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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…
Sailing, swimming, tub races planned in North River regatta (8/15/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Aug. 13, 1908 from The Mathews Journal The Annual Regatta in North River will be held on Aug. 15th this year and will include some water…
Five-pointers (8/8/2018) - Five-Pointer students of the second grade at New Point Elementary School in 1938 were, seated from left, Virginia Dare Hudgins, Walter Coles Burroughs, Franklin Grinnell, Charlotte Brown, Carrie Ann Belvin,…
Island boys beat Cobbs Creek in base-ball (8/8/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Aug. 6, 1908 from the Mathews Journal There was an interesting game of base-ball played here on Saturday, Aug. 1st, between the Cobbs Creek and Island…
Rain showers refresh the local crops (8/1/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 30, 1908 from the Mathews Journal From North: The refreshing showers which fell here last Sunday and Tuesday made the farmers all feel as if…
Devastating drought (8/1/2018) - Bobby Soles of Dutton is shown in August 1980 while harvesting what he could after three months of what he called a “disastrous” drought. According to the Gazette-Journal of that…
Eight hound pups move to Port Haywood (7/25/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 23, 1908 from the Mathews Journal Among the freight that was landed at Diggs Wharf on last Saturday was a box containing eight hound pups,…
Red Men’s service held at Bethel Church (7/18/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 16, 1908 from the Mathews Journal An elegant sermon was delivered last Sunday afternoon at Bethel by the Rev. R. F.  Gayle. The church was…
Gloucester Point residents attend Mathews Chautauqua (7/11/2018) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 9, 1908 from tThe Mathews Journal Among the large number of people from Gloucester attending the Chautauqua on Monday were Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Clopton…