From the pages of The Smyrna Times, Aug. 18, 1960


From The Smyrna Times,
Aug. 18, 1960

Town offers concessions to any new manufacturer

At the regular meeting of Smyrna Town Council, Friday night, it was recommended that the town of Smyrna give free water and sewer and other concessions to any new manufacturing concern interested in locating in Smyrna. Council unanimously accepted the recommendation.

Mayor Robert Riddagh read a detailed ruling and opinion on the town charter provided by the town attorney, David P. Buckson.

Of interest to all residents of Smyrna was the hiring of a policeman to fill the post vacated by the resignation of John R. Staats. Lloyd Pleasanton, chairman of the police committee, presented the application of James Wilson Elliott, Greensboro, Md., and recommended hiring him, and council acted to do so.
Council recommended a no-passing zone on the curve on Commerce Street at Diamond Supply.

Town manager Rex D. Gilmore reported that the town is ready to start water main installation on Walnut Street on Tuesday, last, and will be able to complete the project after the purchase of additional pipe….

State to lease landmark to Duck Creek Historical Society

Officials of the Duck Creek Historical Society have been notified that the State Highway Commission has agreed to lease The Lindens and approximately two acres of land at terms which will be worked out later. These terms will be effective as long as the society is going forward, according to Norman G. Wilder, president.

This has given impetus to the efforts of those interested locally, who had started work on cleaning up the premises. The area around the old house at Duck Creek, the restoration of which has become the first objective of the society, has been mowed, making the place more accessible.

George Caley, chairman of the restoration committee, and John Graham, architect, have directed the activities of the cleaning-up process, and on Monday they had a crew of boys hard at work. The debris in the house has been removed, torn wallpaper which was hanging loose has been torn off, and all debris hauled to the town dump. The work began on Saturday and continued on Monday, when an interesting brick walk was revealed leading to the side door and back to the kitchen area. It also appeared that the walk would lead around to the front of the house, when the soil covering it is removed.

Dense shrubbery which concealed the house from the view of those driving along North Main Street and over the new bridge at Duck Creek has been cut down and the house is now visible.

Big primary vote expected Saturday

One of the largest votes for a primary election in this area in recent years is expected Saturday, August 20, as battles loom for many offices on the Democratic ticket.

Locally, a nip-and-tuck race is anticipated between Glenn W. Busker and George D. Whaley for the nomination of Representative from the first representative district. Both men have been working feverishly for the past three weeks. This is the second attempt for Mr. Whaley for the representative post. He opposed Charles C. King in the 1958 primary and was defeated in an extremely close contest, by a slim 42 vote margin. This is Mr. Busker’s first party endeavor.

In the Third Representative District, (Clayton-Kenton area), four candidates are seeking their party’s nomination for State Representative. They are Carl F. Prettyman, C. Stanley Short, Sr., G. Francis Downes and Arnold Long. In the Second Senatorial District, Allen J. Cook, incumbent, is opposed by Nelson Massey for the senate seat.

Firemen’s band wins at Oxford

The band of the Citizens’ Hose Company proved to be a prize winner again when they appeared with members of the company in a parade at Oxford, Pa., Monday night. The band was awarded $100 for best band, and the company, $50 for coming the longest distance. There were approximately 70 men representing the band and company from Smyrna in line.

The band appeared last night (Wednesday) at Sudlersville, Md., and has a date to appear Wednesday, August 31 at Marydel.