Today In Salisbury's History: Saturday, July 1, 1961

By Greg Bassett
Posted 6/29/21

Saturday, July 1, 1961 --

After what appeared to be a picture-perfect launch Friday afternoon at Wallops Island, the Eastern Shore’s second satellite never made it to orbit. A three-stage …

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Today In Salisbury's History: Saturday, July 1, 1961

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Saturday, July 1, 1961 --

  • After what appeared to be a picture-perfect launch Friday afternoon at Wallops Island, the Eastern Shore’s second satellite never made it to orbit. A three-stage Scout rocket carrying an instrument satellite designed to measure micro-meteoroids in orbit, was sent a destruct signal when its third stage failed to ignite. The Scout rocket was 72 feet tall with a 36,600-pound payload.
  • In baseball action, Pat Boccia drove in all of the runs scored in Friday evening’s West Little game as the Elks blanked B’Nai B’rith, 3-0. In a City Industrial League softball game, Leonard Fleming pitched Campbell Soup to a 4-3 win over Bata Shoe. Harvey Hastings had three of Campbell Soup’s 12 total hits for the game. Meanwhile at Harmon Field, East Side beat the Sam Seidel Nine, 5-1, thanks to a four-run first that saw key hits from Butch Waller and Don Chelton.
  • Entertainment options this weekend include the opening of the new Pecan Golf Range at the corner of New Quantico Road and Parsons Road, all-you-can-eat steamed hard crabs for $2 at the Waterview Beach Hotel, The Orbits with Bunky Eye at the Northwood Bar and at Freddy Rosen and his Blue Ridge Entertainers at the Wagon Wheel.
  • Congressman Thomas F. Johnson was onhand to cut the official ribbon to open the new swimming pool at the Salisbury Elks Lodge No. 817. Joining the 1st District representative was lodge Exalted Ruler George C. Hill III and Elks Pool Chairman William T, Sturgis. Club members and their guests spent most of Saturday participating in swimming races and water games.
  • Howard H. Ruark, Chairman of the Salisbury National Bank, announced the West Main Street institution in Downtown Salisbury has $19,001,360.88 in assets as of June 30. The bank will soon open a new branch on North Salisbury Boulevard at Elizabeth Street that features a drive-up window. 
  • Maryland U.S. Sen. J. Glenn Beall will address the Salisbury Rotary Club this Thursday. The club, which has been virtually homeless for several months, is returning to the ballroom of the Wicomico Hotel in Downtown Salisbury. The club has been meeting mostly at the Jackson Memorial Building while its longtime meeting location -- Johnny’s and Sammy’s restaurant -- has been undergoing renovations.
  • The Wicomico County Commissioners have decided to make a ruling about public fishing on the Shad Point Bridge. The county has received numerous complaint calls about fishermen creating a traffic hazard while fishing from the Riverside Drive structure. Several windshields have been reported broken by the lead sinkers the anglers use to cast into the creek off the Wicomico River. Because the west side of the bridge faces tidal waters, no fishing license is required. Fishermen angling from the east side of the span need a license, however, as that side features a dam. County Roads Engineer Harry V. Jones said construction of a walkway might be an option.