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Today in history: Thursday, Nov. 4

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Old Martinsville

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

Today is Thursday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2021. There are 57 days left in the year.

100 years ago: Distressing Accident: Mrs. E.L. Williamson was knocked down by an auto-truck in front of her home on Broad Street about noon Wednesday and severely, if not seriously, hurt. Mrs. Williamson was starting across the street from her home to that of her sister, Miss Kate Anderson, just opposite and she had made only a few steps on the street when she was struck and knocked down by the truck of the Standard Oil Company. … She was taken promptly to the Shackleford Hopsital … Dr. Lawson of Roanoke was called by phone for consultation and arrived yesterday morning. … In any event, the shock in case of one so frail as Mrs. Williamson was serious and her family and friends are much concerned

75 years ago: Voting was regarded as fairly heavy in Martinsville’s four-city and one county magisterial district precincts today as the electorate went to the polls along with other Virginians to select two United States Senators and a member of the House of Representatives.

50 years ago: The ouster of all four incumbent members of the Henry County Board of Supervisors in Thursday’s general election was not unusual as five other counties in western Virginia also elected completely new boards. The defeat of so many incumbent supervisors in this section of the state left many politicians puzzled.

15 years ago: Media Release: This is to advise the community that I, Captain Lane Perry, will be the acting administrator for the Henry County Sheriff’s Office pending actions handed down from the circuit court judge. One of the first actions that need to be done is ensuring that the department will continue to function as normal to protect the citizens of Henry County.

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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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