Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1975

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1975

  • Schools remained closed across Delmarva after 3 to 6 inches of snow fell across the region. State Highway Administration crews worked through the night to clear icy highways, but temperatures in the low- to mid-20s made their work difficult. Two women were injured in a snow-related crash on Camden Avenue: Helena Barkley and her 18-year-old daughter, Lenora, were passengers in a car that crashed into a curb near West College Avenue. State Police reported 17 weather-related crashes in the three counties over the past 48 hours.
  • Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy Hans Thompsen had a bad day on Monday. In the morning, his cruiser was struck by a car in front of the county Courthouse on East Main Street. The 9 a.m. accident was minor and the other driver was charged. Later, when returning home from a routine day of work, the 49-year-old deputy’s cruiser slid into a ditch on an icy road near Mardela Springs. Thompsen was uninjured in that incident too.
  • Newtown neighborhood residents were scheduled to meet at Bethesda United Methodist Church to discuss a proposal to designate their neighborhood as a Historic District. President John P. Phillips encouraged all Newtown residents to attend.
  • Salisbury Mayor Elmer Ruark officially declared Feb. 2-8 “Children’s Dental Health Week.” Said the mayor in his proclamation: “Our future is dependant on our children’s good health.”
  • Salisbury Fire Chief Fred Williams lauded his crews for their excellent response Monday to a school bus fire on Jersey Road. Fearing the worst, Central Alarm dispatched all available personnel when the alarm was reported at about 3 p.m., and 33 volunteers and pair firefighters arrived at the scene. Williams said his team was “prepared for the worst” while en route, but the fire turned out to be only some heated wires that created smoke on a bus driven by Geneva Barkley.
  • The 3-10 Salisbury State Sea Gulls men’s basketball team was looking for two wins in a row and preparing to face Rutgers-Camden at Tawes Gymn . Coach “Pony” Wilson said he was excited to see the team play aggressively in their weekend 78-68 win on the road over Western Maryland.

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