Salisbury History: Thursday, Oct. 16, 1958

Thursday, Oct. 16, 1958

  • Bertha Adkins of Salisbury, President Eisenhower’s recent appointment as undersecretary of Health, Education and Welfare, was saluted at a testimonial luncheon in Baltimore attended by state and national GOP dignitaries. Mrs. Vaughn Richardson of Salisbury said Mrs. Adkins deserved credit for the Republican Party’s rejuvenation in Maryland.
  • Poultry prices sagged to a new low, with farmers being paid between 13.5 cents and 15.75 cents per broiler. The year-ago average was 18 cents. With national demand expected to switch to turkey for the upcoming holiday season, the chance for higher prices was considered doubtful.
  • Three Salisbury firemen were cleared for induction in the 20-Year Club by Mayor Jeremiah Valliant. They are L. Thomas Parker Jr., David Wimbrow and Arthur Dykes. Chief Austin Moore Sr. said engraved watches would also be presented to the men.
  • Some 268 people attended the Perdue Family Reunion at the Community Hall in Parsonsburg. The reunion included a memorial service for Purnell Perdue, William Perdue and Alfred Perdue, three of the 10 children of Elijah and Henrietta Colburn Perdue. Reunion officers were also elected for 1958-59; they are: Herman Perdue, president; Henry Hanna Jr., first vice president; Frances Perdue, second vice president; Arthur Perdue, treasurer; and Helen Perdue Steelman, secretary.
  • Mrs. Rose Marie S. Brown was freed from the Wicomico Jail after friends posted her $25,000 bail. She is accused of embezzling $42,000 from her aunt. Judge Rex A. Taylor had originally set bond at $50,000, drawing outrage from family and friends who contend Mrs. Brown is the victim of a miscommunication.
  • People were invited to the G&K Furniture Store to watch Sally Jones “sleeping to her health” on a new Sealy Posturepedic Mattress in the store’s window.

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

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