1924– 100 Years Ago
Former President Woodrow Wilson Passes
Woodrow Wilson, twenty-eighth president of the United States, died at his home in Washington, yesterday (February 8), at 11:15 o’clock. At his bedside when the call came were Mrs. Wilson, his wife, his daughter, Margaret, and Dr. Grayson, his physician. With the indomitable spirit and tenacity that had carried him through many desperate battles during those momentous war-stricken days of this nation Mr. Wilson fought for his life against four years’ illness.
This Week’s News At Rainelle
Several Charleston architect and contractors were in town during the first part of the week going over the plans and sites for the new high school building with the members of the Board of Education. This building will cost in the neighborhood of fifty thousand dollars and will add greatly to the school facilities of our town of which we are badly in need of to take care of our rapidly expanding community.
Bear Dinner Tonight
The bear hunt was a wild escapade and later butchering of Bruin last Tuesday. H. E. Rader won the hide, part of the meat went to two parties and the remainder of the carcass will be served up Friday at the Business Men’s Club room.
1949 – 75 Years Ago
Yarid To Build
G. Yarid of Lewisburg has let the contract for the construction of a two-story brick business building on Court Street. The building will be constructed of brick and tile, the first floor will be two store rooms, the second composed of 18 office rooms. The front of the building will be of vitra lite facing. When completed this building will be one of the, if not the finest, business building in Lewisburg. Mr. Yarid is to be congratulated for his farsightedness and business judgment.
Cooperative Egg Market
There will be an organization meeting for the proposed Cooperative Egg Market in Greenbrier County at the Court House in Lewisburg, Friday evening, February 25. The survey committee advises all poultrymen to order their young chicks now, so as to receive them not later than March 15. All poultrymen know the importance of securing chicks early in the season, so they will go into production early in the fall when egg prices are at their peak.
Young Soprano Here
Elsie Jo Hansen, young American soprano will present a concert Friday, February 11 in Carnegie Hall. Miss Hansen, a native of America’s Midwest, has just returned from Europe, where in addition to studying with leading continental artists she scored outstanding successes in appearances in London and Copenhagen. This concern is sponsored by the Greenbrier College Glee Club., and the admission if 75 cents.
1974– 50 Years Ago
Randolph Appeals For Daughter’s Release
Newspaper publisher Randolph A. Hearst appealed to the three young kidnapers of his 19-year-old daughter to show compassion and free her unharmed. FBl agents and police today interviewed witnesses and neighbors who might provide clues in Monday night’s abduction, which occurred when two black men and a white woman invaded the apartment of Patricia Hearst five blocks from the University of California campus.
House Authorizes Impeachment Inquiry
A year ago, no one would have guessed that the House ever would vote to consider whether President Nixon should be impeached. Only firebrands suggested so drastic a course. But Wednesday, after what Nixon has called “a year of Watergate,” the House calmly, after an hour’s unimpassioned debate, voted by an overwhelming 421-4 to authorize an impeachment inquiry.
Israel Begins Third Stage
Israel began the third stage of its withdrawal from captured Egyptian territory today, shrinking its hold on the west bank of the Suez Canal in an intricately timed pullback into the Sinai Desert.
1999– 25 Years Ago
Recalling ‘The Great Storm’ Of 1899
One-hundred years ago this week, an arctic blast froze two-thirds of the nation, setting records that stand today. A blizzard paralyzed the Eastern Seaboard and, for only the second time in recorded history, the Mississippi River brought ice to the Gulf of Mexico. In Washington, D. C., the temperature bottomed out at 15 below zero on February 11, the coldest temperature ever recorded in the Capitol. In Florida, the centennial cold snap brought snow flurries as far south as Fort Myers with Lake City receiving three inches. The Parkersburg (WV) Sentinel noted for the state’s eastern panhandle, “Last Saturday evening, a heavy snow, accompanied with high wind, set in at this place, and it has been snowing continuously since. The snow is now three feet on the level.
Millennium Ball Will Help Raise The Roof At GVT
Olen Jones, president-elect of the Lewisburg Rotary Club, announced the club will sponsor the Lewisburg Millennium Ball on December 31, 1999, at the West Virginia Fairgrounds. Plans call for a 14-piece orchestra with vocalists, a sumptuous cocktail buffet, champagne, other beverages, a floor show, noisemakers, hats, balloons, etc. All profits from the Millennium Ball will be donated to the Greenbrier Valley Theatre to assist with GVT’s Raise The Roof Campaign, which will provide a theatre facility for GVT and downtown Lewisburg.
Citizens Appeal For Animal Shelter
A group of approximately 20 people, including local citizens, Human Society officials and veterinarians, addressed the Greenbrier County Commission concerning the possible construction of an animal shelter. The shelter previously relied upon by the county, which was operated by Dr. James Mann, closed on October 16.
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