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Today in history: Thursday, Oct. 14

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Old Martinsville

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

Today is Thursday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2021. There are 78 days left in the year.

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75 years ago, in the Martinsville Bulletin: [Names were given, but are left out here following present standards] The fourth case of diphtheria in Martinsville since the opening of the school term was reported by R.M. Wilson, city health officer, yesterday. ———- , age 6, daughter of ——-, Barrows Mill Road, is the latest victim of this disease which has become rather widespread throughout the state. Mr. Wilson said that this child had not been attending school but that an older sister, ———, aged 8, is a pupil at the South Martinsville school. Four people in the ——- family, including a two months old baby, have been inoculated, Mr. Wilson reported. The disease has caused an estimated 27 deaths in Virginia since May and has brought a warning from State health officials that unprotected children should be immunized.

50 years ago: Federal and state grants totaling $97,500 have been approved for the acquisition of land for the Collinsville Recreation Park, a project developed by the Collinsville Jaycees for Henry County.

25 years ago: Opera Roanoke brought the story of “Dido and Aeneas” to life on the state of Martinsville High School Sunday night with the assistance of four area residents. Judith Cline, Bill Krause, Jamie Eggleston, all of Martinsville, and Deborah Burgess of Collinsville each played a role in the production.

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