From the pages of The Smyrna Times,

Sept. 22, 1960

From The Smyrna Times,
Sept. 22, 1960

Citizens Hose Company wins Governor’s Cup

The town of Smyrna takes pride in the accomplishments of the band of the Citizens’ Hose Company in a keen contest at the 40th annual convention of the Delaware Volunteer Firemen’s Association held in Bridgeville Saturday afternoon. The company is also to be congratulated for receiving the award of the Governor’s Cup and first prize of $100 for making the best appearance with a band, a greatly coveted honor.

The prizes totaled $225. They included a first prize of $25 for having the most men in line, and $100 for having the best senior band.

Eighty-six towns or cities from four states -- Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- had units in the parade. There were 27 bands, including four drum and bugle corps, and a team of 32 judges scanned the two-hour long parade to choose prize-winning units in several categories.

The fire company and the citizens of Smyrna have reason to be proud of the honors bestowed.

The band is under the direction of A. Rodney Daniels.

Over 100 attend first formal meeting of Duck Creek Historical Society

The first formal meeting of the Duck Creek Historical Society was held Sunday night at the Candee Building, State Welfare Home, with approximately 100 members attending from the Smyrna-Clayton area, Townsend, Middletown, Odessa, and Dover.

John W. Dickinson, first vice president, presided.

The meeting opened with the singing of “America the Beautiful,” with Harold Knotts, accompanist.

Mrs. Marjorie W. Speakman presented Mrs. George Maurice Morris, of Washington, D.C., a renowned national figure in the preservation of our heritage, who showed colored slides of the 18th century New England house, The Lindens, which she and her husband moved to Washington and restored. Mrs. Morris paid tribute to the Winterthur Foundation for their contribution to this ideal. She said that the restoration of The Lindens was the fulfillment of a dream. The actual reconstruction took 33 months.

Eagles journey to Middletown for 1960 opener

The Smyrna High School Eagles football team will open its 1960 campaign tomorrow evening when they journey to Middletown to oppose the once defeated Cavaliers. Coach Horney’s 33-man squad has been hard at work in preparation for this game.

The starting lineup, as announced by Coach Horney this week, will have Robert Pritchard and James Fischer at ends, Stanley Iplenski and John Ramsey as tackles, Brandon Jones and Karl Severson at guards, and Tom Pappas at center. The backfield will have Bo McCoy at quarterback, Ronnie Thorpe at fullback, and Bruce Pearce and Bob Boyer at half-back.

This starting team is composed of 3 seniors, 4 juniors, 2 sophomores, and 2 freshmen. The success of this year’s team will depend greatly on the four freshmen and sophomores who will all be playing their first varsity football game.