This week in history -1957

Published 7:00 am Sunday, May 5, 2024

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In a blast from the past, headlines from The Greenville Advocate this week in 1957 are a mix of automotive marvels and community happenings. The headlines, filled with excitement and innovation, reflect a time of changing technologies and community engagement.

– Buick’s Big Surprise: Buick turned heads with its big and beautiful new sedan, available for a mere $2,595.83, which included delivery and handling. This stunning car featured a V8 engine, new Dynaflow transmission, powerful brakes, precision-balanced steering, full-length torque-tube drive, “nested” ride, superb roadability and a new low center of gravity. Buick enthusiasts were invited to experience this dream car firsthand at their local Buick dealer.

– Liberty students’ field trip to Greenville: On Wednesday morning, Apr. 24, Paul Herring took the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades of Liberty School on an educational field trip to Greenville. Accompanied by Loren Smith, who provided transportation, the students visited City Hall, where they learned about the duties of a policeman, fire alarms, fire trucks, and equipment. They also explored the Police Department and listened in on two-way radio communications from Pike County. The trip continued to Greenville Bank, where J. W. Rainer and his employees demonstrated the vault and banking machines. The day ended on a sweet note as each student received an ice cream cone from Ryan Drug Store.

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– Butler Mining Company’s expansion: The Butler Mining Company’s big ore washer, formerly located on the Greenville – Honoraville Road, moved eight miles from the city. Purchased by Byron Walden, C. B. Faison and Hinton Walden, all of Dozier, the improved mining operation could ship many carloads of ore from Greenville each day. The company’s expansion marked a significant development in the iron mining industry in the county.

– Flower show blue ribbon winners: Mrs. McWilliams Carter and Mrs. Shirley Roberson were among the blue-ribbon winners at the Flower Show held at the Community House. Mrs. H. P. Quillian, the general chairman of the show, joined the winners at an attractive outdoor table used for decoration. Mrs. Carter won three blue ribbons, while Mrs. Roberson took home two blue ribbons and an honorable mention.