From the pages of The Smyrna Times, Nov. 12, 1959

From The Smyrna Times,
Nov. 12, 1959

Child population increases by 50%

If Delaware continues to grow in population in the next decade as it has since 1950, the state will have between 169,000 and 212,000 children under 18 by 1970, pointing up the need for continuous expansion of school facilities and continuous increase in the number of teachers, advises the Delaware State Development Department.
The state information agency also points out that in 1950 the state had 94,000 children under the age of 18 years, and, on the basis of estimates made by the U.S. Census Bureau and other usually reliable sources, the total for 1960 will likely be between 148,000 and 161,000 for an increase of between 50 and 60 percent in a single decade….

National crown at stake as Hens oppose Ohio ‘11’

The national small college football championship will be the victor’s prize on Saturday when the Fighting Blue Hens of the University of Delaware meet the mighty Falcons of Bowling Green State University at the Ohio site.

The two intersectional small college giants boast unblemished 7-0 records and are highly regarded by press and radio commentators and impartial football prognosticators.

Dick Dunkel, in his national ratings for the week of Nov. 2 considered Bowling Green the top small college team in the nation and Delaware ranked third. The UPI poll put the Blue Hens in the top perch and placed the Falcons fourth.

Clayton rejects Memorial Bridge light offer; policeman hired

An application for surplus lights from the Delaware Memorial Bridge has been rescinded by Clayton Town Council. Action on the matter was taken at a recent meeting when it was determined that installation costs for such a project would be too high. Council members expressed a preference for earmarking the proposed installation funds toward purchase of mercury lamp lights, the ultimate goal of the council. The town was to receive approximately 20 of the bridge lights sometime next spring.
Carl Conley has been employed as the new town policeman. Council requests that persons attempting to contact the officer call state police at the Dover barracks, who will relay the message by radio.
Progress reports involving work by town crews revealed that surfacing work on Smyrna Avenue in front of the V.F.W. Hall has been completed. Similar work on Cherry Alley behind Ewell’s-St. Paul Church also is nearing completion.

Clayton Home Club meets

Furniture arrangement will be discussed at a meeting of the Clayton Home Demonstration Club tomorrow, Nov. 13, in Fellowship Hall of Ewell’s-St. Paul Church. Program leaders will be Mrs. Ada Smith and Mrs. Elizabeth Hurd. Mrs. Pearl Schettler, president, will conduct the business meeting. Mrs. Hurd will be hostess to the group.