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1923 – 100 Years Ago
Smoot High School
On the 11th of October, the high school students, chaperoned by the faculty, left school at one p.m., went to Big Clear Creek on a chestnut hunt. The boys provided the conveyances, and the girls lunch. At five o’clock the lunch was served, including hot chocolate furnished by Misses Will and Hurt, which we all enjoyed. About six o’clock, we started for home, everyone in high spirit, having had a good time and plenty of chestnuts to eat.
Salt Sulphur To
The Salt Sulphur and Iodine Spring Company of Salt Sulphur Springs, Monroe County, has been incorporated with an authorized capital of $100,000. The purpose of the company is to revive the old resort in order that the public may benefit by the use of the curative waters of its springs, one of which is rare in iodine properties, now highly regarded by physicians. There is said to be but one other like it in the world, and that in Germany, and a comparison of the analyses shows that the one at Salt Sulphur carries a greater volume of iodine than its European rival.
Not True as To G. V. Fair
West Virginia fairs, that permitted the operation of pari-mutual betting machines this fall will not share in the distributions of the $25,000 fund appropriated by the legislature to aid fairs in the payment of their agricultural premiums. In news articles carried by a number of newspapers outside and inside the state, it is said that “the fairs at Huntington, Wheeling, Parkersburg and Ronceverte and several other places have sanctioned the use of betting machines” As far as the Greenbrier Valley Fair is concerned this report is a mistake without doubt. There were no betting machines at the Greenbrier Valley Fair this year, last year or the year before, which covers it histor
1948 – 75 Years Ago
Lewisburg Tramples Greenbrier High In Homecoming Contest
It is almost traditional that when a stadium is dedicated the visiting team submerges the home team by a lopsided score. Last Friday, when Ronceverte dedicated its Island Park stadium was no exception, Paced by Joe Zimmerman, who is one of the few backs of all-state calibre ever produced in Greenbrier, the Senators routed the Bulldogs by a 25-0 count.
VA.’s Largest Bear Killed In Greenbrier
A female bear, weighing more than 400 pounds and believe to be the largest ever killed in West Virginia, was killed by a party of experienced bear hunters Monday of last week on Laurel Run, a tributary of Meadow Creek in Anthony’s Creek district of this county. The hunting party used 11 hounds of the Plott breed in the chase for the bear which is known to have preyed on live stock in that section for at least five years.
G.M.S. Meets Culver
on November 13
Greenbrier Military School’s varsity entertains Culver Military Academy on Mathews Field Saturday, Nov. 13, in a Homecoming Day football game. This will be the first official homecoming day at Greenbrier since before the war, and an effort is being made to bring back to Lewisburg as many former Fighting Cadets as possible for the day’s program.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
Cox Testifies At
Archibald Cox says refusal by President Nixon to turn over additional Watergate tapes or documents would amount to a “cover-up” of possible wrong-doing. When Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W. Va., asked the ousted special prosecutor Tuesday whether that could be called the “ultimate coverup,” Cox replied, “I have no quarrel with your characterization. I think it would in effect cover up things that can be wrong.”
Predicting that President Nixon will leave office by springtime, Martha Mitchell says “everybody in the country” is against him. As for herself, she has been “through the throes of hell” since her husband, former Attorney General John N. Mitchell came to Washington to serve Nixon. I’ll give him ‘til April at the latest,” she said from her New York City apartment. “He’s going to be kicked out.”
1998 – 25 Years Ago
Planners Discuss Bypass
The Greenbrier County Planning Commission discussed the proposed Route 219 bypass and heard requests for both zoning and rezoning during its meeting Wednesday. Jennifer Baker, president of the planning commission noted, “The planning commission has to rely on the expertise of the Division of Highways.” Planner John Wade Bell agreed, but noted the DOH officials involved with the project are not from the local area, adding, “They don’t have much sensitivity to local concerns.” “I don’t think we should roll over and play dead, and think we don’t have any control over this,” Bell responded.
Country/Western Dance Festival Staged
The first ever “Thunder in the Mountain country/western dance festival was held on September 12 in the West Virginia Building at the State Fairgrounds in Fairlea. This event was sponsored by the Sole Destroyers Line Dance Club, a non-profit organization based in Caldwell. Over 300 dancers from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky and Ohio participated in the festivities.
United Way Of Gbr. Valley Sets $160,000 Goal
The goal for the 1998 campaign of the United Way of Greenbrier Valley is $160,0000. The kickoff meeting for the campaign was staged at the Lewisburg Western Sizzlin restaurant. About 45 volunteers, board members and staffers made plans for a campaign that will center on the theme “Building A Caring Community.”
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