Sunday, July 23, 2017



For the construction and completion of a new PRISON in Georgetown, Sussex County
Delaware, of the following description and dimensions, will be received by the Sussex Levy Court
The building is to be two stories high, forty-five feet in front, fifty feet in width, and twenty feet in height to the eaves.
The materials of the walls to be of the best bricks that can be had in the vicinity of the place,
except the show of the front wall which must be of good Philadelphia paving bricks. The roof to be
of good shingles.
Through the house, from front to rear, to be a passage of ten feet in width, in each story,
equally dividing the whole, with substantial doors at the extremities of the lower passage.
Of the divisions thus formed , the one is to be is to be more substantial for the prison apartment.
The outer walls must be 23 inches in thickness, the inner ones forming one side of each entry, 23 inches, and the subdividing walls of the several apartments 13 inches, of which apartments there will be four in each story, each one with a fireplace. Into each window thereof must be affixed with
strong iron grates and the doors to be strong and corresponding. The rafters and joist strong and not more that six inches apart.
The floors of the entries, stairway, and apartments, to be of 2 inch oak and the finish of the whole to be in a like substantial and corresponding manner.
Of the other division, designed for the keepers accommodation , the outer walls will be 13 inches in thickness, the flooring to be of good pine, with three rooms, each floor, with fire place
in each. The whole to be of good and suitable materials, finished in a plain substantial manner, the style and construction whereof to be what common and comfortable brick dwellings generally are.
The Commissioners wish to know the extra rate that would be asked to build it of all Philadelphia bricks, which can be brought to Milton, 8 miles distant, by water freight.
Proposals will be received until the 25th day of May next, address to:
March 22, 1827 Lewes, Delaware.

Abstract July 2017, Harrison H, from 15 May 1827 American Watchman of Wilmington, Delaware .

Lewes Native Col. Thomas Stokley

1754 - 1824

The obituary of Colonel Thomas Stokley was found in the Washington Pennsylvania,
Washington Reporter, volume IV, issue 12, Monday, August 9, 1824. This obituary is the basis
of the abstract below. It is I who took the liberty to call him a Lewes Native.
Thomas Stokley was born at Edenton, North Carlonia 1754. Other ancestry records list his birth at Lewes, Sussex county, Delaware, 1754 or 1756. His parents were John Stokley, born 1731, died 1770, at Lewes Delaware, and Mary Baynes, 1730 – 1777 also of Lewes. They are listed as being residents of Assawoman, Accomack, Virginia and Somerset county Maryland, who moved to
Sussex Delaware soon after Thomas was born. His first 20 years were recorded as a resident of Lewes, Sussex county, Delaware, after which he emigrated to the west in 1774, to the then frontier at
the Monongahela River in western Pennsylvania, south west of Pittsburgh, where he first settled and took an active part in repelling the invasions of the neighboring Indians.
By 1776 the frontier settlements had reached the Allegheny River, Thomas Stokley volunteered
in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment, was sent to Kittaning where a fort was erected along the Allegheny River. That winter he, as the first sergeant, marched his company east, over the mountains, to New Jersey to join the Continental Army having trouble with the British and served in two campaigns on the Pennsylvania line under General Wayne at Brandywine and Germantown and the affair at Paoli. Upon the defeat of the Americans there, he procured a horse which was used by he and colonel Daniel Broadhead to escape.
In 1778 he was commissioned Ensign, returned to the Monongahela to enlist a company for
the protection of the frontiers, erected forts along the Allegheny, and spent the next two years with Broadhead's campaigns against the Indians. 1781 he raised a company of 'rangers' to serve under Colonel Clarke against the Indians on the Scioto and Hockhoching rivers .
It was during this period, while under command of Colonel Laughrey, his detachment was
surprised by the Indians, most killed and others taken prisoners, of which he was one. As a prisoner he was taken to Detroit, suffered the savage cruelty , then delivered to the British at Montreal , confined for seven months, then exchanged at Quebec, and made his way to Philadelphia by 1783 where he immediately resumed his command which served another year before being honorably discharged by the Executive Council with their warmest thanks.
Having served his country during the whole of the Revolutionary War he soon settled
permanently in the Washington County Pennsylvania area. He was twice elected to the Pennsylvania
Senate where he achieved standing and influence. His natural mind powers being much improved by his experience , his remarkable manners, benevolence and great disposition , the evidence of which is the assistance and support which he at all times afforded the poor.
He was married 9 June 1788 in Delaware to Elizabeth Mountford , born April 1766 , in Delaware, died 12 July, 1845. She was daughter of Samuel Mountford, a blacksmith, and his wife
Francis Pope. They had a daughter Francis Pope Stockley born 1789 and a son Samuel Mountford Stockley.
Colonel Thomas Stokley died in Washington Pennsylvania 25 July 1824.

Abstract July 2017, Harrison H., from Washington Reporter, Washington, Pennsylvania , Monday
August 9m 1824.

Lewes Revolutionary War Capt. Waples


Accomack County, Virginia, September 3 1834:

Captain Samuel Waples, a native of Sussex County, Delaware, a son of Paul Waples and
his wife Temperance Derrickson Waples of Sussex County Delaware, died at his home in Accomack county, Virginia, on the 11th of August, 1834. Captain Waples was 84 year of age.

He joined the army of The United States in the Revolutionary War, as a Lieutenant in the
9th Virginia Regiment, and marched from Accomack with his regiment in the late part of the year
1776. He was a veteran of Brandywine and Germantown battles, in the latter he was taken prisoner,
and confined in a Philadelphia jail. He effected his escape by posing as a Quaker, found in Philadelphia the boarding house he once was a member of as an apprentice , run by widow Jones, and with her help, made the camp of the American Army at Valley Forge , and served to the end of the war as a recruiter with character as a gentleman, a brave officer, and firm patriot .

He then settled in the county of Accomack where he married to Anne Custis, the 12th of February, 1778 and raised a family of six children, losing a daughter, the last born, at birth. Anne Custis was a daughter of Thomas and his wife, Cassandra Elizabeth Wise Custis, of Accomack County Virginia.

Abstract July 2017, Harrison H, from the September 3 1834, New York American newspaper.

Friday, July 21, 2017




Many people and officials attended the hearing yesterday by Colonel Earl Brown, the

U. S. Engineer of Wilmington District and Captain Harry Tunis , U. S. Engineer, to hear probable

commercial benefits and the extent of local co-operation it the reopening project of Sinepuxent Inlet

which will allow salt seawater to enter the bay , to revive the sea food business of the area.

Efforts are being made by Maryland's Legislature to reopen the inlet and appropriate funds to go

with U. S. Government funds which will pay 2/3 of the cost. .

Mayor McCabe of Ocean City was also present and told of the sea food industry's loss as result

of the inlet closing and the importance of restoring the fish, oysters, crabs and clams to the Sinepuxent

bay waters.

It appears there is considerable interest in the project and Col. Brown's survey is to be

completed by the first of the year, submitted to the War Department for final approval.

Source: Wilmington News Journal , Wilmington, Del., 17 December 1931.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

North Ocean City Annexed.



An agreement has been reached that will allow the unincorporated North Ocean City to be
annexed and lead to the construction of a sewer treatment system to serve the ever increasing area of
Ocean City.
A joint committee appointed by Mayor Hugh Cropper, Jr., of Ocean City and the president
of North Ocean City Improvement Association, Cliffor Shuey, reached the agreement at the Sunday meeting.

Many North Ocean City residents oppose annexation while Ocean City officials have said the
sewer treatment plant they have been ordered to build could serve only the area north , if it was annexed.

In addition to the annexation and the building of the sewer treatment plant, the committee
recommends to add two seats to the City Council and the member of the North Ocean City Association be added to the committee to draft a revised City Charter.

Abstract July 2017, Harrison H., from Washington Evening Star, Wednesday, August 5th 1964.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

1961 Ocean City Marlin Fshing Port.


Ocean City, Maryland has always been surprising to itself, like the old timer waterman who let his wife take in summer boarders was surprised to find pretty soon that she was running a fair sized hotel, and he wasn't the only one, there were considerable numbers up and down and behind the boardwalk

The 1933 'storm' woke Ocean City up to the realization that it had the makings for a port. The storm had washed a channel through the beach into Sinepuxent Bay and left the southward beach into what is now Assateague Island. Uncle Sam obligingly built a stone rib rap which made the channel permanent, so Ocean City became a fishing port.

The Townsend brothers, sons of the late John Gillis Townsend, the Delaware politician, saw the opportunity to being marlin fishing off Ocean city, instead of having to go all the way to Florida and the Yucatan off Cuba, had their captain of their fishing boat come up a show the Ocean City boat captains how to troll with skip bait with squid. The Ocean City boat captains had often seen the marlins dorsal fins break water over Jack spot, a reef about 25 mile out and were surprised anyone would want to fish for them since there was no market for them.

Ocean City became a sport fisherman's port now known as “The White Marlin Capital of the World”. And that surprised the people of Ocean City.

Now Ocean City is surprised that despite the short season, investors have been willing to put up millions of dollars for modern hotels and motels, restaurants, along the coastal beach. Salisbury , 30 miles west has the airport, 45 minutes to Washington or Baltimore or Philadelphia.

The beach is one of the finest on the Atlantic, true it's not Virginia Beach nor Atlantic City, but it does it's own thing. The heavy tanned life guards and the nymphs who congregate around the lifeguard stands, show there is plenty of sunshine. The high tide surf fishermen cast with never ending patience.

The marlin fishing grounds are three hours out. Menhaden trawlers haul in nets full of bunkers which go processing plants in Lewes to provide oil for almost everything. At the piers you see the marlin fleet come in, when the boat is flying a flag it means a marlin has been boated or tagged and released.

Abstract of Washington Evening Star, George Kennedy's Rambler, August 11, 1961.
July 2017 Harrison H.

Bethany Harbor Condomniums

William Phillip Short & Mary Lighthipe
Sea & Pines, Inc.
Sussex Shores Reality Company
Bethany Beach

Sea Pines, Inc., Phil Short and his sister, Mary Lighthipe, have filed suit in Sussex County Chancery Court, to halt the construction of Bethany Harbor Condominiums, a 166 unit development
south of Indian River Inlet, by East Coast Resort, Inc.

East Coast Resorts president Ernest C. Raskaushas is also developing a single family home community in Bethany Beach.

These three landowners contend development would change the character of beaches now occupied by single family summer homes. They contend that the building permits and conditional
use are invalid and part of the proposed development encroaches on their property. The legal action
also challenges the validity of a zoning amendment.

The proposed development scheduled for completion within 2 -1/2 years on 22.8 acres
will cost $2.6 million.

Abstract : Harrison H. July 2017, from Washington Evening Star, 10 March 1972 :

Tuesday, July 18, 2017



To the beaches, the ocean beaches, start early or late. Make the Chesapeake Bay bridge
before 9 am Saturday morning. You are going to go either to Rehoboth Beach or Ocean City, or maybe to a more lonely Dewey, Fenwick Island or Assateague Island.

The Bay Bridge route is well marked, and traveled. I do mean traveled, sometimes very slowly.

Rehoboth Beach, the prim old lady, a 100 yard wide beach of white sand. Plenty of hotels, some rather crusty, and numerous regulations on parking, what to wear on the boardwalk, the riding of bicycles and other matters. On the board walk are the short order restaurants and amusement booths. Bring your money and have a good time.

Just to the south is Dewey Beach, rough, loud, visit the VFW barbecue, again bring your money. South of Dewey thing can get wild, an narrow road, sand dunes on either side, marsh,
seven miles clear and wide. Yes there are side areas, parking lots, for the weekenders who shun the crowded boardwalk. Here you can park, clamber over the high sand dunes, sit, watch the sea crash in.

Bethany Beach, well kept, a motel in the center of town, with little of the resort glitter of Rehoboth. Their boardwalk is a half mile long and the beach well attended and clean.

Past Bethany drive into Assawoman Wildlife Area, birds among the marsh, then here is Fenwick Island and more development , new modern design houses, many set high on piling high
up to escape the storm high tides that come. In to Maryland, houses, motels, land for sale, everywhere, even a shopping center.

Ocean City is Maryland' s ocean tourist mecca, an endless town, Bobby Bakers, ocean
side Carousel Motel , always jammed. Exclusive seashore developments are endlessly touted by Real Estate Agents. The central attraction of the carnival atmosphere is the boardwalk, lined with shops and hotels, car jammed everywhere in the narrow street. A walk itself is nothing more than a museum of human wildlife.

Take a seat in one of the cool beer caverns that line the boardwalk and watch the crowd. You are sure to find something, every shape and size is here, outlandish outfits, Hippies, grandmothers,
beauties, staid old timers wander to and fro.

An utter change of scene is a drive , past the inlet, crowded with fishermen, across the
Sinepuxent Bay to Assateague , wild, free, unspoiled, lovely. It is a National Park with services,
parking lots, camping sites, bath houses, concessions, but no hotels. No boardwalk but bike trails.
Thirty two miles of sparkling beach , dunes, sea grass, surf for fishing, very satisfying. Heading back to Washington ? You are on your own and if you enjoy driving in traffic, you have got it.

Abatract July 18, 2017, Harrison H. from Washington Evening Star, 16 July 1967. Weekend Trips.



A Rehoboth Beach Easter sunrise service would bring hundreds of Sussex County folk and
weekend visitors to the Rehoboth Avenue beach front at 5:30 Easter Sunday, who gather in whatever shelter they can find, face the ocean, and watch the sun rise over the deep blue waters.

Then, the young trumpeters blast out the prelude, this year 1947, the Rehoboth Youth Center Glee Club sang a special Easter hymn under the direction of Jack Jeglum, the Youth Center director.

Most times recorded Easter music is broadcast over loudspeakers for at least a half and hour before the service starts, just to make sure everyone is wide awake.

The Rehoboth Beach sunrise service is sponsored by the Rehoboth Chamber of Commerce and marks the official opening of the summer season.

Many eastern Sussex churches co-operate and here are the names of those who were on the committee in 1947.

The Chamber of Commerce committee in charge were, Edward Hill, Margaret Broeders,
Mrs Virgil Hearn, and Mae Hall McCabe.

The youngsters with the trumpets were Jack Lynch, James Cooper, Sammy Howarth and Dave Truitt.

The Rev. Mr. Charles Jarvis, pastor of the Selbyville Methodist church delivered the sermon,
the Rev. David Baker of Rehoboth Methodist church read the Scripture and the Rev. William Drysdale
Gibson, of Westminster Presbyterian gave prayers.

Bea Lingo played accompaniment for hymn singing on a small organ on loan from Mrs. George Edwards, set up on the boardwalk beach front.

Source of abstract by Harrison H. 17 July 2017, Wilmington News Journal, Friday, April, 4,

Monday, July 17, 2017




The local Reboboth Beach Chamber of Commerce thinks “whisky beach' is too strong a name for the suddenly famous strip of sand just north of Rehoboth Beach proper . The beach has been in the national news recently because Lynda Bird Johnson and her fiance, Marine Captain Charles Robb make visits there on weekends, including her latest visit during the Labor Day weekend.

Mrs. Mae Hall McCabe, local real estate broker and president of the Rehoboth Beach Chamber
of Commerce, says Whisky Beach is one of the more beautiful areas of the Delaware beaches, and
should not be 'degraded' by the name that has been given it by many people, including, her ward,
local drummer boy, Bill McCabe.

The Delaware State Park Commission says the official name is “Gordon's Pond Beach” but Whisky Beach is what the public prefers to call it.

No matter what its called, the drinking is likely to continue and a ban on drinking has been rescinded on state owned parkland because its is realized it cannot be enforced.

Abstract from Washington Evening Star, of D. C., Wednesday, September 13, 1967, Harrison H , July 17, 2017.

Sunday, July 16, 2017



Both William Penn, proprietor of Pennsylvania and Lord Calvert, proprietor of Maryland,
claimed Fenwick Island because of fuzzy colonial geography around the border. The dispute dragged on for decades until 1732 when Charles Calvert, 5th Lord Baltimore, met with William Penns sons to negotiate settlement. Both sides agreed that the border would be Cape Henlopen. Cape Henlopen at that time was marked on a map they used and located where Fenwick Island is today. Lord Baltimore disputed the border , however, the Penn family won out and Fenwick Island was part of Delaware.

Fenwick Island remained uninhabited, it's visitors were temporary who fished, crabbed, hunted wild fowl , gathered driftwood, and went back home.

At lighthouse was erected in 1859 and the keeper ad his assistant became residents of the southern most beach. Some years later a Life Saving Station was located a few miles north. In 1898
the first Fenwick Island Camp Meeting was held in the shadows of the lighthouse.

The early years of the 30th century, some vacationers, squatters, came a set up wooden houses with no electricity nor water. They feasted on fresh fish from the ocean, crabs and clams from the bay,
relaxed in the days heat by the ocean and the breezes at night visited by lantern light, without a concern of the ownership of the land beneath their shed.

After WWI Delaware began it's road building program and sure enough a road from Betheny Beach to Ocean City was constructed, right through the center of the squatters village. A 1929 Delaware Coast Press reported “ widespread approval is had with the road along the Atlantic coast”. Not so at Fenwick's squatters village. The state gave them the option to purchase beach front lots not in the right of way, but the $100 to $250 per lot price was too high. 1941 saw the state remove the squatters . By the end of WWII the road was finished and in 1953 the town of Fenwick Island
was incorporated. Fenwick Island had taken it's place among the quiet resorts of the Delaware coast.

Abstract Micheal Morgan's Delaware Diary, 14 July 2014, Delaware Wave . Harrison H. July 2017.



In the late 19th century, Fenwick Island, was a desolate place, acres of sandy dunes ,
surrounded the lighthouse and the houses of the beacon's keeper and his assistant.

One and a half miles to the north was the Fenwick Island Life Saving Station where the
surfmen maintained their lonely vigil watching for ships in distress.

South of the lighthouse the broad natural beach stretched into the distance as far as the eye
could see.

Here, thought the Wilmington land developers, was the place to start a modern watering
resort to rival any on the North American coast.

In 1894, Fenwick Island land Company and the Fenwick Gunning club Preserve, proposed
building a new resort on 800 cres of empty beach that straddle the boarder between Delaware and
Maryland. The lots in the new, “Fenwick Island City”, would be long and narrow, parcels along them would sell for prices, $50 to $500 . The lot would be only 25 feet wide and 200 feet deep.
Several parcels would be saved for hotels, service club house, and a grove.

It was believed at this time that the bulge in the coast pushed Fenwick Island east and closer
to the Gulf Stream. They contended the winds came from the south and the climate was always
moderate. Very seldom was the thermometer over 80 and then for only an hour or so. This made
the ideal location for the growing practice of ocean bathing. .

In addition to attracting beach vacationers during the summer the developers planned to
attract sportsmen for the wildfowl hunt in the cooler months. In 1876 the monthly magazine “Scribners” it was reported by T. Robinson Warren, that the coastal wildfowl here seemed to be
inexhaustible and there would be countless thousands of ducks and geese each spring and fall.

An electric railway from Frankford to the sea was planned but never built. A hotel was
built on the beach but buyers failed to snap up the ocean front lots. Fenwick Island would remain
an isolated and undeveloped part of the Delaware coast well into the 20th century.

Abstract: July 16, 2017, Harrison, from Michael Morgans Delaware Diary, 20 May 2014 Delaware Wave at Bethany Beach.



Abstract from the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona, Ed Severson's column, 16 February,
1984, titled. 'Fenwick Island Delaware Could Go Bankrupt'.
Fenwick Island, a 'spot' on the map, population 125 people , isn't the kind of place that makes national news. It's at the southeastern tip of Delaware just before you go into Maryland. The only reason most people pay attention to it is because its on a 'short cut' Baltimore people use to get to Maryland's beaches to get out of snarling traffic.
The Wall Street Journal, calls it a 'speed trap'. Catching 'speeders' is one of it's big sources
of income. A few years ago it was learned that the town officials actually 'planned on' raising $40,000
of the annual budget by 'speeders', with fines from $35 to $50.
However, among the hundreds of motorist the Fenwick Island police ticketed was Abraham
P. Korotiki, a Baltimore Maryland lawyer. Korutki was the wrong person to ticket. He sued
At court he said he wasn't speeding, he was followed into Maryland before he was stopped, wasent even in Delaware and besides, the cop had pointed his gun at a passenger in the car. It came out in court who Fenwick town officials 'planned' on picking off motorist to the tune of $40,000.
Korotki's story was so persuasive the the Federal Court jury that heard the case, awarded
$100,000 in punitive damages and another $10,000 to pay legal fees. In addition the police chief
was found liable for $2500 because the jury did not like the way he allowed his cops to chase
drivers across state lines. You can see the possible financial ruin of Fenwick Island lies ahead.
There is one popular way to 'trap' speeders to obtain a nice supply of them, that is, place the highway speed of 55 mph sigh along the road, just 20 yards before the town speed limit sign of 25
mph, the sign the town cops hides behind.
To make a set up like this pay off big, a lot of speeders has to be caught. At $35 or $50 a ticket,
to earn $40,000 , you need 800 speeders at least. It's easy to imagine that Fenwick Island has been picking off a lot of people who did not deserve tickets. Average people, working people, who do not have the resource to defend themselves.
Picture this guy, sweating on the job all week, now caught in bumper to bumper traffic , trying
to get the wife and kids, now at the snarling point, to the beach, now fishing through his wallet for his license, finds he has to pay the $50 he has saved for a good dinner, going to this godforsaken place, for a bogus speeding ticket.
A legal lynching” cried the Fenwick Island lawyer to the $10,000 legal fee award to Korotki . The lawyer could be right, it sounds like the Fenwick Island town officials know as much about legal lynching as does anyone else in America. Fenwick Island now has a big problem. There is not much to the town, alderman's court, police station, two police cars. The Federal court judgment may well exceed the towns assets.
The Baltimore judge was asked to throwout the award, but Korotki said he would be disappointed, and said he would fight it. That does not look like it would be too hard to do.
Korotki would wipe this place right off the maps.

Absract: Harrison Howeth, Lewes, De.. July 16 2017.

Friday, July 14, 2017



I found this on newspapers, in a Greensboro , North Carolina , newspaper,
The Greensboro Daily News, issue Tuesday , July 28, 1970, and read it since it had “Rehoboth Beach it's barren in Delaware” that caught my eye. It was an article titled “Meandering” and “The Never Ending Search” written by Jerry Bledsoe. After reading the article the question in my mind was “who the hell is he?”. Well he is an author, several books, magazine works, and such, a native of
North Caroline , in the 1970's living in Randolf county, where Ashboro is, along with the Pisgah
National Forrest. It appears that he and his family, the wife Linda, and son Erik, “searching” and got lost and stayed lost. Real lost. Here is his story;
The search, never ending, the column must come first, harder and harder, sometimes it just not there, tired, want to go home. This is the thought as we enter Delaware, and, as we leave Delaware.
Yesterday we came in Wilmington, got lost, and its not the most pleasant place to get lost. It's
not even a pleasant place to pass through, searching. Searching carried us through to a little village,
south of Wilmington, (probably Odessa), a restored colonial town, or maybe New Castle, as he thinks it is on the bay. Wandering, looking at the old buildings, ended at the bay. An old man and little boy were fishing, the old man was fishing, the boy too impatient, but when there was a strike he got the boy to reel it in. It was a cat fish, the old man said, the boy said “wow , it's a big one”, dropping the fish, line and all to the ground, running to a car to tell his mom all about catching a “cat fish'. We left, searching.
We went south, darkness fell upon us, ending today's search, and we found ourselves in
Rehoboth Beach, a sign said “The Nation Summer Capitol”. We camped at an over crowded campground on the ocean just south of town. The next morning, real early, because every one else was doing it, went fishing “on The Rocks”, which was fruitless, so back to the boardwalk. Still searching.
Erik and I walked the boardwalk, he looking in candy stores and toy displays, I found a store window full of bikinis. The sign said, “will allow the wearer to obtain an over all tan”. The search continues.
At the newspaper office, friendly and helpful people, but the best bet of my search was the local millionaire hotel owner, who is just everyday people, knocks around in old well worn work cloths, and had the story about one time when he was mowing the grass at the hotel a big shot guest drove up and yelled at him “ Hey boy, come get these bags; so he trotted right up and took the bags inside, and took the dollar tip. I don't know if I would know how to talk to a millionaire , even in
old ratty work cloths. Still the search went on .
We continued through more beach towns and other small towns in Delaware. On towards Maryland, there will be no column from Delaware. Quit I did, dammed if I would search anymore in Delaware said I. Linda could see I was depressed , tried to change the conversation , all while this guy on the radio is singing about flowers; “you know that you never bring me flowers anymore” she said. I pulled the camper off the road, set the breaks, got out, climbed a nearby sand dune, picked one dozen 'daiseys', carried them back and thrust them in the window “there”. She took them in the car and as I got in, she yells “ throw these things out fast, they got bugs all over them” I threw them out, saying “ well I tried”. One down the road, she touched my hand saying “ I appreciate the thought”. Still
It is way beyond me, how this fellow, searching, missed me.

Abstract: July 2017 HARRISON HOWETH. LEWES.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017



Robert Ke Ching, Sr., owner of the White Chimney Inn at Rehoboth and his head chef,
Moi Ni Ton, were stabbed in an apparent murder suicide case.
Bob Ching, age 59, and Moi, age 73, died at Beebe Hospital before the police could unravel the riddle involved . Investigation is somewhat hampered because the two witnesses speak only Chinese.
Events began in the case when Dr. Stambaugh was called by one of Chings employes about 10:30 am to please come to the Inn at 59 Lake Avenue. Police were summoned and an ambulance crew found Ching in his bed with many stab wounds but was still alive and taken to the Beebe Hospital in Lewes. He later died at 1 pm. Police had break into Moi's room, where he was also in his bed with a large kitchen knife in his stomach, he too was taken to Beebe Hospital in Lewes, where his died before noon of an apparent self inflicted wound.
The motive is puzzling since both were like father and son, being in business for over 30 years together according to Martha Toni Mather a manager for Bob Ching's business. Both lived in rooms above the Inn.
Bob Ching had come to Rehoboth over 10 years ago to open the White Chimney Inn after
having operated a Chinese restaurant, “Bob Chings” in Ocean City, Maryland, and the Seaside at Fenwick Island.
Mr. Ching was native of Honolulu and had been at one time the maitre d' at the New York City “Don the Beachcomber's” .
Ching's twin sons who live in New York City, Robert Ke, Jr., and Raymond, arrived last night at Rehoboth. Robert, Jr., a Harvard Law School graduate is a New York Attorney and Ray is a Wiconsin graduate and entrenched in his fathers business. Ching was a widower and has a brother, Alex, in Honolulu.
Bob Ching was a vibrant, fabulous person. Liked by all locals and summer visitors of Rehoboth Beach. A real restauranteur to say the least. Also, Moi, well knew how to prepare and serve
real fine Chinese meals. There were no better beef and pork Chinese dishes, moo goo gai pan, Chicken Gai Ding, shrimp foo yong, chow mein to be had in Rehoboth Beach.

The word around town for years was 'tragic'.




1826 – 1908

Elihu J. Morris, Lewes, Delaware, son of William Burton and Marie Marvel Morris, was
born in Indian River Hundred , Sussex County, Delaware , 14 May 1826.
His grandfather, Jacob, was born in Dagsborough Hundred, Sussex County, after 1700. He married and had two children, William Burton and Purden.

William Burton Morris born in Dagsborough Hundred 1 April 1794, received a good education
locally, and was a farmer for the next 50 years, and acquired during that period of time, the carpentry trade.

In 1840 he left the farm and came to Lewes to find employment in carpentry, at which he was skilful and gained success.

He had been soldier during the War of 1812, a democrat and a member of the temperance movement.

On October 18 1821 he married Maria Marvel, born 15 May 1801, daughter of Captain Philip Marvel of Dagsborough Hundred. They had children, six of them, Mary E., married Greensbury Lynch, born 1822, Elihu J. , born June 6, 1824, died June 11, 1825, Elihu J., born 14 May 1826, was third child, Jacob born 21 March 1828, died 13 December 1855, Sarah B. , married James Lewis, born April 29 1831, Elizabeth P, married John Marshall, born 1833.

Maria Morris died 8 September 1837. In 1838 Mr. Morris married again to Comfort Lewis who also died, and in 1850 Morris again married Margaret Coleman.

This Mr. Morris died in Lewes 8 November 1858. He was devout Presbyterian.

Elihu Jefferson Morris was educated in public school and at age 16 apprenticed in Philadelphia to a blacksmith for a year, then returned to Georgetown before coming to Lewes where he engaged in the 'wrecking' business, along with blacksmithing. 1877 he came full time devoted to saving ships and their cargoes, in addition to the management of a store he established in 1869. By 1879 Morris had added to the mercantile business, groceries and dry goods to the commodities he had for sale.

He and a son started a large cannery in 1887, in Lewes along the railroad near the Canal, he owned and operated a large truck farm and was considered a successful business man. He also gave valuable service to the community in public office. 1890 he was a member of legislature , town council, school board, and the Board of Trade. He was also connected with the F. & AM and the IOOF.

On August 25, 1853 Elihu Jefferson Morris married Mary A. Rowland, daughter of David and Catherine Rowland of Lewes. Mary was born 18 August 1835. both were Methodist Episcopal Church members, are buried in Bethel Cemetery at Lewes. They had children who are,

William Burton Morris born 21 January 1855, who worked for Adams Express Company in Philadelphia.

Jacob Morris, born 30 June 1856, was a wall paper hanger in Lewes.

Catherine Morris, born July 1, 1858, married M. Q. Short of Lewes.

Lillie Morris, born 22 April 1860, married Ernest Mandex of Wilmington.

Charles Schellinger Morris, born 8 November 18 1861, was a Delaware River pilot. He received a education at a private school and at age 15 went aboard a ship to learn piloting. He was a democrat and member of F & AM, the AOUW and IOH . 22 December 1887 he married Laura M. Jones of Philadelphia, both were Methodist episcopal Church members, and had one child, Marha Levering Morris.

Edgar C Morris, born 27 February . Was a locomotive engineer on the D. M. & V. Railroad.
Edgar died 1930 in Virginia

Elizabeth Morris, born 5 July, 1866. Married John B.Robinson of Lewes.

J. Ponder Morris, born 21 November, 1870, who died 18 August 1896. He was their eighth child.

The source of this abstract by Harrison Howeth 2017 is Biographical & Genealogical History of the State of Delaware & February 19, 1908 Philadelphia Inquirer, Sussex Snapshots.

Sunday, July 2, 2017



Rehoboth Beach: Professional entertainment is on its way to this ocean side resort, at the
Blue Han Playhouse located at All Saints Episcopal Church on Olive Avenue, on June 24th.
Mrs. Sullivan of the Patrican Inn, Olive Avenue, was instrumental in the efforts to bring show's to Rehoboth through her good friend Frieda Arth of New York City.

The idea to bring summer stock tp Rehoboth Beach was that of Mrs. John Sullivan of the Patrician Inn on Olive Avenue who had originally planned to host it in her hotel dinning room.

But, the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church, Rev. R. S. Bailey, got word of it and offered the Church Parish Hall. Rehearsals begin Monday with the producer and directors already in Rehoboth at the Patrician Lodge.

Playhouse will open a three week run of Neil Simons “Star Spangled Girl” , followd by
“The Owl and Pusseycat”, “Private Ear and Pubic Ear”, and last with “Luv”. Shows are nightly except Sunday, at 9 pm.

Mrs Frieda Arth, a New York theater producer, with Mrs Sulivan's prompting brought
“Blue Hen Theater” into existence in May . The chairman of the “Playhouse” is Mrs Charles Robb, with the Delaware Governor and Rehoboth Beach Mayor, as honorary sponsors. Mrs Arth has produced such shows as “Irma la Duce” “ Music Man “ and “Oliver”. Mrs Rob, whose husband,
Captain Charles Robb is currently serving in Vietnam, is expected to visit Rehoboth Beach again this

'Blue Hen' Playhouse was named after the Revolutionary War Regiment from Delaware, known as the Fighting Blue Hens. The Blue Hen is also the State Bird.

A group of Washington residents with the Chairmanship of Mrs. Robert Kintner have 500 patrons for the Playhouse signed up from the D. C. area. Another group of Capitol Hill workers,
dubbed the “Blue Han Chickens”, are also aiding the venture.

The Playhouse auditorium at the Episcopal Hall seats up to 100 persons and those involved
are looking into building a permanent Playhouse if things go over good this summer. The cost of each production cost about $3000, according to Mrs . Arth.

Source: Salisbury Daily Times, Salisbury, Maryland , Sunday June 6 1968
Abstract; Harrison Howeth, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017



A small bottle of Pacific Ocean water was dumped into the Atlantic Ocean at Rehoboth Beach, Monday, July 26, 1971 by a member of the Wandering Wheels. The water came by Schwinn Super Sport and took exactly five weeks. This was the fifth visit of the Wandering Wheels to Rehoboth in the past seven years, the riders ranging in age from 15 to 18 years. The ride, 3200 miles, began at Huntington Beach, California.

Wandering Wheels is a Christian program of Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, started as a means to relating rugged physical discipline to spiritual growth .

Bob Diller, teacher in Cocoa Beach, Florida and Ross Shenot, graduate student at Taylor University, were the co-coordinators. The 48 riders are from 26 states.

Everything went well of the trip which began June 21. One bike was lost in an accident but another replacement was furnished, built from spare parts, by the traveling mechanic.

Most of the trip was made on U. S. routes 66 and 50, somewhat off main thoroughfares. The high school riders made 90 mile per day, ate meals from the “supply truck' and slept whereever, in the woods, camp grounds and YMCA's.

The cyclist who carried the Pacific Ocean water was Pat Black of San Francisco.

Source: Wilmington News Journal, 27 July 1971, Sussex Bureau by Ron Williams.



Friday, March 11, 1938, taking a drive down to Rehoboth and from there over to Ocean View on the black macadam Ocean Boulevard , it is surprising to see the building activity on both sides of the road. You notice many out of state automobiles out in the fields and marsh. There is at least one very expensive looking log cabin going up.

At one place there were eight Maryland men erecting a building, a shed type structure. Another place, with five or six men, there was a very pretty log cabin going up.

These men will tell you there is no other prettier spot and the land is free. The beach land is owned by the State of Delaware, and those living there receive a notice once a year to vacate the property, but it is disregarded. They do not pay any tax.

Why should others of us struggle to make tax payments, pay for the unemployed on relief, and these squatters come , tax free. To encourage development of the state lands is a good thing but who can state officials allow that ground to be used free?

Next, these squatters overdo it. They set signs “No Trespass”, “Keep Out” and “Private”. The State Highway Department, the custodian of the vacant lands of the beaches, order these signs removed as well as fences, gates and driveway chains with padlocks. They are let know they cannot prevent the public from using freely the sand roads in the dunes. It will be soon that the Delaware people will retaliate and have the highway department ordering the squatters to remove whatever building the have erected thereon.

Many squatters have endeavored to purchase or lease, and obtain permission to locate small cottages on this land but records show the state cannot give them that authority.

Source: Progressive Delawarean, Wilmington, March 9, 1938. The New Journal. Wilmington, March 11, 1938 & March 10, 1938 . Abstract: Harrison Howeth, June 2017.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lewes Native Louis McLean Hickman, of California

MAY 17 1910

In Sausalito California , May 7, 1910, Louis M. Hickman, native of Lewes, Delaware,
age 77, husband of Mary Hickman, Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend
funeral services Monday May 8, 1910, at 2 pm, at his late residence.

Louis McLean, “LM”, Hickman was born 23 July 1832 in Lewes, Sussex county, Delaware,
to George and Mary Wolfe Marriner Hickman. Jr. died in 1882 in Califoria. 1834 Louis had a brother, Charles Carroll Hickman, born on the 18th of October. 1836, a sister, Emmah L, was born 3 October, 31st Jauuary, 1840 a brother, Napoleon was born. It looks like this brother became a doctor. February 2, 1842 he lost a sister , Sarah, who was born in 1820. In May of 1842 another sister, Albertine was born on 8th on May in Lewes.

LM Hickman was resident of Lewestown, Sussex county, Delaware in 1950. His father, George, died in 1851, on August 7th in Missouri City, Fort Bend, Texas.

Louis attended LaFayette college, 1847, in Easton, Pennsylvania, graduated the College of New Jersey in 1852.

Sometime before 1862 Hickman had married Mary Dallas, born 1836, died 1930, close to a hundred years of age.

His first child, a son, Louis McLean, Jr., was born in San Joaquin, Stockton county, California,
and lived to be only 20 year old. A daughter Mary Lavinda , they called her “Macie”, was born about 1865. In the year 1867, his residence was San Joaquin , California. At age 38, 1870, the family had moved to Stockton, and in 1871 another daughter Lyall was born as probably a twin , Lide Hayes Hickman. These girls lived to 1890 and died in California.

The 13 January, 1880, Louis' mother died in Lewes on January 13. 1886, a brother Nathaniel, born 1816, died also in Lewes. 1889 in Lewes his brother, Harbeson Hickman, died. He had owned large land holdings in Sussex county. A sister, Mary Caroline, born 1825, died 1891 in Lewes.
The daughter “Macie” died November 6, 1892, in Oakland, California.

At age 68, 1900, Louis McLean Hickman was a resident of Turlock, California. This year he lost another brother, Handy Peter Hickman, born 1822, who was resident of Pamlico, North Carolina.

In 1909 and 1910 a brother and a sister, Edward and Emma, died in California. Louis was living in Sausalito and died in Stockton, at age 75, the 7th of May 1910 . Pouis McLean Hickman is buried in Stockton Rural Cemeter, San Joaquin County, California in a mausoleum built by himn, several years age, in which are lain the remains of his four children. The funeral service was held in the Hickman Memorial Presbyterian church of Sausalito, by the Rev. Mr. Fruhling.

      1. M. Hickman, was a wholesale and retail dealer in hardware, cutlery, guns, and gun trimmings, stoves, sheet iron, tin, brass and copper ware located on Main Street, between El Dorada and Hunter, Stockton, California.

Source: San Francisco Call, San Francisco, California, Monday May 9, 1910
and . Abstract: Harrison Howeth 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017



A new business has developed at Lewes, Delaware , at the Delaware Breakwater, to overcome the local liquor option. New England fishermen are supplying the 'dry section' with mackerel, stuffed with your brand of liquor in pints and half pints. A slogan along the bay front “ Bay a Mackerel and Get A Big Drink” and the business is netting the fishermen considerable money.

Governor Miller recently approved an act prohibiting shipments of 'booze' to Kent and Sussex Counties but the bibulous Lewes residents came to the front with a plan.

The Yankees on a mackerel boat from New England laid in a large supply of 'booze' before reaching the Breakwater and opened a big number of fish and placed bottles of liquor inside and offered their 'catch' for sale.

The demand for mackerel soon became known and other off shore fishermen learned of the 'plan' and emulated it.

Source: Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, Sunday, June 8, 1913

Monday, June 26, 2017

1960 U. S Triton Off Rehoboth and Henlopen Capes

MAY 1960

May 1960, off the coast of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and the Henlopen Capes, the worlds largest nuclear powered submarine, a 7750 ton monster, the U. S. Triton, triumphantly burst from the Atlantic Ocean.

She had just finished a 83 day, 40,000 mile underwater voyage around the world, along the same course taken 400 years ago by Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer.

President Eisenhower and the Defense Department praised the skipper, Captain Edward L.
Beach and his 176 man crew. Beach, 42 years old, was a WWII submarine hero and Eisenhower's first navel aid.

Beach and his crew surpassed the 60 day underwater record of the Seawolfe set in 1958. The Triton had to broach the water twice, off the coast of Uruguayan to remove an ill petty officer and again off the coast of Cardiz, Spain to honor Magellan.

There was a special White House Ceremony held where President Eisenhower and Defense Department officials bestowed the Legion of Merit on Beach.

U. S. Triton left New London, Connecticut , last February 15th, with a sealed order for mission to carry out missile launching research for the Polaris. Also being tested was a automatic guidance system. Orders were to dive off Montauk , Long Island. Beache's first emter in his log was” we will come to periscope depth occasionally but not surface until May” . That red letter day, May 10, U. S. Triton , sufaced off Rehoboth Beach at 4:30 am. The
mission of tremendous strategic importance was completed. A Navy helicopter hovered overhead to fly Beach to the White house.

The Triton was driven by two atomic roters, each with a propeller, began circumnavigation off St. Paul Rocks, at the tip of Brazil, 55 miles south of the equator. She then rounded Cape Horn , but lost four days, 2000 miles, by a diversion to relieve the ill petty office. Then headed toward Easter Island, passed 1200 south of Hawaii, and was off Guam March 28th, bearing for the Phillipines and south toward Indonesia, crossed the Indian Ocean , to the Cape of Good Hope. Rounding Africa
the 17th of April and was back at St Paul Rocks April 25th. Her circumnavigation was complete but she remained submerged for the voyage to Cadiz and the back across the Atlantic for the rendezvous
off Rehoboth.

The crew and skipper were pale for lack of sun and many wore beards which caused gales of laughter among happy wives and children upon the return to home base.

Source: Pasadena Independent, California Monday May 16 1960. Opinion Page

Sunday, June 25, 2017




Friday and Saturday, June 9th and 10th, Rehoboth Beach will host a pageant to select a Miss Delaware entry for the “1961 Miss Universe Contest”.

The Delaware lass chosen Saturday to represent the First State will win an all expense paid
trip to Miami to compete for the U.S. A. title in preliminaries to the bigger Miss Universe contest.

Miss Shyrl Jones of Wilmington's modeling and charm school has been instrumental in bringing Rehoboth back into the beauty pageant picture. She had a meeting with Mayor Clarence Lynch and Chamber of Commerce President Harry Zerby the past spring and pointed out the Rehoboth Beach is the only logical place to hold a beauty contest in Delaware. Being the gentlemen they are, both naturally agreed.

Young ladies between the age of 18 and 28, never married, are eligible for the Delaware preliminaries. Beauty, poise and personality are the chief qualifications as there are no talent
contest involved.

The finals will be held on the Boardwalk at the east end of Rehoboth Avenue.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


APRIL 15 1699

April 15, 1699, the first members of the Conwell family, Yeates and Rebecca Fisher, arrived in America, sailing into the Delaware Bay and anchoring their vessel at Reedy Island.

They settled in Broadkiln Neck and in 1705 acquired one thousand acres from Rebecca's father, William Fisher.
Yeates and Rebecca had four children , William, John, Elias and Hannah who all married.
William died young leaving two children. John was married twice, leaving three children from each wife. John is an ancestor of the late Joseph Conwell of Drawbridge, Jane Robins, late of Broadkiln Neck, and the late William A, Conwell , father of David M. Conwell and Mrs D. A. Wiltbak of Milton.

The third son, Elias, is the ancestor of Mr. John T. Conwell of Broadkiln Neck and Mr. Asa Conwell of this Milton.

Hannah, the only daughter, married Abraham Gum.

About two hundred descendents of Yeates and Rebecca can now be traced, many who live in Delaware, but the majority live in other states, several out west.

Considerable portions of what is now North Milton, at one time belonged to the Conwell family. The frist mill of Milton was built by a Conwell with business partner by name of Coulter.
The Milton property named above was owned by DR. John Spencer, his daughter , Unice, becoming the wife of George Conwell a brother of Asa F. Conwell's grandfather, born May 1st, 1747.

Records are scarce telling frm what part of England or Ireland the Conwells came. A mention of William, Yeates grandfather, gives a birth date of 1615 at Essex, England.

It is probable that the family originally came from Sweden and were connected with the Swedes who first settled Delaware.

The Conwell name is rather rare in the United States but wherever found represents integrity,
industry, character and good citizenship.

Source: Milton Times, April 15, 1809, Milton, Sussex County, Delaware. /
Abstract Harrison 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017




d' Hinoyossa was perhaps the most influential man in colonial Delaware history, most known for surrendering the Dutch colony along Delaware River to the Crown of Britain many years ago.
Tradition suggest he traveled with Jacob Alrichs from Brazil to Holland to work in Ansterdam,
thence, to Niever Amstel, (New Castle, Delaware) , when Alrichs was governor of New Amstel. At that time it was difficult for the colony as hunger was widespread and an invasion from Maryland seemed inevitable.

When Alrichs died in 1659, d'Hinoyossa became the colony's leader . He was 'dubbed' the
“Little Prince” by his subordinates because of his arrogant manners. Accounts were known where d'Hinoyossa abused his subjects, sold company supply's for his personal gain and traded company guns to the local Indians. One account has him using parts of the wooden fence at Fort Casimir to fire his beer brewing kettle. Apparently, profit was more important to him than defense.

However, these abuses did not overshadow his accomplishments. Through diplomacy
d' Hinoyossa set up trade relations with the Lord Calvert administration of Maryland . With
Delawares Augustine Heermann, he started “Smugglers Path” from Chesapeake Bays New Bohemia
(now Bohemia Manor, Maryland) to Appoquinimink (now Odessa, Delaware) . In order to avoid
tax and ensure safe transport, Marylander's passed tobacco to the Dutch in return for slaves and strong beer. D' Hinoyossa envisioned Odessa would become a trade center for the colony’s and patented land at the confluence of the Appoquinimink and Drawyers creeks, which were diked and drained by his servants for use as agricultural lands.

After the English captured New Amsterdam in 1664, Sir Robert Carr and a force of 130 English soldiers with two ships were dispatched to capture the Dutch possessions on the Delaware River which most of the colony settlements gave up immediately, the garrison at Fort Casimir delayed in an attempt to negotiate more favorable terms. Although d' Hinoyossa served a small feast to the
British officers, his negotiating ploy failed. The ships opened fire, damaging structures in the fort, the British troops stormed the rear walls, taking the stronghold quickly. The English left the townspeople alone, granting them rights as British subjects.

After this surrender, d' Hinoyossa left New Amstel and settled with his wife and seven children
in Talbot county, Maryland. Later, he returned to the Netherlands Dutch Republic, was commissioned in the army. When the Sun King and his French Army invaded the Netherlands in 1672, d' Hinoyossa was charged with the defense of the city of Wesel, which he quickly surrendered . He was subsequently tried for treason, mutiny and cowardice and beheaded.

Abstact of blog of Craig Lukezic, Delaware Historical Cultural Affairs.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017




Red Star bus line was organized Delmarva by local business men of Delaware and Maryland.
In the early 1930's, when highway buses were replacing the transportation need of the railroad and steamships.
Most roads were single lane in those days and it was a winding trip to most cities and the ocean resorts. The first buses looked more like enlongated automobiles than do today's monsters.
World War Two caused more travel and helped Red Star to become valuable property. The after the war increased production of the automobile , bus travel became burdened just like the railroads and steamships.
In time Red Star merged with Carolina Trailways which allow bus travel it to live another decade or so, but as we all know, the family car took over the roads to the ocean resorts of Delmarva.
The last full time, repeat full time, bus depot in Rehoboth, appears to have been Snyder's Soda & Ice Cream, newspaper store, on Rehoboth Avenue.

Abstract: Salisbury Daily Times, July 4, 1976, Harrison 2017.



The dedication of the Coolspring Community Building, a gift of Dr. David M. Hitch of Philadelphia to the Coolspring Presbyterian Church, took place the afternoon of August 1, 1928 at Coolspring on the Georgetown to Rehoboth highway.

The Rev. Thomas Parker McKee, pastor of Georgetown First Presbyterian Church, also the pastor at Coolspring Presbyterian Church, presided at the dedication ceremonies. Dr. Hitch , doner, handed over the key to to the church officials, saying “ we can heartily thank Mr. Robinson, the builder, for erecting the building in a conscientious manner, co-operation with his personal interest with us pertaining to it erection. Therefore it is with great pleasure I present this key to you , confident that my trust is well placed”.

Te community building is less that a mile from the church on grounds formerly known as “Sunken Gardens”, is a modern structure 75 feel by 34 feet. The main floor will serve as an
auditorium seating at least 500 people. It will have a stage and rest rooms. The basement is to have a
roomy and convenient kitchen and dinning room, dressing room and a sitting room.

Other speakers were Congressman Robert C. Houston, and, James Tunnell, both of Georgetown and elders of the Georgetown First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Edward Sudler of Georgetown , Miss Margaret Baylis of Lewes, and others gave musical solos. The Presbyterian Church Ladies Aid Society served a chicken dinner to people present from all sections of lower Delaware.

Source: Wilmington News Journal , Thursday, August 1, 1929. Abstract 6/14/2017, Harrison