Feb. 19, 1936: Stories featured in the Suffolk News-Herald 69 years ago…

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 20, 2005

Mrs. Birdsong is hostess at Bridge dinner

Mrs. Harvard Birdsong entertained last night at a lovely bridge dinner at her home in Oakdale Terrace in honor of Miss Roberta Ansley Corbitt, whose marriage to Tomlin Braxton Horsley of Richmond will take place Saturday. The house was prettily decorated with cut flowers and lighted candles.

A course dinner was served after which two tables of bridge were arranged. Prizes were won by Miss Anna Cohoon and Mrs. J. C. West, III. The guest of honor was presented with a gift.

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Those playing were Miss Corbitt, Mrs. J. C. West III, Frank D. Holladay, Mrs. Paul van Valkenburgh, Miss Emily Campbell, Miss Cyane Williams, Miss Catherine Coulbourne and Miss Anna Cohoon.

Farm discussion

The first of the series of farm program discussion groups established in nine Nansemond County communities met at King’s Fork and Cypress last night with representative groups of farmers participating.

The basic causes of the agricultural depression, starting in the 1920s and continuing until the AAA program, and plans for a soil conservation program as a replacement of the AAA were topics for discussion at both group meetings.

In discussing substitutes for the AAA, several farmers pointed out that if such weather as the area has seen since Jan. 1 continues much longer, there will be no problem of surpluses this year and no program of curtailment will be needed. Many complained of being far behind in their usual farm work.

The discussions at Cypress were led by W. T. Binkley, with R. E. Rogers serving as chairman of the meeting. At King’s Fork, J. L. Williams presided, with C. D. Jordan leading the discussions.

Suffolk loses to Hopewell

Suffolk lost its return cage game with Hopewell high school at the Powder City last night by a 27-24 margin. The victory evened the count between the two schools for the current season, the Peanuts having triumphed in the game played here last month.

Definite proof that Suffolk had lost last night’s encounter was given early today when Willard Freeman, the Peanut’s assistant manager in charge of press relations, failed to make his usual visit to the newsroom. Never absent in victory and never present in defeat, is the youngster’s motto.

&uot;The folks don’t want to know anything about the game when we get licked,&uot; the erring scribe said when jacked up for his delinquency.

Riverview Garden Club meets today

An interesting and full meeting of the Riverview Garden Club was held this morning with Mrs. Emily B. Crocker at her home in Riverview. The president, Mrs. Henry S. Eley, presided over a short business session.

Mrs. Mills Riddick gave a splendid talk on &uot;Rock Gardens,&uot; dividing her talk into four parts: rich man, poor man, beggar man, and thief. She presented a list of annuals and perennial flowers and shrubs to each member of the club.

A letter was read from Mrs. Newby, a regional vice-president of the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, congratulating the club on its progress and cooperation in the federation and inviting delegates to the Federation’s meeting to be held in Roanoke on May 21-22. Delegates will be elected at the March meeting.

An invitation was extended to the club by Mrs. Roderick Triplett to attend the anniversary, on March 18 at the Elks Club in Portsmouth.

The club decided to hold an outdoor flower show on the afternoon of the annual celebration to be held in Old Fort Park in July. This will be the first out-door flower show held in Suffolk.

Invitations to join the club were extended to Mrs. Herbert Darden Jr. and Mrs. J. T. Johnson.

Ward manager Campopiano to head to Kentucky store

F. L. Campopiano, manager of the Suffolk’s Montgomery Ward store, was notified today of his appointment as manager of the company’s store in Middleboro, Ky. The transfer will become effective between March 5 and 10.

H. K. Ansell will be sent here by the company to succeed Campopiano March 5. After a few days of conferences with his successor, Campopiano will go to Middleboro.

Since coming to Suffolk Oct. 22, 1934, Campopiano has made an enviable record with the Ward system as a store-manager. The Suffolk store is credited with consistent gains during that period.

Asked about his new job, Campopiano said the Middleboro store is larger than the Suffolk store and recently has been modernized to become one of the outstanding stores of the chain.

-Compiled by Jennifer Rose