This week in local history:
70 years ago – June 19, 1952
• Congressional action promised a minuteMaximum $5 increase in Social Security benefits.
• George Shuford, candidate in the US 12th congressional district, which included Jackson, was campaigning on a “right to work” platform leading up to the June 28 primary. ROW legislation in the state combated what was considered compulsory union membership.
• Whiteside Mountain saw the opening of a road to its summit by the tourist promoters Whiteside Mountain, Inc. A small toll was charged for the use of the road.
60 years ago – June 14, 1962
• Trailways announced that 32 vacation packages, including to points such as Yosemite and Old Mexico and Acapulco, were available from the start in Sylva.
• Reece-Hampton Motors offered a 1952 Chevrolet sedan for $175.
• Esso Oil won two softball games but trailed F&P Supermarket by 0.048 percentage points in the Jackson County league standings.
50 years ago – June 15, 1972
• The Queen’s Dairy Bar on Cullowhee Road offered a range of 18 flavors of ice cream.
• A fire engulfed the lower level of the Gold City facility on Cowee Mountain, claiming the craft shop, ticket office, reception desks, snack bar and chairlift accommodation.
• Simpson Mazda-Chevrolet had Mazda 1200s on sale for $1,978.
40 years ago – June 17, 1982
• East Fork Baptist Church celebrated its 100th anniversary.
• Custom Polysteel radial tires were on sale at Carolina Tire for $39.95 each.
• A high wind and rainstorm downed trees in the area, blocking Dillsboro Road above the bridge in front of the old Sylva School and damaging telephone, power and cable lines.
30 years ago – June 18, 1992
• Brenda Oliver was named Sylva’s first female mayor, fulfilling the mandate of John Bunn’s departure. Oliver was also the first woman elected to city council, in 1991.
• Tickets were on sale for the Great Smoky Mountain Pro Rodeo at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center.
20 years ago – June 13, 2002
• County Commissioners have filed a formal request with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to name a section of NC 107 in honor of the late West Carolina Chancellor HF “Cotton” Robinson.
• A crowd of 2,500 attended the 18th annual Dillsboro Heritage Festival, which featured Cherokee hoop dancer Eddie Swimmer.
• West Carolina pitcher Jared Burton was selected by the Oakland A’s in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball draft.
10 years ago – June 14, 2012
• Webster officials took a stand against corporate personality and passed a resolution to limit corporate political spending. This resolution was ultimately intended to amend the US Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court‘s decision in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission.
• West Carolina’s Jacob Hoyle was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Hoyle, who was selected as the designated hitter, was a second team All-Southern Conference selection.
• WCU infielder Ross Heffley was selected in the MLB Freshman Draft. The program’s all-time leader in hits was won by the Atlanta Braves with the 569th pick in the 18th round.