Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, March 21, 1962

Wednesday, March 21, 1962 —

  • The ponies “Misty” and “Stormy” will appear in Salisbury next week when the Boulevard Theater holds a return engagement of “Misty of Chincoteague.” Also making the trip to Salisbury from her home in Illinois will be author Marguerite Henry. The film is being loaned to East Coast theaters to raise money to replace the Chincoteague ponies that drowned in this month’s horrible storm.
  • Four cars collided on East Main Street Downtown, causing one car to be propelled across the U.S. Post Office lawn, into the hedges and striking the building. The car driven by Donald Lee Willin, 17, of Fitzwater Street, just missed the new flag pole installed last month near the Post Office entrance. Police said Katherine W. Williams, 65, of Homer Street, was charged with “starting from a parked position when unsafe” because she allegedly pulled into traffic and triggered the crashes.  
  • Engineers planning the new U.S. Route 50 between Salisbury and Berlin are proposing a severely limited-access highway that would include an 18-mile stretch where no cars could enter or exit. Farmers in the Pittsville and Willards areas are especially outraged by the proposal and have called on state Delegate Russell Hickman to change State Roads officials’ viewpoint. The four-lane divided highway will be built south of the existing Berlin-Ocean City Road.
  • “Claudia, The Wife Of Pontius Pilate,” was the title of this week’s sermon delivered by Pastor E. Lansing Bennett at Wicomico Presbyterian Church. This was the third in a series of pre-Easter sermons on “Personalities of the Passion.”  Meanwhile, at Bethesda United Methodist Church, Pastor Dr. Howard M. Amos delivered a sermon titled “Stop, Look and Love,” based on letters to the Seven Churches in the Book of Revelations.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Shiller, who just last week returned to their Tony Tank Manor home after a motor trip to Florida, are off to Annapolis for a wedding at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel that will feature Miss Vida Stephens and Navy Lt. Rodney Tate. The Shillers’ son, Joseph J. Shiller Jr., will serve as the ceremony’s Best Man. Also, Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Cato have moved from their home on Camden Avenue to their new home in Tony Tank Manor. On Friday, Miss Pat Hendrickson, a student at Hollins College in Virginia, is expected to arrive home for spring break and will be spending next week with her parents in the Clairmont neighborhood home.
  • Realtor Week kicked off in Salisbury with Coastal Real Estate Board President George G. Strott declaring that Frank P. Maher would serve as this year’s committee chairman. Strott said Maher will be assisted by Angelo Villani of Ocean City and Henry H. Hanna of Salisbury. Strott said there are 25 licensed Realtor in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
  • Sunshine Laundry Corp. President W. Ryder Jones has been named as the new Salisbury Chamber of Commerce President. Avery W. Hall Insurance Agency executive Walter Jones has been named Chamber Vice President. Elected to the Board of Directors are: J. Roland Dashiell Jr., Ralph O. Delany, James English Jr., W. Tracy Holland, Jeremiah Valliant and Richard S. Wooten.  
  • The Maryland-Delaware Crop Reporting Service has estimated that more than 1 million broiler chickens in the two states were killed from flooding and power failures related to this month’s storm that also devastated beaches from Lewes to Cape Charles. Storms, snow and rain have combined to delay the planting of early-spring crops, including peas and potatoes.

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

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