Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Sept. 27, 1963

Friday, Sept. 27, 1963 —

  • Allegheny Airlines is fighting to retain access to service at the Salisbury-Wicomico Airport. The federal Civil Aeronautics Board was meeting today to hear Allegheny’s appeal of a CAB verdict not to financially assist passenger service to Salisbury. The government requires that a minimum of five passengers use the airline service each day and Allegheny has been unable to consistently meet that number.
  • Maryland Gov. J. Millard Tawes came to Salisbury to host the farewell dinner given to retiring Peninsula General Hospital President Brady J. Dayton. More than 175 people crowded into the Wicomico Hotel Ballroom for the grand event that celebrated Dayton’s 24 years of service as the hospital’s administrator. Dayton, a Bivalve native, is credited with piloting the hospital’s expansion from 100 to 400 beds.
  • Salisbury’s new U.S. Navy recruiter has a unique background of military service, having served three years in the U.S. Army and 12 years in the Navy. Chief Commissaryman Roger G. Stroud, whose recruiting office is in the Post Office in Downtown Salisbury, joined the Navy in time to serve in the Korean Conflict. He served in the Army’s 7th Infantry Division in Japan, spent a year working in the private sector, then joined the Navy a served on a minesweeper in the Atlantic Fleet. He had served as a recruiter based in Georgia since June 1961.  
  • Food Day on Thursday at the Talent Shop was a big hit, said Chairwoman Mr. Pratt D. Phillips Jr. Operated by the churchwomen of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the event reported record sales of Maryland biscuits, homemade spaghetti sauce, soup and chili. The Talent Shop, now in its second season, operates from a small storefront on North Division Street. The shop is filled with all types of interesting handmade articles. Mrs. William H. Fisher Jr. is the shop chairwoman.
  • Helen Hayman McDaniel, co-owner of Helen-Leigh Inc., a maternity and children’s wear shop on North Division Street, has retired after 55 years of service in Downtown Salisbury. At 71, the native Salisburian who acknowledges she has always had a knack for selling more than the customer believed they wanted, declared “I feel it’s time to retire.” McDaniel sold her half of the business to partner Carra Leigh Littleton, who she has been associated with for 26 years. McDaniel began her retail career at age 15 at The Little Shop next to H.S. Todd Co. on Church Street.
  • David A. Grier, President of the Wicomico United Fund, and Dr. Wilbur Devilbiss, General Chairman of this year’s campaign, announced that $10,800 has already been raised since the United Fund’s kickoff event Sept. 16. The drive’s ultimate goal is $103,000; it runs through Oct. 24.
  • Harry P.B. Hopkins, who was voted out of office in the last election contest for the Wicomico County Commissioners, is headed back to a seat on the panel. The Democratic Central Committee has sent Hopkins’ name to Gov. J. Millard Tawes for expected approval. Hopkins, who moved to Salisbury in 1933, would replace Commissioner Leslie Evans, who was named to the powerful State Roads Commission.
  • Roland Dashiell & Sons announced it has completed work on Cavanaugh Ford’s beautiful new facility on North Salisbury Boulevard. The state-of-the-art facility has a modern glass and steel appearance and is unlike any other car dealership building on the Delmarva Peninsula.

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

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