Saturday, August 30, 2014

Successful Car Show Saturday in Pocomoke City

The American Truck Historical Society , Delmarva Chapter  hosted a car show Saturday in front of Ace Hardware.  The beautifully restored cars, trucks and tractors were visible from US Rt 13 and attracted quite a few visitors.  Bill Harris and Ace Hardware sponsored the show.

Buck Burton supplied this list of winning entries

Top 15 Show Winners:
1962 Ford 861 Powermaster--Larry Fykes
1957 Chevrolet Bel Air--Virginia East
1967 Chevrole Chevelle--Ronnie Durham
1966 Dodge Dart--Bill Brown
1970 Plymouth Road Runner--Sammy Marshall
1957 Chevrolet Pickup--Bobby Ayres
1972 Chevrolet 4x4 Pickup--Dean Stutsman
1949 Chevrolet Pickup--Buck Burton
1950 Ford 2-door Sedan--Everett Nock
1923 Ford T-Bucket--Debbie & Steve Lawrence
1954 Buick Century--Don Rising
1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport--Mike Justice
1967 Ford Fairlane 500--Scott Tatterson
1955 Allis-Chalmers WD45--Dan Redden
1968 Ford Mustang--Mike Ford

 1954 Buick Century owned by Don Rising of Salisbury MD
 Farmall H owned by ThomasFoltz

 1962 Ford Tractor owned by Larry Fykes, Pocomoke City MD
 1935 Pontiac street rod, owned by Bill Tull of Pocomoke City, MD
              1964 GMC 1500 Firetruck owned by Jesse Walton, Millsboro DE
                                          Chevy Pickup owned by Robert Mills Pocomoke City MD

Thursday, August 28, 2014

111.1 million

A Comment Deserving of a Post

hmm? just received this in the comment section of the PPE Blog

yeah that's funny alright. The PPE has always been oddly 100% behind the PCPD yet the PCPD has oddly been trying to find anything and everything that they possibly can to make the owner of the PPE look like some deranged career criminal.

I am along time LEO and I can see that most of this is rejected city cops think that they are superior to easternshore people when one stands up to them they are labeled "dumb ol' easternshore rednecks" they hate that there are life long "rednecks" like Tom that will speak his mind and know that he has that right. I've said enough but just to add one thing that Tom and myself absolutely are 100% aware of is that for any reason, of no concern to any LEO is that the fines that were issued to Tom are a violation of his rights and perjury X3 by Officer Morgan. Why? Because no LEO can tell anyone what they can do to their own legally registered and properly insured motor vehicle on private property especially the vehicle owners property in the State of Md.

People; there was not a moving traffic violation committed here, how could it be?   

I still would like to know who approved the Obama patch



TIME MACHINE ... This Sunday's Preview

1922.. Two arrested at their luxury home but mystery remains in abandoned baby case on lower Eastern Shore; 1961.. Widow of former mayor is new Pocomoke City mayor; 1996.. Former U.S. Vice President dies in Berlin; 1908.. "Road machine" makes appearance in Accomac; 1942.. War jitters- Worcester County communities prepare for blackout test; And more from a 1902 article about Tangier Island.

Although you may not find all of these items in a history book, they are a part of our local history and you can read more about it this Sunday right here at The Pocomoke Public Eye!  

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about?  It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Keeping an EYE on some good news hiding behind the headlines...

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Marries

Nurse Who Brought Him Back To Health.

Here's the link..

(copy and paste address to your web browser)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Kudos to Edward for setting the record straight about the trivia posting below.  See his comment.  Thanks Edward!

Check this month's calendar and you'll find that you've never experienced an August like this before. Neither did your parents, grandparents, or great grandparents.

This month we have:

Five Fridays

Five Saturdays

Five Sundays

So enjoy the rest of this historical August and the fifth Friday, fifth Saturday, and fifth Sunday coming up this week.

It happens once every 823 years!

(I suppose someone with LOTS of time on their hands came up with this.)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

TIME MACHINE ... 1884, 1969, 1998, 1919, 1994, 1902

"Friendliest Town On The Eastern Shore."  Our tradition runs deep.  Excerpt from a letter to the editor from a visitor to Newtown, (former name of Pocomoke City) published in the Baltimore Sun, April 28,1847.

This place (Newtown) is a pretty snug little village, containing about 500 clever and hospitable inhabitants; is has good wide streets, quite clear of that "eye sore," known mostly over the Peninsula by the name of "deep sand"; the houses, though built of frame, are generally built substantially and with some discretion and taste; there are two neat, new, and quite handsome frame churches in it; as for the merchants of the place, suffice it to state that they are very clever and hospitable.  F. Mezick, Esq., the landlord with whom I stopped, and his very obliging and jolly assistant, are richly deserving of a passing notice, for the good treatment and the extension of the many civilities to "the stranger."

(Reader Friendly Viewing Of News Archive/Historical Archive Material)

April, 1884
The Family Herald And Weekly Star (Montreal, Wisconsin)

(Note: The article placed Pungoteague Creek in Maryland, not Virginia. I have omitted a portion of the article that detailed, quite graphically, how it was attempted to kill the whale. - tk)



An Exciting Experience In a Creek on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The oystermen and other denizens of the eastern shore of Maryland have been greatly exercised recently over the capture of an enormous whale which stranded a few days ago on a sandbar in Pungoteague Creek. This is the second whale which made a mistake and got into the Chesapeake Bay during the last six months.

Charlie Scott, a young man of Pungoteague, was out in his canoe last Saturday, and was startled when he nearly backed his boat up on top of the monster as he lay quietly on the sand in about four feet of water.

The stir made by the boat aroused the whale, and he began lashing the water with his big tail and spurted water from his blow-holes about thirty feet in the air. Young Scott very fortunately got his canoe out of the way before the whale smashed it, as he could have easily done with one blow of his powerful tail.

Scott rowed back to Pungoteague, told his friends, and an expedition was at once fitted out to go and capture the whale. They took a large boat, and their weapons consisted of an old musket, three axes, a hatchet, three saws, and four sailors' knives. 

When they reached the whale he was lying still, having, no doubt, exhausted himself in his frantic efforts to get clear of the sandbar. Scott, a very bold but imprudent whaler, rowed right up to it and struck it with his oar on the blow-holes. This woke the whale, and he opened his enormous jaws, very nearly engulfing the rash fisherman, who dropped on his back in the bottom of his boat...

(the expedition attempted to kill the whale by various methods)

The tide having risen by this time, the whale made a desperate, dying effort and succeeded in getting off the bar, carrying with him the stakes and ropes with which the fishermen had hoped to hold him. 

Away he plunged and soon disappeared, much to the disappointment of the fishermen. They got a sailboat, however, and cruised around the next two days in the hope of finding him, knowing that he could not live with all the injuries he had sustained. The carcace of the dead monster was discovered in a creek, some distance from where it was first seen. 

He weighed thirty-five tons, and was forty-eight feet long, six feet, eleven inches high, and five feet wide. His tail was nine and one-half feet long. His mouth held more water than the tender of a camel-back engine. About eight barrels of oil were obtained from the blubber.

Footnote:  The Denton Journal reported in December, 1891: "A whale recently stranded on the beach of Worcester County, measured 26 1/2 feet in length, 4 feet across the mouth, 18 feet girth."

June, 1969
The Daily Times (Salisbury)


'Baby Beltway' Project To Start

SNOW HILL-  The start of construction of the long-delayed Pocomoke City "Baby Beltway" was promised by County Roads Engineer, Victor Smullen, as a group of Pocomoke City businessmen met with the County Commissioners, to say they have finally secured the last signature on deeds for rights-of-way for the by-pass.

The by-pass is in the southwest part of the city, and is designed to relieve heavy truck and industrial traffic in that part of Pocomoke.

August, 1998
The Sunday Capital (Annapolis)


On September 22 the inaugural season of the Maryland Fall Baseball League will begin, with games continuing until Nov. 1. The league is designed like baseball's other winter instructional leagues, and offers organizations and prospects some additional opportunities for development.

The league will feature some of the best class A prospects in professional baseball, and will include representatives from all 28 major league teams.

The four teams in the league will be Bowie, Frederick, Delmarva (Salisbury) and Wilmington (Del.). 

The Orioles.... will probably be most interested in the play of catcher Jason Werth, the team's first round pick (21st overall) in the 1997 draft. Through August 9, Werth was batting .266 at class A Delmarva, with 18 doubles, six homers, and 44 RBIs in 338 at-bats. The organization is grooming him to become the catcher of the future. 

Footnote:  The Salisbury team in the fall league was known as the Delmarva Rockfish.  After the 1998 season the league relocated to the warmer clime of California but didn't find success there. Prior to his major league debut in 2002, Jason Werth was traded by the Orioles organization to the Toronto Blue Jays.  After playing in the majors with the Toronto team he went on to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, and (currently) with the Washington Nationals as an outfielder. 

June, 1919
(Cumberland Evening Times- Cumberland, Md.)



Salisbury, Md., June, 13-  The biggest parade ever seen in Salisbury was that of the Maryland State Firemen and returned soldiers of the Twenty-Ninth and Seventy-Ninth Divisions here yesterday afternoon.  Business was practically suspended and thousands of visitors from all over the peninsula came in automobiles and by train. More people were in Salisbury than ever before in its history.  Lieut. Col. Amos W. W. Woodcock, United States Army, was marshal of the parade....  

It is estimated that the visitors numbered 20,000.  Several of the visiting companies made fine displays of decorated apparatus.

The prizes were each $50 in cash given by the Salisbury Fire Department.  

Last night there was a ball in honor of the fire ladies, and today all the visiting delegates, firemen, with wives and sweethearts, boarded a special train and automobiles for a day's outing at Ocean City, where they enjoyed bathing and had a big seafood dinner.

Before the (business) meeting adjourned a committee was appointed by the association to take up the work of selecting a fitting monument to be erected at Annapolis in memory of those members of the association who lost their lives in the world war.

Footnote:  Nominations for officers included L.I. Williams of Pocomoke City for President of the state fireman's association.

May, 1994 (Time Machine archive)
The Capital (Annapolis, Md.)

Pet cougar escapes from owner

POCOMOKE CITY — A pet cougar continued to roam free after escaping from its owner last week, officials said. The 3-year-old male cougar was raised as a pet and has been de-clawed, officials said. It escaped from its pen Thursday night while a handler was feeding it, said its owner, Mark S. Frostrom Jr.

TIME MACHINE ... August, 1902
The Times (Washington, D.C.)

(Continuation of Tangier Island article from last week)

The whole island is Methodist in religious belief, and a very enthusiastic and prosperous Methodist Church is located on the island. This church is one of the first objects that is noticed upon nearing the island, as its tall spire is readily seen above the tops of the other buildings and the small trees which grow on the island. This church is the finest and most ambitious building on the island, and next to this the parsonage is probably the best building. Religion has secured a strong footing here, and the people are almost universally members of the church.

Outside of the church, there is little in the way of entertainment, for the islanders, and consequently the church is the leader in society as well as in morals. The Fourth of July is quietly side tracked into a festival for church purposes, and the sisters of the church furnish the dinner, of which all the islanders are expected to partake, at a reasonable expenditure. Other sisters preside at booths covered with the sails from the vessels at anchor during that day, and from these booths dispense lemonade, candy, and cakes, all for the benefit of the treasury of the church.

The women of Tangier are a hardy class, and not at all wanting in good looks, and greet the stranger upon the street in as cordial a manner as if it could not happen that any but gentlemen and gentlewomen would ever visit Tangier, and the formality of an introduction is waived. This kindly custom of speaking to strangers is also notlceable among the children, and Tangier is famous for the quantity of children that may be seen on the streets, or playing at the waters edge at almost any reasonable hour.

(More of this article next Sunday)

Do you have a local memory to share with PPE readers.. such as a big snow storm, a favorite school teacher, a local happening, something of interest your parents or grandparents told you about?  It can be just a line or two, or more if you wish. Send to and watch for it on a future TIME MACHINE posting!

"Somewhere over
the rainbow
Bluebirds fly..."

Flying on for JMMB