Salisbury History: Dec. 25, 1960

An antique shop owner in California recently mailed a pristine postcard of Salisbury's 1938 Downtown and West Main Street to the Salisbury Chamber of Commerces offices. At right in the photo is the landmark bank build that most recently served as AllFirst Bank.

An antique shop owner in California recently mailed a pristine postcard of Salisbury’s 1938 Downtown and West Main Street to the Salisbury Chamber of Commerces offices. At right in the photo is the landmark bank build that most recently served as AllFirst Bank.

Dec. 25, 1960

  • A light snow covered the area, making for a white Christmas. The snowfall covered dirty snow drifts that have remained in the area since a large snowfall last week. The recent cold snap was expected to break after the snowstorm passed; the high temperature overnight Christmas Eve was 16 degrees.
  • The female residents of the John B. Parsons Home in Salisbury teamed up to make Christmas toys to be sent to crippled children at Children’s Hospital in Baltimore. Heading the effort were Eleanor Carey, Gertrude Somers, Emma Riggin and Nan Powell.
  • Charles Edward Matthews, 36, of Hatfield Manor on North Division Street, was sentenced to a year in the Maryland House of Correction for malicious destruction of property. A workman in the paint shop at the Chris-Craft Boat Co. on Moss Hill Lane, Matthews was found guilty in People’s Court of scaring several boats at the plant; damages were estimated ar $150. Matthews was already on probation for vandalizing a vending machine at the Northwood Bar.
  • Superintendent of Mail Emory L. Leonard announced that every gift package that arrives in the Salisbury Post Office by Christmas Eve will be delivered to addresses in the city before Christmas Day. Leonard said the Post Office broke a record this year: Between Dec. 10 and 21, 1,971,726 pieces of mail left the city post office, while 1,543,718 came in.
  • The Wi-Hi Indians broke free with a wild scoring frenzy in the final 3 minutes to overtake North Caroline, 41-33. Larry Wingate and Dick Shaner were the heros for Wi-Hi.
  • On the day after Christmas, local tennis standout Vaughn Baker was scheduled defend his Middle Atlantic Indoors Tennis 18-and-under crown at the Civic Center. Dick Dull of Bethesda was the top seed in the 15-and-under division.
  • A Deer’s Head Hospital patient, who slipped away from a hospital group attending Christmas services at a local church, was found dead along the railroad tracks 2 miles east of Salisbury. The body was found by a railroad crew; an autopsy had been ordered.
  • A contract of $795,408.25 was awarded to McLean Construction Co. of Baltimore for the final link in the Salisbury Parkway: A new drawbridge that will cross the Wicomico River just north of the current span. The new bridge will have four lanes. Hoping to reduce construction costs by making the bridge a fixed structure, city and state officials conducted negotiations with business property owners along the North Prong. Those talks failed and a drawbridge will be constructed.

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

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