Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 1967

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 1967 —

  • Opposition to the public housing project proposed for Booth Street in West Salisbury is apparently dwindling. Only two people attended a hearing to oppose the idea, both residents of Spring Hill Road, who said locating a housing development so close to a highway such as Route 50 would prove a safety hazard for children living in the complex.
  • A state revenue crisis might result in the proposed Route 13 Bypass east of Salisbury being built as a two-lane road, instead of the four-lane divided highway long envisioned. Cost estimates for the project are $13 million, but state officials said only about $8 million will be available over the next six years. Meeting with the County Council at the Holiday Inn in north Salisbury, State Roads Commission Chairman Jerome B. Wolfe said planning for the highway would continue, regardless of the construction funding challenges.
  • Miss Judith Gray, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William D. Gray of Camden Avenue, has been granted an assistant professorship teaching freshman Solfege at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Gray received her bachelor’s of Music degree from the conservatory in July. In addition to piano, Gray plays the harpsichord.
  • John Whitlinger, a 13-year-old rising star from Wisconsin, stunned National Boys Tennis Champion Dick Stockton of Virginia in the Eastern Tennis Championship FInals held in Salisbury City Park. Tournament Chairman Bill Riordan said Stockton, 16, has true star potential and his appearance in Salisbury made the local event national in importance.  
  • The Delmar Fire Department will sponsor a huge show at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in September. Stars slated to appear include: Ferlin Husky, The Hushpuppies, Marvis & Orlo Thompson, Grandpa Jones, Merle Travis and Del Reeves. General admission tickets will be $2.
  • With the completion of a covered shed to shield 12 boats at the Wicomico Yacht Club, the total number of slips on Wicomico Creek is now 54. Club Commodore Dr. John M. Bloxom said the shed with its aluminum roof and sidewalls cost about $15,000 to build. He said the club’s membership has swelled to 84 couples. A 12-cruiser trip to Solomon’s Island is planned for Saturday.
  • Ample rain and a fine growing season have resulted in corn stalks reaching record heights. Ernest Cullen, a former agriculture teacher at Wicomico Senior High School, said stalks at his 250-acre Timberland Farm in Mardela Springs are towering more than 13 feet.
  • The United Auto Workers Local 354’s strike against the Wayne Division of Symington Wayne Corp. is deep into its sixth week and shows no sign of ending soon. A federal mediator, Gilbert R. Lee, has recessed negotiations, citing a lack of progress. Management officials said they have kept the factory going, relying on a 70-employees workforce comprised of strike-breakers and supervisory personnel.
  • Gerald Lyter, 28, of Truitt Street in Salisbury, has won a trip to the French Riviera, thanks to his performance on the NBC-TV quiz show Bill Cullen’s “Eye Guess.”  Lyter, who holds an administrative position at the Campbell Soup plant in Salisbury, also won $400 in patio furniture, $200 in wardrobe additions for his wife and $200 in French cookware. Appearing before a national audience, Lyter answered seven questions fired at a panel of contestants.   

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