Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Oct. 11, 1968

Friday, Oct. 11, 1968 —

  • Advertisements for the 35 stores on Salisbury’s Downtown Plaza have a new marketing and advertising campaign that now refers to the shopping area as the “Golden Plaza.” The West Main Street area is now closed to traffic and is undergoing a renovation that will convert it to a pedestrian mall. The city hopes to have the $140,000 project complete by mid-November — just in time for the holiday shopping season.   
  • The Wicomico County Council is receiving a good deal of criticism from county residents opposed to a housing code that would affect owner-occupied dwellings. More than 300 people packed this week’s hearing, questioning why the county would call for people to upgrade their old homes — especially if they couldn’t afford it. Most of the concerns revolve around provisions calling for 10 percent of the floor space in rooms to include window space, heating systems capable of maintaining a temperature of 70 degrees and the installation of water and sanitary facilities.
  • An Easton car deal caused some commotion when he landed his helicopter on the grounds of Peninsula General Hospital so that he could visit his wife. Frank Loving landed the single-rotor helicopter near the hospital’s back door off Carroll Street. Also aboard were the couple’s children. Loving said he used the helicopter to pick up his son from Charlotte Hall Military Academy near Waldorf and then flew to Salisbury, thereby saving several hours of driving time. His wife is recovering from injuries she received in an automobile crash.
  • Temperatures are finally rebounding from a week of winter-like cold. Last weekend temperatures were in the 80s — on Monday and Tuesday they never got above 38. Tuesday’s low, in fact, was 34 degrees. A huge mass of cold air is expected to move out for the weekend.
  • More than 200 people turned out for an open house at Pemberton Hall, the Colonial mansion slated for renovation on Pemberton Drive. Mrs. George E. Burnett, Chairwoman of the Pemberton Fondation, said the event brought in about $1,000. The group has earmarked $37,000 for renovations.
  • U.S. Marine Col. Robert L. Wallace has been awarded the Silver Star, the third-highest combat decoration. The Salisburian was part of Company L, which was attacking a village in Quang Tri Province when it came under intense mortar, artillery and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force. Wallace was commended for leading his men into a position to fire-sweep the terrain and allow wounded men to be evacuated. Wallace was previously awarded a Purple Heart.
  • The union representing Salisbury Police took exception with a City Council announcement that the government has no obligation to recognize the organizing body. The union has demanded recognition, as well as the ability to deduct union dues from each officer’s payroll check. The union also wants to establish a grievance procedures system and begin discussions on wages and benefits. Mayor Dallas G. Truitt has told the council it cannot legally recognize the union.
  • C&P Telephone Co. has opened its new offices in the Laws Building on East Main Street. District Commercial Manager M. Joseph Manzer will lead the team occupying the 5,000-square-feet of office space. The site was once the location of the original English Grill.
  • The new Montgomery Ward Store on South Salisbury Boulevard has assembled a new sales team. Members include: Bill Spurlock Frank Daniels, Dan Henry, Ed Myers, Jack Holloway, Jim Bounds, Ray Rusnak, Joe Bailey and George McGee. Montgomery Ward touts its store as offering the best appliances on the Shore. 
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