Linda Duyer: Book offers insights on Civil War family

The son may be the focus of the expressive story woven by historian Jane Singer in her new book “The War Criminal’s Son, The Civil War Saga of William A. Winder,” but it’s the father who steals the attention then and now. The war criminal of the book, Confederate Gen. John Henry Winder, was not […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Oct. 17, 1960

Monday, Oct. 17, 1960 — Salisbury’s $665,000 bond improvement issue was purchased by the Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Co. of Baltimore. The average interest on the 24-year bond will be 3.38 percent. The city will use the money to buy the old Campbell Soup plant property — just down the street from the new […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Oct. 11, 1968

Friday, Oct. 11, 1968 — Advertisements for the 35 stores on Salisbury’s Downtown Plaza have a new marketing and advertising campaign that now refers to the shopping area as the “Golden Plaza.” The West Main Street area is now closed to traffic and is undergoing a renovation that will convert it to a pedestrian mall. […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Oct. 3, 1977

Monday, Oct. 3, 1977 — The last baby was born at the old birthing ward of Peninsula General Hospital and the first baby was born in the new Peninsula General Hospital Medical Center. Denise Renee Heller, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Heller of Salisbury, will go down in the history books as the […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Sept. 26, 1983

Monday, Sept. 26, 1983 — Windmill-like mechanisms designed to circulate stagnant water have been installed in Johnson’s Pond, thanks to an Ocean Pines inventor and city Public Works employees. Peter Freeman, an aeronautical engineer, came up with the idea in the 1970s and his devices were installed in several lagoons in the Berlin-area development. The […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1990

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 1990 — Peninsula General Hospital has entered a new era in general surgery as the first laparoscopic cholecystectomy was performed at the medical center. Drs. Steven Crenshaw and Dr. David Walker, assisted by Drs. Andrew Forgash, Walter Lischick, Craig Schaeffer, Phil Insley Jr. and John Bartkovich removed a patient’s gall bladder through […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1973

Wednesday, Sept. 5. 1973 — • Wicomico County’s Board of Education has issued a new dress policy, reminding its 9,000 students that mid-drifts, tank-top-type shirts and styles that feature bare backs are strictly prohibited. Another no-no, according to school administrators, are any see-through garments. Parents this week received mailed letters from the school system, reaffirming […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Aug. 29, 1978

Monday, Aug. 29, 1978 — Dr. Phillip A. Insley will close the doors of his Main Street office this week, marking the first time in more than 50 years that there has been no General Practitioner in Downtown Salisbury. Insley, 70, is ending a 42-year career in Salisbury, 35 years of which have been spent […]

Linda Duyer: History behind the Church Street Mural

It is impossible to separate myself from the story of the Church Street Mural, so I won’t even try, because for me that mural, prominently displayed at Church Street and North Salisbury Boulevard, is intensely personal. The muralist Paul Boyd III utilized images from a copy of my book “‘Round the Pond,” about the history […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 1967

Tuesday, Aug. 22, 1967 — Opposition to the public housing project proposed for Booth Street in West Salisbury is apparently dwindling. Only two people attended a hearing to oppose the idea, both residents of Spring Hill Road, who said locating a housing development so close to a highway such as Route 50 would prove a […]