Salisbury History — Oct. 9, 1976

Friday, Oct. 9, 1976

  • A huge coastal storm brought 55 mph winds to Salisbury, knocking out power, telephone and CATV service. The prolonged deluge resulted in University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s football game against Morgan State being canceled. Large trees were reported as toppled on Fitzwater Street, West Main Street, First Street and in City Park.
  • Jack Smith, building committee chairman for St. Francis de Sales, announced a huge auction would be held to empty the contents of Jackson Mansion, the church’s rectory. The Camden Avenue home, which was once inhabited by U.S. Sen. William P. Jackson, will be demolished to make room for a new brick rectory.
  • Several hundred members of Civil War re-enactment groups were camped out in north Salisbury, preparing to re-enact the Battle of Cold Harbour in woods and fields near Adkins Road. More than 850 Confederates and Union soldiers were expected to participate. Many tents were blown down and flooded in the day’s storm and re-enactors were forced to wade in knee-deep mud around their camp sites.
  • A Salisbury police officer, investigating a shooting on West Main Street, was struck by a car driven by a Swan Road woman. The officer, Cpl. Fred O. Shockley, was treated at Peninsula General Hospital with severe bruises and a swollen wrist. The driver was not charged. James Lee Hugee was shot in the upper chest with a small-caliber handgun. He was treated at PGH and later released. Hugee did not identify his assailant.
  • Peninsula General Hospital reported that Mr. and Mrs. David Miller of Orchard Circle were the newly proud parents of a baby girl.
  • Alexander’s House of Music on Old Ocean City Road announced that the Kenny Loggins “Ovation” guitar model was in stock and available for purchase.

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