Remembering Dorchester, April 3, 2019

Jason Press posted this photo on Cambridge Maryland Memories. On the back it says: Fire at Cedars — Phillips Home, Dude Willoughby with cap, the Rev Dale Ruth of St. Paul’s in striped shirt and Turk Marshall with axe. Teri Love commented, “Buddy Tall — Dad were you on the scene?” Gary Foxwell: “I lived across the street from Mr. Thomas and Mr. Marshall on Bailey Ave.” Barbara Geoghegan Marshall: “The Cedars was the home of Albanus Phillips II and his family, who were the owners of Phillips Packing Company. The house was on Belvedere Avenue and it faced the Choptank River. After the fire it was rebuilt on the same spot. Have you talked to the son, Albanus Phillips III?” Eric Mahon: “Hey Jason, Dude was my Godfather.” Sylvia Satterfield: “My Dad with axe. Turk Marshall.”

From the pages of the Banner

50 years ago
The body of Lance Cpl. Michael DiGenno, who was killed in action on March 11 in Vietnam, is due to arrive today via Dover Air Force Base.

A mass will be observed on Tuesday morning at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Secretary, with the Rev. Robert J. Biad officiating. Interment will follow in the family burial lot in Washington Cemetery, at Hurlock.

Full military rites will be accorded at the cemetery by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Maryland National Guard, and members of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Cpl. DiGenno was 21 years of age, being born Feb. 20, 1948 in the Borough of Bronx, New York City, the son of Henry and Yola Polisena DiGenno, who reside on Thompson Street, in Hurlock.

The family came to Dorchester County 14 years ago and since that time, the father has been in the employ of Harper and Bateman Co. The youth attended public schools, graduating from North Dorchester High in 1967.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in October, 1967, and had been in Vietnam since April, 1968, and was due to be returned home in August of this year.

Cpl. DiGenno was born and raised in the Catholic faith, and was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Secretary. He was also a member of Choptank Post 7460, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

100 years ago
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“Mongrels,” a screaming Sunshine comedy of the big world war, showing Germany a would-be member of the Bush League of Nations. Hungry Austria, who can’t find anybody to surrender to; Turkey was anxious to get back to the cigarette-making business; and Bulgaria, who found the war too rough and boisterous. Sunshine comedies are the funniest comedies ever filmed, and this one is a world beater, that you don’t want to miss.

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

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