Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1977

 Wednesday, Nov. 16, 1977 —

  • State’s Attorney Richard D. Warren announced that he had appointed a third Assistant State’s Attorney to his staff. The position was approved in a voter referendum last year, but the County Council didn’t fund the post until July. Warren said after an extensive search he has selected James V. Anthenelli, a recent graduate of the University of Baltimore Law School, as a deputy prosecutor. Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Eaton resigned in September to open a private practice in Salisbury.
  • Crews using a huge crane began dismantling the Ellen Street Water Tower, next to the Chipman Center at the intersection of Route 13 and East Church Street. The Salisbury landmark has been providing water to residents since 1926 and holds 200,000 gallons when full. Public Works Director John H. “Jack” Plummer said the water tower was no longer needed, thanks to the new Paleo Channel Water Treatment Plant in north Salisbury. Two water towers of the same design remain in Salisbury, one near the Overhead Bridge on Edgewater Avenue and one at West College Avenue and Route 13.
  • The County Council agreed to purchase 61 acres of marsh and timberland surrounding Pemberton Hall near Salisbury. The purchase price will be $74,959.83. The move is another step in the goal of creating Pemberton Hall Park. Members of the Pemberton Historical Foundation have thus far raised $56,000 for the project.
  • A safe stolen from Delmarva Oil Co.’s offices on Fitzwater Street Extended was discovered off Johnson Road in Wango. The safe had been forced open and $2,500 in cash that was reportedly in the safe was gone. Delmarva Oil General Manager Donald Dennis said it appeared the office had been entered through a conference room window and a company handcart was used to move the save to an escape vehicle.
  • The Salisbury Jaycees Distinguished Service Awards banquet was held at the Moose Lodge on Snow Hill Road. Paul Rendine, 33, a stockbroker with Dean Witter & Co., was named  “Young Man Of the Year.” Jill Barbon, 33, of Walston Avenue, an administrative manager with the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, received the “Outstanding Young Woman” award.  
  • Mrs. Katherine Ziegelhaefer was named Volunteer of the Year for the Wicomico Nursing Home. Social Director Jackie Richardson said Mrs. Ziegelhaefer has accumulated 500 hours of volunteer time at the Civic Avenue facility.
  • The Wicomico County grand jury met and indicted California fugitive Ellwood Leroy Leuschner, 45, with murdering two Salisbury boys, Troy William Krause, 10, and William Russell Marine Jr., 9. Krause disappeared July 28 and was found Nov. 3, buried in a small stream near Mardela Springs. Marine disappeared Oct. 29 and his body was found about 150 yards from the Krause boy’s grave. A convicted rapist on parole, Leuschner live next door to the Marine family in Naylor Mill Village.
  • Mrs. Milford Twilley of Mount Hermon Road, joined her daughter and son-in-law, June and Robert Dashiell of Camden Avenue, as the first customers to pass through the checkout lane of the new Acme supermarket in the Twilley Centre in east Salisbury. About 800 people attended an evening open house held at the store.

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

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