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The other day I
received an email from Leslie Dare whose family (the Farley and Rigg
families) were from Alderson. Her father was superintendent of Greenbrier County
Schools for a few years, and Leslie attended Greenbrier East.
an eight page edition of the Aldersonian, published in 1922. The
interesting fact about this edition it wasn't published by Alderson
High School. It was published by the Alderson Baptist Academy and
Junior College. You might say this is the missing link, for some
history has stated the Aldersonian was first published in 1917.
Since the Alderson Baptist Academy opened in 1901, it could be
concluded they started the original Aldersonian, although the date
of 1917 could not be confirmed. However, on page 4, in a message from
the Editor-In-Chief, George O. Hill, states, "they always knew
the need for a school paper but never attempted it until now." Since
his statement was from this 1922 edition, this was the year the
paper started. 1922 was the year they also moved from the old
building across from the Baptist Church to the new building which is
We also know they occupied the
building through 1931, for in 1932 Armstrong College occupied the
building. Dr. I. B. Bush of Charleston founded this college and it
was operated until 1935 when it went out of existence.