Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, July 4, 1969

Friday, July 4, 1969 —

  • The Salisbury Nursing Home, which cost more than $1 million to build, opened this week on Civic Avenue and Route 50. The 99-bed institution is operated as a private enterprise under the administration of Dennis Nooner, whose wife will serve as Nursing Director. The structure is distinguished by its extensive use of field stone in its walls and support columns. Irv Bainum of Ocean City is a partner with the Nooners in the health-care venture. 
  • Judge William W. Travers has sent the controversial brickyard rezoning case back to City Hall, saying that hearings on the rezoning have been inadequate. A Baltimore developer wants to build a townhouse project on the Fitzwater Street site, but Travers said the city and county have failed to following zoning hearing rules and have sought to keep details about the project a secret. Travers said he is “not a Zoning Board,” and the proper procedures must be followed.
  • County Councilman George E. Burnett said he wants the Public Works Department to enforce the rules that landfill attendants are prohibited from salvaging junk at the Brick Kiln dump. Public Works Director Delbert Davis said he’s never heard that such a rule exists and admitted dump attendants routine take salvaged items home and then possibly sell those items. Councilman Wade Insley said items are carted from the dump and another dump is essentially created somewhere else. Dump attendants are paid an average of $1,300 a year, Davis said.
  • C.D. Byrd has been appointed President of the Petroleum Equipment Division of Dresser Industries, which is headquartered in Salisbury. He succeeds William H. Bateman, who will continue to serve as a Director of Dresser Industries Inc. Byrd joined Dresser in 1952 and most recently served as General Manager of Dresser’s Ideco Division in Columbus, Ohio.
  • U.S. Army Sgt. C. Lloyd J. Downs, 44, of Salisbury, died of a heart attack while on a combat mission in a war zone in Vietnam. Down was home on leave in Salisbury in May. A Wicomico High School graduate, he also served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and switched to the Army in the early 1960s. He had served several tours in Vietnam since 1966. He is survived by three sisters, who all live in the Salisbury area.
  • Farmers are beginning to express their deep concerns about the 1969 growing season as drought conditions continue to plague the agriculture community. Corn stalks should be shoulder-high on July Fourth, but this year the corn is only knee-high. Hundreds of acres are reported to be “tasseled out” and “burned up.” Soybeans are beginning to show heat stress, which makes that crop susceptible to insects.
  • Excellent beach weather and a three-day holiday weekend has resulted in huge crowds at the Delaware and Maryland beaches. Assateague Island began turning campers away on Thursday, after it filled all 1,200 camping sites. Traffic at the Bay Bridge was backed up to the Severn River on the western shore late Thursday. Delaware State Police said traffic was backed up for miles entering Bridgeville on Route 404.
  • Hermus L. Lowe, owner of the Oaks Drive-In on South Salisbury Boulevard, has been named the new President of the Exchange Club of Salisbury. Other officers for the coming year are: Carroll Hook, Vice President; Sherwood Sterling, Secretary; and James Shockley, Treasurer. New members of the Board of Control are: Howard McIntyre, Joseph Gismondi and Dean Farmer.
  • The Salisbury Community Concert Band will resume its annual summer series on Sunday at the Bandstand in City Park. Adlyn Lane, Chairwoman of the Music Committee, will give the opening address. Band Director Wallace R. Duyer will launch the season with the Bill Board March.

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