Today in Salisbury history: Wednesday, April 2, 1957

Wednesday, April 2, 1957

  • This year of 1957 is the rainiest ever so far: 14.84 inches since Jan. 1. Locals and farmers have literally been praying for dry weather, and the 1920s song “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More” is being hummed around Salisbury. Basements are flooded around the city — knocking out furnaces; farm fields are under standing water. The 30-day forecast showed more exceptionally wet weather in store.
  • Noted insurance agent and broker C. Myron Dashiell of North Pinehurst Avenue died in Peninsula General Hospital at age 63. He was the founder of C. Myron Dashiell & Son Insurance Co.
  • Thomas M. McCabe, president of the Scott Paper Co., was named honorary chairman of the $750,000 campaign to expand the facilities of Peninsula General Hospital. I.L. Benjamin, president of the hospital’s Board of Trustees, said McCabe — a local native who has gained national prominence as an industrial business executive — will join co-chairman Fred P. Adkins.
  • In a joint advertisement, Salisbury three banks announced they would be closed on Good Friday, April 4. The city’s three banks are: County Trust Co., Farmers & Merchants Bank and Salisbury National Bank.
  • Salisbury first pedestrian fatality in three years was reported when an elderly man attempted to cross Salisbury Boulevard at night, in the rain, outside of a crosswalk.
  • City Engineer Philip C. Cooper announced that 394 recent water tests conducted by the U.S. Health Administration had found Salisbury’s municipal water to be “100 percent bacteria free.” The engineer told the City council that “it’s pretty unusual not to find at least some bacteria in some tests.”
  • H.O. Langrall Jr., Salisbury furniture store owner, was promoted to the rank of major in the local U.S. Army Reserves Unit. Langrall will serve as Operations Officer.
  • After becoming ill at his West College Avenue home, retired Salisbury Teachers’ College professor Dr. T.J. Caruthers was hospitalized at Peninsula General. Caruthers and his wife had just returned from a five-week motor-trip to Florida.
  • The Salisbury Chamber of Commerce is asking the City Council to enact legislation that would require out-of-town door-to-door salesmen to obtain a city license. City Attorney Harry Cropper said previous efforts at similar licenses had failed and said there were too many legal loopholes for it to succeed.
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