Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, July 21, 1967

Friday, July 21, 1967

  • More than 200 people attended the dedication of the new 11-acre Schumaker Park. Addressing a crowd from a diving platform on the park’s new beach, Wicomico Recreation Supervisor Lorne C. Rickard said the park and protected swimming area were designed to serve the community’s youth.
  • Salisbury natives Dick and Bill Dykes will see their lifelong dream come true next week when they open their first official circus show in Centreville. The 24-year-old  twins, who graduated from Wi-Hi and have been involved in the circus business since they were 15, will operate the Dykes-Wharton Combined Vaudeville Circus from their base in Salisbury. The brothers first gained attention with their “Dykes Miniature Circus,” which was featured at the 1960 Delmarva Chicken Festival.
  • Symington-Wayne Corp. of Salisbury added some financial weapons in its fight to prevent its takeover by Dresser Industries, a Texas-based oil production company. Symington-Wayne’s Board of Directors increased dividends to encourage stockholders to reject the Dresser takeover offer. Meanwhile in Salisbury, 600 production workers at the East College Avenue plant remained on strike, with no progress seen after seven days of negotiations over pay and benefits.
  • Salisbury’s City Council will review a favorable ruling by the Planning Commission to allow a plant that will process highway construction materials to be established on Mill Street. Attorney Hamilton P. Fox is leading a group of Park Avenue residents who are concerned about asphalt odors and stone dust that might come from the plant.
  • For at least the fourth time, Robert Withey’s home on the corner of Isabella Street and North Salisbury Boulevard has been struck by a car. The latest accident occurred when a Chesapeake, Va., woman ran through a red light and collided with a car driven by an Edward Avenue woman. The intersection is a frequent site of accidents and cars routinely end up in Withey’s yard or on his front steps.
  • The Saddle Club was knocked from the first place in the Salisbury Recreational Softball League by Delmarva Power & Light, 3-1. The Kilowatters’ Wayne Smith pitched a six-hitter. The win allows T.E. Smith to hold first place, after the Plumbers beat the Jaycees, 4-2.

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

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