Thursday, February 22, 2018



Chief Warrent Officer, Henry Kloman Schmidt, whose home is 300 South Aiken

Avenue , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his birthplace, is the commanding officer and

director of the 240th Army Band of Fort Miles, Delaware, a duty he is fulfilling

He enlisted in December 1940 in the 176th Field Artillery and was a member of the band

for a year and a half before being sent to the Army Music School at Fort Myer, Virginia,

to study band conducting under Captain Thomas F. Davey, the U.S. Army band leader.

Schmidt was born to a Pittsburgh musical family, graduate of Catholic High School, 1932,

entered Carnegie Tech Music Department and majored in composition with Vick O'Brien,

study trumpet with Louis Panella, and piano under his father.. After graduating Tech he

was active in professional music as an arranger and trumpet player.

He is a member of several music societies and federations, in not married and has no
hobby except music.

Chief Warrant Officers sister Edith is a professional soprano, his other sister, Lt. Rita

Schmidt, an Army Nurse serving overseas is an organist at leisure moments.

Source: Pittsburgh Press, Sunday February 6, 1944. Abstract February 22, 2018 by

Harrison H. and

Wednesday, February 21, 2018



Philadelphia Inquirer, August 20 1943 :

Fort Miles, Delaware.

The Fort Miles Hilltoppers base ball team won their third straight victory in the Fort Miles

baseball tourney by defeating Cooch's Coasters 7 to 4., led by Joe Maginnis who is from

Cynwyd, Pennsylvania a former Temple University star who had a perfect day at bat

with four for four. The game was played at Carpenter Field at the Delaware Capes.

Other games saw the A Battery Lammers haand the Stingers an 8 -0 washout, and the

Hornets outlasted the Hellcats to win, 8 -4.

Fort Miles has seven baseball teams and fifteen softball teams, plus some real good players,

like Tom Dunleavy of Philladelphia, George Katsaiba of the White socks, Zip LeGates

and Frank Suthard from the Eastern Shore League.

A field house is underway for other sports. A few Saturdays ago one of the Fort Miles soldiers

met Al Tribuani in a boxing match for benefit of the post athletic fund.

Football is possible too, with Lt. Tom Cerra , a Scranton University player, then assistant

coach at Miami University., Tim Wible, a Penn State guard under Bob Higgins., at bay

plus many ex high school player's in the ranks. Games would be with other service teams

and perhaps some college teams.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018



Tuesday,, September 25, 1951 Salisbury Daily News, Salisbury, Maryland

Co-Op district manager, Daniel Brame, in his report to the membership meeting at

Cool Spring Community Hall said “ $134,000,000.00 worth of purchasing and market

volume went through the Southern States Cooperative during the fiscal year, accomplished

by more than 250,000 cooperative members of it's six state operating territory.

Irving Daniel Burton, the Nassau store manager reported on local services.. Mr. Minos

Conaway was chosen to represent the local board at the November annual meeting in

Richmond , Virginia , with William Dormaan as the alternate.

Elected to the Advisory Board were James W. Hopkins, of Lewes, and Willard White

of Milton. Conaway was elected Chairman of the Nassau.

Absract; February 20, 2018 Harrison H for facebook &

Monday, February 19, 2018


Salisbury Daily Times Friday July 13, 1951

Retirement of four veteran Coast Guard men of the Lewes Station was announced . They

are Chief Commissary Steward John Quillen, Quakertown, Chief Boatswain Mate

William A. Beauchamp, Chief Boatswain Mate Joseph Walker, Rehoboth, and Harry

Metzner, First Class Companyman of Milford.

Quillen served 26 years, enlisted 1925 at Berlin, Maryland, his hometown. He was stationed

at Ocean City, two stations in Maryland, three in Virginia, two on Long Island, three in

Delaware and was on duty during WWII off the coast of Japan. Retired, he is working with the

merchants, Rickards & Ramsey on Lewes Beach.

Beauchamp has 25 years and is also from Berlin. He was aboard the Lightship Overfalls off

the New England coast after it was transferred from Delaware Bay.

Joseph Walker,, has 25 years in and is at home on Dewey Beach Cutoff in the old Rehoboth

Station now converted to a dwelling.

Harry Metzner served 21 years, received a disability retirement and was the cook at Lewes

Station and lived in Rehoboth when on active duty.   

Sunday, February 18, 2018



Gordons Pond Trail:
    1. miles long, one way, walking or cycling. Has no arcades nor pizza shops and
runs between Lewes and Rehoboth. It opened 2014
Here, you can see bald eagles, deer, heron, osprey, and just birds of all feathers.
The Gordon Pond boardwalk, which was built to protect the dunes, keep the trail drained
dry, turns into gravel , friendly to bike tires, and there are self service stations at each end.
There are places where you can 'taste' nature, and there is an overlook a short distance in.
Easy access to wildlife usually best at sunrise or sunset and it is photo worthy. During the
warm weather season, water, insect repellent , is good to have along. It has a lot of marsh
grass and wetlands, which hold ticks and chiggers. Look for pink ladys slippers and beach
heather in the spring and keep away from the edge with poison ivy growing along the trails
edges. While here take a gander of the Delaware Breakwater, the Bay and lighthouses.

Junction & Breakwater Trail:
6 miles long, one way, walking, running or cycling. Still no pizza shops. Runs along an
old railroad, so to speak, which was the Junction & Breakwater built in 1878. The trail is
from Gills Neck, Lewes, to Hebron Road, Rehoboth, with access point here and there.
You will see farmlamd,, pine forest, open fields and wetlands. There are two railroad
trussels, one built in 1913, between the two towns. The surface is of crushed stone and
some asphalt..

McCabe Preserve Trail :
3 mile walking, goes through a143 acre Edward H. McCabe Preserve of the Nature
Conservancy, ranges from upland forest to swamp to tidal marsh, scrub-shrub wetlands,
and native meadow at the trailhead. There are river views and hillsides. Start at Round
Pole Bridge, goes to the Broadkill River. Get a look at the land as it was long, long, ago.

SOURCE: Delaware Today 2018 Ultimate Guide: Abstract Harrison H.

Saturday, February 17, 2018



February 13, 1861 is the earliest military action to be revered with a Medal of Honor award
was performed by Colonel Bernard J. D. Irwin, an assistant army surgeon serving in the
first U. S. - Apache conflict. Near Apache Pass in southwest Arizona , Irwin, a Irish
born doctor, volunteered to go to the rescue of Second Lieutenant George E. Bascom ,
who was trapped with 60 men of the U.S. Seventh Infantry by the Chiricahua Apaches

Irwin, and fourteen men, without horses, began the 100 mile trek to Bascom's forces on
army pack mules. Fighting along the way they captured Apaches and recovering stolen
horses and cattle. The reached Bascome's troops Febuary 14th and proved instrumental
in breaking the Apache siege.

The first U. S. - Apache conflict began when Cochise, the Chircahua Apache Chief, had
kidnapped three white men, to exchange for his brothers and two nephews held by the U.S.
Army on false charges of steeling cattle and kidnapping a child. When the exchange failed,
Cochise killed the white men and the army responded by killing his relatives, setting off the
first of the Apache Wars.

Although Irwin's bravery in this conflict was the earliest Medal of Honor action, the award
itself was not created until 1862 and it was January 21, 1894 when Irwin received the
nation's highest military honor.

Source: day in history/first-medal-of-honor-action

February 13, 2018 abstract by Harrison H for

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


The Wilmington News Journal , Monday, May 27, 1957 reported that at Rehoboth

in the VIA clubhouse, twenty pupils of Mrs. Blanch Thompson, piano teacher of

Rehoboth Beach staged a recital last Friday night. How many Rehoboth folks remember

Blanch Greenley Blackstons Thompason ? She payed piano and organ at many weddings,

funerals and special occasions during the 1940's, 1950's and up to the '70's or later. Blanch

was born in Millsboro to Ernest Coward Blackstone , a Millsboro druggist and his wife,

Maud Edda Blackston , April 30, 1909.

On November 8, 1933 she and Leon Leslie Thompson were married in Wilmington,

Delaware. They had two sons , Ernest Blackston Thompson, born 1934, and I think\

his name was George, probably born in early 1940's .

Leon Leslie Thompson, best known around Rehoboth as “Blub” was born in Laurel on

11 June 1899 . His father was a dry goods merchant in Laurel. 'Blub' was a WWI Navy

aviator, discharged as a Lt. Commander, was the Rehoboth railroad freight station manager,

helped start Rehoboth airport, taught many of the area how to fly, and was a civic leader for


Leon and Blance Thompson a are buried in All Saints Episcopal Cemetery, Indian River,

Sussex county. Did anyone know them?

OK, now to the recital and the young pianists of the late 1950's. They were; Linda Austin.

Linda Maull, Patricia Brittingham, Margaret Rowland, Tony Hill, Roberta Marshall,

Jane Hirnyck, Carol Ann Massey, Norrene Austin,, Stevie Lehman, Carol McNeilly,

Patricia Morris, Susanne Mark, Dolores Pfister, Lois Wilson, Ellen White, Barbara

White, Barbara Bailey and Rite Ware. Lets have a rundown of them.