Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, Sept. 24, 1967

Sunday, Sept. 24, 1967

  • Ending a 70-day strike, Symington-Wayne workers met at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center and voted 312-126 to approve a United Auto Workers contract paying them 36 cents more per hour. The contract was finally settled in a four-day marathon session. Local 354 President George Stromberger said about 60 of the 600 members had given up during the strikes and left the union for other jobs. Wayne Pump makes gas pumps and other fuel-transportation and storage systems.
  •  Miss Lulu N. Nichols, postmaster in Allen for the past 20 years, retired. Miss Nichols built the small building at “Postoffice Avenue” herself in August 1947. Miss Nichols became postmaster when Hershel Wallace died; Mrs. David Kolb will succeed Miss Nichols as postmaster.
  •  Bennett High School soccer coach Jimmy Little was expecting good things from his 1967 squad, scheduled to open Monday against Pocomoke. He said 41 athletes tried out for the 24 available spots. He said the only pre-determined first-stringers are: Bill Bryan, Bunky Nelson, Dale Pusey and Norman Matthews. The team went 8-3-1 in 1966.
  •  In business news, Milton Pope and Gordon Brittingham of Salisbury Studebaker Co. said the national automotive company had solves parts supplies questions and would remain in business. Carl Campana, manager of the W.T. Grant Department Store in the Salisbury Shopping Center, said company-wide sales for August topped $82,144, up more than $6,000 year over year. In addition to Salisbury, Grant’s recently expanded stores in New Jersey.
  •  Wicomico County farmers improved their year over year performance by $2.198 million, according to a survey by the Standard Rate and Data Service in New York. Improved prices for livestock were seen as driving the additional revenues.
  •  Carol Lee Esham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Esham, married Robert Wimbrow Shockley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett T. Shockley, at Grace United Methodist Church. The bride is a nurse, the groom works for McDonnell Aircraft Co. in St. Louis, where the Wicomico Senior High School graduates will make their home.

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

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