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50 YEARS AGO (1940)

Greensboro shivered in the coldest weather recorded officially in this vicinity when the mercury slipped to seven degrees below zero at the Greensboro-High Point Airport. Not only did it mark the lowest reading ever for Greensboro, it marked the longest sustained period of sub-zero readings. The zero point was reported at 4:35 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, and it grew colder until the record low at 7 a.m. That record was eclipsed on Jan. 29 at 7:50 a.m. when the mercury dropped further to reach 7.3 below zero. The previous recorded low was reported at four below zero on Feb. 1, 1936.... The Greensboro Lions Club entertained members of the cast of the Verdi dramatic opera, ``Rigoletto', at their luncheon meeting. The club was sponsoring the appearance of the San Carlo Opera Co. with Lion R.T. Wills as chairman of the event committee.... The Greensboro Council of Parents and Teachers elected Mrs. A.W. Clairborne as president.... Herman Cone was named president of the Greensboro Boy Scout Council.... Mose Kiser of Greensboro was elected president of the newly organized Dairy Council of Greensboro and High Point, and unit of the National Dairy Council.

40 YEARS AGO (1950)North Carolina's first Book and Authors Luncheon sponsored by the Greensboro Historical Book Club with Miss Clara Byrd as president, was held here and featured Mebane Holoman Burgwyn, Phillips Russell and Lillian Smith.... A local perpetual motion machine by the name of Carson Bain was tapped by the Greensboro Junior Chamber of Commerce as the ``Outstanding Young Man of the Year.'... Mrs. John R. Taylor was elected president of the Greensboro YWCA to succeed Mrs. Leon Ellis who was installed as president of the Greensboro Automobile Association, with Harry D. Kellett as vice president and S.I. Stewart as secretary-treasurer.... Dr. Richard B. Dunn succeeded Dr. Palmer A. Shelburne as president of the Greensboro Academy of Medicine and called on physician to ``support and provide a practical plan for medical care.'

30 YEARS AGO (1960)

The Federal Health, Education and Welfare Department approved plans for the Moses H. Cone Hospital's $2,448,095 expansion of facilities, hospital director Harold Harold Bettis informed a meeting of the hospital trustees.... William L. Beerman was elected president of the Greensboro Medical and Hospitalization Fund to succeed Mrs. Clyde M. Andrews.... The O. Henry Woman's Club celebrated its fifth birthday and elected Mrs. Ronald Reed as president.... Dr. Ralph Lake succeeded Dr. Thomas Henson as Greensboro Academy of Medicine president and Dr. J.W. Tankersley was nominated as a candidate for ``N.C. Physician of the Year.'... City School superintendent, Philip J. Weaver, was elected president of the Greensboro Rotary Club to succeed John Harden.

20 YEARS AGO (1970)

County manager John Witherspoon reported federal and state funds were available for a food stamp program and that a study was being made to determine whether the county would switch to the plan.... Save Our Zoo Committee chairman, Harold Meekins, reported that the City of Greensboro had agreed to join the effort to seek $270,000 to establish a Greensboro zoo.... Mrs. James C. Wade was named ``Secretary of the Year' when the O. Henry Chapter of the National Secretaries Association held a dinner meeting at Hilton Inn.... Wayne Griffin, formerly of Greensboro, was promoted to vice president of the New York Stock Exchange firm of Hayden Stone.... Louis S. Fields, former civics teacher at Kiser Junior High School, was appointed administrative assistant to city manager, John Turner.

10 YEARS AGO (1980)

Senior Superior Court Judge Charles T. Kivett said Allen D. Hamilton had been hired as court administrator for the purpose of reducing case loads and expenses of the court.... Assistant city manager, Jim Baugh, reported a new policy on use of city cars by city employees would prevent trips outside the county and save the city money.... Ray Manieri resigned as executive director of old Greensborough Preservation Society, according to John Tasker, society president.... City School board chairman, James Betts, said he had been surprised by the failure of any city comment on the new district plan for electing board members.... Nancy Diane Barfield, Lenoir County's Junior Miss, was crowned N.C. Junior Miss in competition here and advanced to the national competition later in Mobile, Ala.

*************************** Robert F. Farley, former Greensboro News & Record librarian and once managing editor, retired in 1972 from the newspaper.


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