Clippings communities and States have come to the same realization and buying an estate on the Store seems to be the spreading idea of the northern ‘rich folks.’ There is scarcely a county on the eastern side of the Chesapeake where tracts of land have not been purchased in the last few months “The Eastern Shore of Maryland is probably the most healthful and best watered section of the country. Every county on the Shore has a water front except Caroline, while that county is traversed by many prongs of rivers. As to the bay front counties, they are land regions involved in a wonderful and charming way with an intricate scheme of winding, twisting creeks, rivers and tidal armlets. People who have a longing for paradissical [sic] gardens can find them on the Eastern Shore ~ and especially in Kent county. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It also sounds like the Chestertown writer may have had a finger in the real estate pie himself.
There is no end to these local newspaper clippings, of course. They provide an endless source of information, amusement, interest, dismay and, sometimes, delight. Let’s end this batch with one of those last kinds. It was turned up by my colleague Bonnie Messick of St. Michaels, who not only has access to newspapers but is able to find things quickly. FAIRBANK This last clipping a lso rea lly brings it home, nearly to my very doorstep. Back in the early 1900s, the Star Democrat published village news “tidbits,” presumably sent in from a network of local correspondents. They published this one in the April 22nd edition, 1905, under the heading “Fairbank.” It consisted of seven brief and personal entries, most just a single sentence, such as “Mrs. Hattie L. Kinnamon spent Wednesday in Easton on business.” Or, “Arbor Day was celebrated at the Fairbank school with appropriate recitations and songs.” Lighthouse keepers didn’t get
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