Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, Dec. 18, 1958

Thursday, Dec. 18, 1958

  • Maryland Delegate Robert Cannon and the State Roads Commission have settled a contentious battle over land the delegate owns that is being taken for the new Route 50 Parkway through Salisbury. Cannon, a Salisbury lawyer, claimed the state is taking 700 square feet of additional land without compensating him. The Board of Property Reviewers agreed to pay Cannon $142,410 for the tract at North Division, Church and Broad streets. Both sides have agreed to a new price of $146,000.
  • Salisbury lumber firm executive E. Stanton Adkins was found innocent in Traffic Court of causing a three-car accident on Route 50 (Old Ocean City Road) east of Salisbury.  Ronald Norman Purnell of Berlin was found guilty in the crash and fined $11.45 by Judge Fanny Murphy. State Police testified Purnell’s car had “little or no brakes.”
  • Addressing a regional meeting of poultry growers, George G. Coleman Jr. of Nichols Poultry Farm in Exeter, N.H., said Delmarva growers could make more profit by growing fewer chickens, decreasing supply, thereby cutting expenses and increasing prices.
  • The Salisbury Jaycees has 26 new members, bringing its total membership to 196. Among the new members are E. Dean Wells, Bennett Boulden, E.J. Kreamer, Robert Holloway, William Knicely and Stanley Bradley.
  • Mildred Short, 48, of Georgetown was treated for a broken ankle at Peninsula Regional Hospital after she slipped on ice and fell in a parking lot near Salisbury City Hall.
  • Mr. and Mrs Barton Mumford of Salisbury celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Husband and wife are both 70. Barton Mumford is well know in the community: He is the county tax assessor.
  • Coach Warren “Chesty” Squires announced that his Wicomico High School basketball team probably wouldn’t be scoring a lot of points in its games, but was hoping its good defensive play would suffice for the 1958-59 season.

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