSS Alabamas
doctor, David Herbert Llewellyn, a Briton, who showed bravery and
drown as the ship went down to deeper waters.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

TRAVELERS RESTAURANT REHOBOTH


REHOBOTH HISTORY
1936 – 1950
TRAVELER RESTAURANT & JIMMY MOORE


Recently I made post in reference to the Travelers operated by Jimmy
Moore, an old time Rehoboth Santa Claus. Neither the post of Jimmy
nor Travelers got any comment or likes.. Jimmy Moore and Travelers
was in Rehoboth between May 1936 and 1950. It appears that in April
1950 the Travelers became the Avenue, located 31 Rehoboth Avenue,
according to Googlemaps, at or near the same location as was Travelers
as I remember it. 31 Rehoboth Avenue WAS between Edwards Treasure
Chest gift shop and the Blue Hen theater.

Here are some newspaper items, dated, which prove the existence of
Travelers Restaurant and Jimmy Moore in Rehoboth 1936 to 1950.
Most of the items appear in the Wilmington Journal.
May 7, 1936 : Mrs H.M. Waller, speaker, 'American Artist & Musicians'
6 pm, Travelers Restaurant Kiwanis Club o Rehoboth Bach.
April 15, Thursday, 1937, Pan American Day observed by Rehoboth
Kiwanis at Travelers Restaurant, the speaker Commander A. Campbell.
US Navy Retired and a Rehoboth resident.
November 10, 1942, IOOF dedication of Service Flag, at Travelers
Restaurant, Rehoboth Beach, Milton Fried chairman, assist by
James Travis and Bill Henning.
May 9, 1944 ad for waitress wanted, Traveler Restaurant, good wages,
Rehoboth Beach.
August 12 1944: Violation of price ceiling, James G Moore, Travelers
Restaurant and Blanch I Pilla, Blanch's Restaurant, both in Rehoboth.
Wednesday, 13 June, 1945 ad of Atkinson Restaurant, 7 North 1st
Street, Rehoboth, Nettie D Atkinson. 7 1st Street appears by gogglemaps
to be in the south end of Lingo grocery store building.
Thursday, February 21, 1946, Lewes & Rehoboth Red Cross workers
will meet with Rehoboth Kiwanis at Traveler Restaurant
March 1946 Clifton Morris of Lewes, Sussex Trust Cashier, speaker at
Rehoboth Kiwanis in Traveler Restaurant.
May 1946, at the Rehoboth Chamber of Commerce dinner Col Edgar Stayer
spoke of needing a year round open hotel in Rehoboth at Travelers Restaurant.
February 1947 Rehoboth Kiwanis held dinner meeting at Traveler Restaurant.
January 2, 1948 Travelers was awarded Christmas decoration winner along with
the Gre-Sin, Edwards Treasure Chest, Top Hat cleaners, Yellins five & dime all on
Rehoboth Avenue.
March 1948 Travelers held the retirement party for Kiwanis Charter member Jimmy
Moore and Naomi his wife who are closing the Travelers which they have run for 22 years.
Friday, July 1950 New Journal reports Jimmy Moore, Rehoboth's Santa Claus, is very ill
with pneumonia at Beebe. Jimmy Moore died 3 days before Christmas 1950.