Yesteryears at Ocean City
Levin J. Bunting, Jr. was awarded the highly coveted Gold Life-Saving Medal for "rescuing a woman and a young girl from the perils of the sea" in 1924.
The award was presented at the Atlantic Hotel during August of 1928.
Collection of Annie Spencer Bunting
Collection of Sally D. Bunting
off the coast of New Jersey, littered the beach of Ocean City on April 4, 1933.
Joshua Bunting of Ocean City recovered and saved this piece of the outside cover of the Akron.
It is a very rare artifact from a monumental event that occurred on the East Coast of the United States.
The USS Akron, the "flying aircraft carrier," was a frequent visitor to the skies over the Eastern Shore
and everyone in Ocean City was sentimental about the airship, and disturbed by her loss.
Elisha Victor Bunting was Ocean City's first recipient of the Gold Life-Saving Medal.
The award was presented in August of 1926, after Bunting had rescued four men from drowning
when their fishing boat had overturned in a rough and dangerous sea. Life-saving medals are bestowed
only upon those who risk their lives above and beyond the call of duty.
Collection of Lilly Bunting Farlow
Collection of Edwin J. Wyatt
On the tire cover is a beautiful picture of an Ocean City girl and the words "Meet Me at Ocean City". We will never know how lovely the lady on the tire cover was,
as someone had cut out her face for a souvenir before this photograph was taken. Mrs. McCabe was the only mayor's wife who ever reached into her own pocket
to pay for advertising for the town. The tire covers were still popular in 1933 as evidenced in this photograph of a car sitting on a flooded street after the 1933 storm.
Quote: Democratic Messenger, May 25, 1929
Collection of Captain William E. West, USCG, Ret.
The Ocean City Beach Patrol is pictured here in 1939. Front row, left to right: Emory (Huck) Savage, Toby Field, Captain Edward Lee Carey, Franklyn (Cutie) Savage. Roger Ewing, William Tutton. Back row, left to right: Nash Strudwick, Jack Horner, William West, Collins Elliott, Assistant Captain Robert Craig, Milton Conner and Jim Parker.
The city fathers thought it necessary and with some urgency to form the Ocean City Beach Patrol. They hired two young men, Edward Lee Carey and John Laws,
to patrol the beach from the Atlantic Hotel to 10th Street on weekends. Later during that summer, they would rethink the situation and hire a total of six men to
guard the swimmers on a daily basis. The rescue equipment provided was a bottle of smelling salts, a bottle of iodine and a 30 inch buoy.
Collection of the Ocean City Museum Society
The traffic was so intense that passing on the two lane road was nearly impossible for much of the two hundred-mile trip to Ocean City.
In those days, traveling by automobile to the resort was perilous and extremely time consuming.
Collection of Betty and Robert Leaverton
They will soon begin the long and tiresome journey to Baltimore.
Their trip would take them through many small Eastern Shore towns. They traveled westward, and then up around the top of the Chesapeake Bay
taking at least two days. Cruising speed in their Chevrolet sedan was probably around 40 mph. This photograph is dated August 1918.
Collection of John B. Lynch
Ralph R. Dennis was an organizational member of the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company, serving as its first assistant chief in 1905.
He was the first male Principal of the Ocean City School system and mentor to many of the town?s young, successful adults.
He also served in the Maryland House of Delegates. Mr. Dennis was the first Ocean City fireman to die in the line of duty.
His death occurred fighting a fire at the George Washington Hotel in 1937.
Collection of Gennette B. McCabe
The plane was on submarine patrol along the coast. The aircraft was repaired, and then pulled onto the brand new Route 50 bridge,
which the pilot used as a runway and took off.
Collection of Violet Cropper Davis
Her crew of seven men were rescued and housed at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station.
Of the 34 lives saved on the Eastern Shore that year, twenty-seven were rescued by the surfmen at the Ocean City station.
Young children, such as those pictured here, used the vessel as a siteorary playground.
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