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OldLick.pdf
This is a guide to a collection of death certificates of individuals buried in Old Lick, First Baptist Church, and City Farm cemeteries beginning with the earliest available certificates in 1912 and concluding with 1960 when burials at the cemeteries…

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Attendees at the last worship service in the wooden A-frame chapel of Virginia Heights Baptist Church before moving worship to the new brick sanctuary.

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Looking west on Memorial Avenue (then Virginia Avenue) from Grandin Road at the original A-frame chapel of Virginia Heights Baptist Church (foreground) and construction of new brick sanctuary.

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The new sanctuary of Virginia Heights Baptist Church under construction on Memorial Avenue (then Virginia Avenue).

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Laying of the cornerstone for the new sanctuary of Virginia Heights Baptist Church.

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Interior of the original wooden chapel of Virginia Heights Baptist Church.

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Wooden chapel of Virginia Heights Baptist Church on what is now the 2000 block of Memorial Avenue, SW (then Virginia Avenue) near the intersection with Grandin Road.

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The original A-frame chapel of Virginia Heights Baptist Church is being moved to make way for the construction of a new sanctuary.

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Original A-frame chapel of Virginia Heights Baptist Church is being moved to make way for the construction of brick sanctuary.

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Jo Lane Stern Battalion, Company B, in front of the Roanoke Auditorium. Col. Jo Lane Stern, inspector general of the State, mustered in the Jo Lane Stern Battalion of Virginia volunteers in Roanoke, composed of four full companies, numbering 267 men…

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The Thomas A. Kinsey family on front porch of the home at 1510 Franklin Road, SW.

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Thomas A. and Josephine Kinsey in front of their home at 1510 Franklin Road, SW.

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Thomas A. Kinsey home, formerly located at 1510 Franklin Road SW.

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Thomas A. Kinsey home, formerly located at 1510 Franklin Road SW.

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John M. Oakey and Sons garage, located at 321 Luck Avenue SW, provided the first ambulance and garage for Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew.

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Some equipment, including an "iron lung" and 1947 Oldsmobile 78 emergency vehicle on display at Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew.

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Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew equipment display arranged for the public.

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Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew purchased it first ambulance in 1932, a Ford panel truck.

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Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew equipment display, including the crew's first ambulance, a Cadillac donated by John M. Oakey and Sons Funeral Home.

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Julian Stanley Wise founded the Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew in 1928. Wise had witnessed a drowning in the Roanoke River as a child. This incident greatly impacted his life, resulting in the formation of the first volunteer rescue squad…

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The American Theatre once stood on the corner of Jefferson Street and Kirk Avenue. Built in 1928, the theatre remained in operation until 1971; it was razed in 1973.

MP 31.8 American Theatre.jpg
The original American Theatre building was located at 217 S. Jefferson Street. Built by the Young Men's Christian Association in 1902, it would later be sold to an investment group and converted into a theatre in 1913. This building was razed in…

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Window display of Glenn-Minnich after remodeling. The slogans of the store were, "The store with the friendly door." and "Clothes for men and men who stay young."

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LeCompte Glenn in front of Glenn-Minnich, formerly located at 108 W. Campbell Avenue.

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The shoe department at Glenn-Minnich.

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Street-level entrance of Glenn-Minnich, formerly located at 108 W. Campbell Avenue.

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Amy Jo Glenn (left) and Vetty Beckwith Glenn cutting cake inside Glenn-Minnich on the occasion of the store's Ruby Jubilee or fortieth anniversary.

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Interior of Glenn-Minnich after a recent remodel.

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Interior of Glenn-Minnich after a recent remodel.

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The College Shop in Glenn-Minnich shown after a recent remodel.

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Interior of Glenn-Minnich after a recent remodel.

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The Boy Scout Department after a recent remodel at Glenn-Minnich, formerly located 108 W. Campbell Avenue.

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Cutting a cake celebrating Glenn-Minnich's Rub Jubilee or forty years in business are, left to right, Estelle Penn, Nancy P. Deyerle, LeCompte Glenn Deyerle, unidentified, and Mildred Glenn.

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The Glenn-Minnich store, formerly located at 108 W. Campbell Avenue, on closing day. Glenn-Minnich operated from 1913 until 1960 and was founded by C.B. Minnich, Myrl Glenn, and H.A. Glenn.

HarrisCNelson.jpg
Date of Birth: August 21, 1964
Mayor from July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2008
Other offices held: City Council July 1, 1996 to June 30, 2004

SmithRalph.jpg
Date of Birth: July 19, 1942
Mayor from July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2004
Other offices held: Senator, Virginia 22nd District, 2008-2012; Senator, Virginia 19th District, 2012-2016

BowersDavid.jpg
Date of Birth: May 11, 1952
Mayor from July 1, 1992 to June 30, 2000 and July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2016

DillardBenton.jpg
Date of Birth: December 23, 1905
Mayor from September 1, 1964 to August 31, 1968
Other offices held: City Council, September 1, 1946 to August 31, 1966
Date of Death: May 23, 1972

StollerMurray.jpg
Date of Birth: March 16, 1919
Ex-Officio Mayor from September 1, 1962 to August 31, 1964
Other offices held: City Council, September 1, 1962 to August 31, 1966
Date of Death: July 4, 2002

AndersonWillis.jpg
Date of Birth: November 3, 1928
Ex-Officio Mayor from September 1, 1960 to August 31, 1962
Other offices held: City Council, September 1, 1958 to August 31, 1962; Virginia House of Delegates, 1964-1971
Date of Death: April 23, 2002

WheelerVincent.jpg
Date of Birth: May 26, 1907
Ex-Officio Mayor from September 1, 1958 to August 31, 1960
Other offices held: City Council, September 1, 1956 to August 31, 1972
Date of Death: September 10, 1983

YoungWalter.jpg
Date of Birth: July 20, 1901
Ex-Officio Mayor from September 1, 1956 to August 31, 1958
Other offices held: City Council, September 1, 1950 to November 9, 1964
Date of Death: July 1, 1973

WoodyRobert.jpg
Date of Birth: August 22, 1914
Ex-Officio Mayor from September 1, 1954 to August 31, 1956
Other offices held: City Council, July 28, 1952 to August 31, 1954
Date of Death: April 28, 2011

WebberRoy.jpg
Date of Birth: November 7, 1905
Ex-Officio Mayor from September 1, 1950 to August 31, 1951, Ex-Officio Mayor September 1, 1952 to August 31, 1954, and Mayor September 1, 1968 to October 18, 1975 Other offices held: City Council, September 1, 1950…

MintonArcher.jpg
Date of Birth: January 3, 1893
Ex-Officio Mayor from September 1, 1949 to August 31, 1950 and September 1, 1951 to August 31, 1952
Other offices held: City Council, 1946-1954
Date of Death: March 6, 1962

HunterWilliams.jpg
Date of Birth: May 29, 1884
Ex-Officio Mayor from September 1, 1948 to August 31, 1949
Other offices held: City Council, September 1, 1948 to August 31, 1952
Date of Death: March 13, 1956

EdwardsRichard.jpg
Date of Birth: April 15, 1911
Mayor from September 1, 1946 to August 31, 1948
Date of Death: December 11, 1968

HenebryLeo.jpg
Date of Birth: October 31, 1894
Mayor from October 15, 1943 to August 31, 1946
Date of Death: November 14, 1974

WoodWalter.jpg
Date of Birth: March 12, 1896
Mayor from September 1, 1938 to October 15, 1943
Other offices held: City Council 1936-1938; Virginia House of Delegates, 1944-1945
Date of Death: January 14, 1977

BearJames.jpg
Date of Birth: March 25, 1881
Mayor from June 2, 1938 to August 31, 1938
Other offices held: City County, 1934-1940; Virginia House of Delegates, 1924-1929 and 1946-1947
Date of Death: September 4, 1956

SmallSydney.jpg
Date of Birth: October 31, 1892
Mayor from September 1, 1934 to June 2, 1938
Date of Death: March 24, 1973

FoxCharles.jpg
Date of Birth: January 31, 1869
Mayor from September 1, 1926 to August 31, 1930
Other offices held: City Council, July 1, 1895 to July 1, 1899
Date of Death: August 3, 1942

FishburnBlair.jpg
Date of Birth: June 25, 1876
Mayor from September 1, 1922 to August 31, 1926
Other offices held: City Council, May 6, 1907 to September 1, 1918; Virginia House of Delegates, 1932-1936
Date of Death: June 13, 1962

BoxleyWW.jpg
Date of Birth: July 17, 1861
Mayor from September 1, 1918 to August 31, 1922
Date of Death: January 12, 1940

BrounCharles.jpg
Date of Birth: July 14, 1862
Ex-Officio Mayor from October 18, 1915 to August 31, 1918
Other offices held: City Council, September 1, 1912 to August 31, 1918
Date of Death: July 29, 1938

MoomawCephas.jpg
Date of Birth: October 23, 1849
Mayor from February 1, 1913 to October 18, 1915
Date of Death: October 18, 1915

WoodsJohn.jpg
Date of Birth: July 27, 1858
Mayor from July 1, 1912 to December 23, 1912
Other offices held: Virginia House of Delegates, 1889-1900
Date of Death: December 23, 1912

SeifertSylvester.jpg
Date of Birth: September 2, 1869
Mayor from April 9, 1912 to June 30, 1912 and September 1, 1930 to August 31, 1934
Other offices held: City Council, July 1897 to 1914
Date of Death: October 11, 1943

CutchinJoel.jpg
Date of Birth: February 2, 1846
Mayor from July 1, 1902 to April 9, 1912
Other offices held: City Council, July 1, 1898 to July 1, 1902
Date of Death: September 20, 1917

BucknerRobert.jpg
Date of Birth: October 5, 1850
Mayor from February 13, 1902 to June 30, 1902
Other offices held: City Council, July 1, 1887 to July 1, 1902
Date of Death: June 10, 1935

BryanJRandolph.jpg
Date of Birth: January 9, 1868
Mayor from July 1, 1900 to February 13, 1902
Date of Death: August 1, 1909

WoodsJames.jpg
Date of Birth: February 4, 1868
Mayor from July 1, 1898 to June 30, 1900
Other offices held: City Council, November 10, 1896 to July 1, 1898; U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia's 6th District, February 25, 1919 to March 3, 1923
Date of…

AndrewsWilliam.jpg
Date of Birth: December 23, 1850
Mayor from November 2, 1896 to June 30, 1898
Other offices held: City Council, July 1, 1884 to July 1, 1890 and April 10, 1894 to November 2, 1896
Date of Death: March 22, 1931

McClellandRobert.jpg
Date of Birth: 1834
Mayor from July 1, 1896 to November 2, 1896
Other offices held: City Council, 1891-1896
Date of Death: November 2, 1896.

JonesSturgis.jpg
Date of Birth: February 1859
Mayor from July 1, 1894 to June 30, 1896
Date of Death: January 14, 1902

TroutHenry.jpg
Date of Birth: October 15, 1841
Mayor from July 1, 1892 to June 30, 1894
Other offices held: Virginia House of Delegates, December 5, 1877 to December 3, 1879; Senator, Virginia's 4th District, December 5, 1883 to December 8, 1887; City Council,…

EvansWilliam.jpg
Date of Birth: January 16, 1852
Mayor from July 1, 1890 to June 30, 1892
Date of Death: April 15, 1915

CarrWilliam.jpg
Date of Birth: February 17, 1829
Mayor from July 1, 1886 to April 20, 1890
Date of Death: April 20, 1890

WilliamsSamuel.jpg
Date of Birth: January 26, 1828
Mayor from July 1, 1885 to June 30, 1886
Other offices held: Missouri State Legislature, 1860-1862
Date of Death: November 28, 1903

DunstanJohn.jpg
Date of Birth: c. 1839
Mayor from July 1, 1884 to June 30, 1885
Date of Death: September 21, 1902

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Marshall Waid
Date of Birth: 1841
Mayor, Town of Big Lick from July 1, 1880 to February 3, 1882, and Town of Roanoke, February 3, 1882 to June 30, 1882
Date of Death: March 7, 1887

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William H. Startzman
Date of Birth: January 6, 1830
Mayor, Town of Big Lick: July 1, 1878 to June 30, 1880
Date of Death: January 5, 1908

GriggsSamuel.jpg
Samuel Griggs
Date of Birth: April 1827
Mayor, Town of Big Lick: July 1, 1876 to June 30, 1878
Date of Death: June 21, 1903

Beehive1935.pdf
Beehive was the annual for William Fleming High School until 1937 when the title was changed to Colonel.

BodineCollection.pdf
This collection consists of genealogical research compiled by Evelyn Ashworth Bodine. Ms. Bodine compiled records on a number of surnames, primarily Ashworth, Bodine, Burgess, Ferguson-Phelps, Hiett, and Thornton-Gadd. Each folder included on the…

Smith-Riffe.pdf
The Smith-Riffe Collection represents a half century of
genealogical and local history research in the New River counties of southern West Virginia and adjacent Virginia.

GarrettGrady.pdf
The Manuscripts of Grady Garrett consists of 12 reels of microfilm containing genealogical research on families of Virginia and North Carolina.

RVMLSRealEstateListings.pdf
This is a guide to photographs included in the Roanoke Real Estate Multiple Listings Service Photograph Collection. Photos include many Roanoke Valley homes on the market or new construction between 1989 and 1999. All photos are single family…

HomesIndex.pdf
An index to homes from Roanoke, Salem, and the surrounding areas profiled in Historic Garden Week in Virginia, 1938-2010.

Rosenthal.mp3
Oral History Interview with Dr. Gregory Samantha Rosenthal
Interviewer: Catherine Jessee
Interviewer: Dr. Gregory Samantha Rosenthal
Date: 6 April 2021
Location: Online via Zencastr
Duration: 1:29:39

BurtonNeighborsAddenda.pdf
The Burton/Neighbors Addenda Collection is comprised of materials related to families, landowners, and soldiers from the Botetourt County area. The collection includes a spiral bound notebook, 1 journal publication, loose leaf documents and newspaper…

RossShamaill.mp3
Oral History Interview with Shamaill Ross
Interviewer: Michelle Ogutu
Interviewee: Shamaill Ross
Date: 23 March 2021
Location: Online via Zencastr
Duration: 1:19:43
Transcription prepared by: Liz Ragsdale, Avery Monahan, and Alejandra Carino

Price.mp3
Oral History Interview with Price
Interviewer: Steph Zemba
Interviewee: Price
Date: 18 March 2021
Location: Online via Zencastr
Duration: 94:18
Transcription prepared by: Erica Gudino, Hannah Brotton, Charlie, Steph Zemba, and Alexus Smith

LoweryCatina.mp3
Oral History Interview with Catina Lowery
Interviewee: Catina Lowery
Interviewer: Alexis Mattson
Date: 24 March 2021
Location: Online via Zencastr
Duration: 59:49
Transcription prepared by: Lucy Perry

JonesToya.mp3
Oral History Interview with Toya Jones
Interviewer: Alexis Ebbrecht
Interviewee: Toya Jones
Date: 21 March 2021
Location: Online via Zencastr
Duration: 55:30
Transcription prepared by: Tatiana Cherry-Santos, Caitlin Sharkey, Dylan Sheck, and…

MP 5.38 Virginia Heights Elementary.jpg
Virginia Heights Elementary School is located at 1210 Amherst Street SW.

MP 5.37 528 Marshall Avenue.jpg
Home located at 528 Marshall Avenue SW.

MP 5.39 McNease Shoe Company.jpg
McNease Shoe Company, formerly located at 14 Campbell Avenue SE. At left is the owner, Wallace M. McNease. Others unidentified.

MP 5.41 Lakeside.jpg
Ferris wheel and Scrambler at Lakeside Park

MP 2.12 Roanoke Aerial.jpg
Aerial view of Downtown Roanoke looking west.

MP 2.32 Victory Stadium.jpg
An aerial view of Victory Stadium. Victory Stadium was built in 1942 and razed in 2006.

MP 5.36 Oakeys Downtown.jpg
Interior of Oakey's Downtown chapel.

MP 5.381 William Ruffner Middle copy.jpg
William Ruffner Middle School, formerly located at 3601 Ferncliff Avenue NW. The school opened in 1970 and closed in 2009. The building is used as an operations center by Roanoke City Public Schools.

MP 50.3 Crystal Spring Laundry.jpg
Crystal Spring Laundry and Cleaners, formerly located at 2049 E. Main Street in Salem.

MP 50.2 Crystal Spring Laundry.jpg
Crystal Spring Laundry and Cleaners, formerly located at 3008 Williamson Road NW.

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Crystal Spring Laundry and Cleaners, formerly located at 720 Franklin Road SW.

Lamplighter1965.pdf
The Lamplighter was the annual for Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing. Other names for the yearbook include The Jefferson and The Jeffersonian.

Jeffersonian1964.pdf
The Jeffersonian was the annual for Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing. Other names for the yearbook include The Jefferson and The Lamplighter.

Jefferson1958.pdf
The Jefferson was the annual for Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing. Other names for the yearbook include The Jeffersonian and The Lamplighter.

NBC1924.pdf
Descriptive book for National Business College.

Pioneer1936.pdf
The Pioneer was the annual for Andrew Lewis High School.

Pioneer1934.pdf
The Pioneer was the annual for Andrew Lewis High School.

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Martha Woodrum and R.J. "Bob" Donahoe at Woodrum Field.

RAC79 Dedication.jpg
Hostesses gather for a group photograph at the dedication of Woodrum Field. Front row, left to right: Jean Fishburn, Claudine Pendleton, Louise Frantz, Evelyn Correll, Dot Donahoe. Back row, left to right: Mae Williams, Marion Elliott, Jessie Mae…

RAC78 Dedication.jpg
A crowd gathers for the dedication of Woodrum Field. The plane in the background is an American Airlines DC-3.

Alphonzo Holland Collection.pdf
This is a guide to the Alphonzo L. Holland Sr. Collection. This collection contains items related to the life of Alsphonzo L. Holland, who was a World War II Veteran and prominent Roanoke citizen. The collection consists of various documents and…

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Charles Harris at his home on Westover Avenue SW.

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Starkey Baseball Team. Front row, left to right: Randolf Reed, Joe Starkey, Edgar Musgrove, A.R. Meador, Jr., Edward Burris; Back row, left to right: John Slovensky, Minnix, Earnest Arthur, Junior Haislip, Clifton Meador, and David Mitchell. Bat…

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Firemen at Fire Station No. 1. Left to right: Earl Hawkins, Charles Nolley, James Nichols, William Barker, Edward Barker, Ernest Buford, Daniel Sink, Leonard Black, Maynard Peters, Eslie Knowles, and Earnest Ferguson.

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Fireman drafted into military service at Fire Station No. 1.

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Lester Kelly in Engine 10, a 1940 Dodge fire truck at the Williamson Road Station. The Williamson Road Station was annexed into the city on 1 January 1949

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Roy Hall and his band with Roy Rogers. Left to right: Wayne Watson, Tommy Magness, Roy Hall, Roy Rogers, Woody Mashburn, Bill Brown, and Clayton Hall.

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Roy Kinsey, Jr., John Payne, and Bob Kinsey on the day the Mill Mountain Star was lit.

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The congregation of Mt. Zion AME Church.

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Woodrum Field with the Cannaday home and control tower.

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Congressman Clifton Woodrum, Sr. stands in front of his Fairchild 24. Woodrum soloed in 1942

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Class of Navy aviation cadets in front of a C-47 at Woodrum Field.

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The Cannaday home with the control tower on top.

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The first "control tower" at Woodrum Field, an 8-foot square shed built on top of the Cannaday home, could be accessed by going onto the roof.

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Dr. Walter Claytor, DDS.

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Norfolk & Western Band in new uniforms. Kneeling at left is the director, L. Christensen.

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Captain Julian S. Wise, with some equipment used by the Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew, gives a presentation to a civic group at the Hotel Roanoke.

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Roanoke Black Cardinals semi-pro baseball team. Front row, left to right: Palmer, Rice, Jones (manager), Dawson, Perry, Boyd; Back row, left to right: G. Brown, Craighead, C. Brown, and Williams.

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James Pullen (center, in conductor's cap) assists Norfolk & Western Passenger Station employees with removal of a war veteran's remains from the baggage car of Train No. 23.

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Colored Division of the Norfolk & Western Veterans Association meeting in front of the Virginia Theatre.

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Monroe Junior High School Band.

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Marble shooter Larry Vinson with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl O. Vinson.

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Roanoke All-Stars semi-pro baseball team. Front row, left to right: S. Robinson, M. Williams, R.F. Rice, Babe Easley, G. Hampton, H. Petey, Edward Jones, manager; Back row, left to right: Scrappy Brown, F. Boyd, G. Brown, R.R. McAsee, R. Wood, and…

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Lt. E.H. St. Clair of Roanoke is shown in the cockpit of his flying fortress, "The Roanoke Magician", in England. He was a veteran of over 30 combat attacks and a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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Norfolk & Western Freight Car Department employees line up to submit their membership applications to Edith Davis of Blue Cross. Note that health insurance premiums were five cents per day.

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Norfolk & Western Shops wheel rollers put on an exhibition at the Virginia Press Association convention for cameras from MGM, Paramount, Fox Movietone News, and the Roanoke Times. Participants were John Canty, Pleas Casey, Charles Wiley, and Thomas…

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Class J-1 Engine No. 605 rolls out of the Norfolk & Western Shops. War rationing meant no streamlined cowling or roller bearings on the rods.

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Radio production for Norfolk & Western broadcast heard on WSLS and other radio stations served by N&W. Left to right: J.L. Ramsey, material inspector; Ed Skotch, WSLS production manager; Tom Slater, WSLS announcer; Phillip Briggs, WSLS engineer.

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Norfolk & Western Male Chorus singing, "I've Been Working on the Railroad", for a system-wide radio broadcast.

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US Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, Jr. speaks at a speakers platform at the Roanoke Auditorium.

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Norfolk & Western Shops Noon-Day Chorus. The group rehearsed and sang each day at lunchtime.

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W.C. Driscoll demonstrates his patented new outdoor bowling game, Sok-A-Blok. The game was manufactured by Whitescarver and Dyal and sold in local hardware stores.

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The USO Lounge at the Norfolk & Western Passenger Station formally opened on 13 May 1942.

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The Norfolk & Western Machine Shop balcony served as a platform for speakers and musicians during a war savings bond rally that observed an 88% participation rate by N&W employees.

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Chinese Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hu Shih, shakes hands with Virginia Chamber of Commerce president J.S. Easley as George Dunglinson looks on.

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Norfolk & Western Railway Veterans Association 10th Annual Meeting at the Roanoke Auditorium opens with "Stand By America", led vocally by Mrs. Ruth Thomas.

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Choirs of Bethel AME Church and Starkey Church.

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Jack Dempsey aboard the Pocahontas after refereeing a wrestling match at the Roanoke Auditorium. Dempsey was boxing heavyweight champ from 1919-1926.

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Singer and actress Jeanette MacDonald arriving in Roanoke by train.

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An aerial view looking east on the Norfolk & Western Shops.

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Norfolk & Western members of the 23rd Battalion, US Marine Corps Reserve, 116th Infantry.

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Members of the Roanoke Gun Club on opening day. J.J. Barry was president.

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The Robertson Singers of Roanoke. Seated, left to right: J.H. Robertson, Mrs. J.H. Robertson; standing, left to right: J.W. Harris, Charles Wiley, and V. Guerrant.

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Norfolk & Western Railway Band.

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Norfolk & Western East End Shops.

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The Detective Division of Roanoke City Police Department gives an interview to WSLS, WDBJ, and WROV radio stations in connection with the Dana Marie Weaver murder investigation.

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Looking east on Kirk Avenue SW.

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Construction of Lansdowne Park.

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Birds-eye view of Reserve Avenue with Victory Stadium on left. Virginian Railway operations at right.

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Looking north on Franklin Road from the intersection with Elm Avenue SW.

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Intersection of Franklin Road and Marshall Avenue SW.

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Norfolk & Western passenger station.

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Looking south on Grandin Road.

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Looking north on Grandin Road.

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The second Lucy Addison High School (now Lucy Addison Middle School) under construction.

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Looking north on 6th Street near Marshall Avenue SW.

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Unidentified employees of an Esso Station.

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W.P. Hunter Memorial at Hunter Viaduct. The inscription reads, "Hunter Memorial Bridge in grateful memorial of William Pearce Hunter; May 29, 1884 - March 13, 1956; first city manager, October 1, 1918 - December 31, 1947; member City Council,…

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Looking east on Tazewell Avenue near the intersection with 8th Street SE.

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Looking west on Fleming Avenue from the intersection of Winsloe Avenue NE.

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Monroe Junior High School, formerly located at 1122 19th Street NW.

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Washington Park pool.

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Soldiers march in a parade on Campbell Avenue at 3rd Street SW.

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Intersection of 2nd Street and Salem Avenue SW. M.J. Patsel Druggists visible at right.

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Rish Equipment Company, formerly located at 405 Centre Avenue, NW.

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Gilmer Avenue NW. Reliable Service Grocers visible at left.

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Close-up of the Mill Mountain Star shortly after completion.

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Looking west on Church Avenue near the Jefferson Street intersection.

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Roanoke City Police Department, 3rd Platoon.

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Roanoke City Police Department on the steps of the municipal building.

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Eddie Bennett stands beside his father's (Joseph Bennett) brand new 1949 Mercury. Photo was taken at the family home on 30th Street, NW.

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Aerial view of Victory Stadium during a Jefferson High School football game.

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Jefferson High School versus William Byrd High School in football.

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Coronation of first annual Snow Queen (Joanne Friend) at Jefferson High School during Christmas Dance.

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William Fleming High School. This building would later become Breckinridge Middle School.

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The "Young Roanoke Sings" Chorus was heard weekly on WSLS Radio.

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Viaud School was founded by Madame Viaud in 1926. The school was located at 105 Mountain Avenue SW when this photo was taken.

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Olympian Jesse Owens signs autographs at Carver School in Salem.

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The "funeral procession" for "Johnny Non-Voter" on Jefferson Street in route to the municipal building. The funeral was a promotion by the Roanoke Junior Chamber of Commerce as a means to get Roanokers to vote in the Democratic primaries for…

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The Blue Ridge Entertainers played regularly on local radio and played in the studio the day WROV went on the air. There was another group by the same name and this group was the "second unit". Back row, left to right: Rufus Hall, Hank Angle, Jay…

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Home of William S. and Daisy Schley, located at 203 Gilmer Avenue NW.

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Military airplane at Woodrum Field. Left to right: Lawrence Hall, Buddy Wingfield, and Raymond Hall.

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Dr. Harry T. Penn. In addition to practicing dentistry, Dr. Penn was the first African American school board member for the City of Roanoke and a prominent civic and civil rights leader.

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First chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Salem.

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Ruins of Fort Lewis mansion after it was destroyed by fire on 25 July 1949.

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Corner of Grandin Road and Brandon Avenue which would become the site of Christ Lutheran Church.

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Laying of cornerstone for Christ Lutheran Church.

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Construction of Christ Lutheran Church at the corner of Grandin Road and Brandon Avenue.

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Construction of Christ Lutheran Church at the corner of Grandin Road and Brandon Avenue.

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Members inside Virginia Heights Lutheran Church, formerly located at what is now 1320 Grandin Road.

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Virginia Heights Lutheran Church, formerly located at what is now 1320 Grandin Road.

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Tinnell's Grocery, formerly located on Crystal Spring Avenue in South Roanoke.

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Children collection scrap metal in their neighborhood in order to assist with the war efforts for World War II.

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Postcard depicting High Street Baptist Church.

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Virginian Railway Engine No. 127 in Roanoke.

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Looking north on S. Jefferson Street. Patrick Henry Hotel visible at left; Elmwood Diner visible at right.

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Tommy Magness and the Orange Blossom Boys was a popular Roanoke radio and dance band. Left to right: Slim Idaho, Warren Poindexter, Tommy Magness, Dexter Mills, Clayton Hall, and Saford Hall.

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"Cousin" Irv Sharp in the studio of WDBJ Radio.

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WSLS TV filming a show inside Ewald-Clark store.

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Grand opening of Ewald-Clark in Downtown Roanoke, formerly located at 17 Church Avenue.

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First chapel of Virginia Heights Baptist Church (left), construction on second church (middle), and parsonage (right).

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First chapel and parsonage for Virginia Heights Baptist Church on Memorial Avenue.

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Mary Alice Nelson demonstrating the new after-hours deposit box at the Appalachian Power Company building front entrance.

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Customers at the Coffee Pot on Brambleton Avenue. Bob Nelson (front left) and Dick Nelson (back left) are pictured. All others unidentified.

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Little River Baptist Church, located on Route 221 in Floyd County.

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Tom's Service Station, formerly located on the corner of Henry Street and Wells Avenue.

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M.J. Patsel Druggists, formerly located at 202 2nd Street SW.

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Hollins Inn Restaurant and Tourist Court, formerly located 5 miles north of Roanoke on Route 11.

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Looking east on Campbell Avenue from intersection with Jefferson Street.

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Postcard for Moonlight Tourist Camp, formerly located 2 miles south of Roanoke on Route 220.

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Aerial view of American Viscose.

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Big Lick in 1881. Location unknown.

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A postcard for Silver Gable Tourist Court, formerly located on Route 11.

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Postcard of the Blue Jay Restaurant and Motel, formerly located on Route 11, 6 miles west of Salem.

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Archie’s Lobster House, formerly located at Williamson Road and Peters Creek Road, was Roanoke’s first seafood restaurant when it opened in 1947. Until 1978, it was operated by Archie Parrish. It was razed in 1981.

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Postcard of Friendly Guest House, formerly located at 2606 Williamson Road. It was owned and operated by Blanche Myers and Addie Taylor.

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Lucy Addison High School opened in 1928. Located at 40 Douglass Avenue NW, the building now houses Roanoke City Public Schools Administrative Offices.

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The Plaza Restaurant, formerly located at 3011 Williamson Road.

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Plaza Tourist Court, formerly located at 3011 Williamson Road.

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Garst Brothers Dairy, formerly located at 14 W. Salem Avenue.

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A balloon float in the Roanoke Christmas parade.

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Jack Dempsey refereeing a wrestling match at Roanoke Auditorium.

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A truck customized by A.L. Nelson Truck Company for United Cooperage of Virginia.

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A Tucker 48 car is displayed in Downtown Roanoke in front of Smartwear-Irving Saks.

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A.L. Nelson Company with Tucker car showroom on Shenandoah Avenue. Mr. Nelson spent $40,000 to house one Tucker 48 model based on Tucker Company guidelines.

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Employees of A.L. Nelson Company stand in front of a Tucker 48. Third from right: Mary Nelson (moving left) Richard Nelson, Dorothy Nelson, Mary Alice Nelson, and Bob Nelson. All others unidentified.

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A.L. Nelson Truck Company on Shenandoah Avenue.

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Pyrofax gas truck in front on A.L. Nelson Truck Company on Shenandoah Avenue.

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Tucker 48 Car #15 in A.L. Nelson Company showroom on Shenandoah Avenue.

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Councilman Richard Edwards removes cover from a Tucker 48 car at A.L. Nelson Company. Far right to left: Bob Nelson, Dorothy Nelson, and Richard Nelson.

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Tucker 48 Car #15 in A.L. Nelson Company showroom on Shenandoah Avenue.

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Ralph Koiner Hunter (left) and Joe Hunter in France.

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Sea Scout Ship 50 annual banquet attendees at Longwood Community Center.

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Boys on lawn at Andrew Lewis High School. Left to right: ? Young, Hunter Miller, David Minichan, Brewster Robertson, unidentified, George St. John.

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Intersection of College Avenue and Fourth Street in front of Andrew Lewis High School.

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Mary H. Brand and an unidentified student on the lawn of Andrew Lewis High School.

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A Jeep, driven by David McClung, II is nearly driven in to Andrew Lewis High School.

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Car 52 on Grandin Road near Westover Avenue, SW.

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A streetcar coming from American Viscose turns left onto Jamison Avenue from 9th Street, SE, en route to West End.

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Motorman Homer Turner poses with Car 45 under the Walnut Avenue Bridge. Car 45 served the Belmont/9th Street/West End line.

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Interior of Jennings-Shepherd, formerly located at 411 1st Street, SW.

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The Aristocrats were a popular local dance band. Seen here in the Morocco Club on Henry Street, they are, left to right: Ed Wright, Audrey Pitman, Shelton Ramey, Bill Harper, Raphael Jackson, James Morris, St. Paul Thomas, John J. Locklayer. …

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Dr. Harry T. Penn, dentist, in his office on Henry Street.

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Interior view of Community Drug Store on Henry Street. Dr. Beverly Adams was the pharmacist.

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The Community Drug Store, formerly located on the corner of Henry Street and Centre Avenue NW.

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View of a flooded S. Jefferson Street. The Roanoke River crested at 21.6 feet in 1940. Roanoke City Mills is visible on left.

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Photo postcard of Smartwear-Irving Saks to promote opening of remodeled store.

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Reverend William J. Simmons at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

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Members of the Vinton Fire Department.

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Famous aviator, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker (left foreground), who was president of Eastern Airlines, came to Roanoke for Eastern's inaugural flight to Woodrum Field. He was greeted by business leaders and others.

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The "funeral procession" for "Johnny Non-Voter" on Jefferson Street in route to the municipal building. The funeral was a promotion by the Roanoke Junior Chamber of Commerce as a means to get Roanokers to vote in the Democratic primaries for…

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A class of Navy pilot cadets pose in front of a Douglas C-47 at Woodrum Field. Ground school was conducted at Roanoke College.

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Frantz Flying Service opened in 1948 at Woodrum Field. It was owned by T.E. "Boots" Frantz (right); Wes Hillman (left) was an employee.

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Woodrum Field terminal building.

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Aerial view of Woodrum Field showing A-configuration of runways.

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Aerial view of Woodrum Field taken during its dedication weekend. The photographer was Lambert Martin of the Roanoke World-News.

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Runway construction at Woodrum Field. The airfield was expanded when it became classified as a national defense project.

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A Douglas C-47 takes off from Woodrum Field.

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Woodrum Field's first crash truck was a 1939 Cadillac that was modified at the city's garage..

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A Sikorsky helicopter hovers as spectators look on at Woodrum Field.

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Looking toward Tinker Mountain from Woodrum Field.

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A close-up view of the Civil Aviation Authority control tower on top of the Cannaday farmhouse.

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A Civil Aviation Authority control tower on top of the Cannaday farmhouse at Woodrum Field.

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A Mason-Dixon Airlines passenger plane at Woodrum Field.

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Yellow Cab began offering limousine service on 20 July 1947, under contract with American and Eastern Airlines. Seen next to this Desoto limousine at Woodrum Field at Mae Williams (left) and Margaret Franklin (right).

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Hillcrest Hall was one of the dormitories for American Viscose employees.

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An unidentified woman in the reeling room at American Viscose.

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An unidentified man in the reeling room at American Viscose.

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An unidentified woman works with strands of silk at American Viscose.

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Forbes-Hodges family reunion in Wirtz, Virginia.

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Wanderers of the Wasteland musical group. Left to right: Roy Lemmon, Bob Pauley, Glenwood Howell, and Woody "Lucky" Mashburn.

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Houses along Dale Avenue SE.

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A section of the Southeast neighborhood. Jamison School visible in the background.

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As indicated by the caption, "a Southeast kiddie pool in the back yard with chickens" The child is Roy Minnix.

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A group of young men at home located at 926 (later 1100 block) 14th Street SE. Roy Minnix is in the back row, second from right.

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The Jackson Park Sandlot Football Team. Coach Sam Elliott on far right in back row.

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A large crowd gathers to view the damage after a fireworks explosion at the Junior Grocery on Franklin Road.

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A fireworks explosion leveled the Junior Grocery located at 205 Franklin Road SW. Five people were injured in the explosion.

MarstellerCollection1.pdf
The Marsteller Corporation Records Collection contains acknowledgements of orders placed for grave markers. Orders in this collection begin in 1911 and continue through 1960; missing orders include the years 1915 and 1916, 1920-1924, 1938-1941…

Oral History Interview with Michael Blankenship
Interviewer: Monica Taft
Interviewee: Michael Blankenship
Date: 21 February 2020
Location: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 301 Patton Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia
Total Duration:…

Rhame, Ashley (compressed).mp3
Oral History Interview with Ashley Rhame
Interviewer: Julian Edwards
Interviewee: Ashley Rhame
Date: 23 February 2020
Location: Fintel Library, Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia
Total Duration: 66:45
Transcription prepared by: Julian Edwards,…

Cobb, Joe-1.MP3
Oral History Interview with Joe Cobb
Interviewer: Eve Allen
Interviewee: Joe Cobb
Date: 21 February 2020
Location: Fintel Library, Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia
Total Duration: 82:58 (in four parts)
Transcription prepared by: Miranda…

Preston, Nathaniel.MP3
Oral History Interview with Nathaniel Preston
Interviewer: Sebastian Harlow
Interviewee: Nathaniel Preston
Location: Fintel Library, Roanoke College, Salem, Virginia
Date: 22 February 2020
Total Duration: 64:59
Transcription prepared by: Cody…

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Rev. Lylburn L. Downing of Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.

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Millie Paxton.

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St. Gerard’s Catholic Church.

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St. John’s AME Zion Church.

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Group portrait

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Group of children participating in a pageant or play.

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Group of children sitting in a room.

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Geneva Ford, library staff member, at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children posing in front of a Book Week display at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children posing in front of a Book Week display at the Gainsboro Library.

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Mother and infant at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children working on a project at the Gainsboro Library.

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Children reading books at the Gainsboro Library.

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Young man reaching for a book at the Gainsboro Library

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Gainsboro Library display with Virginia Y. Lee.

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Library display at the Gainsboro Library.

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Virginia Y. Lee at the Gainsboro Library.

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Gainsboro Library, interior.

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Gainsboro Library, interior.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, child sitting at a table.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with children.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with children.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with children.

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Gainsboro Library, interior. Virginia Y. Lee, center.

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Gainsboro Library, interior, with a group of library patrons. YMCA location.

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Group of children in front of the Gainsboro Library.

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Children dressed in costume in front of the Gainsboro Library.

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Gainsboro Library, exterior, with a children’s class.

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Economy Shoe Repair on Henry Street.

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Economy Shoe Repair on Henry Street. Shop owner Earnest O. Greene.

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Unidentified group photograph of men at a table.

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Unidentified group photograph of women.

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Unidentified group photograph at night.

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Group of women in formal attire in front of a stage with instruments.

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Gainsboro School First Grade Class 1946. Teacher Mattie Bell Morris (back row).

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Teachers on an Appalachian Electric Power Company Tour. First from left, Hollis Williams (Carver High); fourth from left, unnamed but identified as a Home Economics teacher at Addison; first from right, Coach Cannanday (Carver High); third from…

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Group portrait of teachers. Front row seated, second from left, Mattie Bell Morris; third from left, Sadie Lawson; front row seated, first on right, Marie Bailey; third from right, Ms. Hackley. Back row, fourth from left, Ms. Hackley.

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Ella F. Bowden, First Librarian of the Gainsboro Library, 1921-1923.

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Rev. Arthur L. James, First Baptist Church.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Burrell Memorial Hospital. Construction of the 1955 building.

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Order of the Eastern Star group photograph.

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Order of the Eastern Star group photograph in front of the Allegany-Dunbar Freemason’s Prince Hall.

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Ebenezer A. M. E. Church.

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Virginia Y. Lee at the Gainsboro Library.

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Gainsboro Library when it was located in the old Odd Fellows/YMCA Building. “First persons to register at GB.” Right to Left: Mrs. Sally Lawson, C. C. Williams, J. L. Reid, Mrs. E. R. Dudley, Rev. A. L. James, Dr. E. R. Dudley and Mrs. Ida Closs

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Gainsboro Library when it was located in the old Odd Fellows/YMCA Building. Gainsboro Reading Club

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Virginia Y. Lee and unidentified woman in front of the Gainsboro Library.

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Woman’s Professional & Business Club.

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Unidentified group photograph in front of a transformer station.

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Unidentified group photograph in front of a transformer station.

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Unidentified man playing piano and unidentified woman singing. Far right: Mr. Dowe and third from right: Rev. Edwards.

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Rev. Douglas and unidentified woman.

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Bishop L. E. Willis and Shadrack Brown Jr.

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Bishop L. E. Willis, Wilbert McNair, Shadrack Brown Jr., Samuel Wade, and Norton B. Wilder.

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First Baptist Church of Gainsboro. Dr. Noel C. Taylor.

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First Baptist Church Gainsboro. Rev. Charles Green.

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First Baptist Church of Gainsboro. Roy Williams.

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Dinner at the Hunton Branch YMCA, Gainsboro Road. Circa late 1930’s or Early 1940’s.

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Group photograph.. Dr. Harry Penn, back row, first from left.

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Large group at a long table. Dr. Harry Penn, second from right, back row, plaid suit.

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Left to right: John Claytor III, Sandra Elizabeth Claytor Peery, John B. Claytor Jr., and Ruth Williams Claytor. “Easter 1969.”

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Group photograph with Ruth Claytor (in light colored coat) in front of Canada’s Ice Cream on Henry Street.

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Dr. Elwood D. Downing, front far left, and an unidentified group of men.

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Dr. John B. Claytor Jr.

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Virginia Y. Lee and unknown woman.

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Group photograph with Atwood’s Capitol View Tours bus.

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Girls’ athletics group and spectators.

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Aladdin Temple #34 on parade, Patton Avenue in front of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.. “Miss Bertha White, Ill. Commandress, Roanoke, VA.”

Gainsboro Library Records (2).pdf
This is a guide to the Gainsboro Library Records Collection. The collection consists of items related to the history of the Gainsboro Branch Library of Roanoke Public Libraries. The collection dates from 1920 to 2009.

SteinbergDavidH.pdf
The collection consists of 1 box containing 12 folders. Included in the box are the original manuscript and photocopies of the typed 318 pages, photocopies of trolley photographs, and correspondence about the collection. The manuscript compilation…

Ruffner Rock 1977.pdf
The Ruffner Rock was the annual for William Ruffner Middle School

ReedMyer.mp3
Oral History Interview with Myer S. Reed
Interviewer: G.S. Rosenthal
Date: 21 October 2019
Location: Roanoke Public Library
Duration: 1:13:49
Transcription prepared by: Megan Reynolds and Kierra Burda

ErvinAmanda.MP3
Oral History Interview with Amanda Ervin
Interviewer: Vanessa Dotson and Miu Iwasaki
Date: 2 October 2019
Location: Salvation Army
Duration: 45:22
Transcription prepared by: Kierra Burda

Nicole.MP3
Oral History Interview with Nicole
Interviewer: Shannon Baker
Date: 7 October 2019
Location: Salvation Army
Duration: 35:19
Transcription prepared by: Shannon Baker and Paul Martin

J.MP3
Oral History Interview with J
Interviewer: Samantha Meyer
Date: 25 October 2019
Location: Salvation Army
Duration: 40:42
Transcription prepared by: Liz Lee and Megan Reynolds

Mitchell-PetersShaNeika.MP3
Oral History Interview with ShaNeika Mitchell-Peters
Interviewer: Grace Priddy
Date: 9 October 2019
Location: Williamson Road Branch Library
Duration: 56:05
Transcription prepared by: Garrett Channell, Grace Priddy, Rebecca Smith

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Roanoke College baseball team.

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Roanoke College football team.

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Women on a Daughters of Liberty float, likely for a Liberty Bonds parade.

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Henry P. McGuire stands in a J.L. Dishong fruit and vegetable wagon.

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A streetcar travels along Campbell Avenue near the intersection with Jefferson Street. Terry Building visible at right.

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Ambulance in front of Burrell Memorial Hospital. Roanoke's first African-American hospital, Burrell Memorial, was founded in 1915 in a small cottage on Henry Street. It soon outgrew the Henry Street location and moved into the former Alleghany…

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Chief of Police W. J. Rigney (front passenger) with other unidentified police officers.

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Mr. and Mrs. Danmore at their home at 413 3rd Street NW.

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J.E. Blackwell Grocery, formerly located at 4 Market Square.

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A busy day at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Jefferson Street. The Terry Building is visible in the background.

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Roanoke Railway & Electric streetcar conductors.

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Norfolk & Western baseball team.

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Norfolk & Western employees in front of Norfolk & Western offices.

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Eagles Band.

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Auto Tire Shop, formerly located at 501 2nd Street SW.

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Horse and buggy in Downtown Roanoke.

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Workers deliver ice for Roanoke Ice Corporation. Roanoke Ice Corportation began operations in 1913 after Consumer Ice Company and Griggs Packing Company.

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Group photo of members of Enon Baptist Church.

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Rockledge Inn on Mill Mountain.

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Presentation of an auto to Reverend W. E. Lee, of High Street Baptist Church for the church’s 41st anniversary.

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Crystal Spring reservoir and pump house. Crystal Spring was one of the city's earliest landscaped parks. It was designed and managed by Roanoke Gas and Water Works.

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Shooting gallery, The Thriller rollercoaster, and bowling alley at Mountain Park.

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W.J. Rigney was Chief of Police for the City of Roanoke from 1921 through 1928.

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Family Photo: Front row, 6th from left Isabell Clingenpeel, 7th from left Carl Steele, 8th from left Helen Clingenpeel, 9th from left Lewis Clingenpeel; Back row, 11th from left John Beckner, 12th from left Jackson Beckner, and 13th from left Ann…

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At left is Alma Beckner Steele with two unidentified women.

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Photo of members of the Steele Family. Front row, 3rd from left: Carl Steele; Back row, 3rd from left John Steele, 4th from left Alma Steele. All others unidentified.

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Two unidentified men in a park.

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Three unidentified men in a peach orchard,

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Three unidentified men and a little girl pose with a Mitchell automobile.

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Wagon pulled by oxen travels through an unidentified residential neighborhood.

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Looking north from South Roanoke toward Downtown. Tinker Mountain is visible in the background.

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Dance Pavilion and The Thriller rollercoaster in Mountain Park.

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Farmer in wagon pulled by oxen on Market Street.

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Customers peruse the City Market.

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Popcorn stand at Mountain Park. Lillie Solleday on right.

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Check Room and Snack Stand in Mountain Park.

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Parade participants for Confederate veterans ride a float through Downtown in conjunction with reunion.

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Confederate veterans parade through Downtown in conjunction with reunion.

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Confederate veterans parade through Downtown in conjunction with reunion.

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Vest Furniture Company, formerly located at 109 Campbell Avenue SW. Sid Vest, owner, is pictured in white shirt.

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Professor Charles Rowe and his Rhythm Boys perform for a Veterans of Foreign Wars banquet at the Hotel Roanoke.

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Dr. John Gibson Davis.

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Edith Davis Paine holds an air rifle at the Davis home on Salem Avenue.

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Zora and Dr. John G. Davis and children with longtime housekeeper, Vivvie.

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Ruth Mason (left) and Edith Davis Paine.

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William Henry and Rosa Proffit Paine with children Helen and Robert Edward.

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Dr. John Gibson Davis (2nd from right) with his sons Hal, Algie, Fred, John Jr., and Paul. Dr. Davis' sons also became doctors.

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Paul, Edith, and Frangie Davis with Frank the horse at Davis home on Salem Avenue.

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Dr. Paul Davis holds his daughter Pauline while on leave during World War I. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre for his service in French hospitals.

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An unidentified man stands on the rock formation known as McAfee Knob. McAfee Knob is one of the most photographed places on the Appalachian Trail.

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Group photo of Appalachian Power Company workers in Anawalt, West Virginia to install power lines. Arch Stockton holds rolled blue prints and reins of horse.

Addisonian1962.pdf
The Addisonian was the annual for Lucy Addison High School.

JuniorLeague.pdf
The Junior League of the Roanoke Valley (JLRV) Records Collection consists of materials generated by the League throughout its existence. Items include administrative documents, annual reports, new clippings, newsletters, information regarding JLRV…

CooperVirginia.pdf
The Virginia Cooper papers consist of records, publications and research notes pertaining to Revolutionary War patriot William Faris of Cumberland and Roanoke Counties, Virginia, son Benjamin Faris and their families. The collection includes…

Shareef.mp4
This presentation was given as part of the Kegley Lecture Series at the Historical Society of Western Virginia by Dr. Reginald Shareef.

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Freemasons

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William Bernard Robertson, far right.

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Unidentified woman speaking.

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A. Byron Smith

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William D. Coleman, principal of Loudon Elementary School.

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Sallye Coleman

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Debutante Ball

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Dr. Walter S. Claytor and Nurse Daisy Schley pictured with a patient

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Reverend Robert James Jr. and his family. His wife Bernice is pictured center with the Reverend to her right.

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Unknown school play or assembly

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Unknown assembly audience

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First Baptist Church

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Unknown makeup artist, possibly at the Booker T. Washington Trade School in Franklin County, VA

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Pictured: Mr. J. Lovelle Taylor (Freemason)

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Either Saint Paul United Methodist Church or First Baptist Church. Identified: Constance Johnson (first row, far right), Mary Jeffries? (front row, second from the left)

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Unknown school play, possibly on American history

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Downing family portrait. Dr. Ellwood Downing pictured center-right and his wife Della Downing pictured center-left

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Della Downing pictured on the left side, second from the back

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Church service.

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Front row (left to right): Reginald Clark, Reverend Ulsa Broady, MiKenley Craighead, Mason. Middle row (left to right): Murall Yvall, Mitchell Hankis, Robert Scaks, Alex Hancock. Back row (left to right): Armstead, E.C. Preston, Abner Jones, Joe…

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Ruth Lash pictured on the left, in front of Harrison School

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Unknown group portrait outside a Piedmont Airlines plane

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Group portrait holding commemorative Booker T. Washington stamps at the Booker T. Washington Memorial in Franklin County, VA

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Unknown female’s exchange of an envelope

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Identified: Mary March (center), Samuel Williams (front row, far left), Charell (front row, second from left), Gilbert March (front row, second from right), and O.W. Jones (front row, far right)

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Unknown church event.

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Unknown audience

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Possible debutante portrait. Envelope: Ms. Ida Kerne

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Picture made at YMCA Gainsboro Rd. and Patton Ave. Heller Kindergarten.

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Unknown banquet

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Unknown group portrait

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Esquire Club. From left to right: Jeremiah Robertson Sr., John Dillon, unidentified, Walter Allen, Jack Hilton, unidentified, Mose Lipscomb, Lilburn Hilton, William Johns, Alton Sharper, Joe, unidentified, unidentified, Thomas Robertson, George…

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Classroom portrait. Ronnie Jordan (?) pictured top left by the door

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Classroom portrait. Ruth Anderson identified top left by the tree. Ms. Taylor, the teacher, identified in the center of the second row

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Unknown group portrait, possibly Sunday school or another church-related event

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Alphas Sorority and Fraternity pictured in front of St. Andrews Catholic Church

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Unknown textile factory workers

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Debutante Ball

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Debutante Ball

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Heller Kindergarten portrait made behind the Gainsboro Library during the May Day festival

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Unknown church service

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Group portrait of the Dining Car Employees or The Moles on Henry St. Front row (left to right): Ruth Anderson, Hazel Hall, Hershey Steptoe (Mary Steptoe), James or Pete Woodliff, Irene or Estelle Woodliff. Back row (left to right): Gertrude Logan,…

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Group portrait. Front row (left to right): first 2 unidentified, Mary Jeffries, Juanita Ford, unidentified, Mrs. Brown or B. Kasey. Back row: S. Ford (?), Bill Thompson, W. Jeffries (?), Al Holland Sr., unidentified

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Group portrait. From left to right: first 2 unidentified, Dorothy Sheppeson (?) Greene, Odelle Mebane, Eunice Poindexter, unidentified, Alma Finney Tyree Robertson (?), unidentified, Nina Chanlton (?) Bolden, Ed Green, Markhiem or Macklain

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Same church as CS 136, possibly a pageant.

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Unknown church event

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Portrait of Joseph Fuller Jr

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Group portrait. First row (left to right): Rev. Metz Coker, Patricia Waller Henry, Jack Watson, next 2 unidentified, McCarthy Woods. Second row: Leroy Campbell, next 4 unidentified, Valerie Lash. Third row: Ms. Woods, Mr. Williams, Mr. Meadows, next…

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St. Paul’s Methodist Church. Far-right corner: Marionetta Sprauve Shaw (far left corner is unidentified). First row (left to right): Lillie Patterson, unidentified, Christine Payne or Arnesia Keeling Payne, unidentified, Fizer-Simmons. Second row…

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Group portrait. From left to right: Patricia Waller, Ruth Anderson, Edna Prunty, Delia or Leila Bryant, unidentified, Fulford, unidentified, Maxine Thomas, unidentified, Mrs. Broady

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Unknown group portrait, possibly a sorority

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Debutante Ball

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The Harrison Baseball Team. 1928-1930. Numerical order: 1. Crawford 2. Jim Jones 3. Bob Jefferson 4. Jess Smith 5. “Bubber” McAfee 6. Edward Calloway 7. Bobley Colson 8. Lee Calloway 9. Jack Calloway 10. Banks 11. Matthews 12. “Wildman” Coffer 13.…

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Freemasons outside Prince Hall. Front row (left to right): Frank Broady, unidentified, J. Luvelle Taylor, unidentified, Beane, unidentified. Middle row (left to right): unidentified, Robert Scales?, unidentified, Clifton Whitworth, next 2…

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Front row (left to right): A. Byron Smith, Nina Medley, Lessie Polk, Raymond Polk

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Gift exchange

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Dr. J.H. Roberts and his wife pictured at Christmastime

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Gathering for Hunton Crew INC.

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Gathering for Hunton Crew INC.

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Gathering for Hunton Crew INC. Far left corner--Richard Penly and Mrs. Shirlene Penly. Estelle McCadden is pictured 3rd from the right in the first row of chairs and Mr. Lewis Peery is pictured in the farthest row, 2nd from the left

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Gathering for Hunton Crew INC.

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Gathering for Hunton Crew INC.

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Hunton Life Saving Crew

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High Street Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir. Front row (left to right): Marilyn Curtis, next 2 unidentified, Frances Keene, Barbara Taylor, William Keene (Buster), Broady or Brown. Back row (left to right): unidentified, Rev. Ulas Broady, rest…

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Unknown portrait of two working females, possibly waitresses

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Envelope: Rev. Horatio Edwards

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Award reception. Envelope: Mary Rayford, Audrey Wheaton’s Mom

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Pictured: Far left: Elmer Thomas. Far right: Maxine Thomas

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Debutante portrait

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Debutante portrait

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Debutante portrait

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Colonial Stores storefront
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