Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Sept. 20, 1968

Friday, Sept. 20, 1968 —

  • Homer White of Salisbury, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Congress Maryland District 1 seat, is refusing to confirm who he is supporting for president. While White won’t publicly back Democratic nominee Hubert H. Humphrey, he said he has not ruled out eventually supporting Alabama Gov. George M. Wallace for president. White said he has “very strong feelings that are contradictory to the Democratic platform and those feelings are the same as those held by my constituents.”
  • Wicomico Fire Marshal Donald Williams confirmed that a trash fire set off a much bigger blaze at the City Maintenance Yard off Lake Street that consumed a large storage shed. Williams said people living next door to the yard were burning their personal trash at about 12:30 a.m. when the flames spread through a fence and ignited the shed. Salisbury and Hebron fire companies spent nearly three hours extinguishing the blaze.
  • Police Chief Leslie J. Payne said a 15-year-old boy was arrested after he was seen by firefighters stationed at the Headquarters Company climbing a ladder to the roof of the R.E. Powell fabric shop on Camden Street at about 1:15 a.m. Payne said the boy was discovered lying face down on the roof and a subsequent investigation led by Cpl. Robert Ada determined the boy will be charged with breaking a window at Kuhn’s Jewelers on West Main Street and stealing two Sterling silver serving trays.
  • The State Roads Commission’s District 1 Office will hold another of its popular open house event on Saturday. The facility on West Road will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. Highlighting the open house will be a showing of a Walt Disney movie called “Freeway Phobia,” a humorous look at the problems of driving on congested roadways. The movie will play every half-hour. MAryland Highway Week has been declared for Sept. 22-28. This year’s theme: “Highways Are For People.”
  • John E. Hess, President of Hess Apparel, announced the company would tonight open a sixth store in Dover’s Blue Hen Mall. The new store is 9,000 square feet, making it the largest store in the Hess chain. Hess said customers have been driving from Dover to shop at the Salisbury store for years, so a Dover expansion is sensible. Delaware First Lady Mrs. Charles L. Terry was scheduled to cut the ribbon on the new store.
  • Some 60 members of the Town and Country Garden Club attended the first fall meeting, held at the Wicomico County Library. Mrs. H.O. Langrall announced the Fall Flower Show will be held Oct. 9 at the Civic Center.
  • The Pilgrim Wesleyan Church on Elmwood Street, formerly the Pilgrim Holiness Church, announced the arrival of a new pastor, the Rev. Paul D. Miller. A graduate of Eastern Pilgrim College in Allentown, Pa., Pastor Miller was most recently based in Watsontown, Pa.
  • Baltimore’s Patterson Park High School is in town tonight to face James M. Bennett Senior High School at Wicomico County Stadium. Coach Dick Yobst said he is expecting the team to have a tremendous year and the Baltimore opponents will offer insight on how good the squad might be. Ron Hodges will be the starting quarterback this season, with Jimmy Chatham, George Atkins and Johnny Fields in the backfield.
  • Roy Clark was scheduled as the headline performer at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center for Saturday night’s Delmar Fire Department Shindig No. 8. Also set to perform were Roy Drusky, Skeeter Davis and the Watkins Sisters of Laurel. Reserve tickets were $3.

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

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