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The Story of Jesse James

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, original publish date unknown Back in the good old days, (and by that I mean any time prior to 1910) the American people didn’t have…

When furniture was treasured

Looking back with Lloyd Mathews, original published date unknown In the past few weeks I have written about the country fireplace and the country kitchen stove. There are other old…

Great Changes in Living

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed May 4, 2003 I have been reading a book entitled “The Big Change” in which the author, Frederick Lewis Allen, talks about life…

“Saturdays Were Special”

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews originally printed Oct. 28, 2001 I believe that the older one gets, the more he dwells on the past. I try to focus my thinking…

Days of neighborhood stores passing us by

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed October 21, 1990 Remember when you used to go to the corner grocery store? There was one in every neighborhood back before the…

Civil War Battle of Wytheville

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed January 17, 1979   On July 17, 1863, residents of Wytheville steeled themselves for an attack by General Toland’s Raiders. Every man, woman…

Methodism Born

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed December 5, 1978   The Methodist Church was born in 1729 as the Holy Club at Oxford University in England, and it can…

Name Carries Meaning

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed October 26, 1978   It was not until this past October 11 that I ever gave much thought to why our county was…

Rails Bring Adventure

Looking Back with Lloyd Mathews, originally printed September 11, 1978 Like the highway systems of today the railroads had main lines running like arteries through the country, and from these…

Struggle Continues for Equality

Looking Back with Mathews, originally printed July 4, 1980 “RESOLVED, that woman is man’s equal-was intended to be by the Creator, and the highest good of the race demands that…

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