June 30th, 1949. Russians were in the news that day. As it turned out, they had been seizing trucks outside of Berlin. Also that day, the papers announced that Truman’s housing and slum-clearance bill was passed by the House the previous night. It effectively started up the government subsidies for rental housing.
We could’ve picked up a pair of rubber beach sandals for only $2.50 or a diamond ring for $100… or both, they were running a pretty good discount at S and Katz in downtown Baltimore. It wouldn’t have been a big deal to swing by The Hub’s downtown store to grab a $14.88 Seersucker Suit.
We could’ve gotten our shopping done on the way to the very first Cape. St. Claire board meeting, held in the 1208 Munsey Building, now an apartment complex, in downtown Baltimore. It began promptly at 11am. There were 3 people present. James G. Rouse, James C. Morton, and George W. Baker. Was the room hot and stuffy? Were they sitting around and sipping from a bottle of $2.84 Kentucky Whiskey? Probably not, it was only 11am. Perhaps they were just sipping from their .15 cent Canada Drys. After driving their Studebaker’s? to the meeting, maybe they were thinking about Harry Truman’s message about expanding the program of highway safety. “Last year, 32,000 people were killed in traffic accidents and more than 1,000,000 people injured.” Maybe not. They couldn’t have been thinking about the Orioles as we know it today, they didn’t get here until 1953. The Yankees though, led by Dimaggio had topped the Red Sox 9-7 the night before.
That night maybe they watched Stop the Music by Bert Parks, a name that tune type of game show… it was on at 8pm on WJZ. What we do know was that the Cape St. Claire Club was incorporated on the 29th of June, 1949. They had to pay a bonus tax of $20 and a recording fee of $10. At the first meeting on the 30th, the bylaws were then adopted. They each elected themselves to the board. Due to the correspondences they were expecting, the secretary needed to hire an assistance to help out. $10 a week. After designating the Annapolis Banking and Trust company as a depository for the funds, they adjourned. Maybe they sat around and talked about what they had just done. Maybe they quickly dispersed into one of the scattered showers scheduled for that day.
Either way, I thank them.
The rest is history.
To read the meeting minutes from that historic meeting and the rest of 1949, see below:
It’s that time of year fellow Cape St. Claire residents – quarterly meeting time! We’re really hoping to see you next Tuesday, April 28th 2015 at 7:30pm at the clubhouse.
We know you’ve driven up Cape St. Claire Road these days and have seen the potholes, the orange cones, the netting, the trailers, the cement pipes, and the questions. We have some of the answers for you. Kathy Sharp, the project manager, as well as others from the Department of Public Works, will be at the clubhouse to answer all of the construction questions you might have. Why hasn’t any work begun since the April 6th restart? How long is this whole thing going to take?
Then, Sara Gannon, our Constituent Services Officer for the Office of The County Executive, will be there to explain her position and how they can be a point of contact regarding things involving County Government. She has been and will be a great resource during the construction.
It’s been a busy 2015 so far with a major website and technology overhaul. We’ve been digitizing some of the old meeting minutes and Capers and shared the very first one, dating back to 1955, in February. We have some more updates for you regarding our fight back against the phragmites as well as the phase 2 update of the beach project and the new Clubhouse rain garden project.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT OWEN MCEVOY
County Executive Announces March Town Hall Meetings Annapolis, MD (March 3, 2015) – County Executive Steve Schuh today announced his administration will host a series of town hall meetings in March to discuss the 2015-16 budget and other important issues facing the county.
“The citizens of Anne Arundel County deserve to be heard during our budget process,” said Schuh. “I look forward to hearing input from across the county as we put a budget together to make Anne Arundel the best place to live, work, and start a business in Maryland.”
The meetings, which will take place over a span of three weeks, will allow the citizens of Anne Arundel County to ask questions of their government. The locations and times of the meetings are as follows: