Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday July 11, 1959

Saturday, July 11, 1959 — County jail inmates Herbert A. Wilson, 17, and John W. Trader, 21, attempted to escape this week by rushing a guard and taking his keys. According to Sheriff Samuel A. Graham, the prisoners got through one set of doors before Sheriff’s Deputy Roscoe Purnell was able to shoot Wilson in […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, July 4, 1969

Friday, July 4, 1969 — The Salisbury Nursing Home, which cost more than $1 million to build, opened this week on Civic Avenue and Route 50. The 99-bed institution is operated as a private enterprise under the administration of Dennis Nooner, whose wife will serve as Nursing Director. The structure is distinguished by its extensive […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, June 27, 1979

Wednesday, June 27, 1979 — The first commercial solar energy system on the Eastern Shore has been installed on the roof of the new $1.6 million Wicomico County Free Library. Officials said with energy prices skyrocketing, the 45 solar panels will cost about $35,000 but save up to 30 percent in heating and cooling expenses […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, June 20, 1969

Friday, June 20, 1969 — Swimming, fishing and boating are prohibited on Johnson’s Lake for the next several days as county officials undertake an emergency cleanup effort. Wicomico Parks Director Lorne Rickert asked city Public Works Director Philip C. Cooper to have his crews open the dam gates near Isabella Street to lower the lake’s […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, June 13, 1985

Thursday, June 13, 1985 Despite scattered rain throughout the weekend, the 37th annual Delmarva Chicken Festival was ruled a huge success. Festival Chairman Robbin Gray said the attendance figures were near record levels. He said the rainy weather might have actually helped the event held on the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center grounds. “People couldn’t […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, June 6, 1981

Saturday, June 6, 1981 — Teachers representatives from each Wicomico County school have announced that their colleagues will no longer extend volunteer time for school extracurricular activities if their 9 percent negotiated pay increase — cut to a 7 percent hike by the County Council in recent budget discussions — is not funded as promised. […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, May 30, 1966

Monday, May 30, 1966 — At a profit-sharing dinner with his employees, Franklin P. Perdue announced that sales for the year ending March 31 amounted to a whopping $35 million. The total exceeded last year’s record-breaking amount of $31.6 million. Perdue said the new grain facility under construction on Zion Church Road will be able […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Thursday, May 23, 1996

Thursday, May 23, 1996 — Wicomico Sheriff’s deputies were seeking clues in the theft of a 200-pound lead chicken they believe to have fallen victim to “fowl play.” The bird, a yard decoration, was stolen last weekend. Officials were not releasing the owner’s name, to protect the individual from harassing calls and possible ransom demands. […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Tuesday, May 16, 1978

Tuesday, May 16, 1978 — • Choptank Hall on the Salisbury State College campus was heavily damaged by a blaze that took 60 firefighters several hours to extinguish. About 20 student occupants of the dormitory escaped without injury in the blaze, which was reported at 12:30 a.m. Firefighters said dense, gray smoke was pouring from […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, May 9, 1986

Friday, May 9, 1986 — Edythe Mehlman, owner of Edythe’s on the Downtown Plaza, was the first-place winner of the Salisbury Festival Window Contest held this week. The window of the upscale clothing store was officially decorated by Jim Gray of City Florists. Second-place was awarded to Maude’s Hallmark & Gourmet Center; third-pace went to […]