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Today in history: Thursday, Nov. 18

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Old Martinsville

The city of Martinsville was a bustling place in years gone by.

Today is Thursday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2021. There are 43 days left in the year.

75 years ago: Diphtheria immunization clinics will be conducted at four more county schools next week by Miss Louwilla Honaker and local doctors. Parents are urged to bring children of pre-school age to these clinics.

Also 1921: Stockholders of the Ridgeway Furniture Manufacturing corporation, in annual meeting Friday night at the Henry County Courthouse, ratified action of the company’s board of directors which recommended a change to the capital structure of the corporation, whereby the capital stock of the firm will be increased from $200,000 to $400,000.

50 years ago: Nobody knows what to do with the old Martinsville General Hospital on Starling Avenue, according to Dr. John French, local pediatrician and member of the Memorial Hospital board of trustees.

Also 1971: The petition for an injunction to halt county plans for a new jail on Lester Road represents the second time a group of county citizens opposed the project. Although the petition filed Tuesday afternoon is the first such legal action in the matter, a group of six citizens in September consulted two lawyers for the same purpose.

Also 1971: Stanley Furniture Co., in its third day of a strike, has employed 65 new persons and 67 per cent of all production employees are now working, company officials said today.

15 years ago: The Henry County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted unanimously to ask the Henry County Circuit Court to schedule a special election on Nov. 6, 2007, to elect a sheriff. If approved, the special election will be held the same day as the November general election. County Attorney George Lyle said this will save the county between $20,000 and $30,000 in costs associated with paying poll workers and other fees.


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 1922: George Minter looking for the owner of a calf who wandered onto his property; 1947: garden clubs and a book club meet; 1972, committee plans landscaping of the county courthouse; 1997, city police officer Mike Swanson prepares for active duty in Bosnia.

1922: Hamilton Theatre to show "The Woman Untamed"; 1947, Claude Shelton of near Stuart first known area injured WWII veteran to receive a free car; 1972, two-alarm fire destroys the Town House Restaurant and Apartment building; 1997, Belk to remove the Leggetf name.

1922: Martinsville hardware store has sale on wagons; 1947, Hubert Pratt of Spencer wins 4-H dairy competition scholarship; 1972, Henry County tries again for new jail; 1997, group goes to Richmond to ask for money to tear down Martinsville General Hospital.

1922: Sam Kolodny asks for accounts to be settled in light of his business's fire; 1947, 30 arrested in cockfighting bust at Boxwood; 1973, State Sen. William F. Stone of Martinsville proposes gas tax increase; 1997: Martinsville PD starts a horse unit.

 1922, a fire destroys the Bassett train station, and the loss included Mrs. J.D. Bassett's luggage; 1947, auditions held for a Community Theater production; 1972, Blue Laws case-- after a bust in which sheriff buys panty hose and a dog collar on a Sunday -- loses in Supreme Court appeal.

In 1921, town officials (including three policemen) listed; 1946, deer are being brought into Fairy Stone State Park in the hope of establishing a herd; 1971, five kids in the Coffman family get their tonsils out; 1996: new bus routes planned for snowy days.

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