70 Years Ago

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 7, 2006

Spring clean up campaign

City wagons started running in the first ward today collecting trash put out yesterday by those who did not let a heavy downpour of rain interfere with their clean-up campaign. The drive to clean the city was on throughout the city, despite the handicap of inclement weather. It will remain on throughout the week, according to the announcement of the city Health Department.

Householders were urged to continue gathering and putting out trash and other debris. The city wagons will haul it away.


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The real work of the campaign will occur in the latter part of the week when the weather clears, and the numerous citizens who are cleaning their basements and attics turn to clearing their yards, and then put the accumulation out on the sidewalk.

Better housing program

Plans for the promotion of an extensive Better Housing program in Suffolk, and for the coordination of all agencies interested will be made at a conference to be held by the Suffolk F. H. A. committee and local builders, contractors, real estate men and bankers, Forest Hill, district administrator of the FHA will come here from Norfolk to address the conference and outline federal cooperation which a Suffolk housing program might acquire.

The conference was called as a result of a meeting yesterday of the FHA committee. The local committee is formed by B. O. Hill, chairman, Mayor Jack W. Nurney, T. Cover Johnson, and G. Fred Cooke. As part of its process, the committee plans to encourage new home building.

New farm program

The new farm program, based on the building and conservation of crops, and carrying benefit payments for diversion of acreage formerly devoted to cash crops, will be discussed throughout Nansemond County with a series of meetings starting at Whaleyville and Buckhorn tomorrow.

Thursday night the meetings are scheduled for Chuckatuck, Friday in Driver and Bethlehem. Monday night the white farmers of the Holland community will meet at the high school, and colored farmers will meet at Little Neck.

Tuesday night farmers of Cypress and King’s Fork will hear the discussions.

Road to Suffolk impassable

The State Highway Department today said it was informed that route 460 is practically impassable from Petersburg to Suffolk, where repair work is underway.

The situation has been aggravated by the recent rains. Traffic has been advised to travel over other routes.

Route 460, old route 52, is the highway, which parallels the Norfolk and Western railway tracks from Petersburg to the seacoast.

Advertised today

Dry cleaners advertised a suit, cleaned and pressed for 50 cents; Leggett’s Department Store had gusset sleeve sports jackets in Shetland tweeds for $7.95 and $8.95, and men’s Easter suits for $12.50;

Joseph P. Hall Drug Co., offered Black Draught Molasses for 17 cents, and Williams Shaving Cream at 28 cents; and D.P. Pender grocery store sold porterhouse steaks for 39 cents a pound, Grape Nuts flakes at 10 cents a package, and firm, ripened bananas 4 and a half cents a pound.

Radio shop moves twice in one week

The shortest tenancy of the year was recorded this week when the Radio Hospital, a radio repair shop, moved its shop equipment from 421 East Washington Street to 505 East Washington Street, and yesterday reloaded the vans and moved to another location at 416 on the same street.

The shop’s peregrinations were recorded by Claude E. Eley, commissioner of the revenue who issues permits for the transfer of equipment. Commisioner Eley also authorized 15 other transfers of household and kitchen equipment during the past week..