From the pages of The Smyrna Times, Nov. 8, 1934


From The Smyrna Times,
Nov. 8, 1934

Matthews elected to State Senate

Republicans carried Delaware at Tuesday’s election, electing the whole state ticket from U.S. Senator John G. Townsend down, and a majority in both houses of the Legislature.
For State Senator from this district, William E. Matthews Jr., Republican, overcame the normal Democratic majority and won, it is said, by more than 130 votes over Democrat Robert H. Denney. Senator-elect Matthews will succeed Senator Ernest V. Keith of Dover.
Kent County, as usual, went Democratic, carrying most of the offices, except that of Clerk of the Peace. Harry T. Greenwell of Smyrna, overcame the Democratic majority, running far ahead of his ticket with a popular vote of 260 majority.
John J. Hurd, Democrat, of near Smyrna, Levy Courtman from this district who ran for County Treasurer and Receiver of Taxes, won along with the rest of the Democratic ticket.
W.G. Roe, Democrat of Smyrna, won a seat in the Legislature, succeeding Matthew V. Ford whose term expired.
Over in Clayton and Kenton Hundred, Carroll B. Brown, Democrat, won a seat in the Legislature….
Owing to so many split tickets, election officers of both voting precincts in Smyrna were kept until the wee hours of the morning tabulating the returns.

Man killed while crossing railroad tracks

Rowland Wallace, age about 33, a farmer residing on the “Sunnyside” road, between Smyrna and Brenford, was instantly killed by a southbound train, while taking milk in his small truck to the creamery in Clayton. The accident happened about 7 o’clock Saturday morning. Wallace left the farm early and when he got to the railroad crossing, he slowed up for one train, but did not see another train coming in the other direction. He was instantly killed, and his truck completely demolished.
The train which struck him came to a stop, but when it was found the young man was dead, the Smyrna ambulance was sent for and the body taken to Mathews morgue in Smyrna, where it was kept, awaiting the action of the Kent County coroner. The railroad company was exonerated from all blame.
Wallace is survived by a wife and two small children; also his mother-in-law, and three brothers.

Government road projects putting 1,600 to work

W.W. Mack, Chief Engineer of the State Highway Department, announced today that on 25 projects now under way throughout the state, 1,640 men were employed on the different roads. Next week will see the beginning of many more contacts with a consequent increase of employment.

Community service for Armistice Day

With Armistice Day coming on Sunday, a community service in which all churches will join, will assemble at the Como Theatre at 7:30. The service is sponsored by the American Legion Post of Smyrna.

Kenton girl married here

A very quiet but pretty wedding was solemnized at the Asbury M.E. Parsonage Saturday evening, November 3rd, when Miss Anna H. Shelton of Kenton, Delaware, became the bride of Mr. Malvin E. VanHorn, a young business man of Townsend. The ceremony was performed in the presence of a few friends. After a wedding trip the newly weds will make their home in Townsend.