Remembering Dorchester, Dec. 5, 2018

Casket flag for my Grandfather Robert Roland Travers who served in World War I with the 79th Division, 313th Regiment, Company A from 1918 to 1919. Awarded two Gold Service Chevrons and the Victory Medal with Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector Battle Clasps. Posted on South Dorchester Memories facebook by Joe Travers.

Casket flag for my Grandfather Robert Roland Travers who served in World War I with the 79th Division, 313th Regiment, Company A from 1918 to 1919. Awarded two Gold Service Chevrons and the Victory Medal with Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector Battle Clasps. Posted on South Dorchester Memories facebook by Joe Travers.

From the pages of the Banner

50 years ago
The Dorchester-Talbot area “is the only logical site” for a proposed 250-bed hospital for the mentally retarded. This opinion was reached by the Mid-Shore Association for Retarded Children at a recent meeting.

Calling the need for such a facility “unquestioned,” the Mid Shore Association cited reasons for placing the new center on the grounds of the Eastern Shore State Hospital in Cambridge.

These are some of the reasons given:
– Land is already available on the grounds of the Eastern Shore State Hospital in Cambridge.
– The Mid Shore area already has the largest per capita ratio of qualified medical and paramedical specialists of any area on the Shore.
– There are not one, but two, general hospitals in the Talbot-Dorchester County area.

Both Dorchester and Talbot counties have offered the state free sites for the new 250-bed center.

100 years ago
* “Aunt” Hennie Hughes, an old and respected colored resident of Cambridge, wife of George Hughes, died Tuesday morning, after an illness of several weeks, due to the infirmities of old age. The deceased was born in Dorchester County 88 years ago.
She was very active in community life and for many years rendered invaluable service as an accoucheuse [midwife]. The funeral services were held at Bethel A.M.E. Church, of which she was a member for 50 years. A large family and many friends mourn their loss.

* Mrs. Elizabeth Townsend, 301 Byrn St., Cambridge, has received a telegram from the War Department advising her that official notice has been received of the death of Corporal John W. Townsend, her son, on Oct. 23. Corporal Townsend died of wounds received in action.
The deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Townsend, formerly of Secretary, but who have been living in Cambridge some time. The family has been very anxious about the young man, as they had not heard from him for several weeks.

* Mrs. Margaret Dunnock, 106 Academy St., Cambridge, has received information from the War Department that her son, Private John W. Dunnock, died of dysentery Oct. 13. No work had been received from Mr. Dunnock for several months, and his relatives and fiends become very anxious about him.
The news of his death was received with sincere sorrow by an unusually large number of friends, he having during the several years he was in the barber business, made many friends in all stations of life.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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