From the pages of The Smyrna Times, Dec. 6, 1934


From The Smyrna Times,
Dec. 6, 1934

Thanksgiving is quiet here

Thanksgiving last Thursday was a quiet holiday in Smyrna. The post office, schools, stores and business places were closed all day except drug stores and eating places. The day dawned fair but by noon rain set in which continued the rest of the day.
Union Thanksgiving service was held at the Presbyterian Church and was well attended. The sermon was given by Rev. Frederick Marx Barton.
To a considerable number, the holiday afforded a day for going somewhere on motor trips, and despite inclement weather, was more or less indulged in. It was a day for family reunions, and turkey dinners seemed to be in vogue most everywhere.
According to State Police, traffic was heavier on Wednesday night than it was Thanksgiving, and they attributed this to the fact that many persons left after office hours to spend the night with parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends and to either remain over the weekend, in such cases where their business permitted, or to return early Friday morning.
Railroad and bus officials said that a goodly number took advantage of the reduced fares offered for trips over Thanksgiving but there was no great rush and the number did not surpass expectations.

House fire at Smyrna Landing

A house owned by George Davis, Smyrna Landing, was completely demolished by fire early Wednesday morning, with a loss of about $500.
Tenants by the name of Wallace, of Greenspring, were moving in, and had half their furniture in the house.
There was no one in the house at the time of the fire, and being at some distance from any other house, the fire was not seen and reported until the blaze was well under way.
Smyrna firemen responded, but the fire was beyond control when they reached the scene. The house burned to the ground.


School construction worker successful in boxing exhibition

Quite a lot of local interest was centered around Sed Barrett, a newcomer to Smyrna on the shcool construction crew, in the recent boxing bouts held in Centreville, Md., last Friday. A large party left Smyrna mainly to see Barrett, and spent a very enjoyable and exciting evening.
The Centreville fight fans were well pleased with Barrett’s exhibition, and the management arranged for another engagement to be held next Friday week, December 14th. Mr. Fairbrother, construction superintendent of the new school, is arranging to take a large party over by bus.

Christmas street lights to be hung in business district

Through the activity of the officers of the Smyrna Business Men’s Association, Smyrna again will have its Christmas street lights in the business section of town this year. The association has put the matter in charge of Clifford Jones who will get his helpers on the job sometime this week.
These lights will be on Commerce Street from the Fire Hall to the Boulevard and on Main Street from Mt. Vernon to the Town Hall. There will be a lighted Christmas community tree again in the center of “Four Corners,” it being expected that this will be arranged and put up as usual by the David C. Harrison Post, No. 14, American Legion.
The Town Hall and Fire Hall will each be lighted from street to tower, as was the case last year.
With the placing of these lights and the cooperation of merchants who already are beginning to decorate their windows, it is hoped that Smyrna will be as enterprising as other wide-awake towns down the Delmarva Peninsula and that it will result in drawing more people to town to trade in our stores….
Smyrna has always been praised as one of the best and most cheerfully lighted towns down the state. Let us keep up our reputation and make this year better than ever.

4-H members receive pins

The monthly meeting of the Smyrna 4-H Club was held Monday night, December 3rd, at the home of James and Frances Morrison. There was about 100 percent attendance.
Miss Helen L. Comstock, the County Club Agent of Kent County, in a very fitting presentation speech, gave out the achievement pins which were earned by 40 members.
The third annual 4-H banquet will be held tomorrow night, December 7th, in the Dover High School Gym. The County Chapter of the Link in the 4-H Chain of Delaware has charge of this affair and has planned an excellent program. An orchestra will furnish music and entertainment will be dancing….
The Smyrna 4-H Club turkey raffle was a success. It was given away last Tuesday evening. The lucky number was 96 and fell to Harry C. Johnson of North Main Street, Smyrna.

Strand Theatre, Smyrna, Del. (advertisement)

Thursday, December 6, Will Rogers in Irwin S. Cobb’s “Judge Priest.”
Friday-Saturday, December 7-8, Buck Jones in “Fighting Ranger.”
Wednesday-Thursday, December 12-13, “Shoot the Works.”