From the pages of The Smyrna Times, March 7, 1934


From the pages of The Smyrna Times
March 7, 1934
Sudden Melting of Snow Floods Fields, Roads
    The sudden thaw that followed six weeks of snow and frigid temperatures, caused the melted snow to flood fields and highways with the result that motorists were obliged to travel in some instances with water up to the hubs of their autos.
    Lake Como filled so rapidly that it became necessary to lift the flood gates at the causeway bridge. This torrent of water was let loose in the meadow and swirled with such force as to cause concern for the foundation under the Lake Como Restaurant immediately back of the Texaco Station. It also threatened the embankment of the highway. Fortunately, no material damage was done.
    Saturday, water was running over the State Highway between Smyrna and Dover in a number of places, through which motorists had to plow almost to the running boards of their cars….
Phosphate Manufacturer Marks 50 Years
    Warner W. Price, Smyrna’s well-known phosphate manufacturer, grain broker, and coal and cement dealer, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his up-to-date phosphate factory which occupies considerable ground along the banks of the Smyrna River at Smyrna Landing.
    It is an industry successfully conducted of which Smyrna and its fine farming section in Kent and lower New Castle County can well be proud.
    In March 1884, William M. Lewis and Lewis M. Price, both of Smyrna, organized the firm of Lewis and Price for the manufacture and sale of fertilizers. They selected a location at Smyrna Landing and built thereon a comparatively small shed. For power to operate their grinder and mixer, they used an old fashioned threshing engine, which was also used at harvest time for threshing wheat in the community.
    At that time, there were eight phosphate factories in and surrounding this community, two at Smyrna, and one each at Clayton, Kenton, Leipsic, Odessa, Middletown and Frederica. In spite of the above competition, this firm by courage, activity, and fair dealings, so increased their business, that within three years, it became necessary to substantially enlarge their modest plant.
    In 1891, after seven years of operation, the business of Lewis and Price, was taken over by Lewis M. Price, under whose leadership it so increased from year to year, that it became necessary to again enlarge the plant, and equip it with more modern machinery. During this period he inaugurated the first “Factory to Farm” truck delivery service, and became the lone survivor of all the phosphate factories that had been operating in this community.
    Mr. Price employed his son Warner after he had finished his education, and in 1918 took him in as a partner….
    This partnership relation existed until July 1, 1927 when after an active career of 43 years, the senior member retired….
    Warner Price, with zeal and enterprise, carries on the original phophate business, adding to it, from time to time, grain, tile, cement, gravel, lime and coal businesses.   
    The efficient superintendent, Andrew D. Cole, has been associated with the business for the past 37 years….
Phillips Gives Up Jewelry Business for Optometry
    A Smyrna change of note the past week is that of Vernon Lay Phillips, who has dispensed with his jewelry business and converted his store at the Four Corners into modern quarters for the exclusive practice of optometry.
    The change has given Mr. Phillips one of the best equipped offices to be found south of Wilmington. The whole store room has been utilized and apportioned off by the building of ornamental paneled partitions into four distinct rooms – a reception room; an eye testing room; a “dark room,” and a business office.
    Mr. Phillips found leisure time to give his attention to the study of optometry and became a registered optometrist. In recent years he had become so intensely interested in the study of the eye, he decided to specialize in this branch of his work….
Assembly at Smyrna High
    The assembly program yesterday, Tuesday, at Smyrna High School was in charge of Mrs. Vogel and the Senior Mathematics Club.
    A short play, “The Eternal Triangle,” was presented by Melvina Stevenson, Ruth Moffett, and Esther Jefferson.
    Peter Pollack and Harold Carrow amused the audience with several jokes.
Chevrolet for 1934 (advertisement)
    Now on display!
    Longer wheelbase, bigger Fisher body with 4 inches more room, Blue Streak engine, 80 horsepower, 80 miles an hour, faster acceleration, 12% greater economy at touring speeds, increased smoothness and quietness, new larger all-weather brakes, smart new styling – with typically low Chevrolet prices!
    So radically different in the way it runs, rides, and responds, we say, “Drive it 5 miles and you’ll never be satisfied with any other low-priced car.”
    Doughten’s Garage, on the Boulevard, Phone 289, Smyrna, Del.
Strand Theatre (advertisement)
    Wednesday-Thursday, March 7-8, Janet Gaynor and Lionel Barrymore in “Carolina” with Robert Young, Richard Cromwell, Henrietta Crossman, Mona Barrie, and Stepin Fetchit. Added feature, Mickey Mouse in “The Mechanical Man.”
    Friday-Saturday, March 9-10, Joan Crawford and Clark Gable in “Dancing Lady.”
    Strand Theatre, Smyrna, Del.