Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, July 20, 1950

Thursday, July 20, 1950 —

  • Costing $2.7 million, the new Deer’s Head Hospital on Johnson Lake will be formally dedicated today. Located on the site of a former Boy Scout camp, the facility will hold 248 patients. Gov. William Preston Lane was to be on hand, along with other dignities. Builder J. Roland Dashiell, 60, of Salisbury, said the Y-shaped building is made up of more than 5 million bricks.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Elmer F. Ruark of Gay Street left for Cleveland, where they will attend the Eighth Congress of the Baptist World Alliance. Their son, Richard Ruark, will be joining them on the car trip.
  • Joseph W.T. Smith has announced he will run for re-election as Clerk of the Circuit Court. Smith, an Allen native who has worked in the Clerk’s Office since his graduation from Beacom’s  Business College 22 years ago, became clerk six years ago upon the death of J.W. Slemons. Smith and his wife, Anna, live on New York Avenue.
  • Salisbury City Police detectives have returned from Baltimore, where they secured the arrest of a carnival worker suspected of stealing bank books and bank check books from several Salisbury homes. William G. Hinkle said he jumped the carnival as it was passing through Salisbury on the way to Norfolk. Police traced bank activity to make the apprehension.
  • City Engineer Phillip “Pete” Cooper surprised the City Council when he informed them the street signs at the city’s most important intersection — Main and Division Streets — were missing. Cooper said the signs were taken down to allow for Christmas decorations and then discarded because they were in bad condition. He said new signs were supposed to be ordered, but his office forgot all about it.
  • The State Roads Commission award a contract to build a dual lane highway from Leonard’s Mill Pond south to Middle Neck Pond, on the edge of Salisbury at Priscilla Street. The road will replace Salisbury-Delmar Road, which is often congested with traffic.

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