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
Electricity From Stars
Generation of electricity from starlight is the latest idea upon which government scientists at Washington are working. To corner sufficient heat out of a ray of star light to produce energy, scientists are confident is merely a matter of research and time until this apparently impossible feat is accomplished.
Methodists In Accord
The northern and southern divisions of the Methodist Episcopal Church finally have reached a general agreement upon unification of the two religious denominations after a separation of 78 years. This agreement will now have to be referred back to the conferences of both divisions for ratification.
The Meadow River Lumber Company resumed operation of their third band mill on Monday of this week. All departments are running at full capacity. With the installation of the new planing mill equipment, this company will soon be able to produce hardwood flooring second to none in quantity and quality. Rainelle will then rightfully earn her title of “the Home of Fine Hardwoods.”
1948 – 75 Years Ago
Fails To Kill DDT
Beefsteaks and roasts from steer whose feed has been contaminated with DDT will have DDT in their meat, and this DDT will not be destroyed by cooking. Since DDT in sufficient quantity is poisonous to human beings, this is a matter of practical concern.
with the Reds
The United States is getting the best of the bargain in its trade with Russia, as far as strategic materials are concerned. The military experts say that the great quantities of manganese, chromium and platinum, which the U.S. has been getting from Russia, are extremely important in supplying America’s industrial and defense needs for these metals. At the same time, they say a careful study indicates that the goods which Russia has been getting from the U.S. – construction, electrical and farm machinery, machine tools and even airplane motors – are proportionately far less important to Russia.
Camp McClintic Opens
Camp McClintic, the beautiful new camp of the Buckskin Council Boy Scouts of America, located in Greenbrier County 12 miles from Lewisburg, will open on June 20.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
East takes Honors
Three student groups from Greenbrier East High School returned to the school Monday with honors earned over the weekend at statewide competition. In the state chess tournament held in Charleston, the Greenbrier East chess team was state runner-up to George Washington High School in a competition which attracted some 39 senior high schools from throughout the state.
Five eighth grade students from Greenbrier Junior High School in Ronceverte have received word they are among 25 region award winners of engraved medallions in the Tomorrow’s Scientists and Engineers Program for 1973, sponsored by Exxon Oil and Refining Company.
President Nixon Bows to Watergate Pressure
Bowing to mounting pressure from all sides, President Nixon has begun a personal investigation of the Watergate bugging case and said he will fire anyone in the government who is guilty. “I condemn any attempts to cover up in this case, no matter who is involved,” Nixon said.
1998 – 25 Years Ago
State Economic Development Officials Back Out of Public Meeting
A meeting, scheduled in order to get some answers from the state development office about why efforts to help B.A. Mullican Lumber expand in the Sam Black Church area had been unsuccessful, began with apologies. Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation President Bill Guy explained that representatives from the state development office called to inform GVDEC that they would not attend.
GEHS Student a Scholar Semifinalist
Governor Cecil H. Underwood recognized six West Virginia high school seniors who have been selected semifinalists in the 1998 Presidential Scholars Program. Among the 500 semifinalists selected nationwide are Greenbrier East’s Jeremy T. Pomeroy of Clintonville.
Classical Guitarist to Begin Week-Long
Carnegie Hall brings classical guitarist Robert Bluestone to the Greenbrier Valley for a weeklong residency. During his visit, the Santa Fe artist will perform for churches, schools and civic clubs and conduct several guitar master classes for area students and community members.