- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 3, 2006


When you drive down to Bushwood, on the St. Mary’s County side of the Wicomico River, it’s impossible not to meet, chat with or buy something from a member of the Quade family who runs a boat livery, odds-and-ends shop and one of the best sandwich eateries you’ll ever smell fried onions in. The Quades’ hamburgers are legendary.

However, family patriarch George Quade said last week that 2006 has been one of the worst in all the decades he has been in Bushwood.

“I don’t know what’s wrong,” he said as his 81-year-old mother cleaned a counter nearby. “Maybe it’s the high price of gasoline that keeps people from visiting. Some think it might be the lack of predictable catches of croakers, but, heck, we have spot and white perch and some of the folks find some croakers now and then. On top of all that, we’re not getting any younger.

“I can’t say how much longer I want to stay here,” he added.

If the Quades ever leave Bushwood, a piece of fishing and country store merchandising history will go with them.

— Gene Mueller



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