50 YEARS AGO (1941)

``Even if aiding Great Britain leads us to war - and no one can say positively that it will - the only common sense thing to do is to take that risk rather than follow a course that will see democracy and freedom perish from the earth,' Maj. L.P. McLendon, prominent Greensboro attorney, told a student group at Chapel Hill.... Several hundred Republicans, young and old, gathered at King Cotton Hotel for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner which climaxed the annual Young Republican State Convention where John A. Wilkinson of Washington, N.C., was elected president.... Capt. Robert Moseley, 1st Lt. W.W. Sharpe and 2nd Lt. Virgil Chandler were named by Governor Melville Broughton as officers of the Greensboro Home Guard Unit.... William Marshall Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Miller of 308 E. Bessemer Ave., was one of 11 North Carolina men to graduate at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md..... Mrs. Montgomery S. Hill succeeded Mrs. Robert W. Glenn as president of the Greensboro Nursing Council.\

40 YEARS AGO (1951)Guilford County Board of Health recommended that Greensboro, High Point and Jamestown fluoridate their drinking water.... Greensboro Lions Club approved a contribution of $1,300 in addition to an earlier gift of $1,700 for more equipment for Gillespie Park Playground, Lions Committee Chairman William B. McIver reported.... Mayor Ben Cone said a state bill for state aid to help pay for maintaining city streets, if approved by the General Assembly, would provide $200,000 annually for street improvements here.... Mrs. Clarence Cone was elected president of the Greensboro Nursing Council to succeed Mrs. John Burwell.... Robert H. Frazier succeeded C.L. Shuping as president of the Greensboro Bar Association.\

30 YEARS AGO (1961)

Moses Cone Memorial Hospital Endowment spent $336,000 during 1960 in support of educational and research programs and in providing free care to patients, Director Harold Bettis reported.... Greensboro Broadway Theater League established the W. Raymond Taylor Scholarship in Drama at Woman's College, now University of North Carolina at Greensboro, in honor of the drama professor at the college to be presented to a freshman expecting to major in drama.... Charles A. Hines was honored by the local camp of Woodmen of the World for his 47 years of service to the local and national organizations of which he was then serving as board of directors chairman.... Mrs. Chase H. Benson was elected president of the Democratic Women of Guilford County, with Mrs. John E. Speas as first vice president; Mrs. Scott Jarrett as second vice president; Mrs. William D. Snyder, recording secretary; Mrs. Max Miller, corresponding secretary; and Mrs. Julian T. Brantley, treasurer.... Leonard Guyes took over as president of the Greensboro Merchants Association succeeding O.L. Fryman.\

20 YEARS AGO (1971)

Greensboro's new U.S. Postal Service area mail processing facilities ranked fourth among stations in the nation, the assistant regional director said here as he presented an efficiency award to the local facilities.... Cone Mills Corp. directors named W.O. Leonard as a vice president.... Guilford County Superior Court Judge Charles T. Kivett urged establishment of a large ``Halfway House' in Greensboro for care of a rapidly growing number of young people using drugs.... William P. Brewer was reelected president of Greensboro YMCA Metropolitan board of directors with Albert S. Lineberry, Carson Bain and Perry Brown as vice presidents; George Norman Jr., secretary; and E.S. Johnson, treasurer.... Connie Griffin was crowned Miss Greensboro in competition preliminary to the Miss North Carolina and Miss America pageants.\

10 YEARS AGO (1981)

Three young writers with Tar Heel ties, Candace Flynt, Burke Davis Jr. and Caroline Cooney, were featured at the 32nd annual Book and Author Luncheon of the Historical Book Club here.... County Commission Chairman Forrest Campbell said he expected that budget cuts would provide a 10 percent reduction in the county tax rate.... Mayor Jim Melvin said the Greensboro City Council possibly would vote within a month on a ward system for city council elections.... James Akers was recipient of the Sertoma Club ``Service To Mankind Award' because of his special concerns for the deaf.... For the last time, North Carolina citizens stood in long lines to purchase license tags for their automobiles, since thereafter the state had adopted legislation to stagger issuance of tags throughout the year.

Robert F. Farley, former Greensboro News & Record librarian and once managing editor, retired in 1972 from the newspaper.

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