TAKES OPTION OF TRACT OF LAND
FROM ROOSEVELT INLET TO BROADKILL RIVER
Lewes, September 15, 1958, Hercules Powder Company, disclosed it has on an option to
purchase about 1800 acres on the Delaware Bay a mile north of town. The boundary covered by the option extends from Roosevelt Inlet area along both sides f Canary Creek to the Broadkill.
This tract includes lands owned by the Ritter family and the Brittingham family and Lewes Town Commissioners. The option in case for the Lewes property would be for long term lease, while the Ritter and Brittingham lands would be an out right purchase.
J. H. Tyler McConnell, secretary of the Hercules Powder Company, announced the company has no immediate plans to construct a plant on this property, just a desire to be prepared with an
available site for future expansion in this area. The site is readily accessible to ocean transport, rail
and highways and even if it is largely marshland it can be reclaimed for industrial use.
Hurcules officials have said they will be good neighbors in every sense of the word, just as it has proved to be in over twenty two other locations in the United States where it has plants. The Lewes residents, as well as those in other communities, the farmers, sport and commercial fishermen,
wildlife, should not be concerned. Hercules has established leadership in the chemical industry for safety and employ relationship and community co-operation.
The owners of the properties involved, all Lewes residents, are: Grace Brittingham, Edward Winfield Bittingham, Jane Dean Brittingham, William Ritter and Lewes Town commissioners.
Abstract, from Wilmington New Journal , Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday September 18, 1958.
Harrison Howeth, 2017