Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, March 9, 1962

Friday, March 9, 1962 —

  • While the nation’s attention was on Ocean City and Chincoteague Island, where a winter storm and high tides caused devastation, Salisbury was not only recovering from the Storm of the Century, it was serving as an inland location for evacuees. Speaking in Salisbury on his way to Ocean City, Gov. Millard Tawes called the storm flooding “the worst disaster in the history of Maryland.”
  • The Wicomico Free Library fund drive, seeking to raise what was considered an ambitious $175,000, exceeded its goal by more than $1,800. The money means the old Downtown Armory can indeed be converted to a library. Chairman I.L. Benjamin said he “knew the people of the county would support it — and they did.” Those credited with doing the most to aid the drive are: Professor Charles H. Chipman, Frank H. Morris, Albert J. Collins, Mrs. Harry C. Adkins, Todd Grier and William Morgan.
  • The city of Salisbury is accepting bids for a new chain-link fence to encompass Doverdale Playground. The bid should include fencing to go with the baseball field backstop. The contract also provides for the repair of existing chain-link fencing on other city properties.
  • Winfield Dennis, owner of the Northwood Bar Starlite Room, announced that the weekend entertainment would include Don Howard and his Swinging Sextet, a Twist Dance Contest, and R.T. of WICO hosting a free jam session on Saturday afternoon, which would be broadcast live over the radio.
  • Ed Wilgus advertised that anyone buying a new General Electric 30-inch range, priced at $169.95 at Bill Robertson’s Shore Appliances on East Main Street, would receive 3,000 free S&H Green Stamps. Those interested were encouraged to call Wilgus directly at TEmple 5-5832.
  • Robert T. Dunn, 61, a salesman at Outten Bros. Furniture, died of injuries he received when his car was struck by a train in Eden. State Police said Dunn was headed west on Flower Hill Church Road when he pulled across the tracks in front of a Pennsylvania Railroad diesel locomotive. Dunn, who lived at 918 Johnson St, is a Bivalve native.  

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

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