Whether you are a historian at heart or just
love trivia, the facts listed below may be of
interest to you.
This is a new series
on the Aldersonian. Articles about fun
and interesting facts. Some are short
and some are detailed, never the less,
worth reading again.
If you know any send them
along so we can collect a lot of them.
Did You Know Oretha Shawver stole a car?
Bob Saunders lived behind
Oretha and Curtis
Shawver on Maple Ave. Bob had just gotten a new 57 ford and he
always parked it in the alley between their houses. One day Bob was
at Barry Worrell's house, which was next door to the Shawver's. When
Bob returned home he noticed his car was gone. He went back to
Barry's and they went looking for his car. They couldn't find it in
the immediate vicinity, so they stood there for a while trying to
decide what to do. At that moment Oretha pulled up driving Bob's car. Bob
was totally perplexed, he couldn't speak straight. Oretha needed to
go to the grocery store so she came over to ask Bob to take her. Not
finding him, she saw the keys were in the car, got in and went to
the store. Just like it was an every day occurrence. No charges were
pressed. - Barry
Did You Know Alderson had a hotel call The Virginian?
The Virginian Hotel was built in 1871 on the site of the
Woodson-Mohler building. It was built to take care of the influx of
Railroad workers. It had a big saloon and held dances each Saturday.
Not enough women attended and so men danced with men. It was razed
in 1903 to make room for the Merchants Grocery Co. Later known as
the Woodson-Mohler Building. - John McCurdy
In the late 1800s Mrs. Rebecca
Reed conducted a school in the abandoned barroom of the Virginia
Hotel which was where the Warehouse Barkley, formally Woodson-Mohler
building, is now located. History of Alderson - Kenneth
Did You Know Summers County Tried To Annex Most Of Alderson?
Did You Know that Alderson and the C&O were at one time not on good
All was not harmonious between
the railroad and the town. Shortly after the town was incorporated
an engineer was arrested and taken from his engine for either
blowing his whistle too long or blocking the crossing. The three
chief sources of friction have remained the same to the present:
blocking the crossing, blowing of whistles and the speed of trains
through town. (I doubt if any of these ordinances have had to be
On November 16, 1893, Town Council passed an ordinance forbidding
trains from going through town faster that four miles per hour. On
July 3, 1893, the speed was increased to eight miles per hour, and
it was then forbidden for a train to blow a whistle in the corporate
limits. On March 3, 1899, an ordinance was passed forbidding any
train to stand on the crossing longer than five minutes. On April 1,
1901, Council repealed that ordinance and made another forbidding
any train from block a crossing for any length of time. As recounted
elsewhere, the town had defeated a public water works bond issue.
The Town Council asked C & O to allow the town to use the water for
public supply. On December 3, 1894, the railroad refused. In 1900 C
& O built a new water tank, and J. C. Bright complained that the
tank obstructed the road to his mill. Council immediately passed an
ordinance forbidding anyone from building a water tank without
permission of Council, punishable by a $10.00 a day fine. C & O got
out of that threat in three days. The railroad wrote Council on
November 5, 1900 that a double width road would be built around one
side and a single width one around the other side of the tank. (Ah,
the good old days.)
Did You Know that Alderson Baptist Academy had a football team?
In Alderson, when football is discussed, they're
talking about good old AHS. Players from Abe Shires to David
Shields, and all the great teams that Coach Abe McLaughlin had.
However there was another pretty good football team that was formed
in 1919 at the Alderson Baptist Academy. In 1921 they had a very
good season, even played Alderson High School. See the '21
season in review. Note the score when they played Alderson.
Did You Know Mr. Pezzanite's shoe shop was not
always just north of Copeland's garage. It was originally beside
Homer Ayres Restaurant and near the new city building. The town of
Alderson told Mr. Pezzanite if he would move it, he could have the
old building. So he had it jacked up and it was rolled up to the new
location. _Geraldine Pezzanite