Monday, January 07, 2013
Looking back: Jan. 7, 2013
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1988 (25 years ago)
-- "On the day it rose to the ninth spot in the nation, Patrick Henry fell to the second division of the Roanoke Valley District. William Fleming took care of that Tuesday night."
-- "Anybody need a hockey coach? For sure, the Virginia Lancers didn't require one Friday night."
-- "The Roanoke Symphony's Feb. 22 performance of Quincy Jones' 'Black Requiem' -- which promises to be the musical event of the year, thank you -- has been moved to a larger hall."
-- "If Roanoke postman David Cundiff had been deputized by City Hall, he could have rounded up several dozen criminals following Thursday night's snow. The charge: untimely snow removal."
-- "ETS Inc., a small Roanoke business by traditional standards, is posed to go public and claim a share of the rapidly growing market for air pollution control devices."
1963 (50 years ago)
-- "Local gun collectors let a 'Yankee trader' slip a small fortune out from under their noses last summer when the gun collection of the late George Walton was sold at auction in Roanoke." One of the guns belonged to W.B. 'Bat' Masterson.
-- "After midnight tonight, first-class mail postage will be precisely what it was 116 years ago -- five cents."
-- "Salem, long recognized as a pleasant college town with fine old homes and a gracious way of life, in recent years has acquired the additional reputation of a bustling industrial center."
-- "Roanoke is in line for a gift of two boats for its Transportation Museum in Wasena Park -- if no one in Congress objects."
-- "The budget which goes to Congress this week will not include money for a new federal building in Roanoke."
-- "Persons who live in all-electric homes served by the Appalachian Power Co. will enjoy a reduction in the utility bills beginning March 1."
-- "The Roanoke City School System has the U.S. Government to thank for $100,000 worth of electronics equipment."
-- "The Lewis-Gale Hospital School of Nursing has been accredited by the National League for Nursing Inc. of New York City."
-- "A car has been 'arrested' in Roanoke. The 1946 model sedan has been formally charged with having possession of illegal whisky and will probably face a trial in Hustings Court."
-- "Roanoke Friday had the highest high and the highest low ever recorded for the date. If that doesn't make sense, neither did the weather."
1938 (75 years ago)
-- "Martin 'The Blimp' Levy -- 625 pounds of human flesh which is tossed into a wrestling ring several nights a week against some villainous pachyderm -- will arrive in Roanoke early today in his special built automobile to appear on Promoter Pete Moore's weekly card."
-- "Distribution of new telephone directories to 18,700 subscribers in Roanoke and vicinity will be started on Monday and will require about three days."
-- "Snapping out of a first half scoring lethargy which ended 2 to 2, the Terriers of William Byrd high school scored a 19 to 10 win over Andrew Lewis high school Wolverines at Vinton last night in a game marked with plenty of roughness and little basket ball."
-- "Adults, as well as Jefferson high school students, will be admitted to the class in automobile operation and traffic safety which is to be launched at the high school Monday morning if as many as 16 members enroll."
-- "Roanoke college's 'Five Smart Boys' put together a very nearly impenetrable defense and a consistent scoring attack to enjoy a 'field night' at the expense of Catawba's hopelessly outclassed Indians."
-- "A log cabin built 216 years ago on a 70-acre tract located about 17 miles from what is now Blacksburg has been re-erected in the back lawn of the residence of G.V. Kromer, 410 Diagonal street, S.E."
1913 (100 years ago)
-- "The lease and furnishings of the Windsor Hotel, 124 West Campbell avenue, have been purchased by the Raleigh Hotel Corporation, and an entirely new policy will be inaugurated by the lessees."
-- "Roanoke today is having a visit from summer. The air is genial and balmy and birds are chirping in the trees and bushes and grass seems to show an inclination to get busy."
-- "One of the largest if not the largest signs that has been put up in Roanoke is that which was placed in front of the Miller Underselling Store yesterday. It was painted by Roy C. Kinsey, the talented young sign artist."
-- "At the meeting of the school board last night it was decided to change the name of the new school building at the junction of Franklin road and Commerce street, from 'The Central Grammer School' to 'Intermediate School.'"
-- "The work of putting in cement crossing [in Vinton] is still going on, and the one at the Baptist church is badly needed."
-- "The careless use of firearms among children has become serious and there should be a law prohibiting them handling them."
-- "At last it seems that the police department is coming into its own, and in a short time Roanoke will have a police signal alarm and patrol system. ... They are specially desirous that a patrol wagon be placed in commission at the earliest possible date."
-- "Roanoke people are interested in the fact that William A. Glasgow, Jr., a native of Lexington and one time solicitor for this city, has been favorably mentioned for the place of attorney general in Mr. Wilson's cabinet."