Salisbury History: Monday, Oct. 30, 1944

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Monday, Oct. 30, 1944

  • Several families fled their homes when a fire started in a bungalow at West Locust and Mount streets and quickly spread to three nearby homes. A home occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dickerson and their daughter was destroyed. Homes owned by H.S. Taylor and Alton Brittingham were heavily damaged. Also heavily damaged was a home owned by City Clerk Wade Insley.
  • A lack of rain and moderate temperatures allowed the region’s sweet potato harvest to proceed without problems. With about 90 percent of the fields having been dug up. estimates were the harvest had already doubled the 1943 harvest.
  • Feldman Bros. Furniture was offering decorative Christmas tables for $4.75. The tables were guaranteed to cheer up any living room or the holiday season.
  • Watson’s Smoke House ran advertising announcing that its music records were well known to give pleasure while keeping children occupied and quiet on rainy and cold indoor days.
  • Cpl. Orville Hearn, serving in the East Indies, was promoted to sergeant, the War Department informed his wife by telegram.
  • Guy Snow, chairman of the Retail Merchants Association, said a committee had been appointed with the goal of keeping Salisbury the prime shopping destination in a post-war economy. Committee leaders included S.L. Avery, Larry Franks and Clement Gaskill.
  • A gallon first-grade gas at Air-Flo Service Station, on the corner of Main Street and Poplar Hill Avenue, was 19 cents.
  • In Salisbury League Bowling, the Salisbury Oyster Packing Co. held first place with an 11-4 record. Second-place was held by Burch’s Spitfires with Benjamins’ Bees in third.

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