On Thursday of last week I was talking to a nice lady about some information she was looking for when she began to tell me some of her memories about living and growing up in the Cedars area. She went on to mentioned she had a photo of an older home/store with a gas pump out in front that was located on the corner of Newport Gap Pike and Old Capitol Trail. Then and there she peaked my interest. The interest begins with a photo, that I will post again here, from 1921 showing The old Hollingsworth Company and bridge on Old Capitol Trail. The photo is titled Bridge 154 at Lincoln Highway (now Old Capitol Trail) and Smith's Corner. It is from the 1921 bridge survey taken by the State of Delaware. Well, from that point on it was a challenge to find out who Smith was. We had heard he lived on the second floor of a place on the corner of NGP and OCT and had a gas pump out front. Scott Palmer of The Mill Creek History Blog did a nice short post on it as well. His story can be found here. I have also shared the photo with him. So I wonder if this the place that named the this intersection.
The photo, as described to me, is of Lang & Sturgis A&P Store Store on Newport Gap Pike. In conversation it was mentioned the purchase was possibly the mid 1920's, which could have put Mr. Smith there in 1921 or before. I was told Mr. Sturgis owned a store in the city of Wilmington. An interior view of that store is below with address of West Street.
I asked permission to post this photo and was given the okay by Mr. Sturgis's grandson who still lives in the area. Thank you to all. You never know what you will find out when you are talking to someone.
From DELDOT 1921 Bridge Survey.