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
16 Inches of Snow
In the cold wave of last week, peaches, plums, cherries and apples, except at places along the Greenbrier River, were killed. An inch of snow fell at Marlinton, but on Cheat and Elk there was 8 and 10 inches. On Gauley there was 16 inches of snow.
Fred Ash, proprietor of the Dun Glen Hotel pool room at Thurmond, was arrested Thursday night of last week at Ceredo, near Huntington, with a cargo of Canadian whiskey. He was driving a high-priced Cadillac roadster bearing a Michigan license tag. The liquor in the auto consisted of 15 dozen quarts and is valued at $2,800.
Off to California,
Dr. Pearl Swearingen, who has been practicing chiropractic medicine in Lewisburg and Ronceverte for several years, will leave today for Charleston, and later to Wheeling, where she will be joined by Miss Ann R. Austin of Lewisburg, when they will start across the continent to California driving a car and camping enroute at the various tourist camps in the West.
1948 – 75 Years Ago
The Beers-Barnes Circus will show in Lewisburg on May 28 at the Preston lot on Court Street, just north of the courthouse, featuring trackless train of equipment and arenic wonders, aerialists, wire walkers, acrobats and trained animals. There will also be a World’s Fair dog act, Walt Favis and his Wyoming Ramblers, a real cowboy band and breathtaking attractions.
Dr. Houck Coming
Dr. Claude Houck has rented the offices on Court Street in Lewisburg formerly occupied by Dr. Andrew Amick and will open offices for the general practice of medicine on June 1. For two years before World War II, he served as assistant company doctor at Carbon, Kanawha County, leaving this position to enlist in the medical corps of the army. He served most of this time as a flight surgeon in the India theater and was discharged with the rank of Major.
A new state highway is being proposed by the Williamsburg Ruritan Club that would connect with U.S. Route 60 at Alta and continue to Richwood, a distance of 40 or 50 miles.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
Opposition Seen to Health Facility
Opposition to a state plan to locate a mental health facility in Lewisburg was expressed by several persons recently who fear the proposal could damage the town. One merchant went as far as to say that he “fears the worst” and is holding off expansion of his investment until plans for the facility become clearer. “I feel it might put an end to the growth we are now experiencing,” another added.
‘Col. D.T.’s Day’
“Col. D.T.’s Day” was celebrated at the luncheon meeting of the Lewisburg Rotary Club. Members of the club who worked with Col. D.T. Moore spoke of their association with him through the years. Bill Ruby addressed the club and said that Moore had been a Goliath in work and service to the Old Stone Church. William S. Coleman Sr. told Rotarians of Moore’s service to the Town Council. Wellington Johnson told the assembled Rotarians that Moore had aided the local farmers in establishing their own credit association. Col. W. Richardson praised Moore’s contribution to Greenbrier Military School in organizational and managerial ability.
1998 – 25 Years Ago
WVSOM Students Work with Hospice
During this past school year, Greenbrier Valley Hospice has had the privilege of working with 10 second-year medical students from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. As part of the school’s Community Outreach and Relief Effort (C.O.R.E.) program, these students have served, after the required training, as hospice volunteers in a patient/family setting.
Ivy Terrace And
Garden Walkway Sculptures to Be
Unveiled at Carnegie
The Ivy Terrace and Garden Walkway fountain sculptures will be unveiled during a reception May 26. Gemologist David Gibson and artist David Jones have been working with June Anderson, an accomplished painter and sculptress, to prepare and install “The Awakening” at the Carnegie Hall Church Street entrance. “The Awakening” will join the fountain sculpture created by self-taught artist and sculptor Sassi Harel. This work had added enormously to the beauty of Carnegie Hall and was given by Sharon Rowe, Mary Cole Deitz and their families in memory of their parents, Mary Key and John C. Horton Jr.
Proposed Richlands Billboard Generates
A proposal to place a billboard sign in the agricultural area west of Lewisburg known as Richlands is once again meeting with organized local opposition. The Greenbrier County Planning Commission will meet to review an application filed by the Tammy Lynn Outdoor Advertising to erect a billboard sign in the Richlands area, where Interstate 64 crosses over U.S. Route 60. In response to the filing of the application, approximately 21 property owners living in that area have presented the Planning Commission with a petition opposing the proposed billboard.