July 27, 1959: Stories in the News-Herald dated 46 years ago…

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Heavy Sunday rain floods many stores

Widespread flooding in Suffolk stores resulted Sunday when 2.56 inches of rain fell between 3:45 and 5:30 p.m.

Hardest hit was the area known as the Hollow, where Commerce Street comes into East Washington Street.

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All the stores in the low-lying area were flooded.

Damage in most instances was minor.

Few would give figures in dollars and cents, but Rosa Russell, manager of the Cross Gift and Novelty Shop estimated the damage there to be in the neighborhood of $500.

She based her estimate on the fact that a moving picture projector was submerged in water and she believed that it was ruined.

There was other damage in her shop.

Bernard Lubin, owner and manager of the Dixie Loan Office, 156 East Washington, complained that much of his merchandise was damaged, but had not made an estimate at mid-morning.

The janitor there said water had risen 12 to 15 inches in the store.

Mrs. E. A. Kinney, manager of High’s Ice Cream place, 162 East Washington, found the flooding to be more amusing than tragic.

&uot;I came in soon after the rain began,&uot; she said, &uot;and the girls were wading around barefooted.

I had to laugh.&uot;

Who poured water on woman’s bed?

A baffling case is the mystery of who wet the bed at 202 Dumville Lane with ice water.

Annie Ashley of that address reported to Suffolk police that she left home at 8:15 and returned 15 minutes later Friday night and found that a window screen had been torn open and someone had entered the house, got a half-gallon jar of water from the refrigerator and emptied it on her bed, leaving the jar lying there on the bed.

The case was investigated by Officer W. E. Greene who found it so baffling that he turned it over to Special Investigator S. I. Bryant. Bryant had not this morning come up with a solution.

Jamestown celebrates

first General Assembly

JAMESTOWN – The beginning of representative government in the new world will be commemorated at Jamestown Festival Park July 30.

It was 340 years ago, on July 30, 1619, that the first meeting of the Virginia General Assembly was held here as part of a new program by the Virginia Co. of London to provide more self-government for the colonists.

The Assembly was called by Gov. Sir George Yeardley upon his arrival in Virginia in May 1619.

Trojans shut out Hawks, 5-0

The D&P Trojans shut out the Professional Hawks 5 to 0 behind the one hit pitching of Ernest Purvis Thursday at Hunter Park in an Adult Softball League game.

-Compiled by Andrew Giermak