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
News of the theater with synopsis of
The Strand tonight will show Thomas Meighan’s new Paramount picture “Back Home and Broke.” It is wholesome, sparkling and censor-proof.
George Ade, the widely known humorist, is the author of the story, which is rich in human interest. It is one of those artistically simple tales that now brings a tug at the heart, now opens the wells of laughter and keeps you generally in a state of thrill and suspense. It leads you along with a young man who after dropping suddenly from wealth and good position to poverty and ridicule, leaves his hometown to make his fortune elsewhere. How he accomplishes his desire and returns home in pursuance of his plan of revenge, makes a thrilling picture.
55 Years Ago
An old sofa with a family of kittens was an unusual item in over 50 tons of debris collected Saturday from the streets, highways and vacant lots of Covington and Alleghany County.
The kittens were adopted by a friendly volunteer worker.
Area-wide cooperation in the Citizens Clean-Up Campaign was reported “excellent” by Howard P. Humphries and Mrs. Arthur McCabe, cochairmen of the one-day drive. Several hundred persons were involved in the clean-up work.
Brownie Troop No. 232 holds a special program
Members of Brownie Troop No. 232 of Selma held a special program at the Selma Fire House recently in which three girls received pins as a token of their investiture into the troop, and one received a 1-year star denoting membership for one year.
The theme for the induction service was “Brownie Woods.” A social hour followed with Mrs. H.L. Sweet, the troop leader, serving cake and punch.
15 Years Ago
Ribbon cutting at
The opening celebration of the C&O Railway Heritage Center was held Saturday afternoon in Clifton Forge with several hundred railroad buffs and friends attending the ribbon cutting and opening remarks from public officials and C&O Historical Society Board.
The Heritage Center museum, located in the former C&O freight depot in Smith Creek Yard, features murals from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair that are hung from the railing over a table that has several model trains and model train stations which were located along the C&O/CSX main line.
5 Years Ago
Petty making pit
stop in Goshen
Kyle Petty, former NASCAR driver and NBC sports racing analyst is once again revving up his Kyle Petty Charity “Ride Across America” for the 24th year in a row, and he will be visiting Goshen during his first spring ride on the East Coast since 2011.
“It’s been more than seven years since we’ve been to the East Coast. We heard the requests of both our riders and fans, and we’re excited to deliver a special route full of incredible surprises and experiences — like riding through the Shenandoah Valley and stopping at the Goshen B.P. station on Thursday, May 10, as we roll through on our way to Greensboro, North Carolina,” said Petty.
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