Early Files

100 years ago

April 30, 1921

• Maxwell Blakeney is building a big hydroplane at his shop across the river. He has installed a 23-horse power engine and hopes to have the plane finished in time for the summer season.

• Capt. William C. Eliason, steamboat man for 50 of his 72 years, president of the Tolchester Company and known through the State as being largely responsible for the popularizing of the Chesapeake Bay, died Monday morning at the Union memorial Hospital. He had been in ill health for three years.

• The Tractor Demonstration given at Galena in Dr. Scott’s pasture field on Thursday afternoon proved quite a success and resulted in the sale of several tractors for the Davis Company, of Galena.


50 years ago

April 28, 1971

• An observant rural mail carrier investigated last Tuesday when he noted an accumulation of mail at the home of Frank Gill near Golts.  Once inside, mailman H. Richard Cochran found Mr. Gill, 77, dead and his ill wife, Mars. Mary Tarbutton Gill,  nearby. Dr. Robert W. Farr, deputy stat medical examiner for Kent County, said death was due to natural causes. Authorities said Mr. Gill may have been dead for several days.

• Acting "under the continued threat of a strike," Vita Food Products of Chestertown on Monday laid off 100 of its hourly employees for an indefinite length of time. Remaining hourly employees of the plant, a subsidiary of the Brown and Wlliamson Tobacco Company, are on vacation. , except for about a dozen men involved in loading trucks from the plant's stock of pickles and fish products.

25 years ago

April 26, 1996

• The harbor in Rock Hall has been cleared of debris deposited by severe winter flooding, but beyond its narrow mouth, the Bay's open waters are still full of menace for watermen and boaters.

• The year 2000 will dawn before large sums of money can be spent to transform Bloomfield Farm into one of the crown jewels of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, say officials. The agency unveiled interim and long-range plans for what is now called the Sassafras River Natural Resources Management Area at a hearing Tuesday night, making plain that for the next few years money will be tight and work limited to projects that involve mostly sweat and ingenuity.

10 years ago

April 28, 2011

• "The Freeze" said the voice answering the phone Tuesday. That's a phrase that will bring memories back to many longtime Chestertown residents who recall the days when the Washington Avenue eatery, originally a Tastee-Freez, was the preferred hangout in town. Now The Freeze is back and nobody could be happier than Eric Graham, who has been preparing for the reopening ever since Joe Downey decided to give up the business.

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