Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, Oct. 15, 1960

Saturday, Oct. 15, 1960

  • Celebrating its 45th anniversary, Benjamin’s in Downtown Salisbury was holding its biggest sale ever through Oct. 23. Italian knits normally priced at $25 were just $17.90, available in the first-floor Sportswear Department.
  • Billy Hastings, 33, of 333 Barclay St. in Salisbury, has recorded 20 years of perfect attendance at Grace Church Sunday School. Hastings, who works at Abbott Dairies, began his record streak at age 12. He did miss two consecutive years when he was out of town for active-duty military service, but has never missed a single week of Sunday School while in Salisbury.
  • Beacon Life Insurance Co. of Baltimore opened a Salisbury office in the Masonic Temple building on North Division Street. Ollie H. Jemieway was named the office manager.
  • More than 450 Democrats showed up for the Young Democratic Club of Wicomico County’s chicken barbecue honoring Congressman Thomas F. Johnson. So many people attended the event in the East Side Men’s Club Annex that organizers ran out of chicken and had to serve hot dogs. Club President Joseph Long introduced Johnson, who congratulated the Young Democrats for the large turnout.
  • A public hearing was announced for Oct. 19 at the Wicomico Civic Center to discuss revitalization plans for Salisbury’s Central Business District. Also to be discussed were plans for a new central water system drawing from Schumaker Pond and sewer service that will accommodate more than 60,000 people who were expected to inhabit Salisbury by the year 1980.
  • State Police said they were questioning several suspects in connection with the stabbing of Gerald Hartman, 42, of Pemberton Drive, operator of the Dixie Drive-In on West Main Street. Hartman, who was listed in fair condition at Peninsula General Hospital, was found wandering with his stab wounds at 2 a.m. on Lake Street; he told troopers he had no memory of the attack.
  • Mr. and Mrs. E. Dale Adkins Jr. of Tony Tank returned to Salisbury after a weekend visit to their son, E. Dale Adkins III, who is attending The George School in Bucks County, Pa.

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