This Week in Marblehead History: 1966
Here's a look back at some of the stories that were making local headlines on this week in 1966.
Every week, Marblehead Patch digs through the Marblehead Messenger microfilm archives at Abbot Public Library to find out what was happening on this week in local history.
Waterfront Businesses Seek Delay on State Street Wharf: Appearing at Wednesday night's meeting of the Board of Selectmen, several waterfront businessmen sought to postpone work on the State Street Wharf until after Labor Day. The problem being that congestion caused by the construction work would create a hardship on merchants in the area.
Donors Respond in Record Numbers: The Marblehead Chapter of the Red Cross reports that an unprecedented number of citizens turned out to donate their blood Wednesday. So many people showed up after 5 p.m. that the facilities to take care of them proved to be inadequate.
Police Investigate Alleged Assault: Police Chief George E. Girard revealed that three youths had been questioned about a tire iron assault here. No charges have been preferred in the case involving Robert A. Latham, 19, of Washington Street. Latham said he and his girlfriend were involved in a confrontation with three men after nearly being run over by a car. The car was later found abandoned in Lynn.
- Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Rand, of 8 Ruby Terrace, are the proud parents of a son, Albert B. Jr., born at Salem Hospital.
- Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. McIntyre, 27 Elm St., are proud parents of a daughter, Joy Elizabeth, born at Salem Hospital.
- A first child, Susie Selena, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Gray, of 24 West St., recently at Salem Hospital.
Easter Sale at Eatons: Easter Baskets: 59 cents; Chanel No. 5 Perfume: $5; Holmspray Atomizers: $1.
Community Easter Sunrise Service: The Community Easter Sunrise service will be held at Fort Sewall at 6 a.m. Sunday. The meditation "The Resurrection and the Life" will be given by Rev. Steven M. Seminerio, pstor of St. Stephen's Methodist Church. The Rev. Paul E. Andrews, pastor of the First Baptist Church will lead the service.
Island and Fences Focus of Report: Paul Randazzo of the Safety Advisory Board recommended to the Selectmen that shrubbery, now blocking the view on the traffic islands on Marblehead Neck, be replaced with low growing flowers. He referred to the islands at the corner of Ocean and Harbor Avenues, and the junction of Ocean, Harbor and Ballast Lane. The board accepted this recommendation and the work will be done this summer.
Were you a town resident in 1966? Do you recognize any of these names, events, or locations? Let us know in the comments section below.