Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday June 8, 1967

Thursday, June 8, 1967

  • Mat Tilghman and Ken Cooper helped organize a parade on Saturday that showed public support for the war under way in Vietnam. More than 150 high-schoolers marched up East Main Street, chanting “We’re behind you boys, fight!” In a speech held after the parade in Downtown Salisbury, County Councilman Lewis R. Riley praised Tilghman and Cooper, who graduated last week from James M. Bennett High School, for their patriotic efforts.
  • Fulton P. Jeffers, son of Dr. and Mrs. Walter F. Jeffers of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., and formerly of Salisbury, left for Los Angeles where he has accepted a summer position in a law firm. He has one more year to complete at the Duke University School of Law. He spent the weekend here with his grandmother, Mrs. Frank M. Parker of East Isabella Street.
  • Henry S. Parker, chairman of the county’s Centennial Committee, predicted a crowd of 75,000 onlookers for this Saturday’s 100-year celebration parade in Downtown Salisbury. At least 1,200 people are confirmed for Saturday night’s dinner at the Civic Center. Officials were disappointed to learn this week that Gov. Spiro Agnew will not be able to attend.
  • Bud Jones’ two-hit pitching highlighted the play in the Salisbury Softball Recreation League as the Saddle Club defeated the Jaycees, 5-3. Don Bowden had a perfect note at the plate, going 3 for 3 and drawing a walk.
  • Construction work has been completed on the new gates at the John Parsons Cemetery on North Division Street. The gates cost $38,000 and were gifted by Allison J. Parsons of Norfolk, daughter of former Salisbury mayor Jehu Parsons. The ornamental gates are the work of craftsman W.G. Peacock; the bricks were specially hand-molded in Richmond.

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