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
Church and Sunday school organizations throughout the state are adopting resolutions endorsing a measure before the West Virginia Legislature providing for the teaching of the Holy Bible in all of the public schools of the state as a textbook.
May extend his road
Henry Ford, in a statement published after he had inspected his coal properties in West Virginia, declared that “Unless the railroads furnish us with better service, I will build the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton railroad to this section, electrify it and haul my own coal.” Mr. Ford declared, “We will haul coal to Detroit, put it through efficient by-product coke ovens instead of wasting the most valuable in smoke and sell the coke at a reasonable figure.”
Opening of the mortuary chamber of the tomb of King Tutankhamun at Luxor, Egypt, recently showed the sarcophagus of the pharaoh to be still in the same position in which it was placed more than 3,000 years ago.
1948 – 75 Years Ago
It was announced in Morgantown by G. Heebink, extension dairyman, that Greenbrier County, with 26 dairy herds entered in the Dairy Herd Improvement Association, leads all counties of West Virginia in the number of herds being improved.
The Greenbrier hotel will open on Monday April 19 after one year devoted to the most complete rehabilitation project ever undertaken by any hotel in America. Edward T. Lawless, vice president and general manager, said they have about 600 workmen on the job, working day and night shifts, and they’ll finish on time.
Top woman Nazi
The arrest of Frau Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, 46, head of the women’s branch of the Nazi Party throughout the war, was announced by agents of the U.S. Army. She was known for her exhortations — echoing those of Adolf Hitler — to German women to bear many children. The Army newspaper, Stars and Stripes, said she was credited with founding homes where selected German girls could meet selected German men to breed a super race, but there was no confirmation of such a report.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
Twin sisters graduate
Brenda Sue Spencer and Linda Lou Spencer, twin sisters from Renick, completed work on their Bachelor of Science degrees at the close of the first semester at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Both daughters of Mr. and Mrs. K. Spencer of Renick closed their days at Wesleyan with a 4.00 average for their final semester.
300 Indians demand treaties investigation
Federal authorities appeared hopeful that negotiations with militant Indians today would lead to the release of the 11 hostages held by about 300 Indians in the besieged hamlet of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
Congratulations were in order as John D. Rockefeller IV assumed the responsibilities and duties of the 12th president of West Virginia Wesleyan College, after his installation in the post by Dr. J. Roy Price, president of the board of trustees.
1998 – 25 Years Ago
Weikle reaches 1,000-point plateau
Last weekend, Kelly Weikle became the first Greenbrier East player since the legendary Bimbo Coles to score 1,000 points in a high school career.
Safety counts at Acme Limestone
The employees of Acme Limestone Co. Inc. produced 1,200,000 tons of crushed limestone during 1997 with only two reportable injuries, a first-degree burn and a sprained ankle.
nets over $6 million
This past weekend’s launch of Rimfire Lodge, the first development project of Intrawest Corporation’s new Wildcat mountaintop village, began the renaissance of Snowshoe Mountain Resort. The unprecedented sales event produced over $6 million in real estate sales in less than 12 hours at the West Virginia resort.