Salisbury History: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 1968

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Wednesday, Set. 11, 1968

  • Lower Shore state Delegate E. Homer White won the Democratic primary and will face incumbent 1st District Congressman Rogers C.B. Morton in the Nov. 5 general election. Local elections officials decried the low voter turnout in the race, which was just 20 percent in Wicomico County.
  • Salisbury city officials said they would resume discussions on Johnson Park, a 100-acre tract off Johnson Road. The on-again, off-again project has faced opposition from county officials, who don’t want to partner with the city on the project, and city officials who feel the same way. The landed was ceded to the city of Salisbury in a will, even though the land is far from the city limits. The price tag to develop the park is estimated in the $250,000 to $300,000 range.
  • Ten chainsaws valued at $1,250 were stolen from the MacMillan Bros. store on Snow Hill Road. Thieves entered the business through the front office window and took only the chainsaws; police were baffled over why money kept on the premises was not stolen.
  • V.V. Hughes of Salisbury was offering for sale the first sweet potatoes of the 1968 growing season. Robert Williams of Pemberton Road delivered 134 bushels to the farmers auction block, receiving $2.30 per bushel from Hughes. Farmers were expecting good yields this season.
  • Police were investigating a theft from the Shawen Inn on Route 50 at Old Railroad Road west of Salisbury. Someone broke through a rear door and stole approximately $10 in change from a cigarette machine.
  • Mrs. William Witt and Miss Doris Hammond were chosen by Quota Club of the Eastern Shore members to be delegates to the annual Quota Club International meeting in Washington, D.C.
  • Salisbury native Linwood R. Joens, a Coast Guardsman stationed at Indian River, received the Coast Guard’s highest reward, the Coast Guard Medal, for his daring rescue of a 12-year-old boy in the Indian River Inlet. Seaman Jones jumped off the Coast Guard craft on which he was serving, and saved the boy who was drowning near the ocean jetty.

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

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