Remembering Dorchester, from the pages of The Banner

25 years ago

The Cambridge City Council gave a verbal nod to the concept of developing a total of four condominium buildings, to be built one at a time on the Phillips property on Cambridge Creek over several years.

The six-story buildings, at the corner of Academy and Market streets, are each designed to include five floors composed of two 1,400-square foot units, and a 2,800-square foot penthouse with a vaulted roof on the sixth floor.

50 years ago

In East New Market, 19 girls from the fourth and fifth grades were invested in Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 606. The new Dorchester troop is sponsored by the East New Market Baptist Church.

Miss Connie Bell, of Salisbury, Girl Scout field director, invested Mrs. Betsy Maddox as troop leader and Miss Faye Elzey as assistant leader.

100 years ago

October, 1917, Camp Meade, Maryland

Dear Sir:

Thinking that this would interest the mothers and sweethearts of the “men,” I have gathered this information for you:

Men from Cambridge and Dorchester County are having a lively time here. They are all together, in Battery C, 310th Field Artillery, the whole regiment being made up of men from Maryland counties.

What makes the men enjoy the service most is the prospect of having horses. Every man will be mounted, either on a riding horse, a draft horse or on some vehicle.

They have had a peep already of the guns which they will shoot at the Kaiser, and this one peep has filled them all with eagerness for the time when the elementary drilling is over and the real artillery training begins. I have visited these friends of mine every day, and have had the pleasure of carrying a few for a ride around the camp.

Among the men who have made acting corporals are: Travers, Rook, Meredith, Robbins and Pusey. Andrews, who was in the post office service at Cambridge, is now the “postmaster” for his battery.

The “unit” reached here Saturday afternoon, and has had five hours’ drill each day. They men have enjoyed the outdoor life, and the hard friend of drills has no terrors for them.

– Oscar Willey

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at

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