Today In Salisbury's History: Saturday, Jan. 20, 1962

By Greg Bassett
Posted 1/19/22

Saturday, Jan. 20, 1962 --

A shopper in a Salisbury supermarket lost $460 on Friday when sneaky thieves lifted a wallet dangling from a purse on her arm. Mary A. Adams of Kingston in Somerset …

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Today In Salisbury's History: Saturday, Jan. 20, 1962

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Saturday, Jan. 20, 1962 --

  • A shopper in a Salisbury supermarket lost $460 on Friday when sneaky thieves lifted a wallet dangling from a purse on her arm. Mary A. Adams of Kingston in Somerset County said she didn’t realize the wallet was missing until she started toward the checkout counter at the Colonial Store on South Salisbury Boulevard. Adams said she had earlier been jostled by two female teen-agers at a counter somewhere in the store. The black leather wallet was held together with a red rubber band and contained three $100 bills, eight $20 bills, Adams’ drivers license and her hospital insurance papers.
  • Salisbury City Police were called to investigate the theft of about $17 worth of parts from under the hood of a car parked Friday at a Salisbury Boulevard service station. Dean Long of Parsonsburg said that when he drove away in the car, which had been parked at the station since Wednesday, he noticed the engine was running hot. When Long looked under the hood, he found someone had stolen the fan belt, generator and radiator cap.
  • David F. Rodgers broke the city election ice today with an announcement that he will be a candidate for City Council when balloting is held in April. Rodgers, a winner of the Junior Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Service Award, is the first candidate to declare. Rodgers, 32, works as an Assistant Manager at First Shore Federal Savings & Loan.
  • Since its inception, Peninsula General Hospital has had just four presidents, including its founder, the late William P. Jackson. While each of those men directed expansion of the medical facility, it has been under the leadership of I.L. Benjamin the PGH completed a building program to make it one of the largest hospitals in Maryland. Benjamin, the owner of a Downtown Salisbury department store, officially stepped down this week to make room for a successor, Avery W. Hall.
  • Tennis and sports promoter Bill Riordan announced Symington Wayne Corp. will sponsor a national indoor tennis tournament in Salisbury for at least the next three years. Symington Wayne William H. Bateman III said The U.S. Lawn Tennis-sanctioned event called tennis “a wonderful builder of stamina and a valuable exercise in sportsmanship for young people which will be invaluable to them in their future endeavours.” The matches will be played inside the huge Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.
  • “They just gave a little more effort,” that’s all, declared Coach Warren “Chesty” Squires, after his Wi-Hi basketball team fell Friday night to Cambridge High School, 42-30. The Tribe had won five games in a row, last losing to Dover High School in mid-December. No player from Wi-Hi managed to even score in double-digits – the top Tribe scorer was Mike Hoch with 9 points.
  • Verbal bricks and bouquets were tossed around at a public hearing held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center to discuss the Salisbury-Wicomico Planning Commission’s revitalization blueprint for Salisbury. Most controversial is a proposal to raze several buildings on the bulk of land encompassed by Calvert, East Church and North Division streets, and the Salisbury Boulevard quadrangle, and build a new city hall and accompanying 400-space parking lot.
  • Maryland State Police were investigating a break-in at the Acorn Drive-In on North Salisbury Boulevard. Troopers said someone broke glass in the front door to gain entry, stealing $51 kept in a cash box.