Category Archives: Uncategorized

Sassafras River History: A Community Discussion Hosted by the Sassafras River Association

The Sassafras River Association invites you to participate in a program that examines the history of the scenic tributary that rises in the marshy areas along the Delaware line and flows some 20 miles to the Chesapeake Bay.  Historian Mike … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Delmarva History Conversation Continues on Facebook

Since we published our first blog post on April 13, 2007, we have kept up with evolving social media platforms, maintaining multiple channels of communications.  As the digital publishing transformation continued, some outlets became more media rich, interactive, and extremely … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Adventures in Research Program at Greenwood Library Spotlights the Greenwood Train Disaster of 1903

Press Release, Greenwood Public Library On Monday, November 16, at 6:30pm, the Greenwood Library will be hosting a program, Adventures in Research, which will consider the Greenwood Train Disaster of 1903.  This Sussex County tragedy occurred over a hundred years … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Family Genealogists Help Document Story of Brakeman Edwin Roach Killed in Railroad Explosion

I have been investigating a deadly Delaware tragedy, an explosion that occurred over one hundred years ago in Greenwood. In the midst of a blinding snowstorm two trains collided in the center of the town of 367 people, and one … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Women and their Kitten, Scouty, Advance on Washington, D.C.

By the second decade of the 20th century woman had been fighting for the right to the ballot for over 60-years. Along the way, they had become experts at figuring out how to grab attention, and one of their well-honed … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Researching the Greenwood Delaware Disaster of 1903

Recently I have been doing research on a deadly Delaware tragedy that spurred a vice-president of the Pennsylvania Railroad to push for national safety transportation regulations.  Following a number of accidents involving powerful explosives, including a catastrophic one in Greenwood, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

A Day of Horror in Greenwood as Train With Deadly Cargo Explodes

In the little town of Greenwood a day and night of horror arrived abruptly while a blinding snowstorm pummeled Delaware on Dec. 2, 1903.  In those treacherous conditions, the brakes of a shifting engine failed, causing it to slide out on the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments