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March 01, 2013

"River Ripples"

Have you ever heard of "River Ripples" in connection with Bassett High School?  This is the newspaper for BHS, the date being December 1, 1924 for Volume 1, Number 2. Several issues of this newspaper were found and I was interested, not only in the articles, but in the advertisements in the paper: Stanley Mercantile Company, Wood Mercantile Company, Woody’s Department Store, H.T. Williams and Company, First National Bank, Bassett Cleaning and Pressing Shop, Mountain Drug Company, Sanatary (yes, that is the spelling) Barber Shop, Adams Insurance Company…all of which were in Bassett.  

Also in Bassett was Craig and Bassett General Merchandise, Furniture and Undertakers.  In North Bassett was L. P. Grogan and Son, dealers in Dry Goods, Notions, Shoes, Hats, Fancy and Staple Groceries, Cold Drinks and Sundries, Gas and Oils.  Wow!

Advertisements also in the BHS newspaper were for The Henry Hotel, C.P. Kearfott and Son, H.A. Ford and Company Real Estate and Insurance, Richardson Electric Company, Piedmont Trust Bank, Milliner's Department Stores, Byrd and Company Jewelers, Peoples National Bank, Coleman-Bryan Music Company for everything in music…all of which were in Martinsville.  An advertisement for the Rex Theater had E.J. Mercier, proprietor; European Plan, café in connection, hot and cold running water all outside rooms.  This theater was located on Fayette Street.  

At least Mountain Drug Company lasted many years, as that one we all probably do remember!  A marble table and chairs from Mountain Drug are on display at the Bassett Historical Center.  The table and two metal chairs with cushions were donated by Pauline Wells; another chair, wooden, was donated by Posie Collins, Jr.  The last chair was donated by The Clay family, as it was found in mother’s basement painted pink!  A good thing that I recognized it, as it now matches the Collins’ chair and is the fourth chair in the display.  Below are several excerpts taken from "River Ripples." 

"River Ripples"

December 1, 1924

For the first time in the history of Bassett High School, we have a study hall, where the pupils can study without being subjected to the noise made during the recitation of classes.  Each period during the day the hall is supervised by one of the teachers who does not have a class at that time.

The annual Red Cross Roll Call began on the eleventh, Armistice Day, and continued through Thanksgiving week.  We hope the people have responded promptly throughout the entire county to at least have paid the one dollar membership fee.  In our own county the Red Cross furnishes us with a school nurse, whose work not only in the schools but in the county cannot be estimated.  Never fail to heed the call of the Red Cross.

Colors for Bassett High School were suggested and voted on in Chapel.  Blue and White were chosen and pencils were ordered in these colors with "Bassett High School" printed on them.  The pencils will be on sale at the school and we hope that all of the pupils are patriotic enough to buy them.










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