Echoes of the Past: the undeclared champion of the world

Echoes of the Past is a collection of historical articles from The West Virginia News, The Greenbrier Independent, White Sulfur Star, and other publications archived since 1852. You may be exposed to content that you find offensive or objectionable. For reasons of historical accuracy, articles are reprinted in their original form and do not reflect the opinions and beliefs of the publisher.

1922 – 100 years ago

Arrest warrant could not be obtained

A group of people are said to have been in disguise as the Ku Klux Klan shook a woman’s home on Muddy Creek Mountain Tuesday night. A while ago, another woman on the mountain was visited by a band dressed in Ku Klux robes. Whether Ku Klux or not is unknown. The woman requested an arrest warrant from Judge McNeer on Wednesday, but was not given one because she was not acquainted with the party.


Rev. Kenton H. Bird, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Renick, is the bird deeply moving the spiritual life of this church in one of the most successful evangelistic meetings ever held in this section. The meeting lasts until December 3rd.

1947 – 75 years ago

The first C&O turbine engine passes through here

The first steam turbine locomotive of the new type went on a test drive through Ronceverte on Tuesday. It pulled five or six private cars manned by railroad officials. A large crowd, including several school classes, gathered at Ronceverte station to watch the beautiful, streamlined train pass through. Although burning coal, this type of locomotive does not emit smoke, and the towns along the railroad are eagerly awaiting the fact that all C&O locomotives are of this type.

Christmas seal sent

The Greenbrier County Tuberculosis Association announces that 3,500 letters bearing the 1947 Christmas seals were sent out Monday asking for your support of their 1948 program. Listen to WRON’s half-hour Christmas Seal program beginning December 1st and continuing intermittently through December 25th. Buy and use Christmas seals!

Nazi Terror Unit

American prosecutors seeking the death penalty for 23 Nazi commanders accused of war crimes said the defendants led terrorist squads that massacred more than 1,000,000 people in a planned attempt to wipe out entire races.

1972 – 50 years ago

Square dance

Mountain View Farm is hosting a square dance on November 25th from 8am to 12pm. Music by Mike Murphy and The Country Classics. Kent Morgan will be the caller. Admission is $1.50 per person.

Ali KO’s Foster in the 8th round

“I’m the unheralded champion of the world,” Muhammed Ali boasted after his KO win over light heavyweight champion Bob Foster to 1,941 paying customers at a posh Nevada casino.

1997 – 25 years ago

Accused bank robber pleads guilty

Drema Ann Moore, 47, of Grandeeville, WV, charged with robbing the Lewisburg branch of One Valley Bank, has entered a guilty plea. Moore was arrested by police less than an hour after the daylight hours after the robbery.

McClung Brothers Ride to raise funds for the MS Society

Darrell and Patrick McClung were among 200 cyclists who took part in the National MS Society’s 150-mile bike tour of West Virginia. The brothers had a wonderful weekend, beginning Saturday morning at WVSOM in Lewisburg. They rode 77 miles that day to Cass fire station. On Sunday morning, the riders got back on

Bikes to ride back to Lewisburg.

Darrell and Patrick McClung