Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Dec. 21, 1970

Monday, Dec. 21, 1970 —

  • Salisbury retailer and international tennis promoter William F. Riordan told Republican Party officials that he was withdrawing his name from consideration as a successor to Rogers C.B. Morton. Riordan said he had concluded that serving in the U.S. Congress would be too disruptive to his personal lifestyle. Morton, Maryland’s 1st District representative in the House of Representatives, was appointed Secretary of the Interior by President Nixon. Morton has back his deputy, William O. Mills, as his successor.
  • Salisbury Postal Office workers were expecting “things to really break loose” Monday and Tuesday as the annual Christmas card surge hits full stride. Night Shift Foreman Ralph Brown said mail volume has been down about 1 percent since Thanksgiving but that customers were expected to make up that number — and significantly add to it — as Christmas Day neared this Friday.
  • Terrence N. Conway was named Treasurer and an Operating Committee member of A.W. Perdue & Son Inc. A native of Kansas City, Conway received a degree in Accounting from Notre Dame University and his business master’s degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Prior to joining Perdue, Conway was Vice President with Eastbrooke & Co. in New York City.
  • Filling station owner Harry Blackburn was honored for operating the Eastern Shore’s “Service Station of the Year.” His Humble Oil station on Route 13 in north Salisbury was selected by a panel of Maryland Nurseries Association members as the “cleanest and most attractive fuel outlet.” Blackburn’s station is heavily landscaped with flowers and crab apple trees. The Maryland Petroleum Association presented Blackburn with a check for $100.
  • James P. Bailey, a 48-year-old Salisbury lawyer, was sworn in as a part-time federal magistrate. His courtroom and office are located on the second floor of the old post office in Downtown Salisbury that was recently converted to a federal building. His regular court schedule is the last Tuesday of each month. Bailey serves as legal counsel to the Wicomico County school board. The magistrates will hear minor criminal cases and perform pre-trial work.
  • About 175 Wicomico County employees attended their second annual Christmas party held in the Circuit Courtroom of the county Courthouse. The food was prepared and brought to work by county employees. A table in the front of the courtroom was covered with cakes, sandwiches, salted nuts, punch and potato chips.
  • The Lower Shore Sheltered Workshop is receiving a big Christmas present: a brick building on Snow Hill Road. The deed for the H.S. Todd Building at 500 Snow Hill Road was acquired by supporters of the workshop and donated for free. The building will be renamed for S.H. (Bob) Rayer, the workshop’s first fundraising president. Shelter Board Secretary Margaret Pillsbury formally accepted the deed.  

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

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