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.
1920-100 Years Ago
Yarid’s Fall Line
Mr. A. G. Yarid and Miss Hannah Yarid left today from Charleston for New York City to buy their new fall stock. Miss Hannah Yarid will have a full line of fall goods at their Yarid Specialty Shop in Lewisburg the last week of August.
Preacher Answers Call
After eating a hurried breakfast, the Rev. Heimintoller of Williamsburg started for a home wedding in his faithful flivver. On reaching the base of Dilly’s hill near Cornstalk, that faithful flivver refused to go and there in the mud from the recent rains of the night before, that Methodist Parson with his 245 pounds of avoirdupois, perspiring and fretting, cranking, and snorting after one hour and forty-five minutes of time spent in the above name style, was at last seen going up Dilly’s hill with coat and hat in hand determined to answer the call.
Pheasants Come To West Virginia
The Wild Life League of Cabell County will release the first ring-necked pheasants ever to be brought into West Virginia.
A man, said to be Ervin J. Smith, passed through Lewisburg Wednesday of this week, riding a bicycle to which he was chained by handcuffs and a chain around his neck. It is said that he left Austin, Texas on December 26, 2021, and he is traveling to make each State Capitol in two years, with the bicycle attached to him and to date he has made 24 states. He said he is traveling for money he is to get for it. Just what kind of wager he has entered he did not state. He at least furnishes an incident for the study of humanity.
1947 – 75 Years Ago
Grand Old Opry Comes To Town
Clyde Moody, one of American’s foremost folk singers, Johnnie and Jack, and the Tennessee Mountain Boys of radio station WSM’s Grand Old Opry will appear for one night at Lewisburg, High School. Sponsored by Lewisburg Lions Club, admission is 35 cents and 75 cents.
Billy The Kid
Among the many curios displayed at the museum in the state capitol at Charleston, none attracts and holds the morbid attention of youngsters more than clothes worn many years ago by Bill the Kid, the cold-blooded murderer, who, it was claimed, had killed 21 persons before he himself was shot to death and paid the penalty of a life of crime.
1972 – 50 Years Ago
Burlington Out, Hanover In
Governor Arch A. Moore, Jr., announced Tuesday that the Hanover Shoe Company of Hanover, PA, will begin operation of its third West Virginia manufacturing facility in the Burlington Mills Building in White Sulphur Springs.
Pence Springs Gets Factory
A multi-plant apparel manufacturing concern has finalized plans to go into operation in Summers County. The firm, to be known as the Pence Springs Manufacturing Company, is a diverse manufacturer of men’s clothing and will produce men’s and boys outerwear, sportswear, and rainwear at Pence Springs.
Hospital Nears Completion
At the Appreciation Day Dinner of the Greenbrier Valley Community Hospital at Boone Farm, U. S. Senator Robert C. Byrd said it “will be an invaluable facility, and though I hope and wish for perfect health for everybody in Greenbrier County at all times, it will a comforting feeling to know that there is a first-class hospital near at hand whenever it is needed.”
1997 – 25 Years Ago
Carnegie Fund Raiser
Fantasy In Fiction Gala raises over $13,000 for Carnegie Hall. For the third straight year the The Grand Fantasy award for best costume went to Linda Blue who was disguised as The Old Woman and the Shoe.
Environmentalists Block Project
A judge has granted a temporary restraining order requested by a trio of Pocahontas County citizens opposed to the sale of the former Howes Leather Company in Frank. Leslee McCarty, Beth Little, and Marsha H. Laska asked the court to prevent the Pocahontas County Commission from transferring the deed to the Howes property to Larry Puccio, who is involved in an investment group which includes former state Senator Joe Manchin. An article in a recent edition of the Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail reported that Manchin’s group was interested in burning used tires and wood in the boiler at the tannery.
James Kellison, a 54-year old factory worker from Lewisburg hit five numbers in the July 26 Powerball drawing making him $100,000 richer. The Kellisons plan to use the prize money to pay off their mortgage and bills. “I’ll be out of debt for once in my life, and I’ve worked all my life to do it,” Kellison added.
Multi-faceted Toby Keith to perform at State Fair
With self-penned hits like Should’ve Been A Cowboy, Wish I Didn’t Know How, Who’s That Man and You Ain’t Much Fun already under his belt, Toby’s largely self-written release, Blue Moon, confirms he not just passing through.
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