Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1967

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1967 —

  • Thomas S. George Jr. of the architectural firm George, Miles & Buhr unveiled plans for a $500,000, 25,000-square-foot addition to the already overburdened Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The sprawling 37,000-square-foot arena on Clen Avenue is under constant demand and has been in need of even more space almost since its opening. The architects’ solution is to build a miniature version of the current design to the south and connect the buildings with a corridor. One builder who attended the unveiling, Joseph Brown of J. Roland Dashiell, called the half-million-dollar estimate “a very reasonable figure.”
  • State Sen. Mary Nock said she will introduce a bill in the next General Assembly session allowing Wicomico County to have some “Resident State Policemen.” She said a system would be established where one or more police officers would be hired and have full use of the State Police facility in north Salisbury. The officers would work under the jurisdiction of the Maryland State Police and the Wicomico County Council.
  • Salisbury’s City Treasurer reported that 15 more people became eligible to vote last week. W. Hampton Brittingham said that all but two registered with a party affiliation of Democrat. He agreed that the registration surge is related to a campaign the Democratic Party has ongoing in which it is seeking to register 6,500 city residents as Democrats. Parry leaders are currently concentrating on registering Camden District residents.
  • Roland Twigg was the master of ceremonies at the Womanless Miss America Pageant held at the Salisbury Moose Lodge. Produced by Mrs. Jean Rathel, contestants included Robert Coffin,  George Godfrey, Robert Pollitt, Charles Fluerer, Gary Wise, Richard Truitt, Hubert Freeman. The judges ultimately selected Robert Thomas as Miss America 1966; Billy Hudson was the runner-up.
  • Rachel Eure, 18-year-old daughter of Bishop and Mrs. James L. Eure, won a four-year tuition scholarship sponsored by Greyhound Bus Lines. Miss Eure graduated in June from Wicomico Senior High School and is a freshman at Morgan State College. She is majoring in French and is a member of the college choir. He sister, Mary Rebecca Eure, is a sophomore at Morgan and last year won a four-year scholarship.
  • Assistant Postmaster Bill Livingston of Salisbury has logged 42 years of service in the Downtown Post Office. Postmaster Franklin P. Coulbourne informed Livingston this week that because there is no record of his ever taking a sick day, he has 411 days piled up. That means he could become ill, miss work, and go 82 weeks without missing a paycheck. Livingston, 62, said he could remember if he had ever taken a day, but if he did it was so long ago he has no idea when it was.  
  • Mrs. Milton Nason was the hostess for a tea held at her Woodland Road home for the Salisbury Chapter of Hadassah. Assisting Mrs. Nason were Mrs. Gilbert Bers, Mrs. Marvin Levinson, Mrs. Alvin Benjamin, Mrs. Alan Givarz and Mrs. Nat Stelzner.
  • In thanks for her efforts in organizing the Wicomico County’s Centennial Celebration, Mrs. George E. Burnett was presented with The Salisbury Award. She received the prize at Sunday services held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Salisbury. She was led to the altar by her sons, K. King Burnett and George E. Burnett Jr. When the Rev. Dr. Robert P. Varley presented her with the prize, Mrs. Burnett was speechless for several seconds. The award, created in 1926, carries a $200 cash prize.

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

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