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
Prize For Hotel Name
Ronceverte’s newest hotel, now under construction, owned by Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Potter, wants a name, and a prize of $5 is offered the person who suggests the name to be decided by the owners.
Greenbrier High boys will play Mount Hope High School Friday night in our gym. The team needs support; they need yells. Let us get behind and on the sides and cheer them good and proper. We want to see a great many townspeople out, and we plan to give them a fine game.
Ford’s New Coal
Henry Ford’s coal properties in West Virginia and Kentucky are to be held by the Fordson Coal Company. Ford now owns two important operations in West Virginia and two in Kentucky. One of the West Virginia properties is in McDowell County, and the other is at Nuttalburg.
1948 – 75 Years Ago
C. Quick, who deals in fur pelts, went to Staunton, Virginia, a few days ago to sell pelts he bought this season. He received 40 cents apiece for 27 possum hides, 75 cents apiece for two coon hides, 75 cents apiece for five gray fox hides, $80 for 50 skunk hides and $25 for a mink skin.
J.K. Palmer Says
West Virginia farmers, who are building up their land and maintaining its elements, are strengthening our banks for the future, J.K. Palmer, of Lewisburg and president of the Bankers Association, told the banquet gathering of the state chapter of the Friends of the Land at Charleston. Keeping the land built up and productive is like maintain a bank account, Palmer said. “You cannot draw upon either one indefinitely without making deposits to restore the things taken from it.”
The new Ferrell Clinic in Lewisburg with the most modern equipment known to medical science is now in operation. It is under the direction of Dr. A.D. Ferrell, well-known physician and specialist of Greenbrier County for more than 20 years, and his son, Dr. R. Morris Ferrell.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
18 POWs Headed Home
Eighteen freed American POWs, released early by Hanoi, flew to family reunions in the United States. To date, 164 prisoners have come out of North and South Vietnam with another 430 still to go.
The General Services Administration awarded a contract for an indefinite quantity of gas chromatograms and clinical analyses to Bendix Process Instruments Division in Ronceverte, U. S. Senators Jennings Randolph and Robert C. Byrd announced. Randolph said the contract could amount to $250,000.
39 FFA Members
Thirty-nine members of the Greenbrier East Future Farmers of America, accompanied by eight adults, traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, by chartered bus to attend the 8th annual National Farm Machinery Show. The trip was made possible by donations from 11 area businessmen and firms who have been supporters of the FFA programs in local schools for many years.
1998 – 25 Years Ago
In a report to Lewisburg’s City Council, Chief of Police Tim Stover gave a report on his department’s efforts to reduce the city’s deer population. He said he called a biologist from the Department of Natural Resources and inquired about the use of tranquilizer guns. “They don’t recommend it at all,” Stover said. Stover was told by the DNR that the drugs are expensive and make the meat inedible, which would cause problems with disposal of the dead bodies. Stover said it is best to stick with the city’s current method of shooting the deer with regular guns.
Paul Greer Honored in GEHS Ceremony
Retired coach Paul Greer was presented with an honorary plaque from Oceana and a monogrammed jersey and pullover from Greenbrier East High School during a halftime ceremony given in his honor during the basketball game at the East gym. Greer retired in the spring of 1981 after 32 years of coaching.