1923 – 100 Years Ago
City Board Meeting
The regular meeting of the (Ronceverte) Board of Commissioners was held Wednesday evening with all members present. Monthly accounts amounting to $1,120 were audited and paid. The fireworks ordinance was suspended by order so as to permit, with restrictions, the use of fireworks from six o’clock until midnight on Christmas eve, and from six o’clock until midnight on New Year’s eve.
Tea Room For Lewisburg
Mrs. James Kay Laing and Mrs. John D. Puckett have leased the Pace property on Main Street in Lewisburg, opposite the Bank of Greenbrier, and will open an up-to-date tea room. Lewisburg has long needed a place for banquets and social gatherings and these ladies are to be commended for their effort to supply a public need.
Claims Politics Is Aim
Declaring that the real object of the Ku Klux Klan is to set itself up as an invisible political organization bent upon the establishment of an “invisible autocracy,” Major A. C. Dalrymple, of Fort Worth, Texas, in an address before the Chamber of Commerce in Cleveland, Ohio, urged the formation of a national non-partisan, non-religious, anti-klan organization to fight the klan.
1948 – 75 Years Ago
Says President “Stole” Election
Publisher William Loeb of the politically-independent Manchester (NH) Union charged in a front-page editorial Monday that President Truman’s victory in the Nov. 2 election was “stolen.” Loeb who supported Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York, said that “corrupt bosses of big city Democratic machines stole the key electoral votes of Ohio, Illinois and California, for Mr. Truman.
Almost the whole talk of the countryside is about the new home being built by the G. Palmer Stacys on a lovely promontory near Lewisburg, which commands one of the finest views of mountain scenery in the State. Back in the 1800s or early 1900s, the new house would have been referred to as a mansion. The Stacys probably call it a ranch house that will in the finished state have cost them a hundred thousand dollars or more, according to competent observers.
War Not Over
The killing war wasn’t over in 1948 by a long shot and isn’t over yet. More than 4,000 persons where killed this year by exploding war trophies in American homes, and what is worse, more than 80% of the victims were children under 14 years. This startling post-war casualty list has caused veterans organizations to make a nation-wide appeal to veterans, their families and other holders of war trophies or souvenirs of an explosive nature and captured firearms to have them examined and made harmless.
1973 – 50 Years Ago
Ford To Become Vice-President
House Republican Leader Gerald R. Ford becomes the 40th vice president of the United States today. The House of Representatives was gathering two hours earlier than its usual noon starting time to take up President Nixon’s nomination of the 60-year-old Michigan lawmaker, made Oct. 12, two days after Spiro T. Agnew resigned and pleaded no contest to a charge of tax evasion.
White House No Sure About Tape Erasure
Despite its assurance to Judge John J. Sirica last week, the White House now apparently isn’t so sure a secretary’s mistake erased 18 minutes of one of President Nixon’s crucial Watergate tapes. Sirica will continue to look for answers today when Gen. Alexander M. Haig, who succeeded H. R. Haldeman as White House Chief of Staff, is called to testify at the hearings on the tapes case.
Reconstituted O. J. Has It Together
There is a striking air of togetherness about O. J. Simpson. He enters a room and fills it with unobtrusive broad shoulders and a nice electricity in demeanor and smile. His dark pants, dark shirt open wide at the collar and light-patterned sport jacket are casual and fitting, in contrast to some athletes who feel obligated to festoon themselves peacock-like and mod-preposterous. Yet he is a football player and thus gets a once-over from onlookers, checking him out for signs of the violence so necessary in his profession.
Chicago 7 Convicted
Three Chicago Seven defendants and attorney William Kunstler were convicted Tuesday of contempt of court for their conduct during the 1969-70 riot conspiracy.
1998 – 25 Years Ago
Greenstreet Reveals Plans For Former Lewisburg Food And Produce Building
During the Lewisburg Planning Commission meeting on December 2, local businessman Tom Greenstreet presented plans for the renovation of the former Lewisburg Food and Produce building located on Route 219 north. Greenstreet said once work on the 6,000 square foot structure is completed, three businesses will be housed there – his own insurance office, Caldwell Banker and a chain video store called Movie Starz.
Miller Honored With Special Day In Rupert
Mayor Charles Munday (left) presents Greenbrier County Circuit Clerk Ronald F. Miller with a proclamation declaring December 5 as “Ronald F. Miller Day” in Rupert. Miller was honored as the county’s Democrat of the Year in ceremonies in Charleston earlier this fall. The proclamation issued by the mayor and members of the city council states, in part, “(Miller) has been an active participant in civic affairs and projects, having held responsible positions on many boards and organizations and has been a powerful influence for good in the growth and progress of the County.” (See photo)
VW Beetle Grand Prize In Raffle
The Greenbrier County Humane Society, Phi Beta Lambda Sorority of the Greenbrier Community College, and Joe Holland Chevrolet and Imports have teamed up to raffle off a brand new 1999 Volkswagen Beetle. Only 2,000 chances will be sold for $20 each, with proceeds benefiting the Humane Society.
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