Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Oct. 26, 1962

— Friday, Oct. 26, 1962 —

  • Winter weather arrived Friday evening when skies went dark around 5 p.m., a brisk northwest wind swept across Salisbury and snow began falling as if it was December. The Weather Bureau said the temperature dropped from a day’s high of 47 degrees to 30 degrees in less than an hour, as a winter front arrived. The weather on Thursday night also drew a lot of attention, as an unseasonable electric storm struck the Lower Shore.

Salisbury City Councilman Harry O. Fullbrook with Harry Penguin and Peter Penguin.

  • Salisbury City Councilman Harry O. Fullbrook presented two penguins to the Salisbury Zoo. A donation by the Exchange Club, the birds will be named Harry Penguin and Peter Penguin. John E. Jacob, chairman of the zoo campaign, said the Exchange Club will buy a llama for the zoo when a new pen has been constructed.
  • Congressman Thomas Johnson pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to conspiracy and conflict of interest charges. The 1st District representative is accused of conspiring with another congressman to secure the prison release of a bank official in Florida. Prosecutors contend Johnson accepted $17,550 in return for trying to persuade the Justice Department to drop mail fraud charges against the banker.
  • The Acorn Drive-In in south Salisbury reopened after undergoing extensive renovation that was required after a fire heavily damaged the building last month.
  • Lawrence Scott and Tommy Morris will be the featured musical entertainers Saturday night at Bill’s Seafood Inn on East Main Street in Salisbury.
  • Salisbury Police said thieves broke into Wicomico Lanes on North Salisbury Boulevard, cracked the office safe and made off with $155. Police said the office was thick with tear gas when they arrived — the safe had a device that released the gas if the door was forced open. Police called the theft a “punch job” in which the safe’s combination dial was bashed out.
  • Mrs. Margaret Morris, wife of plumbing supplies dealer John E. Morris and the mother of Salisbury Mayor Frank Morris, fell on the steps of a Camden Street shoe repair shop and broke her left wrist. Mrs. Morris was treated by Dr. Richard Hughes and released from the Emergency Room at Peninsula General Hospital.
  • Salisbury Police Chief William J. Chatham warned citizens that police will have zero-tolerance policy for acts of mischief and vandalism on Halloween night. He said extra patrol cars will be patrolling city streets. He said a common Halloween act, soaping windows, will result in the arrest of those caught in the act. “Juveniles will be taken before the Juvenile Court authorities and others will face Circuit Court or People’s Court action,” the chief said.
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