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
Ice cream, a short time ago, was thought of and used only as a luxury food, but during the war it was declared by the government to be an essential food. Ice cream soothes and nourishes the sick back to health and strength because it is so easily digested and so rich in food value. It strengthens and sustains the healthy of all ages because it contains this element of food so necessary to health and strength. It puts color in the checks of youth and laughter in the eye of aged.
Turkeys, Turkeys! We Want Turkeys!
Risser & Robinowitz of Philadelphia, PA, are seeking turkeys, live or dressed, and claim to get better results than any receiver upon their market. The Ronceverte Ice & Produce Co. advertises it will pay the highest market price for live or dressed turkeys. R. W. Simon of Ronceverte will pay top prices for fat turkeys on November 21-23.
Suits Made To Order
The National Woolen Mills advertises a trunk show at Ronceverte’s Greenbrier Hotel. All suits and overcoats are $28 and union made. For $33 you can buy a suit with an extra pair of pants. All garments are made to measure and tailored in their own shops.
Liquor Arrests At Morgantown
Ten men were arrested at Morgantown at an outdoor camp. The camp is said to have been established as a rendezvous for imbibers of “canned heat.” Hundreds of the empty cans which had contained solidified alcohol, a mixture of wood alcohol, and paraffine were found strewn about the place. Ten imbibers of some form of intoxicant were found lying in a stupor, and are said to have presented the same appearance as if they had been inhabitants of an opium den.
1947 – 75 Years Ago
Kills Big Bobcat
One day last week, L. B. Boggs of Neola, who was with a party of hunters, killed a large bobcat on the headwaters of Laurel Run on Alleghany Mountain in Anthony Creek district. It is said that there were numerous bear tracks in the section where the party was hunting. It is reported the bobcat weighed 40 pounds.
Dr. Frank B. Lewis Installed Head Of College
Dr. Frank Bell Lewis, a Greenbrier County native and 36-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Lewis of Savannah Mills, near Frankford, was formally installed as Mary Baldwin College’s third senior college president in ceremonies at Staunton, VA. Dr. Lewis is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church. He attended the University of Virginia and received AB and MA degrees from Washington and Lee University. The Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees were conferred upon him by Union Theological Seminary, Richmond.
1972 – 50 Years Ago
Lee Gillespie Making Debut
The former director-producer of the Greenbrier-Student Summer Theatre, Lee Gillespie, will make his major New York debut as a musical director of the new off-Broadway musical, “Twanger” this week at the VanDam Theatre.
Another Winning Season
The Spartans of Greenbrier East concluded their fourth consecutive winning season with a hard fought 18-13 victory over their cross-county rival, the Greenbrier West Cavaliers.
1997 – 25 Years Ago
Home Tour Details Revealed
Internationally-renowned decorator Carleton Varney and Dickie Chilton of Chilton Interiors are pictured standing before a hand-painted mural, a feature of the newly decorated guest cottage of Mr. and Mrs. David Summer’s 19th century home. The cottage will be part of the Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s Holiday Home Tour November 22 and 23. Varney is certainly well known to West Virginians as the decorator of the Governor’s Mansion and the five-star Greenbrier Hotel. Chilton’s work can be seen at the nearby Springs Grill in Hot Springs as well as private homes in Charleston, Lewisburg, Hot Springs, Tulsa, Grosse Point, Palm Beach, and Windemear Island, The Bahamas.
|Carlton Varney and Dickie Chilton|
GEHS Spartan Marching Band Wins Honors
The G. E. H. S. Spartan marching band traveled to Staunton, VA, to participate in the Stonewall Classic. The band received a superior rating for their performance of ‘The Music of Queen.”