Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Nov. 26, 1999

Friday, Nov. 26, 1999 — Former Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Joe Ferguson, 53, was named the new manager of the Delmarva Shorebirds. Ferguson has managed the Bowie Baysox, another Baltimore Orioles affiliate for the last three years. Ferguson has been a part of two milestones in Major League Baseball history — he was the catcher […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Nov. 19, 1979

Monday, Nov. 19, 1979 — Salisbury-area gas station operators said they are mostly ignoring Maryland Gov. Harry R. Hughes’ “tank topping” restrictions. To prevent motorists from repeatedly visiting gas stations to keep their tanks full in the event another gas shortage hits, the state has set minimum purchase requirements based on a vehicle’s tank size. […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1969

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1969 — Dr. Rufus C. Johnson, a new member of the Wicomico Board of Education, insisted Tuesday that he is not on a witch hunt and isn’t trying to badger school administrators. “I feel it is my duty to ask questions,” said the Salisbury veterinarian. We’re spending other people’s money — taxpayers’ […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1986

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1986 — In Tuesday’s elections, the local Democratic Party swept the ticket, creating an all-Democrat Wicomico County Council. Newcomers Julia Foxwell and Philip Tilghman will join incumbents Henry S. Parker, Betty K. Gardner and John M. Morris on the five-member at-large council. The nearest Republican contender was W. Blan Harcum, who finished […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1980

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1980 — The U.S. Justice Department announced that concerns over Eastern Shore Congressman Bob Bauman’s potential for extortion was the reason it released details about the Maryland Republican’s arrest with a 16-year-old male prostitute. Bauman, who is facing a re-election challenge from Democrat Roy Dyson in just a week’s time, has agreed […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002 — Blaming what they called Mayor Barrie Parsons Tilghman’s attempts to block their investigation, City Council members gave preliminary approval to an ordinance that would change Police Chief Allan Webster’s job duties and force him to comply with their probe. The Chief would be compelled to make his officers available for […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, Oct. 15, 1970

Thursday, Oct. 15, 1970 — A blaze at the J.I. Wells Creosote Plant southwest of Salisbury destroyed the facility’s maintenance shop and parts storage area, and caused more than $100,000 in damage. Six companies from across the region were called to the fire. Battling the blaze was especially difficult, officials said, because acetylene tanks and […]

Saving Wicomico history can come with a high price tag

The estimate for roof repairs was shocking. By anyone’s standards, $71,000 is a lot of money. Yet the steeple and roof on the former Whitehaven United Methodist Church is leaking and must be repaired. Members of the Whitehaven Heritage Association, which owns the building, are struggling to raise funds to cover project costs. The need […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1969

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1969 — Joseph James Bartholemy was convicted today and now faces the death penalty for murdering Wicomico Sheriff Samuel Graham and turnkey Albert Kelly last December during an escape from the County Jail. In a trial moved to La Plata, Md., a Charles County Circuit Court jury deliberated for five hours before […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, Oct. 1, 1955

Saturday, Oct. 1, 1955 — The mobile X-ray Unit from the Maryland Health Department was back in operation this week at locations across Salisbury. The machine tested employees at Watson Shirt Co. on Barclay Street and Sunshine Laundry on Ann Street. Next week, the unit is scheduled for stops at Ayres Diner and E.S. Adkins, […]