Echoes Of The Past: September 16-20

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 16-20, 1996
25 Years Ago…
The recently completed Downtown Revitalization Plan for White Sulphur Springs, funded through the Small Cities Block grant program, has prioritized projects to further revitalize the resort village.
L. Thomas Bulla of Ronceverte has been appointed by Governor Caperton to serve on the board of directors for the West Virginia Economic Development Authority.
Reba Echols of Union recently joined the staff of Greenbrier Respiratory and Rehabilitation as an advertising director.
The Monroe County native is the daughter of Darrell and Libby Echols of Union.
Dorsey and Bonnie Wilson of Fort Spring have made retirement a family affair.
Dorsey retired in May from the U.S. Postal Service, and one week later, his wife, Bonnie, retired from teaching.
Benjamin T. Asbury enlisted into the West Virginia Army National Guard on July 18 and now is scheduled for training.
He is the son of Jerry and Victoria Asbury of Ronceverte and is a senior at Greenbrier East High School.
Christopher Khan, grandson of Harvey and Shirley Mentz of White Sulphur Springs, has been selected to participate in enrichment classes for the academically talented at Lee College in Cleveland, TN.
Via a community-wide effort, a new Little League baseball field is being created in White Sulphur Springs. It will be located at Memorial Park. The field will be ready in the spring thanks to countless donations, both in manpower and in funding.
The Coalition for West Virginia’s Children honored the 26 legislators selected to be members of the Friends of Kids Honor Roll. Awards were presented to Delegates Mary Pearl Compton-Monroe and James Rowe-Greenbrier, among others.
Northern Greenbrier Ambulance Service has been granted $2,000 from the Hollowell Foundation of Lewisburg. The $2,000 was awarded for the purchase of a computer.
September 16, 1971
50 Years Ago…
September 15 marked the first anniversary of the establishing of commercial aviation into the Greenbrier Valley. It was on September 15, 1970, that Piedmont Airlines commenced regularly scheduled flights in and out of Greenbrier Valley Airport at Lewisburg.
The Greenbrier East High School Spartan Marching Band performed at Lost World, a developed cavern north of Lewisburg, Saturday night as Bob Addis, cavern manager, broke a world’s record for sitting on top of a stalagmite.
It was also the first known time in West Virginia that a high school band had performed inside a cavern.
Airman Michael L. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Miller of Lewisburg, has completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas.
He is a 1971 graduate of Greenbrier East High School.
Paul Lilly of near Lewisburg was one of the two teachers added to the staff at Anthony Correctional Center, Neola.
Monica Smathers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Smathers of Rainelle, was crowned Miss Flame at the second annual Labor Day Celebration in Rainelle.
Pam Lively was crowned Miss Harvest Queen.
Five new faculty members were added to the staff at Greenbrier East High School for the 1971-72 school term: Craig Campbell of Lewisburg, Julie Ford of Lewisburg, Marsha Isola of Peterstown, Glen Robinson of Ashland, Ky., and Norman Morgan of Ronceverte.
A certificate of incorporation has been issued to R-B Company Inc. with principal office in Rainelle. Incorporators are Darrel K. Cales, Owen Shinn, and Bruce Glenn Barker, all of Rainelle.
September 19, 1946
75 Years Ago…
At the largest farm sale ever held in Pocahontas County, the farm of Carl Beard near Millpoint, with machinery, equipment, and 200 head of cattle, sold for more than $52,000.
George Lynch of White Sulphur Springs has purchased the lease and equipment of the Princeton airport from James H. Tolley and associates.
Tolley indicated he may reopen the airport at Pence Springs, which he operated before acquiring the Princeton interests.
Fredric T. Mann of Renick has been granted a leave of absence from duties as concrete inspector on the Bluestone Reservoir Project at Hinton and is entering West Virginia University to work on a master’s degree in chemistry.
The Union Rotary Club has authorized the purchase of a tract of 30 acres on Second Creek near Hollywood for use as a Monroe County camp site.
The previous price quoted by the owner is $250.
W.G. Livesay of Lewisburg has assumed charge of the Veterans Administration contact office in Richwood, succeeding Earl Swan, who has been transferred to Parkersburg.
September 17, 1921
100 Years Ago…
At about two o’clock Thursday afternoon, September 15, three highwaymen emerged from the woods on the opposite side of the road from the Bank of Rupert, entered the bank with revolvers in hand, stole between $2,500 and $3,000, and ran back into the woods from whence they had come and disappeared.
Michael Reiser of Sioux Falls, S.D., was doing a rushing business at his “rheumatism sanitarium” when the authorities swooped down on his farm and arrested him on a charge of manufacturing whiskey.
Officials say Reiser’s waiting list for treatment was as long as a bread line.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. B. Blake Jr. will leave Saturday night for Chicago, Ill., taking their son, Billy, third, to enter him in Todd Seminary for Boys at Woodstock, Illinois, near Chicago.
Mrs. S.R. Patton and Miss Edith returned from New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, where they purchased fall and winter millinery for Patton’s store.


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