Tuesday, July 18, 2017



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,

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