50 Years

March 18, 1970

A building on Magnolia Avenue which housed the Scottie Discount Store, the Buena Vista Insurance and Real Estate Agency and the office of attorney W.T. Robey III sustained massive damage from a fire that broke out of the second floor. The National Foot Store adjacent to the building was damaged as well.

Harold Tolley Jr. of Goshen died from head injuries received in an automobile accident on Brattons Run. Tolley had just completed an 18-month tour of duty in Germany with the 39th infantry.

Three W&L swimmers qualified for the national swimming championship. Generals swimmers had not had a losing season since 1942.

25 Years Ago

March 22, 1995

Candidates emerged for the fall elections. W.B. “Doc” Wilmore, a retired state trooper, announced he would challenge Sheriff Bob Day. Former Sheriff F.M. “Freddie” Spence was entertaining the idea of running for sheriff as well.

Contel Cellular offered a Motorola Porta Pak cellular phone for just $39.95.

W&L junior Richard B. Weaver compiled a collection of 10 versions of the “Washington and Lee Swing,” called the most popular tune used by many high schools and universities as their fight song.

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