Echoes of the Past is a collection of historical articles culled from The West Virginia News, The Greenbrier Independent, White Sulfur Star, and other archived publications since 1852. You may be exposed to content that you find offensive or objectionable. For historical accuracy, articles are reprinted in their original form and do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the publisher.

1922 – 100 years ago

Smugglers Syndicate

One of the strongest and most perfect organizations currently operating in this section is the “Bootleggers Syndicate”, according to the Fayette Tribune. The objectives of the society are to protect those who engage in the illicit traffic and to maintain the supply. It is said that members of this organization in Fayette are required to take a secret oath signed and sealed with their own blood.

Powerful hair tonic

CW Martin, of Rainelle, was recently found in possession of three pints of “hair tonic”. He was arrested and taken to Lewisburg for trail. The court ruled that the hair tonic was a drink and fined Martin $300 and sentenced him to two months in jail. He appealed the case.

Morgantown vs. Pittsburgh

For nineteen years, the West Virginia University football team suffered defeat to the University of Pittsburgh football team. Last Saturday, the West Virginia boys picked up a victory. Monday has been proclaimed a holiday at West Virginia University and a day of celebration.

1947 – 75 years ago

Illegal bingo game

Attorney General Ira J. Partlow said in an advisory Friday that bingo games are illegal and that charitable and voluntary religious organizations are subject to criminal prosecution for conducting them.

Police install telephones

The Lewisburg Police Department now has three phones on Main Street for their exclusive use. When the police receive a phone call, all three phones ring and the one to which the police officer is closest answers. Thanks to this system, you will be helped to contact the policeman when you need it. For the police all 457.

Drillers tap into gas

The oil test well being drilled on the CP Skaggs farm near Wolf Creek has now descended to a depth of approximately one thousand feet. The workers who live at the well have settled in quite comfortably. They tapped the main gas line and had their homes and caravans fitted with gas for lights and fuel.

1972 – 50 years ago

The search continues

Searchers today searched the rugged mountain wilderness along the Gulf of Alaska for a twin-engine plane carrying Democratic Majority Leader Hale Boggs and three others who disappeared in a rainstorm Monday evening.

Assaulted Rockefeller

Mobbed by admirers at Kanawha Airport, Jay Rockefeller reaches the crowd at a Rockefeller-Kennedy rally. More than 2,000 people gathered around a platform to hear Rockefeller, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Sen. Jennings Randolph and Congressman John Slack at the Charleston stop.

1997 – 25 years ago

Opening of the fitness center

The Fitness Forum opens at 200 Washington Street in Lewisburg. The health club has five trainers on staff and offers valet parking, courtesy towels, and babysitting.

Clingman honored

In celebration of National Women in Business Week, the Lewisburg Business and Professional Women’s Club would like to recognize Gwen Clingman for her significant accomplishments as a businesswoman. Clingman owns and operates the Clingman Meat Market in Lewisburg. She bought the market 53 years ago. Today, Clingman’s Market is best known for its breakfast and lunch service, as well as its thriving restaurant service.