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Mary McHale

Published on: Thursday, June 20, 2013

By Mary McHale

See the couch where Dr. Mudd set John Wilkes Booth’s leg

Washingtonian magazine recently published “61 Hidden Gems: An Insider’s Guide to Off-the-Beaten-Path Things to See and Do.” Included in this interesting list is the home museum of my great-grandparents, the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House in Waldorf.

The house has been restored to its 19th-century condition, looking much as it did the night Booth arrived there after shooting President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. Docents in period attire give tours, and there is a gift shop. There also are two barns displaying vintage farm equipment and a small Civil War museum.

The Dr. Mudd House is the most-visited historic site in Charles County. It is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 24. Tours start every 30 minutes on the hour and half-hour with the last tour at 3:30. Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 16 and free for children under 5. For information or to schedule a tour, call Danny Fluhart at 301-274-9358.


Robert West, formerly of Marianne Drive in Morningside, emailed that another former Morningsider, Dick Jurney, had a serious stroke and is at a hospital near Charleston. He is bedridden but alert, and he plans to move to another facility for aggressive physical therapy. Please remember him in your thoughts and prayers.

Robert, by the way, is retired, lives in a small town named Wallace, and plays a lot of golf.

The Morningside Fourth of July Parade is coming up. I plan to be there under my favorite tree by the Suitland Road Baptist Church. If you have an entry for the parade, or need information about family games, vendors and entertainment following the parade or about the Morningside fireworks, call the Town Hall at 301-736-2300.

News from American Legion Post 259

Rose Butler emailed that new officers will be installed at American Legion Post 259 in Clinton at 5 p.m. June 23.

Haywood V. Moss is commander. Other officers include Gary Gifford, 1st vice commander; Matthew Garofalo, 2nd vice commander; George Martin, 3rd vice commander; Tom Treichel, chaplain; James Woodland, service officer; Charles Lewis, historian; Richard Switzer, finance officer; Albert “Ed” White, judge advocate and Executive Committee members, Joe DeCenzo, Joe Morgan and Jerald Thompson.

Rose Butler is president of the Auxiliary. Next week I’ll run the Auxiliary’s officers.

Changing landscape

The bridges on Pennsylvania Avenue over Woodyard Road are being replaced. A lane may be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and between 9 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Work is scheduled to be complete by fall 2015.

Years ago we had G.I. Market, two grocery stores in Andrews Manor Shopping Center, and more in Suitland and Camp Springs. Well, there’s no news about anything coming here. However, further afield, Safeway plans an Upper Marlboro store. Also, Whole Foods is considering the area around Nationals Park. No matter, I’ll still have to go at least four miles for groceries.

May they rest in peace

James T. Carbine Jr., 88, longtime resident of Camp Springs, died April 24 while on a cruise ship in the Red Sea. Next week I’ll pay tribute to him.

Andrew Thomas “Tom” Buckler, Jr., 78, formerly of Forestville and a graduate of Suitland High School, died June 13 at his Annapolis home. He was Battalion Fire Chief with the D.C. Fire Department and Deputy Fire Chief at the Kennedy Space Center. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Katherine, two sons, three brothers and four grandchildren.

Joseph M. Cacciatore, 86, of Annapolis and formerly of Berkshire, died May 23. The Swoyersville, Pa., native served in the Army during WWII, graduated from Kings College in Wilkes Barre, Pa., and served as executive of the D.C. Board of Condemnation of Insanitary Buildings. He was a member of the Mount Calvary Church Holy Name Society, Catholic War Veterans, Knights of Columbus and the Sons of Italy. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ann, son Paul, daughters Kathy Novak and Mary Kay DeGeorge and eight grandchildren.


Happy birthday to my grandson Conor McHale, Aletheia Fadness, Mark Witherow Sr. and Antonio Jackson, June 21; Gary Fadness, June 22; Edson Cook, June 23; Gloria R. Johnson, June 24; Michael Taylor and Larry Frostbutter, June 25; Angela Booth and Mable Hemmes, June 26; Rose Hoffman, Charles “Chuckie” Henry, Veda Curcio, Shawn Kumra and Cathryn Cordero Pracht, June 27.

Happy anniversary to Ben and Betty Nagro on their 56th anniversary, June 22; Tim and Becki Cordero, their 12th on June 23; and Mary and Mike Dawes, their 40th on June 23.

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