Today In Salisbury's History: Saturday, April 29, 1972


Saturday, April 29, 1972 --

  • Hess Apparel will take over the old R.E. Powell & Co. building next door to its existing store and remodel the two buildings into a much larger ladies apparel store on the new Downtown Plaza. Company Chairman Lewis M. Hess said he will spend between $250,000 and $300,000 on the renovation project. Company President John Hess said the improvements will be extensive and will include the complete demolition of the old Powell front and the construction of a completely new facade. Powell, one of Downtown Salisbury’s oldest retail institutions, closed last year after several changes in ownership.
  • Daylight Savings Time begins overnight tonight, which means James T. Elliott will be called upon to perform a duty he has engaged in twice annually for the past 20 years. Elliott is the building maintenance man at the Wicomico County Courthouse. He will ascend into the tower just before 2 a.m. Sunday and advance the complicated mechanism that controls the four-faced clock by one hour.
  • Entertainment this weekend includes the “Fantastic Mystics” in a free jam session at the Northwood Night Club; “The Intimates” appearing at the Holiday In on North Salisbury Boulevard; a steak dinner and dance at the Loyal Order of the Moose on Snow Hill Road; “Gene Cook and Sour Grapes” at Little Jimmy’s in Delmar; “Sammy Bounds and the Jam Sessions” at Red Men’s Hall in Fruitland; “Mike Lombardo & His Country Tops” at American Legion Post No. 64;  and pizza and spaghetti specials all weekend long at Bella Donna on South Division Street.
  • James M. Bennett track coach Tom Bailey is taking his team to the 78tyh annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. JMB’s 440 Relay team -- made up of members Greg Lawrence, Carroll Odom, Bryan Gale and Tim Smith -- is expected to have a good showing. The school’s Mile Relay team is also expected to fare well, with its members of Paul Harmon, Luke Stephens and Buddy Robbins. The star of the Bennett team is Charles Childs, who competes in three events but is best known for his success in the Triple Jump.
  • Banks Convenience Stores located around Salisbury are selling milk for 13 cents a pound, bread for 29 cents a loaf, and six-packs of Schmidts and Ballantine beer for just $1.
  • Beverly Robertson, 16, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Harry J. Robertson of Woodland Road, was crowned 1972 Delmarva Poultry Princess at the 25th annual Delmarva Chicken Festival in Dover. A junior at James M. Bennett Senior High School, she is a member of the JMB Band and Secretary of the Student Council. Among the judges was fashion personality Nancy Pigman of Salisbury, who was the first Poultry Princess in 1947.
  • The Loyalty Day in Salisbury will begin Sunday at 2 p.m. in Downtown Salisbury. Units will begin forming in the Montgomery Ward parking lot on South Salisbury Boulevard, and then begin moving down Waverly Drive to Carroll Street. Participants will turn left on Division Street and then pass the Fire Headquarters and County Courthouse, before disbanding at Calvert Street. There will be 15 school bands and various military units.