A Look Back

A Look Back

A Look Back By William “Skip” Deegans Whether former President Trump may have an opportunity to again hold an office in the United States government could hinge, in part, on the words of a West Virginian. Peter Van Winkle, a Parkersburg attorney and railroad executive, was involved in the creation...

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A Look Back

By William “Skip” Deegans The recent debate in the West Virginia Legislature about banning certain books in public libraries conjures up a time 50 years ago when West Virginia drew the attention of the whole nation. In 1974, a state mandate was issued to the West Virginia public schools to...

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By William “Skip” Deegans In 1935, Greenbrier Military School (GMS) sported the top rifle team in the United States. Coached by Sgt. C.C. Conyers and led by co-captains Cadet William Preston of Lewisburg and Cadet Olin Jennings of Williamson, West Virginia, the team won the William Randolph Hearst national rife...

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By William “Skip” Deegans Had it not been for James McMillan Lee, Lewisburg would probably not be the home of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Major J. M. Lee, 41, came to Lewisburg in 1896 to start a private school he named the Lee Military Academy. An 1878...

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By William “Skip” Deegans Standing as a statement of Alderson’s once prominence as a commercial hub and center of education in the Greenbrier Valley, the Alderson National Bank Building is currently on the market. The building was constructed in 1910 at a cost of about $10,000. In addition to the...

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By William “Skip” Deegans Greenbrier County has recently been in the news as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed the West Virginia Spring Salamander for endangered species protection. There are an estimated 300 of the salamanders remaining, and they have been found only in the General Davis Cave...

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By William “Skip” Deegans Shown is perhaps one of the most historic photographs ever taken at what is now The Greenbrier. It was taken in 1869 and labeled “Robert E. Lee With Former Union and Confederate Leaders.” For more than 100 years the photograph was misunderstood, and some of the...

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By William “Skip” Deegans Theories as to the origin of the Shanghai Parade abound. In 1951, a reporter for The Raleigh Register posed two possibilities. The first had to do with an area resident who landed in China and was inspired by the Chinese New Year’s celebrations. The second possibility...

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By William “Skip” Deegans Perched in a curve on Sewell Mountain along U.S. Route 60 just west of Rainelle, Lee’s Tree Tavern (shown in this undated photo) was a landmark for motorists for many years.  In 1952, Roscoe C. Johnson, the proprietor, advertised the tavern as an “excellent hotel, restaurant...

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For many years the name Gladys Tuke was, essentially, synonymous with the Art Colony at The Greenbrier. She was born in 1899 in Linwood, Pocahontas County, and lived there on a farm until her family moved to another farm, “Westward Ho,” on the Big Draft Road near White Sulphur Springs....

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