Today In Salisbury’s History, Monday, Feb. 18, 1957

 

Monday, Feb. 18, 1957

  • Police have again delayed their report on the apparent murder-suicide of a Salisbury couple found dead at the Justice Apartments on Ellen Street. Police Chief William Chatham said there will still witnesses who needed to be questioned. Osten Wingate, 53, pursued his wife, Mildred, 42, into a neighbor’s apartment and shot the wife with a 12-gauge shotgun before turning the weapon on himself. The shooting was witnessed by neighbor Marie Baum. Police have speculated the shooting was the climax to a jealous quarrel.
  • State Sen. Mary Nock introduced a bill that would impose a mandatory $50 on teen-agers found to be in possession of alcohol. The measure would impose a similar fine on anyone either selling or providing a teen-ager with alcohol. The senator said local law enforcement agencies favor the bill.
  • The Wicomico Art League was preparing to mark its fifth anniversary with a celebration and spring exhibit at Johnny’s & Sammy’s Restaurant. This spring, the league plans to open a new gallery on Vine Street Extended, across from the Elks Golf Course. Mrs. John L. Morris and Mrs. Malcom Glenn have been appointed co-chairmen.
  • In Socials News, Mr. and Mrs. J. Brice Long of Camden Avenue returned from a vacation to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Miss Jackie Phippin of Churchill Avenue entertained 40 guests at a Valentine’s Day party; reservations were still being accepted for the Dessert Bridge Party to be held Feb. 28 at the Wicomico Hotel; Mrs. R.H. Polliard was set to act as hostess for the College Avenue Club in her home at 425 West College Ave.; Nancy Virginia Gunby and John Keer Hyde were married at the Wicomico Presbyterian Church and the reception was held in the Wicomico Hotel Ballroom.
  • Walter I. Shockley, 28, was chosen “Outstanding Young Farmer” by the Salisbury Junior Chamber of Commerce. Shockley farms 298 acres just off Delmar Road in Salisbury. He grows 18,000 broilers, as well as grain and truck crops. Jaycees Robert Williams and Gorman Brittingham presented the award.
  • State Comptroller Millard Tawes presented Mrs. George B. Bartlett, formerly of Salisbury, with a certificate recognizing 25 years of service to the Comptroller’s Office. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Hearn of Camden Avenue, Mrs. Bartlett is a former employee of Salisbury National Bank.

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

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