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.
100 Years Ago
Dirigible AC-1 goes over city
The dirigible, which was seen by a number of people as it passed over this city about 8 o’clock Wednesday evening, turned out to be the AC-1, which had left Langley Field, a few hours earlier and was making a nonstop flight to Scott’s Field near Belleville, Illinois. It arrived at its destination Thursday morning. The crew cooked meals, played cards, slept and shaved en route. The distance covered was 800 miles.
85 Years Ago
Good used cars at C.F. Motor Company
Bargains in used cars that are now being offered at the Clifton Forge Motor Company, the only Packard dealers in this section, should catch the eye of every person who is in the market for an automobile.
Many of the cars are practically new, and others are in excellent shape and still have thousands of miles more in them. The Clifton Forge Motor Company only asks that one come in and take a look at them. All of their used cars are in A1 shape.
Included in their list of cars now on sale are three Packard sedans, one seven-person Packard, a Dodge sedan, a Plymouth sedan, a Chrysler sedan and two Ford coupes.
M.H. Fishman has
The M.H. Fishman Company has a most attractive window display, carrying out the theme of National Baby Week.
If one doesn’t know what to get for the baby’s birthday or shower, just glance over the displays which can be seen in any of the stores where baby apparel and needs are sold.
Besides all the absolutely necessary things, there are other things that may be classed as luxuries or comforts, such as an electric water heater for a baby’s milk bottle and dozens of other modern aids in the care of an infant.
55 Years Ago
ACHS ‘Oklahoma!’ — Smashing Okay
Alleghany County High School gained a lot of fame two years ago when the smashing Broadway hit “My Fair Lady” was presented. The acting was professional that night. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for a high school!” was the cry from many residents.
History repeated itself Wednesday night. The ACHS vocal class presented “Oklahoma!” before an audience of about 600 persons, and words do not come easy in the ability shown in the two-act play.
One thing is certain — it’s a safe bet to say that other high schools in the country would have to go a long way to compare with some of the talent on hand at Alleghany.
15 Years Ago
$3.5 million addition to Brian Center
A ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony were held Wednesday afternoon for an addition to Brian Center Rehabilitation and Nursing Care facility at Low Moor that doubles the site of the complex.
The addition adds 50 beds to the 60-bed facility that was built in 1989 and adds a 1,600-square-foot therapy gymnasium.
The cost of the expansion was $3.5 million.
Wednesday’s ribbon cutting was conducted by the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce, and the welcome was by Teresa A. Hammond, executive director of the chamber.
5 Years Ago
Volunteers of the Year
The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism recently named Bill and Mott Atherholt as recipients of the 2018 Rith Middleton Volunteer of the Year award.
The Atherholts received a $1,000 check from Highlands Community Bank to present to the charity of their choice. The Atherholts chose Clifton Forge Main Street, the Historic Masonic Theatre, the Alleghany Historical Society and the Curtis A. Smith Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1033.
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