Salisbury History: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1962

Gregg Holland, formerly of Salisbury, came across this old picture of his grandfather driving around Salisbury, selling Pocahontas coal. The company, as most locals know, grew into the huge Pocahontas Cement Co., which contributed building products to nearly every structura and street in Salisbury. Holland submitted this photo in hopes Salisbury Independent readers might be able to share some memories or knowledge, such as what might tbe the make to the truck and what year this photo might have been taken. Feel free to send what you might know to gbassett@newszap.com.

Gregg Holland, formerly of Salisbury, came across this old picture of his grandfather driving around Salisbury, selling Pocahontas coal. The company, as most locals know, grew into the huge Pocahontas Cement Co., which contributed building products to nearly every structure and street in Salisbury. Holland submitted this photo in hopes Salisbury Independent readers might be able to share some memories or knowledge, such as what the make of the truck might be and what year this photo might have been taken. Feel free to send what you might know to gbassett@newszap.com.

Salisbury History: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1962

  • Mayor Frank Morris’ $1.171 million budget for 1963 was given tentative approval by the City Council. The budget includes a 5 percent increase in taxes, to $1.26 per $100 of assessed value. The council vote was split and tension-filled — members showed strong dislike for the new mayor’s “pay-as-you-go” sewer fees plan that would build a huge reservoir for water and sewer spending. In addition to a 9-cents-per-thousand gallons rate increase, Morris called for increasing the quarterly minimum bill from $8.75 to $13.
  • Wade Insley was that day expected to be renamed president of the Wicomico County Commissioners. George Burnett was expected to be named vice president; Richard E. Cullen was set to retain his position as county attorney. A retirement ceremony was planned for Commissioner Ralph Dulany.
  • Evans Construction of Salisbury was awarded a $26,400 NASA contract to build a set of spectator bleachers at the Wallops Station facility, so visitors could view rocket launches.
  • In the first two days of deer hunting, 414 deer were reported killed on the Lower Shore. Second-day numbers were greatly decreased from opening day, with just 102 bucks killed.
  • Trailways Bus Lines announced new seasonal fares. One-way tickets from Salisbury to New York City are $7.55; one-way to Baltimore is $4. The New York City bus leaves daily from the bus terminal at 431 East Main St. There are five different business that leave for Baltimore each day.
  • Marie Johnson of 8 Nakomis Ave. in Salisbury was the grand prize winner of the Acme Markets’ Family Stamps Contest. She will receive 50,000 stamps. Finishing second and receiving 25,000 stamps is Aron Bounds of 676 West Main St.
  • Hess Apparel’s Annual Stag night was scheduled for Thursday night. The buffet begins at 6; the door prize this year is $100. The fashion show begins at 7, with clothes modeled by members of the Junior Board of Peninsula General Hospital. The Peninsularies were scheduled as the musical performers.
  • The “Manchurian Candidate,” starring Frank Sinatra and Janet Leigh, was playing at the Boulevard Theater. Walt Disney’s “The Legend of Lobo” was at the Wicomico Theater.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Morris Leonard of Parsonsburg were set to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house in their home.
  • Miss Judy Cooper, a 22-year-old sixth grade teacher at East Salisbury Elementary, was injured when she was thrown from her horse over the weekend. Though she suffered a broken collar bone, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cooper of Pinehurst Avenue expects to be back in the classroom in a few days.
  • Pvt. John M. Tamasi, son of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Tomasi of Rolling Road, was announced to have completed recruit training Nov. 19 at Parris Island, S.C.
  • Just in time for Christmas, Burnett-Walton on East Main Street was offering children’s top-quality Rollfast bicycles for sale for $36.66. Parents could finance a bike for $1 down and $1 a week.

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

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