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Echoes Of The Past: September 23-27

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The following information is taken from the pages of The West Virginia Daily News, The West Virginia News, and The Greenbrier Independent in The West Virginia Daily News archives from 25, 50, 75, and 100 years ago.
September 23-27, 1996
25 Years Ago…
The John Wesley United Methodist Church in Lewisburg will celebrate its 176th anniversary on Sunday, September 29, at 11 a.m. Different speakers and special music will be featured each night.
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Among the students at Concord College graduating cum laude were Kathy Marie Westfall of Hinton and Joy Emily Forren of Fairlea.
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Greenbrier Respiratory and Rehabilitation announces the addition of Greg Taylor to the staff. He lives in Alderson with his wife and son.
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The developer who plans to bring a Taco Bell restaurant to Lewisburg believes it is unrealistic to begin excavation this late in the construction season, but hopes to open the new eatery on U.S. 219 in June of next year.
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Keith Morgan, senior vice president of the First National Bank in Ronceverte, was elected to serve on the board of directors of the State Fair of West Virginia at their regular meeting held September 19.
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Taking first place in the Nine-Hole Best Ball competition at the Lewisburg Elks Country Club for September were teammates Lucille Perry, Ramona McClintic, Jeanie Boone, and Debra Johnson.
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Army Reserve Pvt. Priscilla L. Williams has entered basic military training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC.
She is the daughter of Melvin K. and Lynda A. Williams of Alderson and is a 1996 graduate of Greenbrier East High School.
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Members of the Clifton Presbyterian Church in Maxwelton held a homewarming party on September 14 to celebrate completion of the Habitat for Humanity house that their church and Rhema Christian Center built this summer. Donna Boggs and family of Lewisburg were the guests of honor, being selected by Habitat for Humanity to purchase the home.
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Pvt. Jason S. Critzer, U.S. Army, is stationed at Ft. Erwin, Calif., after 15 weeks spent in basic training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he won a boxing trophy for his infantry.
He is a 1991 graduate of Greenbrier East High School and is the son of Anna M. Wong of White Sulphur Springs.
September 23, 1971
50 Years Ago…
The Williams River Public Hunting and Fishing Area near Edray in Pocahontas County has been renamed the Handley Public Hunting and Fishing Area in honor of C.O. Handley Sr.
Handley is a native of Lewisburg and is currently living in retirement near Lewisburg.
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High school vocational agriculture students Paul Rodgers of Ronceverte and Michael Woody Hanna of Renick took honors in a national competition recently.
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Mr. and Mrs. William Wallace have returned to their Lewisburg home from Atlanta, Ga., where they attended the national convention of the Order of the Golden Rule.
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Master Sergeant Lacy P. Viers of Maxwelton is on duty at Korat Royal Thai AFB, Thailand.
He is a 1952 graduate of Frankford High School and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Viers.
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Alice McClung Hanna has been selected a leader of American Elementary Education for 1971. She was selected for this national honor on the basis of her professional and civic achievements. She is the librarian and a teacher at Frankford Elementary School.
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Winner of the Greenbrier County Humane Society’s poster contest in August were Ann Ford, Melanie Miller, Cindy Tilly, Margy Level, Joy Lee Guy, and Donna Lynn Evans.
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Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hager and family, Brush Road, Lewisburg, will host Rodrigo Pizarro, 1971 International Farm Youth Exchange student from Costa Rica.
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A teacher from Chicago spat a watermelon seed 37 feet 4 inches to win the seed spitting trophy at Pardeeville’s, Wis., annual watermelon eating contest.
September 26, 1946
75 Years Ago…
The newest industry to come to Ronceverte is a manufacturing plant, which is already moving into the former wholesale grocery building (on the corner of the south end of the Fred Workman Bridge and the east end of Monroe Avenue). The new plant will manufacture store fixtures, furniture, etc. It will be called the Watts Manufacturing Co.
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The initial step in opening up the rich coal fields on Little Clear Creek east of Rupert is being made by The Imperial Coal & Construction Company of Adena, Ohio, which is already on the site with equipment.
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While fishing in the Greenbrier River near Caldwell, Carl Knicely caught a black bass that tipped the scales at 5 1/2 pounds. It was one of the largest black basses taken from the Greenbrier River this season.
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Walter W. Hedrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Hedrick of Clintonville, was discharged from the U.S. Naval service recently at the Naval Separation Center, Submarine Base, New London, Conn.
September 24, 1921
100 Years Ago…
A large stock barn on the farm of the Tuckwiller brothers west of Lewisburg, was stuck by lightning during a electrical storm Tuesday evening. The structure was completely destroyed as were two silos adjoining the barn.
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Following the heavy rainfall of late last Tuesday afternoon, a big slide came in near Anthony on the Greenbrier division. The evening train due at about 7:30 o’clock did not arrive until the next morning after 6:00 o’clock.
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The Meadow Creek School will open its doors Monday to all the youngsters in the Neola vicinity. The approximate attendance this year will be about 50 or 60 pupils.
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Miss Florence Knight of Williamsburg left Monday for Morgantown where she will enter West Virginia University for the ensuring term.

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