Today In Salisbury History: Saturday, May 21, 1967

Saturday, May 21, 1967

  • A tug of war across the City Park stream near the Bandstand was scheduled for Sunday. The event is part of the Wicomico County Centennial Celebration. “Brawny men” were encouraged to arrive by 1 p.m. for the 2 p.m. contest.
  • Poultry equipment company Essco Supply Co. was destroyed by fire. Loss and damages were estimated at $300,000. Dense, black smoke could be seen for miles while the blaze burned. Fire Marshal Donald Williams said more than 90 firefighters helped to extinguish the blaze. Winds of 30 mph made the fire incontrollable, Williams said.
  • Police Chief Leslie J. Payne announced that 19 men had been arrested in a dice game that was being held in a rear apartment at 108 Lake Street. A make-shift dice table and $40 in cash was seized.
  • Grant N. Galbraith was named chairman of the Wicomico Red Cross for the 1967-68 chapter year.
  • Mrs. Richard Saunders, assistant director of the nursing school at Peninsula General Hospital, told a Salisbury Women Professional’s Club meeting that with the onset of new Medicare laws, more nurses than ever will be needed. She encouraged any young women who had finished high school but had no money for college to contact her to enter either a two-, three-, or four-year nursing program.
  • State Fire Marshal James Roberton said the Waterview Beach Hotel in Waterview is unsafe and is a fire hazard. Robertson said he inspected the structure and found “fire protection problems could endanger the occupants.” The inspection report is causing problems, as the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., has rented the 33-room hotel from Roger Steffans and Eastern Shore Holding Co. for the entire summer season. An advance party, to include 30 to 40 children of diplomats and embassy staff, were scheduled to arrive next week.

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

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