Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, Oct. 1, 1955

Saturday, Oct. 1, 1955 —

  • The mobile X-ray Unit from the Maryland Health Department was back in operation this week at locations across Salisbury. The machine tested employees at Watson Shirt Co. on Barclay Street and Sunshine Laundry on Ann Street. Next week, the unit is scheduled for stops at Ayres Diner and E.S. Adkins, both on North Salisbury Boulevard, as well as Shoreland Freezers on South Division Street and the Manhattan Shirt Co. on East Main Street. Officials said some 3,416 people in Wicomico County were scanned for tuberculosis and other lung diseases during an early-September visit.
  • Phil Adams, a local news editor for WBOC-TV, told the Salisbury City Council it will be at least two years until live broadcasts could be aired from City Hall to city residents. Council President Jeremia Valliant told Adams that citizens would benefit from live, on-the-spot news reports of City Council action. Adams said equipment for such telecasts is expensive, but the station will consider it.
  • Mrs. J. MacFaddin Dick Jr. is scheduled to publicly display her collection of antique jewelry and silver Oct. 5-7 in the Grand Ballroom of the Wicomico Hotel. Mrs. Dick, who keeps her collection in a 300-year-old turkey breast corner cupboard, said her collection includes a silver pitcher and flatware that was buried for safekeeping by a Dick Family slave in South Carolina. She also possesses a 200-year-old ring owned by a Scottish lord.
  • Jack Slayton shot a 73 to beat Willis Gentile 4 and 3 and defend his Club Championship title at the Salisbury Elks Club. Gentile had recently impressed the Elks members with the 68-72 scores he carded to win the Marion K. Smith Jr. Memorial Tournament, in which he best Slayton by 5 shots.
  • Some 7,000 residents who live in Salisbury’s so-called “cesspool fringe” will not have to become part of a Sanitary Sewer District following a homeowners’ vote. In a public meeting held in the cafeteria of Wicomico Senior High School, affected property owners voted 434-341 to oppose the plan to connect them to municipal sewer. Opponents complained about the high costs — a .38-cents-per-front-foot assessment and a $2 monthly fee.
  • The congregation of Asbury Methodist Church has voted in a secret ballot to relocate their church to Camden Avenue Extended in Salisbury. Some 350 people attended the Building Committee meeting held in the church sanctuary on North Division Street. Support for construction of a new building was led by Salisbury lawyer Hamilton P. Fox, while opposition was led by Gen. Amos W.W. Woodcock.
  • The new facade for Hess Apparel on West Main Street has finally been unveiled. Hidden behind steel scaffolding during months of construction, the modern-looking storefront is porcelain, baked on steel, with a finish of green and buff granite.

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