March 31, 1959: Stories featured in the Suffolk News-Herald 46 years ago…

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 31, 2005

Old coin is found in cigarette machine

What he believes to be a rare coin was found this morning by Nansemond County Jailor I. H. Luke believes to be an eagle in flight. The familiar United States of America is legible.

On the other side the inscription &uot;one cent&uot; in capitals is all that is legible.

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Luke has to use emery paper to clear the coin enough to make the date legible.

Preston Charles, who collects coins, said that the date was more than likely 1858, that the one-cent piece with an eagle on it was issued in 1857-58.

He said that it might have a value from $1 to $20 if it was in good condition. &uot;There are not many in circulation,&uot;

he added.

Suffolk Kiwanis Club voted tops in Orange Class

Members of the Suffolk Kiwanis Club clapped and cheered last night as R. E. (Pete) Murphy, president, announced the local club had been adjudged the top unit in the &uot;orange&uot; division of the capital district.

This particular division is made up of clubs with a minimum of 35 members and a maximum of 50 members.

Murphy said later the club was up against some stiff competition with similar clubs in the district, composed of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.

Mrs. Saunders retiring from Insurance position

After nearly 27 years with the Union Life Insurance Co. here, Mrs. Ethel Saunders retires to private life today.

Mrs. Saunders said that retirement would give her more time to devote her mother, Mrs. H. H. Butler, who celebrated her 103rd birthday March 14.

Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Saunders live together at 124 Chestnut St.

There are tips to be taken, too, Mrs. Saunders said, and dozens of things she has wanted to do when time was lacking.

In September 1932, Mrs. Saunders went to work for Union Life as a stenographer, bookkeeper and cashier. &uot;I did a little of everything,&uot; she said.

Committee to decide who’ll play in the tennis matches

Suffolk Tennis Association members voted last night to leave to a match-making committee the touchy problem of which players should represent the club in matches this season with out-of-town teams.

An original resolution which would have restricted team members to players no longer pursuing a high school or college education was abandoned on the grounds that it was discriminatory and unfair to younger association members.

-Compiled by Jennifer Rose