Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Jan. 19, 1962

Friday, Jan. 19, 1962 —

  • David F. Rodgers announced he would run for City Council this spring. Two seats will be up for grabs — William Edward Wyatt’s and Joseph J. Long’s — with Long already announcing he will step down to run for House of Delegates. Rodgers, 32, is the recent winner of the Salisbury Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award and is assistant manger at First Shore Federal Bank.
  • City barber Ike Jones announced he would depart the Merrill Shores Barber Shop and join the Bob Davis & Ray Bradford Barber Shop at 500 East Church Street.  
  • Bethesda United Methodist Church welcomed its largest-ever New Membership Class — 22 young people. The Rev. Lawrence Wimbrow, the associate Pastor, prepared the new members for admission.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Pat Banks of Dykes Road announced the engagement of the daughter, Patsy Lee, to Randall Hanson Dykes of Truitt Street. Both are Class of 1961 graduates from Wicomico Senior High School.
  • The weather station at Friendship International Airport was forecasting several inches of snow overnight for the Eastern Shore. A cold wave has been moving across the Midwest, dropping temperatures to near zero.
  • Salisbury lawyer Herman Perdue, representing several property owners along Route 50, asked the Salisbury-Wicomico Planning Commission to rezone a 2,000-foot-wide property strip on Route 50 headed west out of Salisbury — extending to Mardela Springs — for commercial purposes. Perdue cited a lack of residential interest along the newly widened and divided highway. Commission members are concerned the highway might become another Salisbury Boulevard, like Route 13 through the city.
  • Carolyn Wilber, the 16-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Wilber of Delmar Road, will leave in February to study abroad in Chile. Miss Wilber said her father is a farmer and she and her family members — brothers Roy, 14, Paul, 12, and Alan, 2 — are all very interested in agricultural activities and farm groups. She is a two-time award winner at the Maryland State Fair.
  • Insurance broker Avery W. Hall has been named to replace Salisbury retail businessman I.L. Benjamin as president of the Peninsula General Hospital Board of Directors. Benjamin has served on the hospital board for 33 years, and has been chairman since 1954. During his tenure, he oversaw completion of the new East Wing and a new operating suite.
  • Congressman Thomas Johnson announced that he has secured an addition of $140,000 to President Kennedy’s budget for Wicomico River dredging projects.

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

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