From the pages of The Smyrna Times, Oct. 17, 1935


From The Smyrna Times,
Oct. 17, 1935

Train wreck at Green Spring

Fourteen freight cars, loaded with merchandise, and two empty cars were derailed at Green Spring, a short distance north of Clayton, at 10:30 o’clock Thursday morning when a brake rigging dropped in the middle of the string of five cars comprising train D-2, bound from Cape Charles, Va., to the Edge Moor yards of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company.

At the time of the derailment, the train was running 40 miles per hour.

The cars piled up on both sides of the tracks and both the north and southbound tracks were blocked.

A tramp, stealing a ride on the train, was thrown into a tree along the right of way but escaped injury.

The Delmarva division passenger train due in Wilmington at 11:18 a.m. was halted by the wreck and the passengers were transferred to buses and taken to Wilmington where they boarded other trains for their destinations.

Wrecking crews from Delmar and Wilmington were dispatched to the scene and at 4:40 p.m., the southbound track was opened for traffic and other passenger trains were able to pass the scene by using the southbound track as a detour. The northbound track was cleaned at midnight.

Blackbird to vote on proposed consolidation with Smyrna School District

Qualified voters of the Blackbird School District No. 69 will vote on Saturday, November 11, on the question of consolidating with the Smyrna Special School District at a referendum election. The polls will be open from 2 to 5 p.m.

The school at Blackbird is a one-room, one-teacher school, built in 1892. Approximately 34 children attend, some coming three miles. The building formerly was on the State Highway, but was moved about a year ago to the road leading from Blackbird to Blackbird Station when the dual highway was built.

Trap shoot held near Smyrna

On Saturday, October 14, a trap shoot was held in a lot on the James Truax farm opposite the Gilbert Prttt farm on the Smyrna-Smyrna Landing Road. This is the first trap shoot held in Smyrna in a number of years. The affair was sponsored by Delancey E. Long of this town. There were 10 matches with five contestants each, shooting a distance of 16 yards.

The following is a list of the winners: 1st match, George Robinson, Smyrna; 2nd match, Herbert Radish, Smyrna; 3rd match, W. Henry Ennis, Smyrna; 4th match, Mr. Palmatory; 5th match, Austin Smith, Clayton; 6th match, W. Henry Ennis, Smyrna; 7th match, Edgar Frazier, Smyrna; 8th match, Willis Johnson, Bowers Beach; 9th match, W. Henry Ennis, Smyrna; 10th match, Herbert Radish, Smyrna.

The winners received prizes of poultry.

Ned Harrington was the referee.

Woodland Beach ‘club’ bids farewell till next resort season

The Jones’ Corner Club, which has had many jolly and happy meetings at the Woodland Beach resort during the season at the cottage of Mr. and Mrs. Ridgely Jones and other places, held a “Farewell Dinner” Saturday evening.

The guests were assigned to two places where a wholesome “Dutch Dinner” was served. One was at Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn’s and the other at Mr. and Mrs. Webber’s.

On Sunday the club was entertained at a turkey dinner by Mr. and Mrs. Churchman. It was the last outing for the season and it will not be until next summer before the club will meet again. Many of the party took advantage of the opportunity to catch crabs, they being more plentiful this fall than ever.

All left hoping for a speedy return of those good old summer days and weekends together.