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Joe M. Dove

Telephone system installed in 1921: As heretofore stated, the new system is modern in method of operation … Central is called by merely lifting the receiver, and disconnection is made by simply hanging up the receiver.

"There were some elderly folks on hand who demonstrated by flying leaps at fluttering chickens that they were not yet in the disabled class, and the young ones had the fun of their lives." - 1921

In 1946 meat rationing from WWII is coming to an end, and hog prices soar ... In 1971, consultants are hired to improve the uptown area ... In 1996, Henry County offices move out of the old courthouse.

In 1946, a salt shortage in Martinsville led to a panic ... and a diphtheria epidemic in schools was followed closely by health authorities, the schools and the general public.

In 1946, funeral set for tobacconist John W. Gravely, who had died in NYC, with Dr. J.P. McCabe conducting the service; in 1971, a regional jail for Lester Road approved; in 1996, Bassett Branch Library aiming to expand by sending its history records to the building across the road.

When Jack Finney owned the Esso station on the corner of Church and Cleveland, and Joe M. Dove on Jefferson Street was an authorized salesman of fruit trees -- when phone numbers were only 4 digits long.

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