Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, June 23, 1960

Thursday, June 23, 1960

  • A 45-year-old Salisbury cab driver was tried on charges that he beat up his girlfriend in a telephone booth. Jay M. Ferguson of 310 Gay St. told Peoples Court Judge Homer L. Disharoon that he became jealous when he saw the girlfriend sitting with friends in a local tavern. Ferguson, who admitted beating the woman and shutting her in the booth, was given a $25 fine and a 30-day suspended jail sentence.
  • Salisbury clothing store owner I.L. Benjamin announced his support for city Planning Director James C. Gillman’s “progressive” Downtown Business District revitalization program, which includes construction of a parkway bypassing Main Street. Benjamin said that although he felt the Planning Commission’s plan was being proposed 13 years too late, a special tax levy on Downtown businesses and merchants was an acceptable way to pay for the proposals.
  • Dr. Marion Parker, a native Salisburian who serves as Crops Research Division director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been selected for the upcoming editions of “Who’s Who In America.” A 1924 graduate of Wicomico High School, Parker lives in Beltsville, Md., and is married to the former Katherine Hagan of Salisbury.
  • Local bus lines in Salisbury and Ocean City have set a limit on the number of watermelons passengers may carry on the vehicles. Three is the maximum number of watermelons per person.
  • Members of the Four Seasons Garden Club and their guests were present for a grand tea and tour of the gardens at the Tony Tank home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Holland. Many daylilies were in bloom, in shades of red, pink, orange and yellow. Mrs. John H. West is the club president.
  • Outten Bros. Furniture on North Salisbury Boulevard was offering a free chaise lounge to customers who purchased a new two-door, $299.95, General Electric  refrigerator-freezer.

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