Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, March 22, 1970

Sunday, March 22, 1970 —

  • Salisbury city voters will go to the polls on Tuesday and a lack of controversial issues would suggest low turnout. The mayor’s seat and two council seats are up for grabs. Mayor Dallas Truitt’s name is on the ballot, but since he is unchallenged, the Democrat needs only one vote to be declared the winner. Democrat Samuel W. Seidel is seeking a second four-year term. Another Democrat, Alfred “Pogie” Reddish — a former Mayor in Denton — is also seeking a seat. The Republican candidates are H. Harrell Granger and Harry K. Alexander. The number of eligible voters in Salisbury is 4,171.
  • Homer White Jr., Assistant Director of Field Operations for the state Department of Motor Vehicles, said more than 12,300 of the new 1970 car tags had been sold at the DMV Salisbury branch since November. He said four windows will remain open each day through the end of the month and encouraged car owners to come in immediately to avoid expected long lines leading up to March 31.
  • Albert G. Allen, 74, died Friday at his Camden Avenue home. His father, the late William F. Allen, was founder of W.F. Allen & Co., Delmarva’s largest grower of strawberries, peaches and apples. Allen spent his 50-year career with his father’s company and was a graduate of Wicomico High School Class of 1912 and Cornell University. During World War I, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Aviation Corps and was listed as the war’s only pilot from Wicomico County.
  • Twice on Saturday, bomb threats were called into the security gate of the Campbell Soup Co. Plant on West Road. The first call, police said, came just prior to the early-morning shift; the second call came at about 8:40 p.m. No bomb was found either time. The Super Giant on South Salisbury Boulevard was also evacuated at about 11 a.m. Saturday when a bomb threat was called in there.
  • Mrs. Dorothy Garber announced that she and her husband would soon be putting their landmark home — Poplar Hill Mansion — on the market for sale to new owners. For more than 20 years, Garber has maintained the 175-year-old home as a virtual museum, capitalizing on her expertise in Wicomico County history to sell old furnitures and other antiques that come into her possession. Built in 1795 by Revolutionary War hero Maj. Levin Handy, the Georgian architecture structure was built with the finest materials available at the time and is renowned for hand-carved ceiling cornices and mantels. It is the only building to have survived each of Salisbury’s great fires.
  • The City Council was set to review plans for an entirely new layout for Salisbury Zoo. Benjamin F. Blackson, Zoo Director, said 14 key areas would be affected, including the children’s play area, the penguin pool, the birthday party shelter. Additions would include a desert exhibit, a monkey house, a waterfowl exhibit, an exotic birdhouse, a bear house and a containment area for hooved animals.
  • Wicomico Sheriff Eugene Carey said his deputies will be paying close attention to Salisbury Wicomico Airport, where thieves have been making off with runway lights several times in recent weeks. Airport Commission members said the sheriff needed to take immediate action because the lights are crucial to airplane safety

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

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