Monday, March 21, 2011
Looking back, March 21, 2011
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The Roanoke Times
File Campbell Avenue, looking east toward the city market, in the early 1910s. In March 1911, The Roanoke Times reported that "Roanoke is to soon have another large office building on Campbell avenue and this, with the addition soon to be built to the Ponce de Leon, will vastly improve the appearance of the street and give it all the aspect of a modern city thoroughfare."
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2001 (10 years ago)
-- "Norfolk Southern confirmed Monday it will close the shop where union workers refurbish car parts, including brake beams. The workers' last day will be around May 18. The refurbishing operation, known as the reclamation shop, is part of Roanoke's East End shops."
-- "The plan to create a biomedical research and technology park off South Jefferson Street is officially under way."
-- "Ah, spring has arrived. Budding Bradford pear trees, spring break around the corner and ... what's this? Snow? Ugh, a Virginia spring has arrived."
-- "For a lot of folks, it just mattered that Bob Dole was in town. ... The 1996 Republican presidential candidate and World War II veteran spoke to a crowd of about 2,500 in a Roanoke College gym."
1986 (25 years ago)
-- "If you go by the prestige of the band, which seems as good a measure as any, the Roanoke Symphony Ball is about to step into the big time. Gene Donati, the grand shish kebab of society bandleaders in Washington, is bringing his orchestra to Roanoke for the annual black-tie soiree."
-- "Jere Hodgin was hired Tuesday as Mill Mountain Theatre's first full-time artistic director."
-- "Remember Larry Brown? ... The retired all-pro was in Roanoke Thursday speaking to about 25 teen-agers at the Harrison Heritage and Cultural Center."
-- "Litterbugs beware. Some Roanoke city councilmen want stricter enforcement of laws on littering."
1961 (50 years ago)
-- "Times Book Editor Louis D. Rubin Jr.'s new book, 'The Golden Weather,' his first novel, is being published today."
-- "They throw the ball up Tuesday night to start the fireworks in the annual Southwest Virginia Gold Medal Basketball Tournament."
-- "The simmering Patrick Henry High School assignment squabble landed in the lap of the city school board last night and the board called for a restudy of its earlier decision."
-- "Roanoke County, part urban and part rural, is divided on the possibility of Daylight Saving Time."
-- "With the approach of the May 2 auditorium bond issue election, some Roanokers are becoming confused over who'll be eligible to vote. Just remember these two things: 1. You must be a freeholder (own property in your own name); 2. You must be a qualified Roanoke City voter."
-- "A group of Salem civic clubs Monday will present resolutions to Salem Town Council urging Council to consider steps toward building a civic center for the town."
-- "The Addison Players won the highest possible rating of 'distinguished' at the 26th annual high school drama festival of the Virginia Interscholastic Association at Petersburg."
-- "Tickets for the professional football game between the Baltimore Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers, which will be played at Victory Stadium on the night of August 12, will go on public sale Monday."
1936 (75 years ago)
-- "Judge J.L. Almond, Jr., in a letter addressed to City Council yesterday, appealed for action to remedy the poor ventilation and acoustics of the Hustings courtroom, which he declared to be a constant source of worry and inconvenience."
-- "Organization of the first Young Republican club effected in Roanoke and vicinity is expected to materialize at a dinner meeting to be held at the Tudor Tavern on Monday night."
-- "Jack Mitchell ... was signed this week by the Augusta baseball club of the South Atlantic league. ... Mitchell, a former employe of Cold Spring Dairy here, attended the baseball school at Augusta, Ga."
-- "Despite rumors to the contrary spread abroad in Richmond last fall ... Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia Military Institute will clash here again next Thanksgiving Day."
1911 (100 years ago)
-- "The permits for the erection of the automobile fire stations have been issued and ground was broken yesterday to the south east for the station to be erected in Belmont."
-- "Nineteen recruits have been enlisted for service in the various branches of the United States army in the ten days ending March 21st."
-- "Miss Billie Burke's initial appearance before a Roanoke audience last night was marked with approval which reached the ovation stage before she had concluded her performance of Suzanne, a three act Belgian comedy."
-- "A telegram was received in Salem last night announcing the death yesterday at 7:30 p.m., of Mr. T. H. Cooper, one of Salem's wealthiest and best known citizens."
-- "Chief of Police Dyer yesterday closed a contract with Jacob Reed Sons, of Philadelphia, for the making of the summer uniforms for the members of the police force."
-- "Now that a few of the newly enlisted ball players, or they may be called, a fresh supply of players have arrived, the fans are ready to delve deeply into the prospects of the coming base ball campaign."
-- "The Liberty Tailors, of Baltimore, which opened an establishment at No. 7 Jefferson street a few days ago, and announced that orders would be taken for men's suits ranging in prices from $15 to $35, suddenly closed up Thursday and the manager with his trunks left for parts unknown."
-- "The days of Sunday hours for the delivery of mail in the Roanoke post office are numbered and it is more than likely that the new system will be inaugurated within a short time."