Monday, December 05, 2011
Looking Back: Dec. 5, 2011
Have a historic photo you want to share? Your community, P.O. Box 2491 Roanoke, VA 24010 or email email@example.com. Please put Looking Back in the subject line.
More history stories
- Looking back: March 25, 2013
- Looking back: March 18, 2013
- Looking back: Feb. 25, 2013
- Looking back: Feb. 18, 2013
- Looking back: Feb. 11, 2013
1986 (25 years ago)
-- "TRUST, a 24-hour crisis intervention center that provides emergency shelter, food and counseling to people in need, is the latest community service agency in the Roanoke Valley to become embroiled in a neighborhood fight over a zoning issue."
-- "A majority on Roanoke City Council opposes the proposed closing of elementary schools."
-- "A 'staggering vista of victuals,' standard fare at the Roanoker Restaurant, has been celebrated in a syndicated newspaper column printed recently across the nation."
-- "Spartan mania. It has hit Salem and hit Salem hard. ... The Salem High Spartans are in Newport News today to take on the defending state champions ... in the Group AAA, Division I championship game." Salem lost 14-0.
-- "Roanoke's Social Services Department started moving into the city's old courthouse and municipal building over the weekend."
-- "Beginning early next year, cable television subscribers in Roanoke, Vinton and Roanoke County will likely be able to tune into home shopping programs and buy products without leaving their homes."
-- "Radford University will expand its college of nursing to Roanoke Memorial Hospitals -- creating a Roanoke campus -- after the hospital phases out its three-year diploma program in 1988."
-- "Because of a drop in membership, the Hunton Life Saving Crew has stopped manning Roanoke's satellite emergency rescue station."
1961 (50 years ago)
-- "A new school and a new coach shared in a winning debut Tuesday night as the Big Purple of Patrick Henry slipped past Drewry Mason, 52-36."
-- "If there's an excess nickel in the Roanoke School Board's $7,269,000 1962 budget estimate, City Council couldn't find it Wednesday night."
-- "Where were you when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor 20 years ago? ... Roy R. Pollard Jr. ... was a young ensign assigned to the USS Ramsey, a destroyer mine layer. Its home port: Pearl Harbor."
-- "Patrick Henry High School's McQuilkin Hall was dedicated Wednesday in honor of former Roanoke School Supt. Dr. D. E. McQuilkin."
-- "Sometime soon, Roanokers can expect to hear a huge sigh of relief. When they do, they can be almost certain that it is a chorus from seven budget-weary city councilmen who have just completed what some consider their most difficult task."
-- "Santa Claus came to Roanoke Friday afternoon, turned on the lights on a giant Christmas tree, told scores of kids to be good and officially opened the holiday season in the city."
-- "As far as Jefferson High is concerned, Jerry Neighbors of Andrew Lewis is a very unneighborly young man." Lewis won 62-50 and Neighbors scored 31 points.
1936 (75 years ago)
-- "An unusually long 1937 schedule of ten games, beginning a week earlier than this year and running through Thanksgiving for the first time in many seasons was announced yesterday for the Magician eleven."
-- "William Pickens, noted negro lecturer who has made speaking tours throughout the United States and in several European countries, will make an address at the colored First Baptist church ... Tuesday."
-- "In a thrilling contest that kept more than 700 spectators on their toes for four full quarters, the Shell sandlot eleven captured the city title from a plunging, passing Fallon Athletic club, 6-0, at Wasena park yesterday afternoon."
-- "The city market auditorium will be closed to all wrestling matches upon the expiration on December 15 of the present contract held by Promoter Pete Moore, it was said yesterday by City manager W. P. Hunter."
-- "Thieves who broke into the building occupied by the Roanoke Sales company, 349 Campbell avenue, S.W., Tuesday night and attempted to break open the safe, got more than they bargained for when a tear gas bomb in the safe was set off, driving them from the office."
1911 (100 years ago)
-- "The Red Cross Christmas Seals will again be sold in Roanoke by the Roanoke Free Medical Dispensary."
-- "The ladies of Roanoke are manifesting great interest in the cake baking contest to be held in the big storeroom of the Roanoke Furniture company, on Saturday, December 9."
-- "A great hunting contest probably began in Henry county yesterday with the advent of Chief Dyer, Officer T. J. Eanes and Officer George Hurd, of the local police force, who departed Monday for the haunt of the rabbit, partridge, squirrel, the 'possum and the coon."
-- "Mr. J. A. Thomason, our popular [Salem] jeweler, is having his store room newly papered and painted on the interior preparatory to decorating and making attractive his place of business for the holiday trade."
-- "Interested in humanity's cause and in the uplifting of those who are slaves to drink, Chief of Police Dyer and Sergeant Griffin have been instrumental in bringing to Roanoke Dr. Wynkoop of Washington, a specialist, who will administer his cure free of charge to those unfortunates who need a helping hand."
-- "Monday, Christmas day, will see the opening show at the new Roanoke Theatre which is fast nearing completion on Campbell avenue in the very heart of the business section of the city."