Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, May 28, 1965

Friday, May 28, 1965 —

  • A dramatic moment came at the climax of this week’s dedication of the Peninsula General Hospital’s School of Nursing and Student Dormitory. As some 500 people looked on, Salisbury State College President Dr. Wilbur Devilbiss concluded his dedication remarks by changing the subject and calling attention to a community leader in the crowd. Devilbiss proclaimed that since so many people were gathered in attendance, the announcement would be made that Avery W. Hall was the winner of the Salisbury Award for 1965. The local insurance magnate was there in capacity as hospital board chairman. When handed the award, spectators said Hall had to choke back tears to say thank you.
  • During the annual A.W. Perdue & Son. Inc. company dinner, profit-sharing certificates were distributed to the company’s 229 employees. Company President Franklin P. Perdue presented a 20-year service pin to Herb White. Parker Bratten received a pin for 15 years, and Earl Kelley and Elwood Esham received pins for 10 years of service.  
  • Mayor Frank H. Morris, with the unanimous consent of the City Council, appointed Leslie J. Payne as Chief of the Salisbury Police Department. A North Carolina native, Payne moved to Worcester County as a youngster. Just 31 years old, he is a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Military Police. He joined the Salisbury force in 1956 as a Patrolman.
  • Wicomico County Council President Wade H. Insley Jr. joined Salisbury Mayor Frank H. Morris to break ground for a new county-owned nursing home on Booth Street. The facility will be for county residents who are too ill to remain at home but not sick enough to be hospitalized. The 52-bed facility is projected to cost $363,949. The guest of honor at the groundbreaking was Agatha J. Polk, who serves as President of the Nursing Home Project Inc.
  • The Wicomico High School Indians baseball team is going for its second-consecutive undefeated season. The Tribe has won 35 games in a row over two years and has a 13-0 record going into this week’s game against Salisbury High School. Team members include: Jeff Hart, Kenneth Johnson, Sam Boulton, Danny Scholl, A.B. Hall, Mike Oich, Dave Propper, J.C. Allen, John Berry, Robert Lawrence, Hugh Renshaw, Bud Elzey, Joe Rosencrance, Phil Trapkin, Phil Briggs, Ray Heller, Bruce Bozman and Mike Ennis.
  • The Tiny Tot Nursery and Kindergarten Class will present their third annual benefit program this weekend at the St. Francis de Sales School auditorium. Miss Cindy Muenster will reign as May Queen. Completing the Queen’s Court will be Tony Waller, queen’s escort; Teresa Carter, duchess; Johnny Ward, duchesses’ escort; Billy Bounds, crown bearer; and Kimberly Brown and Susan Shockley as flower girls. The program is under the direction of Mrs. Anna K. Stevens.
  • Salisbury City Police have a new tool to catch speeders: Radar. On Tuesday, officers moved their new unit around to six separate locations and wrote 16 summonses to speeders. To receive a ticket, a driver had to be traveling 10 mph or more over the posted speed limit. A small box gives a reading that the officer can see; the device is within 2 percent of accuracy.
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