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Happiness abounds with many recent weddings (1/2/2019) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Jan. 7, 1909 from the Mathews Journal Judging by the number of marriages recently consummated in our county it would seem that the ladies made good…
Students debate: should women have the right to vote? (12/26/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Dec. 24, 1908 from the Mathews Journal The open meeting of the Philomathean Literary Society of the Mathews High School, which was held in the Court…
Merchants of 1908 advertise their Christmas specials (12/19/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Dec. 17, 1908 from the Mathews Journal The firm of Sears & Williams will offer from now until Xmas all of their Ladies, Misses and Children’s…
A chimney fire disrupts studies at the Milford Haven School (12/12/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Dec. 17, 1908 from the Mathews Journal Quite a sensation was created among the scholars of Milford Haven School last week by a chimney fire. Fortunately…
Rosenwald schools talk (12/5/2018) - Gloucester Ruritan Club president Tom Swankler, at left, presented Dr. Wes Wilson with a club mug for his recent presentation on the Woodville Rosenwald School Foundation. Dr. Wilson recapped the…
A barrel factory opens at Port Haywood (12/5/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Dec. 10, 1908 from the Mathews Journal Notice to my fellow countymen: I desire to announce that I have opened a barrel and broom factory near…
Diphtheria-stricken school has reopened (11/28/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Dec. 3, 1908 from the Mathews Journal The Battery School at North, after being closed on account of diphtheria, reopened Monday with Miss Lucile Douglas as…
Redart resident is suffering from typhoid fever (11/20/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Nov. 26, 1908 from the Mathews Journal  We are sorry to report Miss Pamelia Marchant of Redart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Marchant, is quite…
Happenings at Redart in 1908 (11/7/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Nov. 12, 1908 from the Mathews Journal Mrs. Anne Dixon came home Saturday from Norfolk. She will spend some time with her parents at Redart before…
News from the distant past (10/31/2018) - This week we begin a new occasional item, 250 (or so) years ago, with news of Gloucester County (which then included Mathews) compiled by Sara Lewis from the Virginia Gazette…
A delightful social is held at Diggs (10/31/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Nov. 5, 1908 from the Mathews Journal News from Diggs: The pie and ice cream social at the Haven Hall Tuesday night was much enjoyed by…
Fortune-teller coming to Halloween party in Mathews (10/24/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Oct. 22, 1908 from the Mathews Journal The Halloween party will come off as scheduled on Saturday evening, Oct. 31, at “Cedar Lodge,” the home of…
A boat ride and an oyster roast enliven the week (10/17/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Oct. 15, 1908 from the Mathews Journal The most striking and enjoyable event of this week was a delightful launch ride and oyster roast. The participants…
The school year gets underway in Mathews (10/10/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Oct. 8, 1908 from the Mathews Journal Gwynn’s Island School will open this week. We are glad to have Miss Addie Pugh as teacher with us…
A Sunday School picnic is enjoyed (10/3/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Oct. 1, 1908 from the Mathews Journal The Sunday School Scholars of the Old Baptist Church went on a Sunday School picnic Thursday last. Dinner was…
Mathews Triad hosts Senior Safety Fair (9/26/2018) - Mathews County Triad’s Senior Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the social hall at Mathews Baptist Church at Hudgins. The…
Gloucester Civil War soldier’s story told (9/26/2018) - The story of Gloucester County Confederate soldier Robert Henry Gwynn, captured near Richmond in 1864 and sent to Union prison camp Elmira in New York, where he died, was told…
Merchants travel to Baltimore to buy their winter goods (9/26/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Oct. 1, 1908 from the Mathews Journal Messrs. J. Boyd and Robert Lee Sears were in Baltimore several days this week purchasing new goods for their…
Genealogy group meets Monday at Gloucester Library (9/19/2018) - The Gloucester Genealogical Society of Virginia will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in the Community Room of the Gloucester Public Library, Main Street Center. Rob Garnett will talk about Robert…
Court week draws out-of-towners (9/19/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Sept. 24, 1908 from the Mathews Journal Judge Claggett B. Jones, of King and Queen, Major James N. Stubbs of Gloucester, Col. John R. Saunders and…
How editors get rich (9/12/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Sept. 10, 1908 from the Mathews Journal “After a good deal of study and work we have at last figured out why so many country editors…
A rainy August finally comes to an end (9/5/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Sept. 3, 1908 from the Mathews Journal North correspondent reports: What phrase can better describe the weather of last week than the proverb, “It never rains…
Island crowd enjoys a watermelon party (8/29/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Aug. 27, 1908 from the Mathews Journal A watermelon party was given at the home of Miss Bernice Callis on Gwynn’s Island on Tuesday evening last.…
Overturned lamp almost causes a calamity (8/22/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Aug. 20, 1908 from the Mathews Journal Bohannon: Mr. J.B. White’s house came near to being burned on Thursday night of last week by the overturning…
Bay Aging receives national award for its veteran care program (8/22/2018) - Bay Aging’s Veteran Directed Care Program has been honored with an Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The awards program is supported by…