July 7, 2009
Andrew L. "Shad" Crockett, a retired postmaster and a highly decorated World War II infantryman who landed at Normandy on D-Day with the 29th Division, died Wednesday of heart failure at the Edward W. McGready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield. He was 85. Mr. Crockett was born on Tangier Island, the son of a waterman and a homemaker. After graduating from Crisfield High School, he moved to Baltimore and went to work in the Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Fairfield yard building Liberty ships. In 1943, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to England aboard the RMS Queen Mary, where he joined the 115th Regiment of the Army's 29th Division.
October 5, 2007
When William L. Ridenour was sworn in yesterday as Baltimore's postmaster, it was the high point of a 27-year career that began when he became a letter carrier and steadily rose through the ranks of the U.S. Postal Service. Ridenour, who was born and raised in Baltimore, is the first Baltimorean to serve as the city's postmaster since 1966. It's a huge leap from the days when he endured rain, snow and barking dogs to deliver the mail in city neighborhoods. "This was really the job I strived for since I was a letter carrier in Baltimore," said Ridenour, who lives in Essex with his wife of 23 years, Anna.
October 4, 2007
William L. Ridenour is scheduled to be sworn in as Baltimore's 39th postmaster at 1:30 p.m. today at a ceremony in the War Memorial Building. John E. Potter, the U.S. postmaster general, is to attend. Ridenour will oversee the postal operations at the main downtown post office and 30 stations and branches, with a total of 2,200 employees. He most recently was postmaster of Alexandria, Va. He began his postal career in 1980 as a mail carrier in Baltimore.
August 12, 2007
Glen Burnie was seeing an explosion of growth about 60 years ago, The Sun reported Aug, 13 1947. With 23,000 housing units under construction, the population was preparing to quadruple. The largest development, Harundale, was 300 acres with 1,200 two- and three-bedroom houses. The influx of residents led to construction of a $1 million high school and more applications for water meters and sewer connections than the sanitary commission could keep up with. Now a thriving suburb, Glen Burnie was once a small mining town founded by Elias Glenn, a district attorney, in 1812.
June 23, 2007
A 10-year-old West Baltimore girl died yesterday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of wounds she suffered a day earlier in a hit-and-run accident. About 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Kianna Johnson of the 1500 block of W. Fairmount Ave. was struck by a green station wagon, possibly a Mercury Sable, as she crossed West Baltimore Street a block from her home, police said. The driver did not stop, and Johnson was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she died. Baltimore police are asking anyone with information about a green station wagon driving in that area to call 410-396-2606.
February 12, 2007
Margaret K. Anders, the former postmaster of Oella and a longtime soup kitchen volunteer, died of pneumonia Feb. 5 at Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. She was 88. Born Margaret Kilduff, she was the eldest of 10 children of an Abingdon blacksmith. After graduating from St. Stephens High School in Bradshaw and Mount St. Agnes College in Baltimore, she married Cecil Trinkhaus, the Oella postmaster in 1941. Mrs. Anders became the assistant postmaster and, when her husband died, she took over as postmaster in Oella.