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
Will Marry Any Woman for $5,000: Not a Bit Crazy, Says Nevada Man. It Is a Business Proposition With Me
Here’s a man signing himself as Kenneth Carles, Reno, Nev., who says he’s ready to marry any woman for $5,000.
He wrote the San Francisco Call, setting forth his proposition, which is that a lottery is to be held, the holder of the “lucky number” to become his bride.
He modestly suggests that the paper run his picture at the start, the inference being that this will stir up trade.
“What I want and need,” says the writer, “is $5,000. I am well over 21, and not a bit crazy, as it is a business proposition with me.”
75 Years Ago
Jeter School PTA Holds Its First Meeting: Project Will be Helping Infirmary
The Jeter School Parent-Teachers Association held its first meeting of the year in the school auditorium Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. G.G. Ballengee, PTA president, opened the meeting with a prayer, entitled “Opening of School.” The business meeting then took place. Reports were given by Mrs. P. J. Riddleberger, cafeteria chairman, and Mrs. Harrison Fridley, room mothers chairman.
Plans are being made to put on a membership drive in October and parents are urged to cooperate.
50 Years Ago
Beef Prices Uncertain
Shoppers heading for the supermarket today faced the prospect of more price rises because of the end of the beef ceiling and the beginning of new regulations on other foods.
Not even the experts knew exactly what would happen to the family food bill. But many of them agreed that consumer buying patterns would be a major factor in determining prices.
22 Years Ago
September 12, 2001
Bush Condemns Attacks
President Bush condemned terrorist attacks in New York and Washington as “acts of war” today and said he would ask Congress for money to help in the recovery and protect the nation’s security.
“This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil. But good will prevail,” the president said. He said the nation was prepared to spend “whatever it takes.”
Congress returned to the Capitol for the first time since Tuesday’s parallel attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital. Lawmakers hastened to approve legislation declaring the United States was “entitled to respond under international law.”
Bush spoke as administration officials said evidence in the fearsome events pointed to suspected terrorist Osama bin Laden, harbored in Afghanistan. And while Secretary of State Colin Powell suggested earlier in the day that no military response was imminent, Bush said, “We will rally the world” in a war on terrorism, fought now on American soil.