Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, Dec. 8, 1960

Thursday, Dec. 8, 1960 —

  • Two railroad cars arrived in Salisbury on Wednesday, loaded with Canadian Christmas trees destined for tree sales lots across the Lower Shore. Distributor Leo Feeney said there were 12,000 trees loaded in the cars.
  • Marsh Gollner resigned as executive director of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce. Gollner, 58, has filled the $5,200 annual salary post for four years. He said his recent heart attack has left him unable to fulfill his duties.
  • “The Long Stay Cut Short,” was one of two one-act plays being performed by the Community Players at The Hut on East Main Street. Taking part Wednesday were Peggy Lauridsen as Baby Doll, Jimmy McWilliams as Archie Lee and Carolyn DiVigilio as Aunt Rose. The director is E. Stanton Adkins.
  • Salisbury merchants were taking delight in a cold snap that seems to have inspired Christmas shoppers to get down to business. Recent mild weather has been blamed for lackluster sales, but the cold weather has apparently put more people in the Christmas mood. Thursday night’s temperatures were expected to again reach the low teens; rivers, ditches and ponds have been ice-covered for two days.
  • A bid of $795,408 has been accepted for the new bascule bridge that will cross the Wicomico River as part of the Route 50/Salisbury Parkway. Attempts were made to obtain consent from property owners in the North Prong to abandon barge navigation there so that a cheaper fixed span could be built, but an agreement could not be reached on damages.
  • Some 46 new models in the 1961 line of automobiles from Detroit, Germany and Japan were to be displayed in the upcoming 1961 Auto Show at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Cadillac was expected to unveil an entire line of new cars that were receiving national acclaim. The car show is sponsored by the Salisbury Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Knights of Columbus Council No. 3849.

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

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