Salisbury History: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1957

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1957

  • A Snow Hill woman was charged with “driving with inadequate brakes” after an accident on Cypress Street. The woman collided with a car driven by a Salisbury woman; damages were estimated at $75.
  • Some 429 people at various employers on Tuesday received X-rays from a mobile X-ray provider from Baltimore. The tests were being conducted to find early-stage tuberculosis in  Dr. Seth H. Hurdle, the county health officer, said 2,632 people in Wicomico had undergone the free X-rays in the past week.
  • Dr. L. Jaffe of Accurate Optical on West Market Street, announced that his business had grown so rapidly that he was preparing to double the size of his store.
  • Johnny’s and Sammy’s was offering their famous Hungarian Beef goulash, with rolls and butter, for 85 cents.
  • Forty new stop signs have been erected in Pittsville. With some 525 residents, the growing town has been the scene of several traffic accidents, so city and county officials agreed the signs were necessary. Town Bailiff V.V. Baker said the signs “should make driving safer for inhabitants and visitors alike.”
  • A business application was filed with the Wicomico County Commissioners by Carrie Harrison, also known as Madam Belle, to open a palm reading establishment on Dual Highway, just south of Delmar.
  • Real estate broker Roger K. Steffens was offering a new home on Forest Lane, “Salisbury’s most beautiful street,” for $25,000. The home’s proximity to Pinehurst School “guarantees your children will never be tardy again,” according to Steffens’ advertisement.
  •   The 1957 corn harvest was declared a banner crop, with a yield of 34 bushels per acre. In Delaware, the harvest was just 26 bushels per acre. (The 2013 Maryland harvest averaged 158 bushels per acre.)

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