Salisbury Fire Department & Others Take to the Air in 1950

An advertisement in the American City (March 1950) notes that the entire town of Salisbury has gone to G-E.  With the fire department, taxi company, rural electric co-operative and public service company equipped G-E two-ways radios, there was instant communications between headquarters and field units.

Fire Chief W. Austin Moore., Sr. had installed equipment in his car, giving him instantaneous control of the Salisbury Fire Department apparatus.  Lem Dryden at Dryden Taxi had increased the revenue of his 11-cab fleet, due to faster service.  The Choptank Electric Cooperative and the Public Service Company were also able to dispatch repair and maintenance vehicles much more quickly, around-the-clock.

Salisbury, MD takes to the air.  Source:  American City, March 1950

Salisbury, MD takes to the air. Source: American City, March 1950

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Mrs. Royall’s Pennsylvania …or Travel’s Continued In the United States

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A travelogue with a remarkably modern, no-holds-barred tone. One would be hard pressed to find a more amusing, biting piece of writing in Jacksonian America. The acerbic, outspoken, one might say curmudgeonly, Mrs. Royall takes us on a journey along the east coast as she dissects the characters, scenery, and ambiance in the mid-atlantic. Baltimore, Brandywine Hundred and New Castle, Delaware are highlighted below.

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Belvidere Fire Company’s First Engine

In 1949 residents of Belvidere, a suburban community outside Wilmington, started working to organize a fire company.  After raising money, the newly organized group acquired a fire engine and the men were just about ready to start answering alarms by the May of next year.  The Journal Every Evening, a Wilmington newspaper, published a photo of seven proud members of the start-up group with their first unit at that time.  According to a History of Flame in Delaware, the first responders had purchased a retiring unit  from Delaware City.  The company was formally incorporated in 1951.

Photo Source:  Journal Evening, May 17, 1950, from the Delaware Room of the Wilmington Free Library.

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The Belvidere Fire Company’s first engine. Source: Journal Every Evening, May 17, 1950

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Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware Lecture: Stealing Freedom Along the Mason Dixon Line

The Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware’s fall program takes place on October 27, 2014, at the Hockessin Friends Meeting, 1501 Old Wilmington Road, 6:30 pm.  Historian Milt Diggins will speak on “Stealing Freedom Along the Mason Dixon Line: The Story of Elkton Slave Catcher and Kidnapper Thomas McCreary.”  The program is free and open to the public.  

The Christiana Riot, Christiana, PA

The Christiana Riot, Christiana, PA

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Newark Historical Society Hosts Humanities Talk on History of Railroads in Delaware Sept. 30

The Newark Historical Society is hosting a Delaware Humanities Forum talk, “Rails of Delaware.” Railroads were once an important link to the outside world for many Delawareans and the local depot was the center of the community, a place to catch a train and learn the news of the day. As tracks spread throughout the state, growth followed the lines. In this slide illustrated talk historian Mike Dixon traces the social history of trains in the First State, from the beginning of the railroad age to the present. .

When: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Newark Municipal Building, 220 S. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711

Cost:  Free

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A snowy day at the Newark Railroad Station in February 1899.

 

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Salisbury Police Take to the Air in 1941

Salisbury Police radio network takes to the air.  Source:  Salisbury Daily Times, Aug 8, 1941

Salisbury Police radio network takes to the air. Source: Salisbury Daily Times, Aug 8, 1941

The rapid response of Salisbury police officers puzzled wayward types in the tranquil summer of 1941, as officers started arriving on calls at surprisingly fast speeds. When someone phoned headquarters to report a suspicious activity, it seemed as if the officer was waiting around the corner.  More and more a patrol car screeched up on the scene before the troublemaker hastily departed the area.

This greatly enhanced efficiency wasn’t because of increased manpower, with added beats in every section of the City. Instead it was the application of the latest technology, a two-way radio system.

A few months earlier, the City Council spent $1,245 to purchase the network, made up of a base station at headquarters, two mobile units for prowl cars, and one for the motorcycle. With this system Salisbury became the second city in Maryland to place a two-way radio system in operation, the Salisbury Daily Times reported.

Headquarters Station WBVQ, went on the air at 8 a.m. Friday, August 8, 1941. A couple of hours later, the first call went out at 10:14 a.m. when Chief of Police William Catham sent patrolmen to investigate a complaint.  They handled the matter promptly, clearing the call in six minutes, the newspaper reported,

While the City Council was focused on modernization, the board decided to really step up. Two automobile sirens were purchased for the cars, in order to aid in getting around traffic.

 

Salisbury Police radio network on the air.  Source:  Aug 8, 1941

Salisbury Police radio network on the air. Source: Aug 8, 1941

The American City, March 1950.  The GE Radio System in Salisbury

The American City, March 1950. The GE Radio System in Salisbury

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Eastern Shore Digital Maps Available from Sheridan Library at Johns Hopkins University

The Sheridan Library of Johns Hopkins University has a large collection of digital  Eastern Shore maps.  Family and local history researchers will find these online collections to be helpful.  Products include digital aerial maps published in 1938 and 1952, topographic maps, and many other cartographic products.

Visit the search page by clicking here and searching for your county of interest.

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