Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Oct. 17, 1960

Monday, Oct. 17, 1960 —

  • Salisbury’s $665,000 bond improvement issue was purchased by the Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Co. of Baltimore. The average interest on the 24-year bond will be 3.38 percent. The city will use the money to buy the old Campbell Soup plant property — just down the street from the new plant — for use as a city maintenance yard. The city will also soon purchase 4,700 new water meters for use in homes. 
  • Col. Royden S. Meise has officially retired as a manufacturer’s representative for Kellogg’s Co. Meise, who is known as “The Colonel” and earned his rank in the Maryland State Guard, is referred to locally as the “Salesman Newshound” for feeding stories he sees while traveling Delmarva’s roadways to editors at the Salisbury Times. His son, Mike Meise, a former Times reporter who now works as a news editor for WBAL-TV in Baltimore, has inherited his dad’s deep intrigue with news and events. 
  • Tickets are on sale for the Community Players fall and winter season. The Players will present “The Curious Savage” in November, “The Great Sebastians” in February and “Bus Stop” in April. All productions are given at the Playhouse on Main Street in Salisbury.
  • It was a busy day in the birthing ward on Friday at Peninsula General Hospital, with six babies born. Sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Marshall of Pemberton Drive, Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Allen of Princess Anne, Mr. and Mrs. George Ronald Bassett of Ocean City and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas L. Fehton of Pocomoke City. Daughters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne J. Horsman of Mardela Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Godfrey of Camden Avenue.
  • Mrs. Jean B. Wootten, Music and English teacher at Wicomico Senior High School, told Salisbury Lions Club members that British teacher training lags far behind programs administered to American teachers. Wootten was an exchange teacher in Great Britain last year. She said teachers there need only complete a two-year program to be certified to serve in classrooms. Meanwhile, at the Salisbury Camera Club, members were treated to a travel slide show presented by local photographer Orlando Wootten, who recently returned from Europe with his teacher-wife.
  • Wicomico Sheriff Samuel A. Graham said he will immediately put to use provisions new state legislation that allows counties to put inmates to work in local Roads Divisions and Public Works Departments. Graham said prisoners will be used for work at schools, parks and roads, or wherever local municipalities might need laborers.  
  • The final clock face has been replaced on the top of the Wicomico County Courthouse. Three of the faces were repainted over the summer, but deteriorated wood required that the west-facing clock be remodeled and repainted altogether. The tower dates to 1878 and can bee seen from all over the city. 
  • Route 13 through Downtown Salisbury has a new bend in it, put in place by traffic engineers responsible for construction of the new Route 50/Salisbury Parkway. The Parkway will bass under both Salisbury Boulevard and the adjacent railroad tracks. The massive project is expected to take 10 months of construction time to complete.

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