Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1976

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1976 —

  • In the heaviest voter turnout ever seen here, President Ford carried Wicomico County over Jimmy Carter, 10,141 votes to 9,116 votes. First District Congressman Robert Bauman easily turned back a challenge from Democrat Roy P. Dyson. Officials said turnout was possibly driven by locals’ desire to elect Salisbury nativeson Paul S. Sarbanes to the U.S. Senate, which the Wicomico High School graduate did in defeating incumbent J. Glenn Beall.
  • Led by Lee Webster, the Parkside boys soccer team beat Cambridge-South Dorchester, 6-2, on Tuesday to give the Rams a berth in the state tournament. Webster had Parkside’s only first-half goal, but was joined in the second half by goal scorers Bobby Robinson, Dirk Thomas, Mike Brittingham and Blake Widdowson.
  • A part of Salisbury’s history died Tuesday when the Jackson Mansion on Camden Avenue was torn down with a crane and bulldozer. Owned by St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, the building had most recently been the home to three priests who serve the parish. Built in 1833 by Salisbury National Bank founder and U.S. Sen. William P. Jackson, the home was long considered among the grandest in town. Despite the commotion of Election Day, hundreds of spectators were on hand to watch the demolition.
  • More than 1,200 dogs have been entered into the Salisbury Kennel Club show scheduled for this weekend at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. Over 100 different breeds will be represented when judging begins Saturday at 9 a.m.
  • Though the school has 190 students and no campus where it can hold classes, Maryland Assistant Superintendent of Schools Daniel Dunham predicted a “bright future” for Wor-Wic Technical & Community College. At a luncheon in the new Sheraton Motor Inn River House in Downtown Salisbury, Dunham commemorated the first anniversary of Wor-Wic President Arnold Maner’s hiring and lauded the college’s “without walls” concept. Enrollment is twice the number forecast — only about 100 students had been projected at this stage of the institution’s progress.

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

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