From the pages of The Smyrna Times, Dec. 11, 1958


From the pages of
The Smyrna Times
December 11, 1958
Neighbors Rescue 2 Young Hunters When Boat Overturns in Creek
    Two young duck hunters, thrown into 14 feet of water last Thursday morning when their boat capsized, were rescued by neighbors, state and Smyrna police. The two were taken to Kent General Hospital, Dover, for treatment after an hour in the freezing water.
    They are James Bailey, 19, Woodland Beach Road, near Smyrna, and George David, 18, Smyrna. The youths directed their boat on Mill Creek near the Bailey home and about 500 yards east of Smyrna Landing and the Smyrna River before 6 a.m. to prepare for early shooting. Troopers at Dover said they were putting out decoys, about 25 feet from shore when their boat overturned. Bailey and David clung to the boat, cautious of a strong tidal current.
    They shouted for aid but it was sometime before Mrs. Presley Moore, a neighbor, heard them. She called police. The desk man at Dover radioed a patrol car and troopers and Smyrna police sped to the scene.
    In the meantime, Robert and William Moore, teenage sons of Mrs. Moore, also went to the location. A boat was secured at Smyrna Landing and the boys were brought ashore just as police arrived.
Ronald Sayers Struck by Car
    Ronald Sayers, young son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy K. Sayers, is at Kent General Hospital, Dover, recovering from a fractured leg sustained when he was struck by a car while riding his bike on DuPont Parkway a week ago. He is improving steadily but will probably be at the hospital until Christmas.
4-H’ers to Carol at Welfare Home
    Judith Street presided at the meeting of the Clayton Clodhoppers 4-H Club at which Pauline and Darlene Masten and Larry Lush were accepted into the membership. Members of the club are selling Christmas candy during the month of December. Madeline Wicks gave the treasurer’s report. Refreshments were served by Robert and Samuel Mitchell.
    Twenty-two members of the club will attend the county banquet, including leaders, members, and parents.
    A report was given by Barbara Ross on the Junior Council meeting.
    Mrs. Brown and Judy Street are in charge of the refreshments for the dance.
    Barbara Ross was selected to be in charge of keeping a club scrap book.
    Members of the club will sing Christmas carols at the State Welfare Home on Dec. 23.
Xmas Lights, Tree Turned on Here
    A holiday atmosphere was created in Smyrna by the turning on over the weekend of the Christmas lights and the huge municipal Christmas tree erected on the south lawn of the Post Office on Main Street.
    The tree is decorated profusely with red light bulbs. Festoons of green and red light bulbs are suspended across the street on Commerce Street from DuPont Parkway to Delaware Street, and on Main Street, with a large lighted white star at the intersection of Main and Commerce Streets at Four Corners.
    Lighted trees are set at intervals on DuPont Parkway along the mile through the town, and favorable comment is heard by motorists who pass through Smyrna about the beauty of the trees which are lighted by the town during the entire holiday season.
    The work of the holiday decorations in town and along the highway has been done by the town’s electric and street crews.
New Women’s Shop Has Opening
    Baskets of flowers and growing plants were presented by merchants and others to Mrs. Margaret Storey, proprietor of a new store in Smyrna, The Ivy Shop, which opened on Saturday on West Commerce Street.
    The attractive interior of the shop, which handles separates, jewelry, underwear, and slippers, features a gray artificial stone wall at the rear covered with growing ivy, and gray carpeting.
    Modern showcases and special lighting add to the charm of the interior, and a large plate glass window enhances the displays of women’s wear. 
Smyrna Market Completes Lot
    A parking lot approximately 70 x 70 feet, which will hold eighteen to twenty cars, has been completed in the back of the Smyrna Market, on Mt. Vernon Street.
    Guy Edmondson and James Rodney, owners of the market, extend the use of the parking space to those attending Asbury Methodist Church on Sundays. The lot is convenient to the church and will provide more free parking for members.