Showing posts with label Local And National History. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Local And National History. Show all posts

Sunday, April 2, 2017

TIME MACHINE: Napoleon Bonaparte And Lower Eastern Shore

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Lower Eastern Shore connection with Napoleon Bonaparte?

A 1944 article in the Salisbury Times about a new book on Eastern Shore rivers by author Herbert Footner cited a favorite story of his about Beverly Mansion at Kings Creek, near Princess Anne. 

He wrote that the mansion was built by Nehemiah King and that his wife, Beverly, refused to set foot in it because of its extravagance. When she died King had her carried into the mansion's parlor and said, "Now Madam King you are in."

And the article mentioned a scheme to rescue Napoleon from his captivity on the island of St. Helena, bring him to America (see articles below) and hide him in a secret room prepared at Beverly Mansion.  Napoleon died shortly before the rescue attempt.  Another speculation was that Napoleon would have been given refuge on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Note:  Beverly Mansion near Princess Anne is also known as Beverly Manor, not to be confused with Beverly Plantation (circa 1770) on the Pocomoke River near Pocomoke City.

March, 1951

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The famous mansion, once fitted with a secret room in which Napoleon Bonaparte was to take refuge had the plot to rescue him from St. Helena been successful, has been restored to Colonial grandeur equal to that created by Nehemiah King, the original owner, by Mr. and Mrs. William W. Perry, formerly of Salisbury. Mr. Perry is a retired DuPont Company official.










 The News Journal (Wilmington)
October, 1902



The Indianapolis Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana)


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Saturday, March 25, 2017

TIME MACHINE: 1938, 1995, 2012

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October, 1938




The Morning News (Wilmington)


February, 1995

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The Sunday Star (Easton)


Five Years Ago

2012 Technology

  • Windows releases the Windows 8 operating system meant for tablets and touch screens.
  • Sally Ride, the first woman in space, dies at the age of 61 on July 23rd.
  • The popular iOS photo filter application Instagram releases a version for the Android operating system.
  • Facebook goes public and its initial stock offering was at thirty-eight dollars per share, the current price is $55.06 (Jan. 28, 2014). Initial investors were worried about the social media website's ability to make money and approached with caution, this forced Facebook to think of creative ways to monetize the company.
  • Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, dies at the age of eighty-two on August 5th.

2012 Pop Culture
  • Musicians like Rihanna, Adele, Bruno Mars, Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Taylor Swift top the charts and win awards.
  • Television shows like Homeland, The Voice, NCIS, Revolution, and Elementary are widely watched and discussed.
  • Popular movies released in 2012 include The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Hobbit, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, and Lincoln.
  • Whitney Houston, widely recognized as one of the greatest voices in history, dies in the bathtub of a hotel at the age of forty-eight after drowning due to a drug overdose on February 11th. 

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

TIME MACHINE: The Coastal Storms of 1962 & 1933.

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This month marks the 55th anniversary of the disastrous northeaster that devastated the Eastern Shore coast in early March, 1962.  This storm and the August, 1933 hurricane that created the Ocean City inlet were two of the most infamous storms affecting the Eastern Shore in the twentieth century.

Headlines:

1933




1962







August, 1962
The Baltimore Sun

April, 1962



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Sunday, March 12, 2017

TIME MACHINE: 1973, 1847, 1937, 2007.

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December, 1973

The Daily Times (Salisbury)


January, 1847


. The Tennessean (Nashville, TN)



January, 1937






The Baltimore Sun


Ten Years Ago

Technology 2007
  • Apple Introduces The iPhone on June 29th
  • Apple Introduces The new Itouch with built in WiFi and touch screen
  • Following it's introduction in late 2006 Nintendo Wii with it's motion sensitive controllers is the game system in demand.


Popular Culture 2007
  • The Final Harry Potter book is published, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Fisher Price recalls over 1 million Chinese Made Toys
Popular Films
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Shrek the Third
  • Transformers
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The Bourne Ultimatum Uni.
  • 300
  • Ratatouille
  • The Simpsons Movie
  • I Am Legend
  • Live Free or Die Hard
  • Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • American Gangster
  • Bee Movie
  • Ocean's Thirteen
  • Evan Almighty
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Saw IV
  • Surf's Up
  • Resident Evil: Extinction
  • Epic Movie
  • Nancy Drew
  • The Hills Have Eyes 2
Popular Musicians
  • BeyoncĂ©
  • Fergie
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Plain White T's
  • Pink
  • Sean Kingston
  • Ludacris
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Nickelback
  • Diddy
  • Rihanna
  • Britney Spears
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Linkin Park
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Keyshia Cole
  • Hilary Duff
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Nelly Furtado
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Dixie Chicks
  • Young Jeezy
  • 50 Cent
  • Alicia Keys
  • Maroon 5
Popular Television
  • CSI Crime Scene Investigation
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Survivor: China
  • Sunday Night Football
  • Without a Trace
  • Amazing Race
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Cold Case
  • Deal or No Deal
  • NCIS

Oscars
Best Picture : The Departed
Best Documentary : An Inconvenient Truth
Best Actor Leading Role : Forest Whitaker ( The Last King Of Scotland )
Best Actress Leading Role : Helen Mirren ( The Queen )
Best Actor Supporting Role : Alan Arkin ( Little Miss Sunshine )
Best Actress Supporting Role : Jenifer Hudson ( Dream Girls )

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

TIME MACHINE: The Pocomoke River Bridge Collapse1988.

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August, 1988






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Baltimore Sun

In August, 2009 our late Brenda Wise (jmmb) for The Pocomoke Public Eye posted pictures and information she had gathered regarding the 1988 bridge collapse.

The Falling of the Pocomoke Bridge

August 17,1988




Do you remember the day the Pocomoke River Bridge fell? My telephone rang very early that morning to tell me the news. I will admit I didn't really believe it until I saw it for myself! For some reason, very early in the morning the little bridge just came tumbling down. And of course, for months there were the rumors and speculations of how it could fall, who was the last to travel it and how remarkable it was no one had been killed.


My news clippings from the Pocomoke paper are gone but I did find these pictures that were taken 2 days after it collapsed. There isn't much on the internet but I did find some interesting information.......











Well, that was not all I found. Two days before the collapse of span, a motorist traveling west to east noticed a dip in the bridge deck and that the pedestrian crosswalk railing ,in places seemed to bowed downward. The same motorist on August 16,1988 crossed the bridge again and noticed the dip in the bridge had become more severe. He naturally assumed that the bridge tenders were aware of it and didn't feel the need to report it to anyone. ( I would assume that too). And the manager of the market on the Somerset side of the bridge
noticed the same thing
on those same two days.



August 16, 1988, around 11:00 a.m. another motorist noticed
a "V" shaped depression that traveled 10 to 12 inches deep and about 20 ft. long. This wasn't all he found to be faulty with the bridge and immediately drove to Pocomoke City Police Dept. and reported it to the dispatcher. The dispatcher did not notify the officers on duty nor was it logged in as a complaint on the police log.





Finally that afternoon another motorist noticed it and contacted the police chief. The police chief stated that all he saw was a pothole, and did not inspect any other sections of the bridge.


The report further stated that the police department is not trained in matters of bridge construction and defaults................And even though the tiny bridge would have collapsed anyway, IF someone had perhaps paid more attention to what these 3 people were saying that bridge could have been shut down and eliminated the possibility of personal injury or even death. No, personal injury did not occur. But it sure could have.


Quite interesting. I worked downtown for over 25 years and never heard any of this. I don't know of anyone at the time that had heard about this report written in January of 1990. Be sure to read it.  Another DUH moment.

Posted by jmmb at 9:52PM

A link to the report was posted by Brenda but that link is no longer working.  The bridge re-opened in June, 1989 with Maryland governor William Donald Schaefer on hand for the ceremonies.  Cost of repairs was about $3.5 million. -tk 


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