Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Sept. 10, 1965

Friday, Sept. 10, 1965 —

  • Seafood packing house operators say an increase in the new minimum wage law could put them out of business forever because consumers are unlikely to absorb costs through higher prices. The new wage of $1.25 per hour is a 10-cents hike and will raise the labor cost to 32 cents-per-pound for crabmeat. Packing house operators said they will either have to add automation to the process or only hire pickers who can extract meat at a rapid speed. The wage hike is also expected to wreak havoc on the upcoming oyster season.
  • Wicomico High football Coach Warren Squires won’t say so, but the Indians have the makings of a good football team for the 1965 season. While only going 5-5 last year, the tribe will have seven hard-core-quality lettermen on the field this year — four offensive linemen and three running backs — to mold a winner. Squires admitted that “our boys didn’t look bad at all” in recent scrimmages against Milford and Delmar.
  • The Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin has donated a new ambulance to Wicomico County that will be used by volunteer fire companies, but will primarily serve Powellville, which lacks ambulance service. Berlin Police Chief Robert H. Kelley helped to orchestrate the donation — the chief lives in Powellville and will be one of the drivers when medical alarms are dispatched.
  • Cheryl Owens, 19, of Salisbury, has decided to make the Salvation Army her career. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Owens of Schumaker Lane, the 1964 Wicomico Senior High School graduate said she will leave her current job at Montgomery Ward & Co. to attend the Salvation Army School for Officers’ Training in Georgia. She plans to graduate as a Lieutenant and become a director of Youth Activities.
  • The Sweet Adelines helped the Salisbury Community Concert Band close its summer season at the City Park Bandstand in a grand event attended by hundreds of spectators. The band played its popular selection of march tunes. During intermission, Miss Adlyn McLane and her Sweet Adeline Girls sang a number of their favorites barbershop quartet-style. The crowd was so large that those who attended were permitted to angle-park on North and South Park drives; cars also took over the A&P grocery store lot and Wicomico Junior High School on East Main Street.
  • While Dr. Pepper knocked off the Eastern Shore Equipment Co., 2-0, in Wicomico Recreation League softball competition, the results from loop play means the Peppermen will still stand as runners-up to champions ESEC. Pitcher Bill Gordy handcuffed the opposition to just three hits while Elbert Gladden slugged his third home run of the tourney.
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