Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, Dec. 7, 1975

Sunday, Dec. 7, 1975 — 

  • A record crowd of more than 10,000 people turned out for the annual Salisbury Christmas parade. Exactly 130 units participated in the parade, setting a record. Saturday’s sunny skies and temperatures that soared into the upper 60s were believed to have driven the huge crowd size. Mayor Elmer Ruark was the Grand Marshal. In the commercial floats category, first-place when to Salisbury Nursing Home for a float that featured several of its residents
  • In what is believed to be the largest auction in Wicomico County history, 13 significant farm parcels were sold in Wicomico County Circuit Court to settle the bankruptcy of Otis G. Esham, whose local poultry company was once one of the most prominent businesses in the region. In all, $1.255 million was captured by the court auctioneers. Absent from the auction was the Esham Family’s historic Colonial home on the Wicomico River. Dating back to 1732, the home is considered one of the most significant on the Lower Shore. Two big properties remain to be sold — the huge grain mill in Laurel and the Pratt Phillips Farm near Quantico.
  • Mayor Elmer Ruark was scheduled to give his report to the City Council on Monday night concerning his weeklong trip to Miami Beach for the National League of Cities Annual convention.
  • Men’s Towncraft polyester Leisure Suits were on sale for $27.50 at the J.C. Penney Store at 108 East Main St. Print polyester dress slacks were $7.99. At Sears in the Salisbury Mall, a microwave oven with automatic defrost and a 20-minute timer was available in time for Christmas at the low price of $399.99.
  • Lester M. Mintz has been named Service Manager at Cavanaugh Ford on North Salisbury Boulevard. Mintz has more than 30 years of service experience with the Ford Motor Co., most recently at the Richmond Virginia Motor Co. in Richmond, Va. He is a former Ford Service Medallion Winner.
  • About 150 packed Johnny & Sammy’s Alpine Room to hear Southern Maryland Delegate Roy P. Dyson announce his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Robert Bauman. Dyson, 27, described himself as a conservative and said he has won the support of the 1974 Democratic nominee, state Sen. Fred Malkus of Dorchester County. Former Gov. Millard Tawes was in attendance, as was Wicomico state Sen. E. Homer White. Daniel M. Long, son of Somerset Delegate R.C. “Biggy” Long, gave the introductory address.
  • The staff at Tiffany Hair Fashions in the Trader Building by the Overhead Bridge in Salisbury was celebrating their first anniversary in business. Manager Barbara Shores was joined in the celebration by stylists Bonnie Parker, Diana Foskey,  Penny Hubbard, Brenda Thomas and Ellen Holland.
  • Stephens-Stewart Associate Broker and Realtor Bob Cannon was offering homes in the new Rockawalkin Village Neighborhood for $29,950.
  • The Wicomico High School Class of 1950 held its 25th Class Reunion at the Salisbury Moose Lodge. The Rev. Howard Gordy, a member of the class, gave the benediction. Special recognition was given to the class president, Dr. Nevins Todd. Mrs. Richard Hazel organized the event. Prominent class members in attendance included Congressman Paul Sarbanes who lives in Baltimore, Lifesavers Inc. President William Mack Morris of New York and famed waterfowl carver Danny Brown of Salisbury.

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

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