71 years later, Ray Bradford is still cutting hair

Waiting for his next customer, Ray Bradford relaxed in the barber chair, watching the fog drift by the large shop window and enjoying the cozy warmth of the electric heater near his feet. It had been a slow morning at the Salisbury shop, and Bradford, 88, was content to rest a bit. By noon, he […]

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 […]

Memories of a much more simple holiday

Otho “O.W.” Washington Mears died at his home four days after being interviewed and photographed for this story. He would have turned 94 on Thursday, Dec. 19. — Editor. Otho “O.W.” Mears, almost 94, of near Parksley, is shown with clay marbles that was his sole Christmas present when he was about 10. The stool, […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997

Saturday, Dec. 27, 1997 — Twelve members of Beth Israel Synagogue volunteered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Food Service Department at Peninsula General Medical Center so that several Christian employees could be home for the holiday. This is the third year that synagogue members have worked overnight at the hospital. Rabbi Herbert […]

Sheriff’s murder 50 years ago still haunts Wicomico

December 8, 1968 The Sunday evening routine in the Wicomico County Jail did not appear to differ from any other evening, except for a larceny suspect, recently arrested by the Salisbury Police for stealing a television from a Downtown store who was determined that he was not going to stick around to face trial for […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Saturday, Nov. 15, 1986

Saturday, Nov. 15, 1986 — The Salisbury City Council is looking for someone to replace one of the board’s longest serving and most important members. Norm Conway won election this week to the Maryland House of Delegates and will give up his 13-year perch on the council. The council will make the appointment. Those under […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Friday, Nov. 8, 2002

Friday, Nov. 8, 2002 — The results of Tuesday’s elections have been confirmed. Charles “Chip” Dashiell and Anthony Sarbanes were elected at-large members of the Wicomico County Council. Gail Bartkovich beat Don Ewalt in District 3 and Marvin Long topped Ann Suthowski in District 4. Norm Conway and Bennett Bozman were the winners in District […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1967

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 1967 — Thomas S. George Jr. of the architectural firm George, Miles & Buhr unveiled plans for a $500,000, 25,000-square-foot addition to the already overburdened Wicomico Youth & Civic Center. The sprawling 37,000-square-foot arena on Clen Avenue is under constant demand and has been in need of even more space almost since […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Monday, Oct. 25, 1993

Monday, Oct. 25, 1993 — Surgeon Dr. John Bartkovich joined Peninsula Regional Medical Center President Dan Aiken in unveiling a new $30 million expansion plan for the Salisbury hospital. The plan has three phases: the first is a two-story addition to the south wing that will include a mental-health unit, a new medical/surgical unit and […]

Today In Salisbury’s History: Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000 — Dresser-Wayne executives are asking union officials to approve a $10 million concession that would slash wages and benefits but keep the Salisbury plant open. United Auto Workers Local 354 President Jack Hughes pointed out the company’s demands, even if met by the union, did not include a promise on the […]