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50 YEARS AGO (1940)

President Roosevelt called 300 more area National Guard members for active service, including Major Ralph Lewis, Greensboro Mayor, and they were to train at Fort Moultrie, S.C.... Climbing postal receipts for 1940 so far in Greensboro were reported at $372,419.30, or $39,908 above the same period of 1939, according to assistant postmaster J.H. Armfield.... The annual audit for the City of Greensboro was turned over to city manager C.W. Smedberg by auditors of Everett, Zane and Muse and listed city assets at $26,368.40 and liabilities at $13,680,667.16, leaving a surplus of $12,688,255.24.... With pastor Wilson Woodcock in charge and M.A. Huggins, general secretary of the Baptist State Convention, as speaker, College Park Baptist Church held its first meeting in the new church at the corner of Walker Avenue and Aycock Street.... The Southern Football Officials Association named Henry Wiley Sholar of Greensboro as their new president when they met in Durham.

40 YEARS AGO (1950)An estimated 12,000 area tobacco growers and their families almost filled the huge Guilford County Tobacco Warehouse to celebrate the opening of the sales season and to crown Dolphine Cobb ``Miss Bright Leaf of Guilford County for 1950'.... Katherine Murray was named director of elementary instruction for rural Guilford County schools, superintendent E.D. Idol announced.... Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Rector, Rev. Robert E. Cox, held his last service here before leaving for Alexandria, Va., to become assistant professor of New Testament at Virginia Episcopal Seminary.... Joe H. Johnson of Greensboro was in charge of the Carolinas Association of Retail Clothiers and Furnishers as president during their annual convention in Asheville where J.C. Cowan Jr., president of Burlington Mills (now Burlington Industries), was one of the main speakers.... Sammy Kaye and his ``Swing and Sway' band played to a large audience at the Sports Arena and persons from the audience were invited to take a baton and lead the orchestra and then keep the baton.

30 YEARS AGO (1960)

Guilford County Civil Defense director, Murray Thornton, said a fallout shelter would be built in the basement of the city water filtering plant on Battleground Avenue with a $10,000 grant from the federal government.... Allen S. Wilkinson was named assistant business manager and treasurer of Greensboro College, school president Dr. Harold Hutson announced.... State Highway Patrol area commander, Capt. A.W. Welch, urged use of seat belts in motor vehicles, reporting that none of the more than 400 persons killed on highways during the Labor Day weekend was wearing a seat belt.... Mrs. J.C. Minhinnette retired from the Internal Revenue Service after 25 years and was guest of honor at a party at Tropicana Supper Club given by her co-workers.... Guilford College president, Dr. Clyde A. Milner, announced that Charles A. Dana, New York industrialist, had provided scholarships for 10 students for 1960-61, 20 for 1961-62 and 30 for 1962-63.

20 YEARS AGO (1970)

Greensboro Jaycees gave a helping hand to ``Operation Hand-Clasp,' an operation devised to aid orphans in Vietnam, with Joe Regan in charge of collecting food and clothing to be shipped overseas.... The Don Trexler Singers of Greensboro returned from engagements in tours of England, Germany, France, Holland and Switzerland.... First Lutheran Church named Dr. Paul Morgan, who had served as co-pastor with Dr. Samuel L. Sox for nine years, to become pastor upon the approaching retirement of Dr. Sox.... The Frank Williams Junior Adults Choir of Greensboro was awarded a mammoth trophy as ``America's Most Promising Gospel Choir' in competition in St. Louis, Mo.... The Guilford County Economic Opportunity Council received a $126,750 grant from the Federal Department of Labor for a revised version of their Neighborhood Youth Corps Program.

10 YEARS AGO (1980)

The real estate revaluation came under renewed attack by president C.L. Osmint of the United Taxpayers of North Carolina, when he explained his opposition by noting the methods of revaluation by inadequately trained appraisers.... District Soil Conservationist John Andrews told county commissioners that his study of the county indicated the county was composed of 152, 501 acres of ``State and Local Important Farmland', or less important for agricultural use.... Ralph Lambeth who had operated radio station WGBG-AM for nearly 40 years sold the station to the W.S. Wellons family of Spring Lake.... The field of candidates for Greensboro's first election of school board members swelled to 36 as the filing period closed.... The National Association of Marketing Magazine, ``Emphasis,' classified the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce as the most active in social and political issues in the community, particularly in the field of race relations.

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