Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, June 20, 1969

Friday, June 20, 1969 —

  • Swimming, fishing and boating are prohibited on Johnson’s Lake for the next several days as county officials undertake an emergency cleanup effort. Wicomico Parks Director Lorne Rickert asked city Public Works Director Philip C. Cooper to have his crews open the dam gates near Isabella Street to lower the lake’s water level. Then, officials can search for and remove broken glass reported in the lake’s swimming areas. Once the lake bottom can be swept clean, the lake will be raised up and the beaches will reopen.
  • Leslie H. Evans, a member of the general sales staff of Cavanaugh Motors in Salisbury, has been reappointed to the State Roads Board by Gov. Marvin Mandel. As a Roads Board member, Evans — a former nine-year member of the Wicomico County Commissioners — was instrumental in persuading state officials to dualize Route 50 from Cambridge to Salisbury.
  • The Wicomico County school board has approved the promotion of two new principals and the shift of another. Glen Avenue Elementary Principal Sheldon Larmore will become Principal of the West Side Schools, replacing  the retiring Mildred Turner. James T. Fox, a teacher at East Salisbury will succeed Larmore at Glen Avenue. Ronald O. Willey, a teacher at Salisbury Elementary, will become Principal of Sharptown Elementary, replacing the retiring Lula McCauley.
  • Canvassers for the Mullin-Kille Co. of Chillicothe, Ohio, have begun visiting homes in the Salisbury area to obtain information for the new city directory. The book has the approval of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce. Enumerators will be carrying identification cards. Businesses will be asked to both fill out cards and provide employee lists. The directory will name every resident of the community over 18 years of age.
  • James A. Perdue, son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin P. Perdue of Woodland Road, graduated this month from Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, Pa. Arthur Cooley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Cooley of Kara on Wicomico Creek has graduated from the Kent School in Kent, Conn.
  • There’s indication as of yet that dissident teachers in Caroline and Somerset counties are flocking to jobs in the Wicomico school system. During their unsuccessful budget negotiations this spring, teachers in several Maryland counties said they would leave for higher-paying jobs in Wicomico if local school boards failed to increase pay. Superintendent Royd Mahaffey said the county has about 20 positions to fill for the next school year. Wicomico’s starting teacher salary is $6,300.
  • Having reached the mandatory retirement age of 67, Louella Humphreys of Camden Avenue will leave her post in the Wicomico County government. Humphreys began working as a tax office secretary in July 1920, with a starting salary of $8 each week. For many years, her job was to type, stamp and mail all  tax bills to county residents. Now, there are eight people performing those duties, with the help of a modern key punch machine. For her 49 years of service, the County Council presented Humphreys with a special resolution.
  • City-County Planning Director Philip L. Tallon, 32, said he is quitting his post to accept a similar job in Baltimore City. Tallon, who came to Salisbury from the state of Delaware Planning Department, will serve as Assistant Planning Director for the city of Baltimore. Tallon will be succeeded by Supervising Planner Matthew E. Creamer, 26, a New Jersey native who lives in Oak Hill Apartments. The post pays $15,000 annually.

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

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