This Month in Upshur County History

A Charley Harper illustration that ran in the Ford Times

Looking Back…

January 1949

Charley Harper, from Frenchton, did his first wildlife illustration for the Ford Times

Tarzan and the Mermaids, starring Johnny Weissmuller, was playing at the Grand Opera House, located on North Kanawha Street

The law firm of Young and Coleman was formed, later known to many as Coleman & Wallace

You could purchase two dozen oranges at Peoples Grocery Store on Main Street for 59 cents

January 1959

City residents were charged $1 each for a City Operators’ License Tax. If they waited until February 1, a penalty would be added

A&P Grocery Store was selling nine cans of Heinz Tomato Soup for $1

Dixie Drive-In in Tennerton was open for business

Any teenager could purchase the latest 45 rpm record for 77 cents at G.C. Murphy’s on Main Street

January 1969

Lynn Westfall was named assistance principal at Buckhannon-Upshur High School (BUHS)

Over 50 people from Upshur County attended the inauguration of Governor Arch Moore

Kroger was selling two pounds of Maxwell House coffee for $1.39

William L. Fury was sworn in as Judge of the Upshur & Lewis County Circuit Court, a position he held for the next 16 years

January 1989

Leonard Memorial Hospital closed after serving Upshur County for 70 years. It first operated as Beer’s Sanatorium, then as Buckhannon City Hospital and, finally, as Elizabeth Coplin Leonard Memorial Hospital

Serena Peterson was sworn in as Buckhannon’s first woman police officer

BUHS Band won multiple awards at the Florida Gator Bowl

Music City, located on Main Street, added singing telegrams to its services.  For $25, you could get a clown, purple dinosaur, Valentine heart, wacky doctor or an ape to deliver your message.

January 1999

The cost of a first-class stamp went up one cent to 33 cents

Nearly 40 people from Upshur County Right to Life went to Washington D.C. to march in the 26th  March for Life parade.

Plastic pink flamingos appeared all over Buckhannon as part of a fund raiser by Chapel Hill United Methodist Church’s Sunday School to raise money for overseas missions

Public discussion was started by the Board of Education to close both Central Elementary School and Rock Cave Elementary School