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.
1922 – 100 Years Ago
The family coal bin is going to be empty in thousands of homes throughout the country next winter, and many house-keepers are going to find it necessary to resort to the use of logs in their furnaces or open grates, to electric and gas heaters and the like to keep their residences heated.
The coal strike, government expert admitted recently, cannot be settled in time to prevent a serious shortage of anthracite coal during the winter as a result of the four months of practically complete idleness in the hard coal fields.
Strike Breakers Beaten
Four men were attacked on the streets of Hinton by alleged strike sympathizers last Saturday night, and were more or less severely beaten. The assaulted men were accused of being “strike breakers”
Ten-Year Girl Old Gives Birth
Three physicians of Sidney, Ohio, confirmed the birth of a seven-pound boy to ten-year sold Elizabeth Irwin of Harding, Ohio, stating that they had been in attendance upon the child mother since July 17th. Ohio physicians declare that the case is without parallel in the annals of medical practice.
Opera Singer Coming to Greenbrier Valley Fair
Florence Wallace, famous concert soprano from New York, will sing each afternoon and evening. Victor and his famous concert band will be in front of the grand stand the entire week.
1947 – 75 Years Ago
Big Bass Landed
A group of fishermen from Frankford visited the Greenbrier River near Anthony Saturday night and just before the storm broke that evening Joe H. Gillian caught a four-pound, 13-ounce bass. The fish put up quite a struggle before he was landed, a fight that would gladden the heart of any angler.
Camp Lets Out
Camp Shaw-Mi-Del-Eca, the summer camp of Greenbrier Military School, closes today after a most successful seven-week season and several hundred sun-tanned happy boys will scatter for their homes in this and neighboring states.
Gas Well Drilled
The crew that has been drilling for gas near Williamsburg have sealed the well and moved their equipment. It is said that from tests made that the well might have given about 113,000 cubic feet of gas per day which is rather high. The well was drilled to a depth of 8,400 feet.
G. Wash Livesay discovered silver on his farm near Frankford and sent some sample for analysis. The report shows it will produce about $2.60 per ton.
State Fair Coming
The upcoming West Virginia State Fair will offer death-defying thrillers and amusing and amazing comedy acts in front of the grandstand, afternoon and evening.
1972 – 50 Years Ago
Restoration At Pearl Buck Home
The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation recently awarded a contract to the Nelson Wood Construction Company of Elkins for the first phase of the restoration of the famous author’s birthplace near Hillsboro.
At The Fair
Up With People, international singing group, will bring a cast of 140 to perform at the State Fair.
Outdoor Dramas Continue
While rain continues to be a deterring factor, the second half of the season looks brighter for West Virginia’s two acclaimed outdoor dramas, Honey in the Rock and Hatfields and McCoys. Both plays are performed on alternate evenings at Cliffside Amphitheatre in Grandview Park near Beckley.
Cucumber A Day
The cucumber’s role as a leading light in the salad world goes a long, long way back – to the time of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who demanded one of the crispy green vegetables every day of the year.
Part of the opposition to movement of petroleum from Alaska’s North Slope to the warm water port of Valdez and thence to the South 48 rests on fear of tanker oil spills.
1997 – 25 Years Ago
Subdivision Approved For Arby’s
A minor subdivision of a 12-acre tract of land adjacent to Wall-Mart in Lewisburg was approved by the Lewisburg Planning Commission. Lewisburg engineer Criss Haynes represented Armore Development in the request to divide a one-acre parcel from the larger tract.
Carnegie Kids’ College Completed
Carnegie Hall came to life with the patter of little feet (260 little feet to be exact) during the 1997 Carnegie Kids’ College which took place July 7-18. This is the first time Carnegie Hall has been open to the public since construction crews broke ground last July to begin working on the $2.9 million Renaissance project.
|Two hundred sixty-seven kids partook of Carnegie Kids’ College in 1997.|
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