Today In Salisbury’s History: July 16, 1957

Tuesday, July 16, 1957

  • A truck driven by Isaac Handy of Bloxom crashed into a light pole at the corner of North Salisbury Boulevard and East Isabella Street, knock out power all over Salisbury. The 6:40 a.am. accident caused severe traffic problems because the traffic lights stopped working. Officials at C&P Telephone Co. also said telephone service had been affected across town.
  • E. Dale Adkins Jr. and Charles J. Potts announced that Victor H. Laws, a former Salisbury resident now practicing law in Baltimore, will join their firm as a partner on Sept. 1. A partner in the Miles & Stockbridge firm, Laws is an expert in corporation law and tax practice. Adkins is a former state senator; Potts is a former member of the House of Delegates.
  • Fred P. Adkins, chairman of the board of E.S. Adkins Co., returned to his Park Avenue home after undergoing brain surgery at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The owner of the largest lumber company on the Eastern Shore, Adkins tripped on a nail while visiting Ocean City and injured his head.
  • A three-month jail term was suspended for a 35-year-old Westover Circle woman who fired a .22-caliber rifle into her neighbor’s yard. During testimony in People’s Court, witnesses said Margaret Clemmons had been drinking when she shot the gun toward Edna Roberts’ house next door. Defense attorney Richard M. Pollitt argued that Clemmons could not be guilty of assault, since she wasn’t shooting specifically at Roberts. Judge Fanny B. Murphy, disagreed, found Clemmons guilty, but suspended the sentence on the condition that Clemmons stay away from alcohol and guns.
  • Wicomico County Health Officer Dr. Seth H. Hurdle said 46 people with polio symptoms were evaluated at a clinic held in Salisbury. He said 25 of those screened will require further help from medical professionals. The most-severe case was 17-year-old girl who was paralyzed from the neck down.
  • A sold-out crowd was expected for Friday night’s outdoor wrestling match at Memorial field. Roy Shire of Los Angeles was set to wrestle Antonino Rocca. Shire is a nationally known celebrity in the sport; Rocca is undefeated in 60 matches in Baltimore.

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

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