Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Sept, 21, 1962

–Friday, Sept, 21, 1962

  • President Kennedy’s headline-making sister-in-law, Mrs. Newton Steers, will be in Salisbury for a tea event on Tuesday at the Republican Headquarters. The former Nina Gore Auchincloss, Mr. Steers is a prominent Maryland Republican and the stepsister of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Newton Steers is a GOP candidate for Congress. Mrs. Steers, just 25, is considered “the maverick” of the Kennedy family, but is friendly with all of her Democratic relatives. She is a former girlfriend of the president’s brother, Edward Kennedy. She has famously barred all political talk from occurring inside her 15-room mansion in Suburban Maryland. The Wicomico County Women’s Republican Club event will be held at the old Victor Lynn Building on Camden Avenue and Riverside Drive. Mrs. Kimball Andrews is chairwoman of the event.
  • First District congressional challenger Rogers C.B. Morton accused his Democratic opponent, Rep. Thomas Johnson of Berlin with setting a record for missing important roll call votes in the House of Representatives. Morton said Johnson missed nine votes on Thursday alone, including two national security bills. Morton also accused Johnson of politically ducking a vote on the administration’s farm bill, which passed by a narrow 201-197 vote, and was opposed by many or most Eastern Shore farmers.  
  • Sunday is the first day of autumn, and the weather will feel like it. Temperatures plunged to 46 degrees last night and are expected to dip to 36 degrees overnight Saturday. The National Weather Service has therefore issued frost warnings.
  • Planning is under way for the Salisbury Antiques Show, which will take place at the Educational Building of the Wicomico Presbyterian Church Dec. 5-7. The committee members organizing the event are: Mrs. Howard McKenzie, Mrs. James B. Caldwell, Mrs. Richard T. Pillsbury and Mrs. Lawrence Murray.
  • Elaine Powell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Powell of Tony Tank Manor; Mary Ellen Cato, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Cato of Tony Tank Manor; and Suzanne White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Miller White of White Hall on Wicomico Creek, have all entered the University of Maryland in College Park as freshmen.
  • Wi-Hi football coach Denver Knapp admitted there is a lot of pressure on him and his team as the 1962 season commences tonight. The Indians are the heavy favorites to win all 10 of their games this season. The last undefeated team Wi-Hi fielded played in the 1956 season. Knapp said Win Booth will be the team’s starting quarterback. Wi-Hi is a 13-point favorite in tonight’s contest at County Stadium with Forest Park High.
  • William Edward Savage, 45, a former employee of Salisbury Bank, was sentenced in federal court to 2 ½ years prison time for embezzling $7,500 late in 1961. In a concurrent case, Savage was convicted of making false entries into account books when he worked at Farmers & Merchants Bank of Salisbury.
  • The Salisbury City Council has approved $10,500 for the purchase of a new ambulance. Fire Chief William S. Taylor said the current ambulance, which was prone to breakdowns all summer, stopped running this week while an emergency patient was being taken to Peninsula General Hospital. He said the ambulance driver had to leave the vehicle and run to a pay phone and call the State Police ambulance. Mayor Frank Morris said the ambulance was purchased second-hand several years ago but has been called to almost daily use.

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

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