Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, May 10, 1966

Tuesday, May 10, 1966 —

 

  • Dallas G. Truitt was sworn in as mayor on Monday night and immediately announced that Walter C. Anderson would replace Victor Laws Jr. as City Solicitor. New Democratic councilmen were also sworn in — banker David Rodgers, to a second term, and insurance man Sam Seidel, who replaces Republican David A. Grier on the council. The new council’s first meeting had a rocky start when Anderson’s appointment drew Seidel’s opposition — Seidel said Anderson had too many conflicts of interest, primarily because his firm represents Delmarva Power & Light which is engaged in a longtime legal dispute with the city. Republican Councilman Harry Fullbrook accused Seidel of opposing Anderson because Seidel wants Truitt to appoint Seidel’s brother, Sheldon Seidel, to the lawyer’s post.
  • In his final action as mayor, Frank Morris presented a list of topics he believes the new Mayor & Council need to tackle immediately. Morris said city leaders must: Work to get the property tax rate below $1, find a way to improve communication between Salisbury State College leaders and city leaders, proceed with annexations, dispose of excess city property, consider proposals to merge the city and county governments, strengthen city housing and building codes, and implement a river beautification and bulkheading plan.
  • A funeral service has been scheduled for the first Salisburian killed in the military conflict under way in Vietnam. Army Spc. 4 Barrie V. Barnes, 19, was shot by a sniper while leading a patrol into enemy territory, according to the Pentagon. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rome L. Barnes of Virginia Avenue, were notified Friday evening. The family owns Barnes Television & Appliances. The soldier will be buried in Wicomico Memorial Park with full military honors.
  • An overnight frost nipped plants across the Lower Shore and has farmers on the Eastern Shore of Virginia concerned about the spring’s strawberry crop. Overnight temperatures dipped to 30 degrees in Salisbury.
  • Lewis R. Riley of Parsonsburg, 31, announced he would be on the Republican ticket for County Council. A 1953 graduate of Wicomico High School, Riley — who has never held elective office — is a farmer who tends about 325 acres in eastern Wicomico. He also works as a broiler grower and a school bus contractor.
  • Greg French and Will Hyle made up for a surprise loss by Wi-Hi’s star player Jack Stevenson and helped propel the Indians to a 6-2 win over Cambridge.
  • Bob Lawrence Volkswagen was selling new 1966 Beetles for $1,692.95. Oliphant Chevrolet was offering new 1966 Corvairs for sale at a price of just $1,895.

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

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