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Echoes Of The Past: Tuesday, November 16

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90 YEARS AGO…

November, 1931

November 16, 1931: Richmond Plans For Old Vets

Dates for the Confederate reunion in Richmond next year were announced today as June 21 to 24, inclusive, closely corresponding to the seventieth anniversary of the Seven Days’ Battle round Richmond in June, 1862.

Lieutenant-Colonel Robert T. Barton, general chairman of the reception committee, in announcing the dates for the reunion, said it was estimated that at least 30,000 visitors would be in Richmond for this event.

Elaborate plans are being made for the reception of the old veterans, their families and friends.

75 YEARS AGO…

November, 1946

November 16, 1946: Four Die In Fire At Dumbarton Home

Four people perished today in a fire which sestroyed their home at Dumbarton in Henrico County.

The victims were Howard Johnson, 45, an interior decorator; his wife, Thalia Johnson, 41; their daughter, Ann Houston Johnson, aged 3, and Mrs. Louise Fonville, 42, a boarder at the Johnson home.

Assistant Chief J.J. Tate of the Lakeside Fire Department, which responded to an alarm at 4:10 a.m., said that while the cause of the fire had not been determined, it was believed to have started from the explosion of a hot water heater in the home. He said the building was in a light blaze when the firemen arrived at the site.

50 YEARS AGO…

November, 1971

November 16, 1971: Holton Says Tax Relief Is Coming

Gov. Linwood Holton said today the low and moderate income Virginian can expect some state income tax relief next year.

Holton said a degree of relief is certain since Virginia tax forms filed next year on 1971 income will conform to the federal tax returns.

Beyond that, he said he hoped there would be some relief to the lower bracket income tax payer through legislative action. But he declined to suggest what form this might take.

At his first news conference since the November 2 election in which the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor finished a poor third, Holton said he didn’t think this would have an adverse effect on President Nixon’s chances in Virginia next year.

He said the Democrats were far more divided.

Holton added that he still regarded the winner for lieutenant governor, independent Henry E. Howell Jr., as a Democrat and suggested the Democrats would have a hard time in getting together on their presidential nominee.

25 YEARS AGO…

November, 1996

November 16, 1996: Youth May Audition For Parts In ‘The Nutcracker’

The Alleghany Highlands Arts Council will hold auditions for extras to be used in two scenes of “The Nutcracker” on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. at Covington High School.

“The Nutcracker” is being performed by Ballet South on Dec. 5 and will use a total of 30 local young people. Eight in the seven to nine year old range, eight in the 10 to 11 year old range, and 14 in the 12 to 16 year old range. Dancers do not need to be associated with any studio to audition.

A video tape of the two dancers is in the arts council office and available to be checked out for a period of 24 hours.

For more information, call Tammy Scruggs at the arts council.

10 YEARS AGO…

November, 2011

November 16, 2011: Food Banks Receive Grant

Two food assistance in Virginia are getting a hand serving the needy.

The Walmart Foundation and Feeding American announced that a food bank in Lexington has been selected to receive a new mobile pantry to deliver fresh foods to the community. It is part of a $4 million grant aimed at providing refridgerated food trucks and mobile pantries to food banks nationwide.

In addition, Catholic Charities is receiving a $760,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to create and increase food assistance programs to 12 communities, including Arlington.

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