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From The Smyrna Times,

April 20, 1967

Smyrna Council says ‘no’ to concrete company

On a roll-call vote Monday, Smyrna Town Council did not approve a request by the George Concrete Company for a temporary permit to maintain and operate the concrete plant at the south end of Locust Street. However, council gave the company until Sept. 1 to dismantle and move the plant.

Last year verbal permission was granted to the company to erect the plant at that site during the highway construction job through Smyrna on Route 13. The area is zoned residential and some residents of Locust Street voiced objections to extending the operation on a temporary basis.

Robert George presented a petition to council with signatures of Locust Street residents approving a temporary operating permit. However, Councilman Frank Chamberlin countered by pointing out that George, an official of the company, had canvassed the area for signatures along with William A. Richardson, a resident of the street. Chamberlin suggested that this constituted an influencing of the opinions of the signers.

Chamberlin and Councilman Hector LeMaire voted against granting the temporary permit. Glenn W. Busker and Charles Rebar voted for the permit, and Guy M. Edmondson and Mayor George E. Bryson abstained from voting. Councilman Robert W. Riddagh was absent.

Smyrna receives bids for police car

Sealed bids were received by Smyrna Council Monday from three Smyrna automobile dealers on a new 1967 police car.

Bids were:

Willis Chevrolet, Biscayne, $2,376;

Rothwell’s Garage, Dodge Coronet, $2,395;

George H. Hoffecker, Plymouth Fury, $2,495.

Dr. Carrow speaks to Historical Society about Smyrna

Smyrna, in 1854, was the second largest municipality in Delaware, Dr. B. Stimson Carrow told a large turnout of members of the Duck Creek Historical Society and the invited public at the society’s quarterly meeting at the Twentieth Century Club Sunday night.

Dover, he said, had only about 1,000 residents in 1854, while Smyrna, a thriving community, had a population of about 2,000.

Dr. Carrow also presented photographs of Smyrna taken by Dr. Dwight, a Smyrna physician, before the turn of the century.

He told the audience that surprisingly, according to his research, the winters back in the mid-1800s were no colder nor was there any more snow than today.

Among the many things that Dr. Carrow pointed out was the vast amount of shipping of agricultural products out of Smyrna Landing for the city markets to the north.

On the humorous side, he quoted passages from vehement Smyrna Times editorials attacking nighttime riotous conduct on Smyrna streets. “No lady should dare walk the streets of Smyrna at nighttime without being escorted by a gentleman,” one of the editorials said.

Clayton election set for May 6

Filing for mayor and two council seats in Clayton will begin next Monday, April 24, with a deadline set at 4 p.m. Prospective candidates may file at the Clayton Town Office.

The general municipal election will be May 6.

Terms expiring are those of Mayor John J. Roth and Councilmen J. George Knotts and P. Brooks Banta.

Smyrna Library observes National Library Week

The Smyrna Public Library is observing National Library Week April 16-22 with a display of books in the Main Street window of the Smyrna Gift Shop. The poster was painted by Mr. William Pritchard.

The library recently purchased for the Delaware collection a book, “Early Architecture of Delaware” by George Fletcher Bennett. There are new fiction and non-fiction books for adults, books on sports and adventure for the young people, and many magazines available at the library.

The library is open each Tuesday and Friday evening from 6:30 to 8:00.

Mrs. Louise D. Clifton is the librarian. The members of the Smyrna Library Commission are Mr. Richard C. Price, Mr. J. Wells Faries, Mr. Henry C. Webb, Mrs. F.K. Lamb and Mrs. R. M. Sarde.

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