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Today in history: Tuesday, Nov. 9

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Old Martinsville

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

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2021. There are 52 days left in the year.

100 years ago: Hall School: The long wished for rain has come at last, but even at that, lots of the young people seemed to think it came at the wrong time, as they did not get to go to the S.S. Convention at Old Well Sunday, and also were kept from carrying out their Hallowe’en jokes. Our school is progressing nicely; the teachers are Mr. T.L. Hill, Miss Bertha Elgin, and Miss Helen Cox. Misses Esther Bassett, Leo Mitchell, and Annie Lee Wingfield are boarding in the neighborhood and attending school. We wish more of our rural schools could arrange to do the Junior High School work as those who complete this work with us seem to hold their own very well when they go to the urban schools. We long to see the time when we shall have consolidated schools and a Compulsory Education.

75 years ago: J. Frank Wilson, production manager of Marshall Field and Company, Manufacturing Division, has voluntarily requested retirement under the Company’s retirement program effective December 31, and the request has been granted, according to an announcement by Luther H. Hodges, New York, vice president of the company and general manager of the Manufacturing Division. Upon Mr. Wilson’s retirement the duties of production manager will be assumed by Harold W. Whitcomb.

50 years ago: WASHINGTON (AP):A close vote, with both sides predicting victory, faces the House today on a proposed constitutional amendment designed to specifically permit prayer in public schools. It will require a two-thirds majority to pass the amendment, which is what makes the issue in doubt. A solid majority for it exists in the House, but it might not be enough.


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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, 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.

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.

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