Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, April 18, 1979

Wednesday, April 18, 1979 — Anita Gale Taylor of Salisbury was the first runner-up in the state Veterans Of Foreign Wars Loyalty Day Queen Contest held in Parkville, Md. Miss Taylor represented Salisbury VFW Post No. 194 and was the winner of the District Title. The 15-year-old James M. Bennett Senior High School sophomore is […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, April 11, 1961

Tuesday, April 11, 1961 — Operators of Salisbury’s 10 leading restaurants revealed today that they have quietly abandoned all segregation. The policy went into effect several weeks ago. Two restaurants, Reads and Woolworth, had taken similar action earlier, at the urging of the Mayor’s Bi-Racial Commission.Commission Chairman John T. Webb said it was part of […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: April 4, 1969

Friday, April 4, 1969 — In a shocking turn of events influenced by a local taxpayers group, the Wicomico County Council has unanimously vetoed its own $3.4 million capital improvements spending plan. On Monday, the National Taxpayers Coordinating Commission filed a petition containing 3,346 signatures that would essentially block the capital bond purchase by forcing […]

Salisbury History: The diner that traveled Delmarva

Many of us associate the English family name with the iconic shiny metallic diners of Salisbury’s history, but it was the lesser-known Edward Lloyd Thompson who started it all. It was Thompson who acquired the diner car that traveled from New Jersey to Delmar to Salisbury to Ocean City and then to Dover. That’s a […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, March 28, 1983

Monday, March 28, 1983 — A Wicomico County jury reversed a decision by the state’s Compensation Commission and ruled the city of Salisbury must pay benefits to an ambulance driver who was injured in a 1981 training accident. The driver was not technically at work but was taking a voluntary unpaid training course when he […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, March 21, 1962

Wednesday, March 21, 1962 — The ponies “Misty” and “Stormy” will appear in Salisbury next week when the Boulevard Theater holds a return engagement of “Misty of Chincoteague.” Also making the trip to Salisbury from her home in Illinois will be author Marguerite Henry. The film is being loaned to East Coast theaters to raise […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, March 14, 1998

Saturday, March 14, 1998 — •Activists seeking to have the newly rebuilt Salisbury Middle School renamed in honor of Charles H. Chipman may have to take their case to state officials after receiving a stone-face response from Wicomico Board of Education members. Despite pleas from the likes of Jean Morris, Marion “Bud” Barkley, Dick Hazel […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, March 7, 2019

Sunday, March 7, 1993 — Four people were declared heroes after they helped rescue a Brittingham Square Apartments resident who drove his car into a nearby pond. Kathy Moratin, Jack Campbell, Chris Wilgus and Maurice Fields Jr. all jumped into the freezing water to free Russell L. Howard, who suffered a seizure and drove off […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, Feb. 28, 1974

Thursday, Feb. 28, 1974 — Mayor Dallas Truitt has alleged the city Police Department’s efforts to conserve gasoline during the current fuel shortage has triggered an uptick in the crime rate. Police have reduced patrols to conserve gasoline, which is under a city ration. The city is also considering reductions to garbage collection and street […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999

Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999 — The Tri-County District of the Boy Scouts has honored Gordon D. Gladden of Salisbury as its Distinguished Citizen of 1999. Raised in Chance in Somerset County, Gladden is president of Avery W. Hall Insurance in Salisbury. His participation in community activities is legendary — among many other groups, he has either […]