Laurel travelers were out and about 100 years ago

History Matters

October 12, 2011|By Louise Vest

100 Years Ago

Social Laurel folks

"Mrs. W. Marion Baldwin is the guest of her parents, near Woodbine, Carroll county. Mr. C.E. Phelps, passenger agent of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at Washington, has returned from a trip to Niagara Falls.

Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Weheeler were the guests of the family of his brother, Mr. Robert Wheeler of Baltimore this week. Mrs. J.C. Howell and daughter, Mary, of Washington, were the guests of Mrs. Howells's mother, Mrs. Mary Brehme, a few days ago.

Mrs. L.F. Graves has returned from a week visit to relatives and friends at Salisbury, Md. Dr. W. Franklin Taylor and his wife have returned from a visit to relatives at Tolchester Beach."

75 Years Ago

Louie, Dewey and Dolle's

"Miss Delma Tubbs is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Esther Le Cato, at Rehoboth, Del.

Mr. J .L. Tubbs has been entertaining Mr. J. M. Le Cato and son Steward of Rehoboth and Mr. John Travis of Newark N.J., who also visited Mr. Jack Le Cato who is a midshipman at the Naval Academy, Annapolis."

Yes, Rehoboth's still nice in the fall. The ocean-front resort town in Delaware is traditionally known as the "Nation's Summer Capital," because of all the visitors from Washington, but beach worshipers come there from everywhere.

A couple of Rehoboth's long-time establishments have been there 50 years. One is Funland, the amusement park, and also Grottos Pizza, which first opened in 1960. Funland's a magnet for kids, and includes rides for younger children too. Their ride tickets won't cost you your first-born child, but if you go during the summer season, take plenty of quarters for the meters.

We've had three generations of our family patronizing Funland. Though, when it was first opened I was too old for the kiddie rides, I did enjoy the bumper cars, except when my brother decided he was out to get me and we'd collide a few times, head-on. Come to think of it, that explains a lot.

Anyway, for people unfamiliar with the Delaware and Maryland beach resorts, and where Rehoboth is in that line up, I use a vocabulary trick. It's a little silly, but may be helpful in remembering the resort towns from north to south, starting with Lewes, Delaware, and working down to Ocean City and Assateague.

The memory sentence is: 'Louie Had Reached Dewey, But Forgot the Oreos, Aw Shucks': Louie (Lewes), Had (Henlopen), Reached (Rehoboth), Dewey (Dewey Beach), But (Bethany), Forgot (Fenwick), Oreos (Ocean City); Aw Shucks (Assateague Seashore.)

Another of Rehoboth's long-time boardwalk businesses is Dolle's candy shop that opened in 1927. In addition to its confectionary offerings, its iconic bright orange "Dolle's" sign high above the boardwalk makes it a popular meeting place. For decades there's one phrase that must have been uttered in Rehoboth a zillion times among family and friends, and that is: "We'll meet you in front of Dolle's." (Of course "Have you got any more quarters?" is a close second.)

50 Years Ago

Park closed,horses still running

From the Scaggsville Fulton social column;

"Mr. and Mrs. William McCubbin and Mrs. Bertha Messersmith all of Baltimore, were last Sunday evening guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Harding.

Jill Marie Vollmerhausen, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Vollmerhausen of Fulton was baptized on Sunday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Rev. Alvin E. Burns officiated.

Mrs. Elizabeth Wehland of John Hopkins Road spent several days last week visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Lee Brown in Elkridge. Miss Cissel Archer and Children, LuAnn and Joe, Mrs. Fred Sisson and daughter, Mary Sue, Mrs. Homer Stewart and children, Marilyn and Carolyn, all of Scaggsville, Mrs. Donald Kaiser and Miss Pam Bailey of High Ridge and Johnny Clark of Glenelg, recently enjoyed a day at Gwynn Oak Park in Baltimore."

Gwynn Oak was an amusement park in Baltimore that closed in 1972. The horses on its old-fashioned carousel, however, continue to amuse as Gwynn Oak's carousel is now on the Mall in Washington (The carousel's open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a $2 admission fee.)

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