Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Aug. 16, 1965

Monday, Aug. 16, 1965 —

  • The new Ames Store near Tony Tank in south Salisbury was set to open at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Officials were calling it one of the biggest additions in the history of Salisbury’s retail business network. The new store features 50,000-square-feet of shopping space and parking for more than 500 cars. There will be 55 complete departments, with merchandise valued at half-a-million dollars. Department store chain President Irving Gilman is expected to attend, as are Mayor Frank Morris and Wicomico Council President Wade H. Insley. The store will be managed by Edward Wasco, a three-year Ames manager who moved here from Dunkirk, N.Y. and now lives at 412 South Park Drive.
  • Salisbury Community Concert Band Director Wallace Duyer said the turnout for Sunday evening’s performance along the riverbank in City Park might have been the largest ever. Hundreds of spectators lined the slope of the park lawn. A flute solo performed by Mrs. Dolly Underwood Reinhardt, accompanied by Kathryn Russell, was especially well-received by the large audience.
  • County officials are hailing the addition to another major industry to the area. Crown Cork & Seal announced it would build a $2.5 million manufacturing plant on 35 acres in Fruitland. The plant will be massive, with 125,000-square-feet of floor space and employing up to 300 people. The Salisbury community was chosen from among 16 regional sites. The operation will manufacture sanitary cans and seals for regional food packers.
  • A team of thieves broke into at least six Salisbury businesses overnight on Monday, making off with cash, radios, TV sets and many other merchandise items. Hardest hit was Barnes Television Co. on South Salisbury Boulevard, where several TV sets and radios were removed from the display room floor. Checks were also stolen from the office and a soft drink machine was smashed open and coins were removed. Other affected businesses included Cherokee Lanes, Banks Market on South Division Street and Community Building Supply.
  • Several local poultry business leaders are attending a poultry health seminar under way at Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis. The leaders include Preston Workman of Georgetown, Charles William of Bridgeville, Norman Nock of Pocomoke City, Franklin Perdue of Salisbury, Willis Hudson of Berlin and Dr. Donald Weymounth of Seaford. The men are learning how poultry vaccines can improve bird health and overall production.
  • Youngsters on New York Avenue are reporting record business to their cold drinks stand that faces North Division Street. The cost of a cold drink is 3 cents. Operating the drink stand are Gladys Gasque, 11; Jimmy Nichols Jr., 10; Benjamin Gasque, 10; and Walter Gasque, 6.
  • Gov. J. Millard Tawes threw his enthusiastic support behind Wicomico County officials’ efforts to restore crumbling Pemberton Hall in west Salisbury. In a letter to Pemberton Foundation President George E. Bennett, Tawes said he would donate a color etching of Government House by Dutch artist Hans Figura so that it might be auctioned to help pay for renovations.
  • A dredging boat has located an obstruction in the Wicomico River about 200 feet north of the Gulf Oil Pier on the west side of the river. Operators of large vessels are urges to use caution around day marker No. 57, where the water is normally 14 feet deep. An Army Corps of Engineer team is expected to investigate the obstruction beginning next week.

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

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