Today In Salisbury’s History — Monday, Nov. 29, 1965

Monday, Nov. 29, 1965 —

  • William Brittingham, 37, owner of Brittingham Construction Co. in Salisbury, was killed in a car crash on a portion of new Route 50 that had just been completed. Gov. Millard Tawes is due in Salisbury on Friday to formally open the new road. Brittingham was in a car that was westbound on Route 50 at Phillip Morris Drive when he collided with a car being driven south across the new intersection by Irene Bauman, 36, whose home is on Phillip Morris Drive. Brittingham, originally of Pittsville, recently purchased the Roberts Industries Shipyard on Fitzwater Street.
  • Ken Behrens of Jean & Ken’s said the first Scotch pines Christmas trees have arrived at his business on East Main Street and will soon be ready for distribution. Some 1,200 trees cut in Indiana County, Pa., make up the first order.
  • More than 4,000 gunners were estimated to have spent Saturday in search of venison meat at the firearms deer season opened. This year’s season has been extended to eight days through Dec. 4. Officials said a record hunt is expected as last week’s rain has softened forest underfooting and makes stalking deer herds easier.
  • The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce announced it will hold its Dec. 16 board meeting in the air. By that date, Allegheny Airlines is expected to have its new prop-F27 in use. The Chamber leadership will take flights 201 and 202 to Washington, D.C., and back, and conduct Chamber business in each direction, as well as high above the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Acting Postmaster Franklin P. Coulbourne announced that the Salisbury Post Office is fully prepared for the Christmas season’s onslaught of cards, mail and packages. Mail Clerk Clifford R. Mall said some 4.7 million pieces of mail went through the Downtown Salisbury Post Office.
  • Firemen from Headquarters Company quickly extinguished a fire at at Ford One Stop Market on West Main Street. Store owner Myrtle Ford told Fire Chief Wilson Taylor that she noticed smoke coming from a ceiling after a fuse had blown. Firemen ripped out a ceiling light fixture and discovered the small fire.
  • Most of Salisbury was still stunned by James M. Bennett’s Thanksgiving Day victory over Wicomico Senior High School at County Stadium. Some 3,000 people attended the game, which Bennett dominated 20-0. Clippers Coach Richard Yobst called the game the best Bennett played all year and cited his defensive stars for extra credit: Dana Malone, George Blankenship, Pat Boccia, Bill Timmons, Tom Landry, Albert Jones and Tommy Williams.
  • Drug Fair opened in the Clairmont Shopping Center on South Salisbury Boulevard. Participating in the ribbon cutting were Thomas C. Roe, Chamber of Commerce President; state Sen. Mary L. Nock; Oscar L. Carey, owner and developer of the Clairmont Shopping Center; Wicomico Sheriff Samuel L. Graham; Milton Eisberg, President of Drug Fair Inc.; Salisbury Police Chief Leslie Payne; and Salisbury Executive Secretary Charles E. Leydecker.

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

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