From the pages of The Smyrna Times, October 11, 1933

From the pages of
The Smyrna Times
October 11, 1933
New Welfare Home Is Dedicated
    Smyrna is the meeting place of auto parties from all over the state this afternoon, the occasion being the dedication of Delaware’s State Welfare Home, an institution unequalled in any part of the country. The dedication formally took place this afternoon at brief exercises at 2 o’clock.
    Long before the exercises began, the Boulevard and Sunnyside Road and grounds of the Welfare Home were lined with autos bringing many to witness the ceremonies. The entrance to the grounds had been paved and Supt. Gilliland and staff saw to it that buildings and grounds looked spick and span for the occasion….   
    The dedication consisted of the corner stone laying and the presentation address by Dr. Charles L. Candee, president of the State Welfare Commission, composed of himself and W.F. Metten of Wilmington, Walter W. Hynson of Smyrna, and Mrs. Ella Emory of Seaford. Dr. Candee, on behalf of his committee, turned over the home to the custody of the State. Governor Buck accepted the home in the name of the State.
    While invitations had been issued to State officials, county and various city officials to attend the ceremonies, the general public was invited by the Commission to attend and inspect the building.
    The cornerstone of the principal building was laid by the Grand Lodge, A.F. and A.M. of Delaware. Music for the occasion was presented by the Kent County Band. The dedicatory prayer was made by Bishop Philip Cook.
    The unfurling of the flag, on the flagpole, as a sign of the formal opening of the home, was done by Alfred I. duPont, whose interest in State assistance to indigent elderly people is nationally known. Mr. duPont presented the flagpole and flag to the home.
    The home is now populated with approximately 350 elderly men and women from all three counties.
    The home was constructed at a cost of $500,000.
    The completion of the home and its formal opening marks a long step in the program of the State administration toward the elimination of county almshouses and the establishment of a central home, constructed on modern lines, and operated as a State organization.
Horses Dying from Staggers Throughout State
    Despite inoculations and homemade remedies, horses and other farm stock continue to die in this section in a wholesale manner. Some farmers have lost their entire lot of farm stock even including swine.
    There are not enough horses left in some sections of lower Delaware to work the soil this year for wheat….
    Where available, tractors have been used, but there are not enough tractors to till every farm and the cost of hire is expensive….
    Dr. K.F. Meyer, director of the George Williams Hooper Foundation for Medical Research, University of California, is coming East by airplane to speak before the Delaware Veterinary Association at Dover on Friday in the Capital Theatre. He will discuss his research into the cause and treatment of Blind Staggers.
Election of Building Commission for School Today
    An election is being held at the Smyrna High School today, Wednesday, October 11, from 1:00 until 8:00 p.m., for the purpose of electing a local school building commission.
    This commission which will be the present Smyrna School Board: W.O. Hoffecker, Warner W. Price, Walter W. Hynson, and Harvey C. Jones, as they are running on the ticket without opposition, have already consulted with a committee of the State Board of Education in drawing of plans and specifications for the addition of approximately 22 1/2 rooms and the expenditure of $225,000 in the Smyrna Special School District….
Paved Road Being Built to Vandyke’s School
    The State Highway Department is constructing this Fall a macadam road from Greenspring, above  Smyrna, to Vandyke’s School, a distance of 11 1/2 miles. Fifty men are employed.
Rev. Johnson Unanimously Invited Back to Asbury
    At a meeting of the second quarterly conference of Asbury M.E. Church Friday evening, before a large and enthusiastic attendance, the Rev. John L. Johnson, D.D., pastor recived the unanimous vote of the Offical Board to return to Asbury M.E. Church, Smyrna, for another conference year. District Superintendent Hallman, who presided, was asked to carry this splendid vote of confidence to the next session of conference.
    During the six months pastorate of Dr. Johnson, the church and all its departments are showing increased membership especially the Sunday School under the leadership of Harvey C. Jones, its superintendent….
    Dr. Johnson is filling his pastorate most acceptably and both he and his wife are doing good work.