Wednesday, March 21, 2018



March 17, 1968 Wilmington Morning News: Milton, Delaware

Sunday afternoon Lance Corporal Linden Wayne Brittingham, KIA in Vietnam on March 1
was buried in Henlopen Memorial Cemetery along the Broadkill River.

The Marine, son of Mr. & Mrs Linden R. Brittingham would have been 20 years old on March 6 but was killed by hostile gunfire in Thua Thien Province.

Brittingham graduated Milton High School in 1966, enlisted in the Marine Corp that
October, had training at Paris Island and been in \Vietnam seven months, due home in July.

In high school he was co captain of the football and basket ball teams and ran on the track team for two years. He was the class president his senior year.

In addition to his parents he is survived by three brothers Kenny, at Panhandle A & M College
in Oklahoma, Keith and Donnie at home., a sister, Lisa, at home. His grandparents, H.O.
Brittingham and wife, Robert Burton and wife also survive him.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018



Wilmington New Journal , Wilmington, Wednesday April 16, 1969

Where are they ? What happened to them ? Why ?

There aren’t many spots along the Atlantic Coast, south of Long Island, where pine fores
extend to the shore line but one is right here at Rehoboth. Most of it was cut off so the land could
be farmed and grazed, then later for the streets, cottages, and hotels for a resort after 1880.

There is some of the original pine forest left just north of the town and is named “The Pines”.

The trees are not the 'old growth' pine, taller and larger sized, that are found inland on more fertile land, but are some are of a respectable age and size. They have long been a Rehoboth distinction and sets Rehoboth Beach apart from other beach resorts between New Jersey and Florida.

Loblally pine is not a long life tree, and the shallow top soil and sand of the beach area's don't
afford it well so many of the past generation are dead or dying and there are no new seedlings that
are noticed, never get started or the off shore winds wont let them survive.

So, it is clearly high time we get some expert advice as to what to do to keep the Pines
famous and healthy for looks, shade and smell.

International Paper Company has an experimental “Super pine” a genetically superior tree
of fast growth, straightness of trunk and dense wood fiber. They reduce the plant to harvest time
of 50 years to 25 years.

Is it not time that the city of Rehoboth Beach look into such stock to keep The Pines alive to
give character ?

Abstract: March 21, 2018 by Harrison H.



Officials have condemned the Milton library because of structural cracks caused by the
old  'Red Bridge'  replacement across the Broadkill River on Union Street.   A riverside building
with a barber shop and video store was also commended last week due to cracks in riverside walls.

The library is to stay closed until the bridge 'fix' is completed said the mayor Jack Hudson.

There is also concern for Milton Sausage & Scrapple which is also right on the river who
say they have cracks in walls too.

Pile driving is to continue another two weeks and that will evidently be of some consideration
for the damages.

Library workers will be able to work in the rear section which is on solid ground and not on
the river banks. There have been no injuries, no books have fallen of the shelves but the library
does not want to take any chances.

Mayor Hudson also said the town has had an economic let down due to the construction as
beach bound route 5 traffic detours around the project which was to have been finished by the past
Memorial Day weekend.

The engineers have put blame on underwater iron debris from other old bridges at the site that
hindered the pile driving for the replacement bridge.

Source: Wilmington New Journal, Thursday, May 20, 1993. Abstract March 20, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018



John Lewis Brown, a Rehoboth Beach municipal employee since 1966, the former parks
supervisor, now a semiretired parks supervisor, does 'leaf mulch' at the towns compost
pile. His compost, pure mother nature doing her work, is much better than fertilizer, he says.

Some time ago he was top dressing some town flower beds with the black humus and some
spilled on a grass plot near by and Brown noticed later that this grass was greenest, tallest,
and healthiest he had ever seen. That was 20 years ago.

Brown and former mayor Lester Johnson worked together to develop the composting pit
because Rehoboth Beach is a 'Tree City” and has many leaves that were some sort of a
problem to dispose of. Now, the leaves go into the compost pile and saves tranportation cost,
plus e cost of disposal at the county dump. The compost pile is on a vacant 2-1/2 acre plot
along the Lewes – Rehoboth Canal that once was a 'wilderness' that held squatter chicken
coops and hog pens, where now the rains, sun and time do the work on the leaves.

Ever now and again, residents will bring in vegetable trimming and watermelon rines to add
to the pile. It's the best stuff for our flower beds in the city's parks.

John Lewis Brown died Sunday December 16, 2007 at age 89, and is buried in Epworth
Methodist Cemetery, Rehoboth. He was born in Clayton to John Lewis Stanley Brown and
Jessie Cannon Brown. He once had a country store in Williamsville before serving during
WWII in the Army overseas. After the war he worked
for Shoregas of Dover and served account in the Cape Henlopen area were he met Ellen
Moore, married, and moved to Rehoboth to raise his family.

John Lewis Brown is to be remembered for his attention to the beautification of Rehoboth,
his serving as marshal for many Rehoboth parades and his friendliness to all who passed
by him.

Sunday, March 18, 2018



How about spending a few days back in 1914 at Hollyville with some news items
out of the Friday, March 20, 1914 “Delaware Pilot” newspaper.

First the Unity Methodist Episcopal Church wants you to stop in Sunday at 10:30 to hear
G. R. Ellis expound the gospel which may be the last opportunity you have. Also attend
Sunday School at 9:30 that same morning.

The 'groundhogs' allotted time to show himself expired last Monday and we are happy to
the know the spring birds will be singing their merry tunes very soon as is custom.

A good heavy snow last week furnished merriment for our people, but not so close to April
for some farmers trying to work their grounds for strawberries, early grain crops and gardens.

Mr & Mrs George Hurdle are now at home with Jesse Joseph and it always pleases us to
have desirable people settle down in our community. We learn that George has traded his horse for one of more value.

We give thanks to our mail carrier for he never misses a trip and has been on the job five years
with the best service.

We take notice of our up to date ladies who have taken the fad of horse back riding and are
often seen in riding habits.

It is with sorrow we have lost one of our neighbors, Wrixham McIlvaine, a resident of
many years with great respect of the citizens far and near.

Miss Mary Prettyman visited her sister, Mrs John Joseph, Friday and Saturday.

Please do not forget the festival at the 'American Mechanics Hall'. Come out to help the
school cause as we are sure the students will feel more like studying if the surroundings
are made more pleasant.

Abstract by Harrison H., march 18, 2018 for and
facebook's page 'Lewes to Ocean City Memories'

Friday, March 16, 2018



Lewes High School band has marched through another successful year with a new
new leader, Prof. Anthony Ingram who arranged concerts which help bring fame.

The band was able to purchase snappy blue and white uniforms that improved
their appearance.

In April the band was invited to perform in the State Band Day activities in

The members are:
Clarinets: Violet Beebe, Betty Bryan, Homer Bryan, Ralton Dennis, Peggy Ewing,
Bill Hastings, Betty Guerin, Ervin Lange, Phil Marsh, Joan Marshall, Bob Maull, Carlton
Pepper, Kendal Prettyman, Sara Rickards, Eleanor Shutts and Robert Thompson.

Edna Lange played the oboe, Irene Hazzard the Baritone, tenor saxophone Richard Dennis,
baritone saxophone Stephen Vaughn, bass clarinet Bill Schmierer and Mary Frazer played
chimes and lyre.

Flute; Alfred Graves and Lelia Parker. Alto Saxophone, Alfred Best, Ton Best and Bill

Trumpet: Don Ewing, Peggy Hocker, Ann Ingram, Elisabeth Joseph, Dan Littleton,
Jack Morris, Tom Morris, Jimmy Short and Charles Wagamon.

Horns: Kathleen Baynum, Allen Beebe, Jim Palmer, Jim Thompson.

Trombone: Whitney Dough, Herb Hazzard, Bill Hocker, Hilliard Palmer, Risden
Passwaters, Herb Shutts.

Tuba: Gene Perry, Emerson Stauffer and Francis 'Dutch' Warrington.

Percussion: Eve Brewer, Walt Donovan, Earl Ewing, Don Jefferson, Jim Riley,
Pete Stevens and Bill Thompson.

The Drum Major was Josephine Brittingham.

Source: U. S. School Yearbooks, Abstract: March 16, 2018 by Harrison
for and facebook's page Lewes to Ocean City Memories.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018



Hurlock came with the Dorchester & Delaware Railroad in 1867 when they put a station
there. Later the railroad became the Cambridge and Seaford Rail Road,.

John M. Hurlock built the first storehouse in 1869 who also built the first dwelling in 1872.
At that time there was a fine forest of oak on all sides of the station  and here the Methodist
held camp meetings each year.     James M. Andrews sold lots for $25.

William Wesley Howeth built the second home there in 1885, after which the following
families of T. W. Noble, Henry Sinclair, B. F. Carroll, Thomas Wright and Thomas Hackett
built dwelling in 1887. Also in 1887 James Dean built a hotel.

Hurlock continued to grow, so in 1893 it was incorporated. There were fifteen stores of all
descriptions, two hotels, a grist mill, a saw mill and a box factory that had twenty men
employed, two canning houses, a creamery, a machine shop and the Hurlock Drop
Forge a principal industrial enterprise. The town had a post office with a postmaster,
William H. Stevens. Hurlock had t wo churches, Methodist Episcopal and Methodist
Protestant, two doctors, Dr. Nichols and Dr. Haefner.

In 1890, another railroad, the B. C. & A. R. R. came to cross the Cambridge & Seaford R. R.
which gave Hurlock a boom with 460 inhabitants and growing thriftly.

Abstract: March 14, 2019, by Harrison H. for & facebook's
Rembering Hurlock page. Source: 'History of Dorchester County Maryland' by Elias Jones,
Baltimore Maryland 1902.