Sunday, August 20, 2017

1923 School Sales

1923 Sussex County Schools

The now unused school buildings of Sussex county were sold by the school board, are;

Lincoln City, Ellendale and Slaghter Neck; Nassau and Drawabridge ; Rehoboth, Rabbit
Ferry, and Friendship.

Frankford, Omar, Selbyville, and Lynch. Warwick , Whartons Branch, Hollyville, Lowes Cross Roads,

At Laurel, Owens Corner, Portsville, Ross Point and Concord. At Brideville, Blocksons,
Middleford, Trinity.

At Millville, Blackwater, Roxana, Millville.

Persons were required to pay the entire purchase price, some of the school buildings are to be moved off the land.

Monday, August 14, 2017

PEAS & LIMA BEANS


EARLY JUNE SWEET PEAS & HENDERSON BABY BUSH LIMA BEANS



Peas and baby limas are a main crop grown in eastern Sussex county, around Milton,

Lewes, Milford and Ellendale. The product is contracted to local canneries.

Many farmers double crop peas and limas, planting the beans after harvesting the early peas

which is finished before the 4th of July. It has been found that later planted Henderson Bush Baby

Lima's produce a better yield that those planted early.

Milton is in the heart of the Delaware lima bean production, one cannery cans 3600 cases

a day from the thirty to fourty tons brought to them from the fields. Lima bean season begins the

middle of August. The vines of the crops are either 'threshed' or shelled when brought to the 'viners' at

the canning factory, or at the farm which have viners of their own. The beans or peas after being

shelled are cleaned by fans forcing air over them, sorted by hand as they pass on belts, graded for

color amd size, washed, then canned and seaaled and cooked in steam retorts.

Most canneries start the season just about Decoration Day, through early June with peas, in
July they are caning string beans and August is tomatos with limas in September up until a good heavy

frost or early freeze.

Source: Wilmington New Journal , Saturday, October 10, 1925

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Milford Big black Bear Chase


MILFORD BIG BLACK BEAR CHASE

One hundred and fifty people were watching yesterday afternoon as Thaddeus Windsor,

recaptured his escaped bear, one of two which he had captured in Canada recently, fled his

enclosure to the surounding woods.

Windsor and several friends had gone to the woods searching and came upon the bear.

As they approached the bear stood up on its hind legs and made a start toward them. The fled.

Later Windsor loosed his dogs , and the party of hunters armed with their guns, set out

on the hunt. The bear, running from the dogs, took to a tree, where Windson soon had ropes around

the bears neck, cut the tree and lowered the bear to the ground where he was held firm by the rope

halters.

The big black bear, doubly secured, was paraded through town, and placed again in

captivity.


Source: Wilmington Morning News, November 21, 1923.

Friday, August 11, 2017

WATER

FROM THE SUNDAY 19 AUGUST 1900 WASHINGTON, D.C. HATCHET; WATER, IF SUBJECTED TO GREAT COMPRESSION AND THEN DECOMPOSED BY MEANS OF AN ELECTRIC CURRENT INTO ITS ELEMENTS, HYDROGEN AND OXYGEN , EXPLODES WITH TREMENDOUS FORCE IN THE PROCESS.
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Labor Day


LABOR DAY


Labor Day was born 1884 during a period of working mens “upheaval” led by a
organization known as the “Knights of Labor” formed 1869 in Philadelphia, organized
by a garment worker, Uriah H. Stephens, wanting to establish “industrial democracy” between
employers, professional men, tradesmen, office workers and unskilled laborers.

Knights of Labor was a slow grower, it had in 1878 had only 10,000 members, but by 1882
the membership grew to 52.000 and was a nation wide organization.

“Knight's of Labor” soon became the “American Federation of Labor” , the AFL, under the leadership of Samuel Gompers, which took on the many reforms and demands. Government bureaus came in effect to provide safety of workers, prohibit child labor, began the eight hour day and urged arbitration in place of strikes.

Labor Day on the first Monday in September is a legal holiday in every state in the union except New Mexico where it is observed by special proclamation each year.


Saturday, August 5, 2017

GULF STREAM

GULF STREAM

The Gulf Stream is said to be about fifty miles in breadth, the depth 1000 feet and its mean

velocity is measured at two statute miles per hour. The temperature of the water when it leaves the

Gulf is registered at 65 degree Fahrenheit . Meteorologist have calculated the quantity of heat

sent into the North Atlantic by the stream is equal to one fourth of all the heat received from the sun

from the Tropic of Cancer to the Arctic circle.

But for the Gulf Stream London England would have a mean annual temperature 40 degree lower

than at at present.

Beginning in the Caribbean , it ends in the northern North Atlantic, and leaves the southern

coast about Cape Hatteras , North Carolina.

Friday, August 4, 2017

U.S. Navy Yard Charlestown, Massachusetts 1900

Charlestown, Massachusetts     19 august 1900: 


 The United States Navy Yard at Charlestown, Massachusetts was founded i 1800 and covered an eighty seven acre tract of land, had near a hundred storehouses, machine shops, arsenals, shiphouses, etc.

 Among the war vessels built there were the Independence, Frolic, Vermont, Warren, Farragut's flagship Hartford, the Cumberland and Merrimac, the Wachuset, ad Huron.  also the iron clads monanock, Nahant, Nantucket and Canonicus.

Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston, originally an Indian name Mishawum.  It is north of the Charles River overlooking downtown Boston, adjoins the Mystic River and Boston Harbor.

Engineer Thomas Graves in 1629 laid it out  for Charles I of England as the first capitol of the Massachusetts Bay colony.