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
At an early hour, March 9, before daybreak, Sheriff L.L. Graybeal and Officers George E. Sprague and M.D. Bare made a raid upon the moonshiners of White Sulphur District. In a hollow in the Alleghany Mountains, 4 miles north of White Sulphur Springs, they captured a moonshine plant in operation which was the largest and best equipped outfit ever taken in the county. Charley Smith and Newt Weese were in charge of the still, which had a daily (or nightly) capacity of 50 gallons.
Another Great Egg
Right upon the heels of the big news of the birth of quadruplets to Mr. and Mrs. Homer McMann of Bellburn last week, we have a letter from Mr. J.J. Crane, who has a Rhode Island red hen that laid an egg measuring 8 by 6 1/2 inches, inside of which was another egg measuring 6 1/2 by 5 1/4 inches.
Mr. R.O. Raine left Monday for Alpena, Randolph County, for the purpose of securing, if possible, a carload of pure-bred Aberdeen-Angus cattle which are to be added to the present herd of this breed now owned by the Meadow River Lumber Company.
1948 – 75 Years Ago
Parking Meters Placed
The arguments over the installation of parking meters in Ronceverte, that has continued for the past 10
weeks, terminated when police instructed persons parking automobiles to start dropping coins in the meters that have been installed on the business streets of Ronceverte for several days. The parking meters are expected to reduce congestion in the business section of the town, where the town officers claim that businessmen have been in the habit of parking their cars during the day.
Home For the
Among students returning to Morgantown Sunday afternoon, after attending the basketball tournament were Miss Kita Tuckwiller, John Tuckwiller, Bill Coleman Jr., Eddie and Munir Yarid, Frank Ford and Harold Miller.
Cars On Natural Gas
Some automobiles may be running on natural gas a year from now. Two oil companies are starting to build plants to make synthetic gasoline out of natural gas and hope to begin production in about a year. They say their products will be as good as any conventional motor fuel and perhaps cost 2 cents a gallon less.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
At a meeting presided over by M.T. Moss, it was agreed by majority vote to form a group to operate the railroad tours along the Greenbrier River line. A nonprofit corporation is to be formed for the purpose of operating the railroad tour with John Hall designated as operations manager.
Wilt Chamberlain Adding More
Records to Book
Wilt Chamberlain will add his 11th rebounding title to a new category in the National Basketball Association record books: first player to achieve a .700 field goal percentage for a season.
Girl Wins Contest
Jennifer E. Hatcher, a senior at Greenbrier East High School, has won the state oratorical contest sponsored by the West Virginia Garden Club Inc. She will be an honored guest of the club at the annual convention luncheon meeting to be held at The Greenbrier. At this time she will deliver her oration, “Ecology – Where You Live,” before the assembly.
1998 – 25 Years Ago
“Oh, Boy!” Guy Still Going Strong at GVT
Kermit Medsker is still stopped on the streets of Lewisburg with a “Hey, you’re that ‘Oh boy!’ guy, aren’t you?” Medsker nods and smiles. In Medsker’s first summer season with Greenbrier Valley Theatre, he played Norman in “The Boys Next Door.” His memorable performance called for him to cry, “Oh boy!” more than a few times. Other GVT roles include L.M. in “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” the band leader in “1940’s Radio Hour” and Trissotin in last summer’s “The Learned Ladies.”
Final Touches of Green Added for St. Patrick’s Day
Father John McGinnity, Sue Ella Miano, Betty Ford and Ann Ford, members of the St. Catherine Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society, placed the final touches for the upcoming corned beef and cabbage dinner.