From the pages of The Smyrna Times, Nov. 15, 1933


From the pages of
The Smyrna Times
November 15, 1933
Governor Buck Heads Delegation to Unemployment Meeting
    Delaware is strongly represented at Washington today, Wednesday, for the meeting of the latest administration agency for solving unemployment, the Civic Work Administration.
    This organization is to place two million men to work some time this month, it is hoped, and another two million before the end of the year.
    Heading Delaware’s delegation was Governor c. Douglass Buck, Jasper E. Crane, chairman of the State Temporary Emergency Relief Administration, May Frank Collins of Newark, vice-chairman of the State Commission, and Walter Dent Smith, a member of the State Commission and relief director for Wilmington….
    The notice of the formation of a Civic Work Administration came from Harry L. Hopkins, Federal Relief Administrator, who stated that the project of giving work to four million men was to provide regular employment at regular wages and that State relief agencies now engaged in relief work would be selected to put this program into immediate operation.

Connie Mack Hails Foxx Before Large Crowd at Sudlersville
    Nearly three hundred admirers from Delaware and Queen Anne’s, Kent, and Talbot counties in Maryland gathered in the Cox Memorial Hall at Sudlersville, Md., Tuesday night of last week to help Connie Mack, his A’s, and Frank Baker, the husky boy’s discoverer, pay tribute to Jimmie Foxx as the greatest present-day star of the diamond, and to indulge in a delightful turkey dinner, which was an integral part of the evening’s proceedings.
    Scheduled for seven o’clock, the banquet for Sudlersville’s pride, Jimmie Foxx, was slow getting started due to the wait for Connie Mack, venerable pilot of the A’s, who was driving down from Philadelphia.
    When the tall, gaunt strategian finally arrived, the banquet moved at a rapid pace from start to finish.
    William T. Roe was chairman of the affair, giving credit in his opening speech to the Civic Betterment Club which sponsored the party….
    From the very moment that the group assembled in the banquet hall, autograph-seekers began a rush upon Connie Mack, Jimmie Foxx, and his fellow ballplayers. Programs, menus, napkins, baseballs, albums, notebooks, and handkerchiefs were pushed in front of the boys for their signatures. Along with Mack and Foxx, George Earnshw, Mule Haas, Mickey Cochrane, Bing Miller, Frank Baker and McGowan were kept busy for at least a half hour filling the requests of the momento seekers.
    One young lady pulled the stunt of the evening. Miss Barbee Humphries, finding that the diamond heroes were becoming a bit jaded with the monotony of signing their names to the usual, kicked off her slipper and sent it up by a nearby swain to be autographed. There were yells of “Where is Cinderella?” from the ballplayers, but they gladly affixed their names to the pump.
    All of the talks following the delightfully served banquet were effusive utterances regarding the success that has come to young Foxx. Connie Mack, owner and manager of the A’s, said that he considered Jimmie the day’s greatest star of the diamond, and expected that, next year, he would even eclipse the records he has made in the past.
    Music for the occasion was furnished by Earl Carroll’s Marylanders, of Chestertown.

Armistice Day Service at Legion
    Armistice Day in Smyrna was observed by the tolling of Asbury Church’s bell at 11 o’clock when a “pause” was taken in memory of the fallen dead of the World War.
    The Smyrna banks were closed in commemoration of the occasion.
    As has been the custom for a number of years, the David C. Harrison Post, No. 14, American Legion of Smyrna, held an Armistice Day program at the Como Theatre on Sunday evening, November 12. All of the churches of the town dispensed with their Sunday evening services and took parting the program. The stage was artistically decorated with flags and American Legion emblems.
    Shapley’s Orchestra furnished the music for the occasion….
    The Legion was very fortunate in securing Colonel Vincent A. Carrol, at present a colonel of the 312th Field Artillery of Pennsylvania, as the speaker for the evening. Colonel Carrol was both wounded and gased while in France. He was admitted to the Bar in 1915 and in active practice since that time, except for two years and six months during the War.
    He served with the 79th Division as Captain and Major, Field Artillery, in active battle service, and received a Silver Star Citation for gallantry in action, and was recommended for the Distinguished Service Medal….
    After the War, he was Special Assistant Attorney General of the United States for six years and has been Assistant District Attorney of Philadelphia County since February 1926.
    He is one of the founders of the American Legion in Paris, formerly National Vice Commander, and at present, National Executive Committeeman from Pennsyvlania….

Two Chimney Fires in Area
    Smyrna firemen were summoned to a chimney fire on Monday afternoon around five o’clock at the home of Andrew Davis, Smyrna Landing. The fire was extinguished with no damage.
    This morning, Smyrna firemen extinguished the chimney fire at the home of Mrs. Bessie Robinson on South Main Street. There was very little damage.

Blackbird Votes Against Joining Smyrna School District
    Voters of Blackbird School District, No. 69, at a special election at the school building Saturday voted down the proposition of consolidation of the Blackbird District with the Smyrna Special School District by a vote of 75 to 36.
    Workers for both sides were very active for several weeks.
    The present Blackbird school is a frame structure, one room, one teacher type, erected in 1892 to replace an old school built in 1860 which still stands and now is occupied as a dwelling, one half mile south of Blackbird.
    Approximately 34 children attend the present school and the argument was set forth that with so few, the children of the district could easily be transported by bus the six miles distance and get the advantage of the best in education the Smyrna Special District schools could offer and at a savings in cost per pupil over retaining the one room school – a progressive step.
    Since consolidation was voted down, persons interested in the school being retained have asked Representative Clifford Pryor to present a bill at the present session of the General Assembly for an appropriation of $10,000 for a new building with two rooms. Two teachers would then be sought to take care of pupils up to the eighth grade.

Telephone Operator Honored for 30 Years’ Service
    Miss Elva Griffin, operator in charge of the Smyrna exchange for the Diamond State Telephone Company, today is receiving congratulations from her host of friends and associates upon the completion of 30 years of continuous service in the telephone industry.
    There were only 50 subscribers in Smyrna when Miss Griffin first began her operating duties. Today there are more than 500.