Echoes of the Past is a collection of historical articles curated from The West Virginia News, The Greenbrier Independent, White Sulphur Star and other publications archived since 1852. You may be exposed to content that you find offensive or objectionable. For historical accuracy, articles are reprinted in their original form and do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the publisher.
1923 – 100 Years Ago
New Hotel Under
Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Potter have begun breaking ground for the erection of a new, modern hotel in Ronceverte. The hotel is to contain 30 rooms and will be three stories in height. It is to be of brick and modern construction throughout.
Parkersburg Wants It
Senator Harvey Marsh, Republican of Parkersburg, has introduced a bill in the Senate to move the Capitol to that city. He says the people of Parkersburg will donate $1,000,000 cash and donate 14 acres of land to the state.
1948 – 75 Years Ago
1,753 Bodies Include Those of Two
The Army announces the return of the remains of 1,753 American servicemen, most of the casualties in the establishment of the Normandy Beachhead. The bodies, the third group to be returned from Europe since the start of the Army’s Return of War Dead program last October, included two men from Ronceverte: 2/Lt. Robert A. Morris and Pfc. Carl L. Ridgeway.
The lowly pawpaw, which shows up in the lunch pails of country school kids around September, is about to be vested with a certain horticultural dignity. The West Virginia University agricultural experiment station announced it was undertaking steps to try to develop pawpaw production on a commercial basis.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
5,588 Respond to
A total of 5,588 persons responded to a manpower survey conducted here Friday and Saturday. The survey, held at the old Aide’s Discount Store in Fairlea, was conducted to determine if there was a big enough labor force available to warrant construction of a Kellwood Company manufacturing plant here.
The Watergate bugging trial ended with a jury finding two former campaign aides to President Nixon guilty of political spying. Deliberating only 90 minutes, a jury of eight women and four men bought the 16-day old trial to an end by finding James W. McCord and G. Gordon Liddy guilty of all charges brought against them in the raid against the Democratic National Committee’s Watergate headquarters June 7.
Shooting Of Sen.
Stennis Brings New Calls for Gun Control
The robbery and shooting of 71-year-old Sen. John C. Stennis, D-Mississippi, has brought new calls for gun control from President Nixon, the mayor of Washington, and many others.
1998 – 25 Years Ago
United States Air Force Heritage Band to
On tour from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band will present an exciting program on Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Eastern Greenbrier Junior High School auditorium. The program is sponsored by Carnegie Hall, and there is no admission charge.
Greenbrier Historical Society volunteers have registered 20 cemeteries in the Frankford District. Once all the cemeteries in the Frankford District have been located and inventoried, the Historical Society will put the information in a Frankford District Cemetery Book and offer it for sale at a reasonable price.
According to a press release from West Virginia Power, approximately 5,300 customers are still without electric service in southern West Virginia. The company has restored power to about 79% of its 20,000 customers who were affected by the weather-caused outages.