Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, June 28, 1975

Saturday, June 28, 1975 —

  • Franklin P. Perdue, President of the poultry company started by his father A.W. Perdue in 1920, told a lunch meeting of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce that the future of the chicken business on Delmarva is bright. Perdue, 54, said his company had sales of $150 million last year and now has 2,600 employees. He said the company had $6 million in sales and 70 employees just 20 years ago. Perdue also told the local businessmen that his company had never borrowed money to finance expansion and his new “Oven Stuffer” product “has a fantastic future.”  The Chamber meeting was held at the Salisbury Elks Lodge.
  • Members of the Christian Society of Women’s Service at Allen Methodist Church got quite a surprise today when 10 Rolls Royce automobiles pulled into town and their all-Englishman owners — 22 members of the Rolls Royce Owners Club — entered the Community Hall to dine on chicken and Eastern Shore fare. The car club was in Day 8 of its nationwide tour. The car models ranged from a convertible 1931 Phantom Two to a 1966 Rolls Royce Bentley.
  • Liberty Christian School on Old Ocean City Road reported that it has more than doubled its enrollment and ended the school year with 105 students. School Director Clyde F. George, who is also the minister for the sponsoring Liberty Church of Christ, said a principal — James E. Headen, 36, of Winston Salem, N.C. — has been hired to oversee the rapid growth. In only its third year, Liberty Christian has won accolades for its pre-school program directed at 4-year-olds.
  • Thomas C. Thompson of South Park Drive has been named the new president of the local YMCA. Thompson, the Vice President of Harris Riggin Insurance is a graduate of Wicomico Senior High School and the University of Virginia. He succeeds Henry Hanna III as Board President.
  • The Salisbury Zoo has been asked to care for two South American mountain lions that were found on a boat that was attempting to unload $8 million worth of marijuana near Lewes. Zoo Director Stefan Graham said the cats were found in small wooden crates stashed amid the marijuana bales. One cat is about six-weeks-old, the other is about 10-weeks-old. Both cats were malnourished, he said. The older cat also has a broken front foot.
  • Salisbury City Police have begun phasing out the ranks of Corporal and Patrolman First Class and replacing it with the rank of Master Officer. Grayson Kenny was the first officer selected for the new rank. He was formally pinned by Sergeant Robert Ada. In all, 32 officers are eligible for the new rank.
  • Wicomico Schools Superintendent Royd A. Mahaffey, 52, was to begin specialized treatment in a Baltimore hospital for chronic leukemia. He was transferred from Johns Hopkins Hospital to Baltimore City Hospitals on Friday. He had been at Hopkins since being transferred from Peninsula General Hospital on June 6. Assistant Superintendent Harold B. Fulton will run the system in Mahaffey’s absence. Since the superintendent became serious ill in May, there has been community talk that he was suffering from leukemia, but that was only confirmed Friday.

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

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