Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday Aug. 25, 1953

Tuesday Aug. 25, 1953

  • Salisbury’s new ambulance is expected to be placed into service next week, but the City Council couldn’t agree on whether a proposed $2.50 fee will be charged to those who call for help. With barely a quorum present, Councilmen Thomas Parker and Jeremiah Valiant announced they are opposed to the fee, but Councilmen Harry Cropper and Harry Fullbrook said they support it. The council will wait for its two absent members — Boyd McLernon and George E. Burnett — to attend the next meeting and make a final vote. Fee proponents said the fee is needed to prevent abuse of the service, opponents said it would deter needy people from seeking help.
  • Thousands of spectators lined Main Street to view the arrival of the King Brothers Christiana Circus to Salisbury. The circus tents are being erected on Memorial Field; the circus will be here through the weekend.
  • John E. Morris has been chosen as the temporary chairman for the new Federal Savings and Loan Association being formed in Salisbury. Fred P. Adkins acted as temporary chairman at the organiztional meeting where the issuance of a charter was sought. Other officers include: Charles J. Bryan, Louis Cohen, S. Denmead Kolb, and Elmer E. Gouldman.
  • Because the Wicomico County school system has thus far resisted adding kindergarten, an organization of cooperative parents has formed a kindergarten class that will be taught by parents. Mrs. E. Dale Adkins, chairwoman of the local group, said the hope is to have the class, which will meet at Bethesda United Methodist Church, open on Sept. 30.
  • Salisbury Police have charged a second Koontz Creamery milkman with embezzlement, following a reported shortage in his account. Clarence E. Parkman, 24, of Lincoln Avenue, was being held on $2,000 bond. Last week, Koontz routeman Ralph Ennis, 28, was released on $1,000 bond after a similar charge was filed.
  • Insurance broker Sam Seidel was reminding customers and the public that the “horrors of polio has not been checked,” that polio rates doubled between 1946 and 1952, and an all-inclusive polio policy that pays up to $10,000 was a worthy investment.
  • Coach Charlie Berry greeted 58 Wicomico High School football candidates as the local gridders began conditioning for the 1953 season. The first day included 13 seniors, 19 juniors, 15 sophomores and nine freshmen. Among the varsity holdovers are: Bob Kelley, Lee Levering, Bill Walston, Bobby Raynor, Harry Pusey, Harry Alexander, Dick Niblett and Blaine Bailey.

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

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