Thursday, August 17, 2017



Lewes, Delaware Sunday, March 12 1949 :

Soviet Naval Officers were marooned ashore in Lewes last night at the Caesar Rodney Hotel after they had attended a dnner.

The officers were from the cruiser Murmansk, the former USS Milwaukee, which was lent
to the Russians five years ago and now being returned.

The return ceremonis are scheduled for Monday.

After the dinner a U. S. Coast Guard cruiser took them out to the Murmansk but high winds
made it impossible to board the ship and they were returned to the Caesar Rodney Hotel. The gold braided officers were Commodore Vasily Foodorvich Kotov and Rear Admiral E. G. Glinkof.

The town of Lewes sent a bouquet of spring flowers to the crew of the Murmansk as a gesture of freibdship from the 317 year old town.

Source: Columbus Dispatch, Sunday, Ma

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


1924 – 1925

Lewes, Delaware, September 6, 1924

The public school of Lewes will open for the academic year 1924 – 1925 Monday,
September 8 for a nine month term.

Grade one enterants will be admittted if the are or will be age 6 on of before January 1, 1925.
With the excellent physical plant and teaching staff from standard colleges and normal schools ,
the school year promises much progress and achievement. Enrollement will be higher than previous
years owing to better transportation facilities.

Members of the Lewes Board of Education are; Napoleon Register, Dr. James Beebe and
Thomas Ingram. Ira Brinser has again been appointed superitendent of School.

The teaching staff are; Miss Catherine jones of Wilmington, for grade one. She is a graduate
of Wilmington High School and the Illman School for Training of Primary Teachers.
Grade two; Miss Edna Blizzard, of Lewes, graduate of Lewes High School and a student in
teachers training at Delaware College.

Grade Three; Miss Virginia Lingo of Rehoboth, a graduate of West Chester Normal School .

Grade four; Miss Mary Megee of Lewes a student of Delaware College teachers training

Grade five; Miss Elizabeth Register of Lewes, Lewes High graduate and student at
Delaware College teacher course.

Junior High School:
History, geography, and girls physical education , Miss Margaret Deckard, A. B., of Marysville,
Pennsylvania, graduate of Marysville High School and Wilson College.

Mrs. Katherine V. Johnson, Lewes, graduate of Ontario Normal School , for english, reading,
and grammer.

Miss Etta Futcher , graduate of Lewes High School Student Delaware College and Pennslyvania
University, summer school, will teach arithmetic, penmanship and hygeine.

Senior High School :
Miss Isabella Ross of Lewes, a Lewes High School graduate, West Chester Normal and Columbus
University, social science and mathematics.

Miss Virginia Galt, of Hermond, Virginia, A. B. Goucher College, latin and history.

Miss Anne Martha Osborne, A. B. of Danville, Indiana, a graduate of Indiana Normal
School, Earlham College and University of Indiana, english.

Miss Elizabeth MacIntire of Lewes, graduate of Lewes High School , A.B. Womans college, University of Delaware, is home economics teacher.

Stewart E. Poole, Hillsboro, Maryland, Beacom Business College, commercial course
      1. C. Schock, B. S., Franklin Marshall College and Temple University, general science, biology, chemistry and physics.

A. Boyd Cass, Nichols, New York, graduate Mansfield Normal and Pennsylvania
State College, manual arts.

Ira S. Brinser, superintendent, Millersville Normal, Franklin and Marshall, Harvard.

Teaching Staff of Lewes Colored School:
Grades one and two, Miss Mariam Brown, Lock Haven Normal School. Grades three, four and
five , Eugene Lockwood of Lewes. Grades six, seven and eight, George Read of York, Pennsylvana,
A. B. Lincoln University.

Friday, August 11, 2017

1926 Henlopen Hotel



1926 - 1928

Thursday afternoon, August 5th, 1926, title of the Henlopen Hotel passed from the
present owner, Mrs. Lucy May Burton, to a company with the head officer being Mr.
William Coyne of Wilmington. Mr. Coyne's company has been interested in erecting a
modern hotel at Rehoboth on a site adjoining the Henlopen Hotel. The purchase price was not
disclosed to the public.

Others present when the transaction was concluded by Mrs. Burton and Mr. Coyne
were C. P. Burton, William Kurtz, Mr. Coyne's attorney, Georgetown lawyers Dan Layton and
Frank Jones. Also Thomas Haydock an architect, E. D. Prince of the hotel company and Ralph
Wingate, Rehoboth realtor, the broker who arranged the sale. It was stipulated the management
of the Henlopen will continue under C. F. Burton for the rest of this season. Also decided was that
it is now time to build a new modern comfort establishment ordinarily sought by vacationist at
any first class resort.

Plans for the new hotel have been completed by Haydock & Young , builders of Philadelphia,
and work is to begin at once on a concrete block structure, which is to be a spanish type structure
of architecture. The interior will be built of gypsum block fireproof materials.

Plans call for 180 sleeping rooms, each with a lavatory with hot and cold running water,
that will have the same rate as present. The dinning room is to be much larger and be located at the ocean front giving guest the benefit of ocean breeze and view of the Atlantic. The main lobby will be toward the rear and elevators will be installed. The entire front will be taken over by sun decks.
A dance floor, three times larger that present will be on the ground floor and have a stage to
accommodate theatricals or conventions. There will be a area to hold colonial relics and items to
remind guest of the Henlopen Lighthouse for which the hotel was named.

It has been announced, by Haydock & Young, that whenever possible, all contract works, building materials, etc., will be let or purchased in Delaware.

William Coyne, who has made the much desired modern hotel for Rehoboth possible,
is a vice-president of I. E. duPont & Nemours and Company and his visits of many years have
made the the new hotel a reality.

The Las Flores Hotel Company which had planned to build a new hotel at Rehoboth will be management and operate the new Henlopen Hotel.

Wilmington Morning News, Saturday, August 7, 1926. Abstract: Harrison H, August 11, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017



TUESDAY , APRIL 1, 1924.
The Wilmington Evening Journal , April 5, 1924, reported that the milk receiving and cooling station at Nassau is in operation and that an inspection and program was held last Thursday when dairymen and agriculturalist from all sections of lower Delaware where visitor.

Thomas R. Ingram of Sussex Trust Company eas chairman of this affair. Brinser's Band of Lewes was resent and furnished music during the afternoon and evening.

The new plant was in operation Tuesday, April 1, and diarymen of the Nassau community
were paid $2.85 per hundred pounds at the plant. The secretary of the Interstate Milk Producers
Association , C. I. Cohee, spoke about the necessary requirements expected of the diary farmers
to produce high grade milk for the Nassau plant. He congratulated Sussex County Ag Agent
Molloy Vaughn and his committee who had aroused the farmers to establish the cooling plant.

The diary farmers are reqired to have their milk at the plant before 9 in the morning so it
can be be cooled peior to rail shipment to Philadelphia in the afternoon.

Dean McCue, University of Delaware School of Agricculture , also was a speaker and he
emphasized the fact that eastern Sussex was suitable for milk production and that he Nassau Station would be a siccess. Other speakers were H. D. Davis of the Supples – Willis Diary Company of Philadelphia, Molloy Vaughn and Hiram Burton of Lewes.

Some 700 persons enjoyed the visit and feed cafeteria style , free ice cream supplied by the
Supplee - Willis people of Philadelphia and the owners of the Nassau plant.

The Nassau Station is one of the most modern in Maryland and Delaware, the only grade A
receiving plant on the Delmarva Peninsula and cost $25,000. Milk is furnished from more than
four hundred thoroughbred cows.

Samuel Wallace of Philadelphia is manager of the Nassau plant of the Supplee – Willis Company. Also present at the affair were Dell Henderson Supplee -Willis superintendent and Dr.
R.C. Dayton, representative of Grade A.


JULY 14 1925

Simpson & Brown, contractors constructing a new terminal at Pennsville, New Jersey
and the slip at Delaware Street wharf in New Castle, for the Pennsville-New Castle ferry is now
installing cribbing for the concrete of the slip and will pour the concrete tomorrow.

The 70 foot long steel slip for the Pennsville terminal under construction at New York
Shipbuilding Company in  Camden,  New Jersey,   will be finished in a day or two, and will be brought to the terminal by barge in a matter of days.

The slip for the Delaware Street wharf terminal, also constructed at the same firm, will be
brought in section and assembled at the wharf.

Contractors have guaranteed that the ferry will be ready for operation by the first of August.

The two ferry boats recently purchased are to arrive within a few days. Business men are looking forward to the increase in new business.

A ferry was operated across the river here a hundred years ago.

Reported by the Wilmington Evening Journal, Saturday , April 5, 1924.




It so happens that tomatoes grown in lower Sussex county Delaware are one of the most

profitable crpos grown there.

A four acre patch grown by George N. Howard , on the farm of the late George W. Shockley,

located between Midway and Love Creek, produced 1713 baskets , sold through the Farmers

Produce Association at Nassau, brought him $1407.04.

Mr. howard said his success come by settng good quality plants and to apply good food to

them. The land is well prepared and nine tons of barn yard manure and 400 pounds of fish scrap were

used to each acre.

Last year's tomatoe crop was a total failure with yields of ten baskets per acre for most

Mr. Howards results are considered remarkable and he probably had a net profit of $3000 for

his four acres of tomatoes.

Reported by Wilmington Morning News, 29 January, 1920.

FYI the late George W. Shockley farms is now the location of the Beacon Middle School on

the John J. Williams Highway, Delaware road 24.



The residents of the Yellow Hill School District organized the Nassau Coumminity
Association in November 1920 under the direction of Mrs. Mabel Draper, the district chairman of

Sussex county.

The members were unusually ernest and interested in the work of the organization and

their enthusiam bids fair to making it one of the wortwhile associations in the state.

The following offcers were elected :

President, Mrs Rachael Warrington; vise president , Mrs Frank Truitt ; secretary, Miss Margaret

Mitchell; treasurer, Miss Mary Massey.

Stoke Ingram was made chairman of the membership commttee.

Reported in the Wilmington News Journal , Thursday , November 8, 1923

Monday, August 7, 2017



Abstract from Volume VII Lewes Journal , Historic Society, by Judy Adkins Roberts in 2004.
A request, of sorts, from Vickie Dawes on Facebook

Marjorie Virden was a life long resident of Lewes and a newspaper column writer for several local newspapers. She was well known and into about almost everything that ever went on in around Lewes, Rehoboth and the Cape Henlopen area. She knew everything about everyone , their families, whatever. She did not miss a thing. My opinion from reading old newspapers. I did not personally know the lady.

Judy said that Marjorie was her family's neighbor up the street at 344 Pilottown Road and Judy thought she was a 'witch”, red hair and all. Marjorie was born 20 July 1899 to Thomas James Virden and Eva Kneale in Philadelphia where she lived until 1910. Thomas Virden was a Delaware River Pilot and from a prominent Lewes family, his wife, Marjorie's mother was Eva Kneale. . Her father died 17 November 1955. Her mother died 24 January 1961. Her grandfather, John Penrose Virden, was also a Delaware River Pilot, his wife was Louise Maull, both being from prominent Lewes families.

From 1920's until her retirement in 1968 she was a reporter for local weekly newspapers,
and wrote her columns “ Tidbits & Tidings” and “Rambling Around Rehoboth”.

She had a liking for cats and her home was a haven for 'strays'. She was instrumental
in the founding of the local SPCA.

Her column's always began with a description of nature that had impressed her, like the
changes in the weather. Then she wrote about the social happenings of Lewes and Rehoboth.

Marjorie was one of several Lewes citizens that were founders of the Lewes Historical Society\
in 1961. She knew the family relationships of nearly every one in Lewes. Her own family, through her mother, Eve Kneale, was said to be descended from a sister of one of the Dukes of Wellington.
Her grandmother Kneale's maiden name was Wellsley, as was the Iron Dukes family name.

Marjorie attended the University of Delaware but did not graduate there which did not hinder her from becoming an Associated Press reporter. She is remembered in the 1977 book “Delaware
Women Remembered”.
Miss Virden was active in most all local organizations, the secretary of Lewes Yacht Club
for many years.

Marjorie Virden died June 1978 in a Wilmington Nursing home, under the care of her cousin, Elizabeth Marshall Hill . She is buried in Saint Peters Episcopal Church Cemetery.

Her bright red hair indicated what a bright star she was in Lewes and her like will never come

Sunday, August 6, 2017


William Frank, Wilmington New Journal , said “ I guess very few have ever heard of her skill ,
but let me state that she was a journalist of tremendous energy, resources and determination” .
For years, Virginia Cullen, was the chief, often the only, News journal correspondent down in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Fenwick Island area.
When it came to a critical period, such as a hurricane, severe nor' easter or such, News Journal editors would depend on Virginia Cullen to come through with a mass of detail.
Remember the big blizzard of 1934 that isolated Lewes and Rehoboth and all the other little towns down there. She was there and covered it. No telephone nor telegraph lines were in service, highways were totally closed, but Virginia Cullen wasn’t stopped. Somehow she got to Lewes, made an abandoned chicken shed house headquarters with an amateur radio station. She scurried around picking up news items here and there. Plowed her way back to the old chicken shed house and relayed
her news to the News Journal newsroom via the improvised broadcasting station.
In 1961 the Salisbury Daily Times reported : There is a sign over a mail box on a modest cottage on Maryland Avenue that simply says 'Virginia Cullen – News Reporter'. A sign has never said so much so quickly.
Virginia Cullen, some know her as “Din”, is 'THE' news reporter on the Delaware coast and has been gathering and writing news most of her adult life.
In Rehoboth Beach , an upper crust resort , Virginia handled 'straight' news, organizations events, and society tidbits of members of the Washington diplomatic corps , the upper echelon of
capital officials, and leading socialites from throughout Delaware.
There are some metropolitan newspapers that pay more than usual attention to such goings on, a fact that keeps Cullen pretty busy in the social season.
Mrs Cullen is author of “The History of Lewes”, a booklet for the DAR 1956 for the 325th
anniversary of this salty old town, benefit, restoring Lewes ancient landmarks. She came to Lewes in 1932 to write about the towns tercentenary, liked it so well she stayed. She moved to Rehoboth in
Virginia Cullen is a native of Charlottsville, Virginia, born 1893 on Montville Road to Broadus and Lottie Goodyear Flannagan. Her father was a traveling saleman, she had thee brothers and two sisters, was first on the staff of the Savannah Georgia, Morning News, and as never lost her Dixie draw. She had married in 1913 to Joseph F. Cullen but divorces eleven years later.
She feels the story of the 1945 surrender of the Nazi U-boat as her greatest news work. She has a grown daughter, Mrs Thomas John Ryan, of West Chester, and two grand children.
Virginia Cullen died in 1969 at the age of 76 in West Chester at Brandywine Hall, near her
daughters home and was still writing Sussex County news for the Wilmington newspapers.





Four good sportsman of Rehoboth Beach spent 2-1/2 hours rescuing a fifteen year old, blind
and deaf, Chesapeake retriever which had fallen through the ice on the Lewes Rehoboth Canal at Rehoboth Avenue bridge.

The 15 year old Rip, owned by Bill Joseph of Schoolview near the canal was wet, cold and somewhat comatose for a while but has recovered.

The story is, rib was walking on the canal ice when he reached an air pocket and fell through. He, at 80 pounds, was able to hang on to the ice but unable to lift himself out of the cold water.

His barking was heard by the bridge tender Hoyt Hazzard, and several others working near by, Kermit Hill and Holland Ewing, joined by Buzzy Misener and John Roberts of MED Sales on Rehoboth Avenue. At a loss to reach the dog by motor boat which was frozen solid to the canal bank the got a small row boat from Sam Burton and slide it across the ice to the dog, gathered him into the boat Shaking frombeing wet and cold Buzzy took his own coat off and wrapped it around Rip.

Rips owner came and took his home to thaw out and dry and a day later the Joseph's said he
was as frisky as ever.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017



When William Watson was governor of Delaware, 46 years ago, a baby who was named William Thorp Watson came to brighten the home of governor William Watsons son, Bethune Watson.
There was no reason to distinguish this baby from scores of other youngsters and as then governor William Watson gazed upon him little did he imagine that in 46 years this tiny infant would occupy
the high office of governor.

But whether he imagined it or not the erstwhile baby is now the chief executive of the state
of Delaware.

William Thorp Watson , the new governor of Delaware, was speaker of the senate of the state
when death removed Governor Joshua P. Marvil. Most states have a Lieutenant Governor to
succeed when a governor dies, but not Delaware, and the speaker of the senate becomes the chief

At the last election the Republicans of Delaware elected their candidate but his death places
a Democrat in the gubernatorial chair.

New Governor Watson was born in Milford June 22, 1849 and his grandfather William
Watson, was governor of Delaware two years before and four years after he was born.

He was educated at Washington college in Chestertown , Maryland and at the conclusion of his school days returned to Milford. He resided in Philadelphia a number of years, and in 1885 was
elected to the general assembly but did not take the seat owing to the fact that he was not eligible to the office under the state laws.

In 1892 he was elected to the state senate and chosen speaker at the beginning of the present
session of Legislature where he displayed a marked talent as a presiding officer.

He is very literary in his tastes and his home in Milford contains what is probably one of the
largest private libraries in Delaware.

SOURCE: Trenton New Jersey, Trenton Evening Times, Thursday April 18, 1895.




The Spectator, New York, New York, 12 August 1833 :

The U. S. Ship Delaware, of 74 guns, Captain Ballard, was towed from the offering on Saturday
by steamer tugs Rufus King and Hercules and anchored in the North River at a quarter past one

Sailors on the U. S. Frigate St. Louis, in uniform, welcomed her arrival with three musical cheers,
which were returned by the tars on board the Delaware.

Soon after anchoring a salute was fired from the deck of the noble Delaware and hundreds of well
wishers assembled on the Battery and the Castle Garden were pleased by this exhibition.

All that has been heretofore said about the difficulty of heavy ships of war entering this port , and
the want of a sufficient depth of water on the outer bar, prove to be fictitious as we point out below.

The Delaware drawing 25 feet and 8 inches of water, came over the bar on Saturday when the tide was at one third of elevation , and when there was a heavy sea swell.

The ship log was constantly thrown and the shoalest part of the bar at this tide was 29 feet of water
leaving more than four feet of water from the bottom keel to the top of the bar.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017




New Bedford Mercury, New Bedford, Massachusetts, August 26, 1842

The Peach Orchards of Delaware are realizing a large crop this year and Major Raybold of

Philadelphia and New York, who owns one, has contracted to deliver 10,000 baskets to New York, at
a three peck bushel.

$2.50 a basket, has already delivered a 1000 baskets.

Jacob Ridgeway of Philadelphia, has an 300 acre orchard on the Delaware River below

Delaware City. In 1839 he gathered from his orchard 18,000 bushels of first rate fruit from 170 acres

of which 50 acres were in full bearing. His system is to ' thin out ' the fruit in early season and allow

the remaining crop to reach a larger size and are more delicious, therefore his preaches are the best of

the market and bring from $4.50 to $6.00