Echoes of the Past is a collection of historical articles curated from The Virginian Review and other publications archived since 1914. You may be exposed to content that you find offensive or objectionable. For historical purposes and accuracy, articles are reprinted in their original, unedited form, and do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the publisher.
90 Years Ago
Kidnap Go-Between Besieged
The report that contact had been established with the kidnappers of the Lindbergh baby at Norfolk, Va., was the signal for a concentration of newspaper reporters on the scene. In photo below, a few of the scribes are shown interviewing John Hugh Curtis, wealthy Norfolk shipbuilder, who is one of the three intermediaries who are endeavoring to recover the child, said to be held on a rum-runner’s boat off the Virginia coast.
60 Years Ago
Old Island Ford Bridge Is Coming Down
Progress is being made in the demolition of the abandoned Old Island Ford Bridge just off Rt. 220-60 east of Covington. The work is being done in connection with the Interstate Rt. 64 project. Most of the girders and all of the concrete which once formed the floor of the bridge has been removed.
35 Years Ago
Hercules Employee Injured Friday
A Hercules employee was discharged from Roanoke Memorial Hospital Sunday following injuries he received while working at the plant Friday morning. Eddie Martin, 55, of Route 1, Covington, was injured Friday at approximately 11:15 a.m. when his left hand came in contact with an energized terminal on an extruder electric heater according to Lem Fitzgerald Jr., Hercules employee relations manager.
10 Years Ago
Putney Announces Retirement
Del. Lacey Putney, I-Bedford, announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election in the fall. Putney’s district includes Alleghany County, part of Bedford and Botetourt counties and the cities of Bedford and Covington. Putney, 84, first elected to the house in 1962 as a Democrat, is the longest serving legislator in Virginia history.