Salisbury History: This date in 1973

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Tuesday, June 26, 1973

Patrick Fennell, the city’s new Executive Officer, presented the City Council and Mayor Dallas Truitt with an $8.7 million, five-year capital improvement plan that included $309,000 for a city municipal golf course in the Naylor Mill Road area. Reporter Mike Meise wrote that “conspicuous by its absence” was “any mention” of the long-controversial proposal to build the north-south Eastern Shore Drive, an “industrial highway” that would be built east of the Penn Central rail line.

The last of the Salisbury City Police force’s so-called “old-timers,” Capt. Raymond J. Roth, retired at 65.Chief Leslie Payne remarked that when Roth joined the force in June 1937, the force was populated with officers of especially “colorful” personalities, including “Tobie” Larmore, Carl “Slewfoot” Wilson, “Babe” Brewington and  Fred “Whistle-tooting” Rau. Mayor Truitt issued a special order ensuring Roth could collect 25 percent of his accumulated sick leave.

Reporter Richard Culver wrote about Edith Gordy Dayton, 78, who — after 52 years of service — was retiring as a dressmaker and closing her two-room East Main Street shop. Dayton opened her first shop in 1921 in the old Wicomico Hotel. Also headed to retirement was her treadle sewing machine, which she had used nearly every day for 48 years.

Skateland on South Division Street was offering local students “Report Card Night” for free admission. Each “A” entitled a student to three free passes, each “B” to two passes, each “C” to one. Skate rentals, however, were still 25 cents.

Roger Moore was starring as James Bond in “Live And Let Die,” at the Rio Theater on South Division and Market streets.

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

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