Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1965

Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1965 —

  • In response to a recent peace demonstration held by the “Dove Marchers,” several Salisbury residents weighed in on the group’s opposition to the military action under way in Vietnam. Dr. IdaBelle Wilson Thomas, a history professor at Salisbury State College, said: “The protestations do not represent the feeling of too many people. I think the marchers might just as well go home and hush.” Edward Vaughn, president of the Young Republican Club of Wicomico County, said: I think the whole thing is asinine and everyone who marches should be drafted.” Capt. Woody C. Bozman Jr., commanding officer of the National Guard in Salisbury, called the protesters “leftists and Communistic inspired.” Maj. Blair Lee Crockett, senior enlisted man at the Salisbury Armory declared: “I don’t think you can print what I really think of them.” He said those opposed to the war “are misguided” and that any young man  who is a college student and receiving good grades need not worry about being drafted.
  • About 4,500 feet of the new Route 50 highway near Pittsville must be replaced because of problems in its soil-cement base. Some 20 miles of the modern highway have been laid in the recent months, with many parts of the road traversing heavily wooded and swampy areas. The repairs are expected to cost $25,000.
  • John Gary Bozman of Salisbury and Judith Ann Northam of Laurel were married Friday night at 8 p.m. at Centenary Methodist Church in Laurel. Following a reception in the Fellowship Hall, the couple left for wedding trip to Washington, Philadelphia and New York. The groom is a 1960 graduate of Wicomico High School and served a tour in the U.S. Coast Guard. Both are employed at DuPont Co., in Seaford; the couple will make their home in the new Glen Gardens Apartments.
  • A $200,000 runway repaving project is under way at the Salisbury-Wicomico County Airport. Engineers with George Miles & Buhr said the principal runway will be overlaid with bituminous concrete and repairs will be made to the runway’s drainage system.
  • A public hearing was scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21, to consider zoning changes that would allow Salisbury Shopping Center Inc. to build a shopping center on 47 acres on Glen and Civic Avenues. The center would face Civic Avenue and not Glen Avenue.
  • Barbara M. Coleman, 24, of Locust Street was convicted of the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and fined $250. Miss Coleman borrowed the convertible from William O. Wilkinson of Snow Hill. Wilkinson testified that he met Coleman in a Salisbury bar in July, where she asked if she could borrow his car to go home and change clothes. Police found the car three months later in North Carolina. Although she pleaded innocent, her lawyer, Vaughn E. Richardson, conceded his client drove the car to Ocean City, then Washington, D.C., and eventually North Carolina.
  • Mrs. Richard E. Cullen of Delmar, president of the Community Players, announced the three productions planned for the season’s schedule. Mrs. Cullen said a goal has been set to sell 1,500 tickets for the season and 600 tickets have already been sold. The plays that will be presented: “The Music Man”; “Mary, Mary”; and “The Male Animal.”

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

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