From the pages of The Smyrna Times, August 28, 1958


August 28, 1958

Lightning Blamed for Fire at Rash Farmstead

Seventy volunteers of the Citizens’ Hose Company and the Clayton Fire Company responded to an alarm at 4 a.m. on Monday to the farm of Frazier Rash, on the road from Smyrna to Fleming’s Landing, near Long Bridge.

A barn and contents was completely destroyed, with loss estimated at $8,500, partially covered by insurance.

The blaze was believed caused by lightning. It was discovered by Wilson Gardner, a resident of Fleming’s Landing who was on his way to work. He stopped at the farm of William Gardner and phoned in the alarm during a torrential rainstorm.

The Rash family was not aroused until they heard the fire company in the yard. They did not hear the phone which was downstairs.

The building destroyed was about 100 yards from the house and was within 25 feet on each side of other structures, including a granary and a milk house which had been converted into a workshop and held valuable electrical equipment including a shopsmith’s saw.

The firemen were at the scene for four hours and worked under the direction of Chief Robert Faries, of the Smyrna company.

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Citizens’ Hose Company served coffee at the scene.

According to Mrs. Rash, the large barn and corncrib had been converted for chickens, and many laying and setting hens were destroyed….

School Bells to Ring Thursday

School starts for pupils of the Smyrna Special School District on Thursday, September 4th.

Thursday and Friday, September 4th and 5th will be half-days for pupils. Full days will begin on Monday, September 8th.

Teachers return to school September 2nd and will spend two full days in preparation for the opening of school on Thursday. Returning teachers will greet nine new faces as newly-hired instructors arrive to take up their tasks.

A total of 180 days of school are scheduled for pupils and 186 for teachers….

Clayton School Opening Set; 39 First Graders Register

C.F. Metzler, principal of the Clayton Consolidated School, announces that the school will open for all pupils next Thursday, Sept. 4. Half-day sessions will be held on Sept. 4 and 5, with regular class days beginning on Monday, Sept. 8, when all cafeteria facilities will be opened.

The cafeteria will be opened during the two short days, but will serve only milk and ice cream for the bus children.

First grade assignments have been completed by school officials and are as follows:

Miss Mary Lee Wilkins, teacher – Nancy Ballinger, Michael Beaulieu, Paula Bickling, Betty Burke, William A. Carey, Kenneth Coppage, Mark Daniels, Margie Dickerson, Bernhardt Ebert, Ellen Ely, Barbara Fretz, Jane Hutchison, Mary Moffett, Esther Moor, Theresa Robertson, Kenneth Straughn, Robert Vaughn, Norman Warren, Sharon Yost, Susan Ziegler.

Mrs. Marian B. Doughten, teacher – Sueann Baker, Donald Bennett, Nancy Cahall, Almeda Cole, Mary Diemicke, Gary Donovan, Ronald Emerson, Edna Gosser, Eileen Harris, Sharon Johnson, Glen Lightcap, Clarence Lloyd, Nancy Morris, William Ogden, Ava Peters, Marlynn Pleasanton, Nancy Starkey, Brenda Van Pelt, Lois Weed.

Eagles Eye Good Season; 25 Report

Twenty-five prospective candidates for the Smyrna High School football team reported to Coach William Horney at the high school for the opening session on Monday, August 25. Most of the candidates reporting have had previous experience and the Eagles are looking forward to a good year.

Last year’s backfield returnees include Ronald McCoy, Robert Boyer, Wayne Cole, Donald O’Neal and Barry Pritchard.

Along the line the following boys reported from last year’s group: James Persinger, Thomas Stachecki, Harold Moffitt, Richard Savage, Frank McGinnis, Bruce Pearce, Stephen Peddrick, and Lee Severson. Other candidates include, William Francis, Oscar David, James Melville, Robert Eckhart, David Brown, Clark Ross, James Antone, Larry Dickerson, Brandon Jones, and Robert Pritchard.

Forty Years a Banker

Miss Elizabeth Wilson of Delaware Street, Smyrna, is receiving congratulations and best wishes from her many friends and officials of the Farmers Bank of the State of Delaware as she celebrates forty years with the bank and its predecessor. Miss Wilson began her banking career in August 1918, with the Fruit Growers National Bank. The office has since become the Smyrna branch of the Farmers Bank of the State of Delaware.

Council Meeting Postponed

Due to the lack of a quorum the regular meeting of Town Council was postponed Friday night. The next regular session of the council will be held on Friday, Sept. 12, at which time bids will be opened for the trunk line sewer in the southwest section of town.

Ennis Departs Thursday for Air Guard Training Center

Bruce C. Ennis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Ennis, of 135 North Main Street, is being sent to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas by the 142nd Squadron, Air National Guard, of New Castle for basic physical training. He will leave Sept. 4 with five other youth from Wilmington and Elsmere by commercial airliner.

Ennis holds the rank of A-3 at present and expects to receive the rank of A-2 at the completion of his eleven weeks at Lackland Air Force Base, after which he returns to his own squadron at New Castle for monthly drills….