The junk collector. The three-man police force. The Happy Day Club. The Breakwater Oil Terminal. These are just some of the memories Ned Maull, a Lewes original, will share when he presents “The Lewes I Remember” at the Friday, May 16 program for Lewes Historical Society beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Lewes Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Kings Highway, Lewes.
H. Edward Maull Jr., known as Ned, grew up in Lewes during a time when the town was a “backwater fishing town of old people,” graduating from Lewes High School in 1957. He will tell the story of his family’s activities during World War II and the changes that came following the war. “By the late 1940s and 1950s it was beginning to be obvious that the town of Lewes was changing, and not for the good.” He says that Lewes had “little industry, a shrinking population and a past that was quickly being lost.”
Maull will discuss how his father, H. Edward Maull, then mayor of Lewes, suffered through a yearly revenue versus town expenses that left the town treasury with $31.98 in the till. Nostalgia will reign supreme in his lighthearted, but candid portrayal of the people of Lewes and the things that are no longer part of the town, but remain firmly in the town’s history.
Following high school, Maull graduated from the University of Delaware and then the Dickenson School of Law in Carlisle, Pa. where he earned his doctorate of jurisprudence in 1966. He has been active in many community and professional organizations, including past president of the Sussex County Bar Association, trustee and board secretary and life member of the Lewes Historical Society. He also is an honorary member of the Lewes Volunteer Fire Department and a life member of the Lewes Yacht Club.
The public is cordially invited to attend this talk of tales of his boyhood and many historical facts that should interest old-timers as well as newcomers. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. For more information about The Lewes Historical Society go to www.historiclewes.org.