This Week In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, March 19, 1958

Wednesday, March 19, 1958

  • A 114-bed addition, designed to relieve persistent overcrowding conditions, was announced for Peninsula General Hospital. T.L. Benjamin, president of the hospital’s Board of Directors, said the present 245-bed capacity was not enough to meet local needs. Six labor beds will also be added to the Maternity Ward.
  • S. Norman Holland was unanimously selected to head the newly formed Wicomico War Memorial Builders Inc. The group will be responsible for the planning and construction of the new Wicomico Civic Center in east Salisbury. Wade H. Insley will serve as vice president.
  • The final full day of winter was pronounced as “dismal,” with more rain expected and temperatures in the high 30s. Rain has fallen in Salisbury for three consecutive days.
  • The Wicomico County Commissioners began work on their Fiscal 1959 budget. Among the big questions: Should the county begin providing cars for the sheriff and his deputies, or continuing paying their monthly car mileage allowances? The county’s current tax rate is $1.91 per $100 of assessed valued. County funding for public schools was expected to be close to lat year’s number of $1.715 million.
  • The Maryland Alcohol and Tax Enforcement Unit charged Cora Moore with illegally selling two half-pints of whiskey in a back room of the 1020 Club on Lake Street. State investigator Jerome Harrison said Mrs. Moore made him wait 90 minutes to obtain the liquor, because she was suspicious that he might be a state agent. Judge Rex Taylor said Moore’s case would be heard by a jury of eight women and four men.
  • Convicted forger Pierre M. Fleischauer was sentenced to two years in the Maryland House of Correction. Prosecuted by State’s Attorney Hamilton P. Fox, Fleischauer, 32, was convicted of forging three checks totaling $73.

Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at gbassett@newszap.com

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