Today in Salisbury’s History: Sunday, July 2, 1967

  • Two of the three raccoons that invaded the home of Mrs. Milton G. White of Riverside Drive were captured after state Game Warden Robert Bagwell placed traps in the home overnight. One of the animals, however, remained at large late Saturday. The intruders were discovered in the home on Thursday, which they left in shambles, with furniture, lamps and tables damages and paper and garbage strewn all around the home. Mrs. White’s pantry was also raided. Bagwell said he believes the raccoons entered the home through the chimney.
  • First Shore Federal Savings & Loan announced that as of June 30 its assets had exceeded an all-time high of $20 million. The bank is paying dividends of 4.5 percent, compounded quarterly.
  • In observance of Independence Day, the Rev. James H. Lappen’s sermon at the Wicomico Presbyterian Church was titled: “The Revolution: A Presbyterian Uprising?” The address incorporated the writings of the Rev. James Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Agnes B. Johnson retired after 40 years of teaching in Wicomico County schools. She began her career in a one-room school house in Walston, then moved up to a two-room school house in Parsonsburg, then worked in the Upton Street School for many years. Her final stint was at Prince Street. She said her annual salary in in 1927 was $527.25. Now, county teachers’ beginning wage is $6,000 annually.
  • A tugboat ran into the Nanticoke River Bridge in Sharptown, damaging the drawspan and leaving the river channel impassable. The Route 313 span is also closed to car traffic. Officials said there was no estimate on when repairs might begin and traffic might return to normal.

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