1923 – 100 Years Ago
The Shanghai Parade
The old time Shanghai Parade was well attended by many of the people of the town as well as many from the country. There were several prizes offered and awarded. The Lewisburg Drug Store gave a $5 prize; Mason Bell’s Book Store gave a $5 prize; Farmer’s Supply Co. gave a flashlight; Greenbrier Clothing, a pair of gloves. Someone gave a baseball, and Mr. Foster gave a $2 prize.
MacCorkle And WV Apples
That the finest apples in the world are produced in West Virginia is vouched for by former Governor William A. MacCorkle in communication to the Gazette in which he ser forth the fact that the Delicious brand of apples, the finest in the country, are grown in the state to better advantage than in the far advertised apple-raising states of Iowa and Oregon. He brings to the attention of the West Virginia farmer to the fact that there are immense possibilities for the cultivation of this fruit in all parts of the state and on land that is often of little or no value for any other purpose.
Many Cats Killed
Approximately 350 wild cats were killed in West Virginia last winter, or at least bounty was paid on that number. The killing of that number of these animals means a great saving in small game in the mountain region. The State Game and Fish Commission recently announced that a bounty of $2.50 would be given for wildcats killed, the hunter claiming the bounty being required to present the skin of the animal with head attached to the Justice of the Peace where the claim is made.
1948 – 75 Years Ago
Greenbrier Sold Out
The Greenbrier Hotel at White Sulphur Springs, now scheduled to open on April 15th, has been completely sold out until November, it is reported. A flood of reservations has been pouring in since it was originally announced that the famous spa would reopen in March.
Thousands of dollars worth of furniture and equipment intended to be used in the Greenbrier Hotel when it is opened for guests has already arrived and is stored in the old barracks on the front lawn. Storage of the furniture during the work on the main structure accounts for the presence of the buildings on the front lawn long after other evidences of the hospital have been removed.
Bottling Company To Build New Plant
The Coca-Cola Bottling Works of Ronceverte are making an announcement today of plans for a new plant. The building to be a fireproof structure will be built adjacent to and east of their present building. The main body of the building will be 56 ft, by 82 ft., which will be used entirely for bottling space and loading area. This area will house the latest type of bottling machinery and water treating equipment.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
Mountaineers Weren’t Prepared
Bobby Bowden admits he did not properly prepare the West Virginia Mountaineers for their Peach Bowl trip, and the “amends” to that will continue to ring from the mountaintops for years to come. Some writers around the state see the 49-13 loss to North Carolina State in Atlanta as dimming future hopes of getting invited to bowl games, while others figure the next WVU team sporting an outstanding record and exciting look will get the come-on by bowl scouts.
33 Nations Call For Bombing Halt
Forty of the 53 non-aligned members of the United Nations said Wednesday that U. S. bombing of North Vietnam is “indiscriminate and savage” and called for its immediate halt. The statement said the bombing violated principles of the U. N. charter and the rules of international law. It also said the bombing jeopardized the chances of a speedy and peaceful solution to the Vietnam conflict.
Plane Lands Under Threat
Relieved passengers applauded Thursday as a Trans World Airlines Boeing 747 jetliner landed safely at 3,276-foot high Ellsworth Air Force Base after flying 4,500 miles from Madrid under an extortionist’s threat that the plane would blow up if it dropped below 3,300 feet.
Riverside Inn Opening
The Riverside Inn, a gourmet supper club located in Pence Springs, announces opening week will be January 2 -7.
1998 – 25 Years Ago
Hern Named Volunteer Of The Year
- Bright Hern has been selected as the Lewisburg Volunteer of the Year for 1997. In a ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Lewisburg Mayor R. B. Fouch, Jr., presented Hern with the award. “Bright Hern’s volunteer service covers more years than most people’s careers,” Fouch noted. When others would say they have served long enough, Bright Hern is still strong. Now 88 years old, he not only serves regularly as a volunteer at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Fairlea, but also takes other volunteers’ shifts when they have needs that prevent them from working. His service at the hospital totaled an incredible 8,100 hours as of November 1, 1997.
Ultramarathon Raises Over $1,000 For Carnegie Hall
Lewisburg native Andy McClintic raised more than $1,000 during his recent 65-mile Ultramarathon on the Greenbrier River Trail. Proceeds from the run directly benefit The Renaissance Campaign to restore Carnegie Hall.
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