90 Years Ago

Society News: Clifton Forge

The Alleghany School of Laboratory and X-ray Technique has several new students.

Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Meister, of Gail Lodge, Tenn., and Miss Alize Keilly, of New London, Conn., have arrived while Miss Frances Grubb of Cripple Creek, Va., and Miss Pearl H. Sprung, of Clinton, S.C., are among those expected tomorrow or Monday.
Louis Payne, the boy from the Boy’s Home who was injured Tuesday when he fell over a cliff, is reported recuperating rapidly at the C&O Hospital in Clifton Forge now.

His father and brothers came to see him yesterday and cheered him along the road to recovery.

Dinner Of Mr. Miller Enjoyed

Members of the Covington Collegians’ baseball team and some local fans were entertained at a dinner last evening at the Westvaco Club by Mr. George L. Miller, whose enthusiastic support of the local team has always been one of the few really bright spots in sporting hereabouts.

Bunny Whitlock and Billy Luke put on some movie pictures of the Collegians in days gone by.

They were most interesting — a real graphic history of the great local team.

Brief addresses were made by Ben Moomaw of the Covington Chamber of Commerce, by Dr. E.R. Rogers and by Dave Miller, Horace Barker and Cherry Level, of the team.

Rising votes of thanks were given Mr. George L. Miller and Mr. W.A. Luke for their fine interest in baseball here and to Guy Rice for his splendid management of the team.

75 Years Ago

With The Colors

First Lt. Alfred Rooklin and his wife are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. Rooklin, of Marion Street.

Lt. Rooklin was recently returned from overseas where he served fourteen months in the European Theater with Patton’s Third Army where he saw action with an amphibious force.

He has been awarded four Battle Stars.

Following his furlough, he will report to Indiantown, Pa., for reassignment.
Cpl. John R. (Johnny) Judy, who has spent the past 17 months in the Pacific without seeing anyone from Covington, wrote his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Judy, of East Riverside Avenue, of a recent trip to Manila and visit with two hometown officer-friends, Captain Lemuel Fitzgerald and Captain Wilbur Schmader.

Johnny wrote that the visit and exchange of bits of news created such nostalgia in all three that they could almost smell odors peculiar only of Covington.

50 Years Ago

Paper Machine Ends Career

Westvaco’s veteran No. 1 paper machine was shut down permanently this morning at 7:35.

During her last day, the machine ran perfectly.

There were no breaks and all paper produced was first quality.

The 70-year-old machine, which has been modernized a number of times, was a victim of sharply-rising mill-wide costs which undermined the competitive ability of the machine.

John Seldomridge, No. 1 machine tender, started the shut-down procedure at 7:20 a.m.

“Pulling the squirt,” an operation that stops the paper web from threading through the machine, was handled by a three-man team of retired Westvaco employees, Amos O’Conner, Austin Pearson and Lawrence Cook.

The men had a total of 131 years of papermaking experience at the Covington mill.

25 Years Ago

Simpson Seeking Sheriff’s Position

Alleghany County Sheriff C.E. “Butch” Simpson Jr., appointed sheriff 13 months ago to succeed retired Sheriff T. D. Warlitner, today announced he is seeking election to the office in the November 7 general election.

Simpson, 44, was originally hired by the late Sheriff Max Swoope on Aug. 1, 1972, at the age of 21 and worked his way up through the ranks to chief deputy at the time of his appointment as sheriff on Aug. 1, 1994.

He lives at 94 Ferrol Ave., Wesgate, with his wife, the former Brenda Howard, and children Tiffany, 15, and B.J., 12.

10 Years Ago

Proposed Consolidation Plan

The Citizens’ Committee for Covington and Alleghany County has completed a proposed agreement for the consolidation of the city and county.

Part of the proposed agreement includes a charter for the consolidated city.

The proposal will be reviewed by judges and the Virginia Commission on Local Government and will then be submitted for a vote of residents in the city and county.

A copy of the consolidation agreement is included in today’s Virginian Review as a special section which residents can save for future reference.

“The proposed agreement is presented today as a separate section of the paper as a public service to the community by the Virginian Review,” Editor Horton Beirne said. “Today’s publication does not cost taxpayers any funds. Residents should read the proposed agreement, since this topic will be in the news for the next 28 months.”