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Teachers named in Westville district (10/4/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Oct. 3, 1907 from the Mathews Journal The following teachers have been selected for the Westville district: High School – Mr. James Madison School No. 1…
Now the Tompkins Cottage (9/27/2017) - A group of interested county residents became concerned in the summer of 1967 about the future of this small house adjacent to Mathews Court Green, then known as the Miller…
Get your school supplies from Sibley Bros. (9/27/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Sept. 26, 1907 from the Mathews Journal Sibley Bros. just received a full supply of Public School books. The stock includes all the text books recommended…
Churches to hold combined prayer meetings (9/20/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Sept. 19, 1907 from the Mathews Journal The churches of our village have decided to hold a Union prayer meeting Tuesday evening of each week at…
Merchant prepares for the fall sales season (9/13/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday. Sept. 12, 1907 from the Mathews Journal Mr. Robert L. Sears, manager of Sears & Williams, has just left for Baltimore to replenish his stock. The…
Basket party to benefit parsonage fund (9/6/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Sept. 5, 1907 from the Mathews Journal The Willing Workers, of the Old Baptist Church, will have a basket party on the lawn in front of…
Blacksmith seeks an apprentice; more ads and news from 1907 and beyond (8/30/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Aug. 29, 1907 from the Mathews Journal Wanted: A boy to learn blacksmithing; a good job and the right kind of a home for an appreciative…
A hayride from Blakes to Mathews Court House (8/23/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Aug. 22, 1907 from the Mathews Journal Blakes: Mr. Gilbert Bassett gave a very delightful hayride in honor of Miss Straughter and Miss White. The jolly…
Preachers frown on Sunday steamboat excursions (8/16/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Aug. 15, 1907 from the Mathews Journal It was resolved that the ministers of Mathews County make from their pulpits an earnest appeal to their respective…
A birthday party in Mathews (8/9/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Aug. 8, 1907 from the Mathews Journal Little Lucy Litchfield Sears entertained her friends at a most enjoyable birthday party at her home “Halcyon Hall,” on…
Large raft of logs leaving East River (8/2/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, Aug. 1, 1907 from the Mathews Journal What is said to be the largest raft of logs ever towed up Chesapeake Bay is to start from…
A sailing party heads to Norfolk (7/26/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 25, 1907 from the Mathews Journal A merry party sailed from East River on Capt. Miles’ boat, the Effie Estelle, on Tuesday morning last. Their…
Baseball, dancing and violin music planned at Foster (7/19/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 18, 1907 from the Mathews Journal On Thursday next, the 25th, there will be a Baseball game between two picked nines on the lawn in…
Mr. Foster grows big potatoes on Put-in Creek (7/12/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 11, 1907 from the Mathews Journal Mr. Edwin Foster of Put-in Creek, brought into the office the other day two early rose potatoes. One weighed…
Historic photo … for two reasons (7/5/2017) - When public schools close in summer, Vacation Bible Schools begin. The Gazette-Journal in 1939 ran photographs of many Bible schools, including the one shown above which is historic for two…
A well driller advertises for business (7/5/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, July 4, 1907 from the Mathews Journal A great blessing for Mathews. Found, a strata of soft water from 90 to 120 feet deep; anyone wishing…
Do you believe in ghost stories? (6/28/2017) -   110 YEARS AGO Thursday, June 27, 1907 from the Mathews Journal Last Sunday evening two young ladies of Cricket Hill, on their way to church, stopped at the usual…
Big sale is underway at the Marchant store (6/21/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, June 20, 1907 from the Mathews Journal The J. Flave Marchant Co. just received a big lot 5 and 10 cents goods from a New York…
Unclaimed letters heading to Dead Letter Office (6/14/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, June 13, 1907 from the Mathews Journal Following is a list of letters remaining uncalled for in the Post Office at Mathews, Va., June 8. They…
Holly Grove Church hosts the Rev. Mr. Suddith, preacher (6/7/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, June 6, 1907 from the Mathews Journal The Rev. Mr. Suddith will preach at the Holly Grove Christian Church at 11 a.m. on Sunday next. Children’s…
A profitable program at Bethel Church (5/31/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, May 30, 1907 from the Mathews Journal Quite a crowd gathered at Bethel Church on Sunday night last to witness one of the most illustrious melodramatics…
Ice cream social planned in Mathews (5/24/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, May 23, 1907 from the Mathews Journal There will be a strawberry and ice cream festival on June 4 at the old home of Mr. Cornelius…
A ‘wheel,’ which probably meant a bicycle, stolen at Susan (5/17/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, May 16, 1907 from the Mathews Journal Some scamp or tramp entered the yard of Mr. W.L. Williams at Susan during the past week and carried…
‘I would rather be defeated honestly than to be elected dishonestly’ (5/10/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, May 9, 1907 from the Mathews Journal To the voters of Mathews County: As I got quite a complimentary vote four years ago for Treasurer I…
A new millinery department in village store (5/3/2017) - 110 YEARS AGO Thursday, May 2, 1907 from the Mathews Journal The firm of Sears and Williams opened their millinery department this week. Mr. R. Lee Sears arrived home from…