Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, March 3, 1957

Sunday, March 3, 1957

  • After 34 years at 117 West Main St., The Salisbury Times moved into its grand new facility on the newly named Times Square near South Division and Upton streets. The newspaper’s 100 employees all helped, as trucks from Dennis Moving & Storage made repeated trips. Monday’s paper will be entirely published from the new building. The final employees to leave the West Main Street office were Naomi Lewis, Jackie Moore, Norma Lee Culp, Barbara Porter and Isabelle Renshaw. Fred P. Adkins was selected to push the button to start the press for Monday’s edition.
  • After two consecutive days of snow and freezing rain, skies over Salisbury were expected to clear. Monday’s forecasted high is 39 degrees.
  • The Grace Methodist Church in Pittsville reopened after being closed for more than a month for renovations. The floors were sanded and refinished, the pews were rebuilt and revarnished, and new lighting was installed. The Rev. O.H. Connelly  lead the re-opening service.
  • Alton Johnson took over as president of the Marine Division of the Salisbury Fire Department, following Richard C. Dana’s retirement from the crew. Dana had been boat captain for the last 10 years; he will be succeeded by John G. Dahlinger in the skipper’s role.
  • In Socials News, Mr. And Mrs. W. Newton Jackson Sr. of Camden Avenue were scheduled to return home Monday after a visit in Philadelphia with her sister, Mrs. Edward A. Steele; Mrs. Julia DeHaven of the Boulevard Apartments was scheduled to entertain a dinner party at the Wicomico Hotel, followed by bridge in her apartment; Mrs. Charles Pruitt Jr. entertained her bridge club in her home in the Upper Ferry Estates; city Plumbing Inspector Paul J. Richardson of North Division Street underwent an operation at Peninsula General Hospital; Richard Booth of the Gunby Apartments was convalescing after being a pneumonia patient at PGH.
  • A doorman at the Wicomico Theater was being hailed a hero after he rescued an 8-year-old girl who fell fully clothed into the Wicomico River next to the South Division Street building. Jack Morgan of Philadelphia Avenue pulled Mary Dianna Hopkins from the icy waters at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Manager Ray LaBounty assisted in pulling the girl up over the bulkhead. Witnesses said the girl and her brother had been playing near the water when she fell overboard.

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

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