Looking back: May 13, 2013
Courtesy Ed Webber
This photo, from April 1956, is of the N&W Railway accounting department messengers. Ed Webber is fourth from the left, on the front row.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013
1988 (25 years ago)
- "When a lacrosse team outshoots its opponent 68-28, it can expect to win 99 percent of the time. Washington College fell into the other 1 percent Wednesday.... Roanoke College defeated the Shoremen 10-8 in the first round of the Division III playoffs."
- "A new nightclub and restaurant has opened in Roanoke in the former Christian Science church building at the corner of Church Avenue and Fifth Street Southwest. The club is called the Alibi."
- "If nurses are thought to be angels of mercy, then, at least for this weekend, Hotel Roanoke must be heaven. Roanoke Memorial School of Professional Nursing, established in 1900, is holding an alumni homecoming there through Sunday to honor its nursing graduates."
- "Lefty Driesell, as expected, is taking James Madison's athletic program to new levels of exposure. That includes Roanoke Valley radio."
- "The Salem Veterans Administration Medical Center will hold a ground breaking Friday for the largest construction project at the center since its opening in 1934."
- "Sunday's reception for Patrick Henry High School's state basketball champions was worthy of a triple A rating."
1963 (50 years ago)
- "Water restrictions were placed on three Roanoke County subdivisions Saturday and will remain in effect until the end of the drought."
- "A minister told City Council Monday afternoon that Roanoke Negroes are ready for 'Birmingham-type demonstrations' unless something is done forthwith to close the Washington Park dump."
- "The Roanoke County School Board Tuesday ordered a resolution drawn up providing for immediate dismissal of any band director who accepts a commission on sales of musical instruments to students."
- "Roanoke's Transportation Museum in Wasena Park is about to get a bus."
- "Three of the Roanoke Valley's four governmental units met in an atmosphere of good food and informal conversation Thursday night. They agreed ... That talk of a consolidation or merger of Valley governments is premature at this time."
- "The case of a person who had money to burn is being investigated by Salem police. They want to know why someone burned at least nine $1 bills at East Hill Cemetery in Salem."
- "Cave Spring pitcher Allen Grigg pitched a four-hitter and got four hits himself Thursday night - and lost."
- "The weather bureau at Woodrum Airport registered 1.21 inches of rain - a figure which leaves the yearly total still 5.53 inches below normal."
- "The rains came. After six weeks of bone-dry fairways, the rains that finally came Friday threatened to wash away Roanoke Country Club."
1938 (75 years ago)
- "Members of the band of Andrew Lewis high school will soon have uniforms, it was decided at the meeting of the committee for band uniforms in Salem last night."
- "Smashing Ellsworth Vines and graceful Frederick J. Perry, leading exponents of the professional brand of tennis, will square off tonight at 8 o'clock in Roanoke Auditorium..."
- "The Roanoke Real Estate board yesterday voted a $10 reward for conviction of any person molesting property and authorized the printing of signs to be posted on vacant houses notifying vandals of the continuation of their war on the destruction of property."
- "Rain fell and scores soared yesterday as the players went about the business of trying to finish the first 18 holes of the final 36 of Roanoke Metropolitan golf tournament."
- "Nobody in Washington, probably, will be happier when congress completes consideration of the $4,500,000,000 'pump-priming' relief bill than Virginia's Representative Woodrum."
- "Featured as speaker next Sunday on the 'Wings Over Jordan' program, broadcast over station WDBJ and the Columbia Broadcasting System... will be the Rev. E. Ethelred Ricks, pastor of the Mt. Zion Baptist church, colored, here, it was learned yesterday."
- "They laid the chips down on the Monterey golf course yesterday and Alvis Hylton, poker player that he is, pulled the correct cards at the correct time for a total of 151 and the championship of the Roanoke Metropolitan golf tournament, renewed after these many years."
- "Purchase of the Ford, Lincoln-Zephry and Lincoln franchise from the Fulton Motor company by the newly organized Magic City Motor company was announced yesterday."
- "The colored boys and girls of the city, joining in the general observance of Boys and Girls Week, marched several hundred strong in an elaborate parade yesterday afternoon, in which all colored schools and many boys' and girls' organization were represented by units or floats."
- "Leo Daniel Boone Savage, the be-whiskered child of nature's hills, took the measure of Milo Steinborn, the German Strong Boy, last night in Roanoke auditorium in two straight falls with his own especial version of the 'log roll."
1913 (100 years ago)
- "Believing that domestic science is the subject of most interest to women today ... The World-News has conceived the idea of giving a course of lectures and demonstrations which would enable the women of Roanoke to secure expert advice and timely suggestions on all cooking problems."
- "Buck Pressly was handed the surprise of his life today, when the Pirates trimmed his bunch to the tune of a coat of white wash, the final score being 12 to 0..."
- "The Virginian has received its drinking cups for the station and trains."
- "City Engineer F.L Gibboney and his force have been working two weeks on the trees in Elmwood Park, trimming them, and filling all hollows with cement."
- "Talk about interest in base ball. Everyone you see on the street and at work or any other old place has base hit, catcher, pitcher or something like that to utter. It's the game that makes the sick well, the old young, etc."
- "The board of health desires to thoroughly clean up the city of Roanoke and have fixed the following dates to haul off all rubbish from the various wards."
- "Considering Roanoke has been the scene of a street car men's strike for the past ten days and crowds have been in the city this week to see the activities of the Odd Fellows, the record in police court for the week ended Monday evening, is remarkable."
- "Home killed beef, veal, sliced ham, liver, pork, and fresh eggs and butter, pippin apples at Booth Brothers [in Vinton]."
- "Work on remodeling the old Y. M. C .A. building, corner South Jefferson street and Kirk avenue, was commenced a few days ago..."
Wednesday, December 11, 2013