“Roanoke Notes” (March 19, 1921)


In “Roanoke News,” published by the Richmond Planet on March 19, 1921, the editors report on the comings and goings of Black Roanoke including, Millie Lawson Bethell Paxton‘s appointment as Truant Officer.


Roanoke, VA, March 15.—Mr. Joseph Poindexter, 1 Lynchburg Avenue, N. W. has been confined to his bed for two weeks, but is feeling much better at this writing.

Mrs. Thomas Ward, of Eighth Avenue, N. W. is much indisposed this week.

Mrs. Helen Barlow is out again.

Quite an interesting revival service is being conducted at the High Street Baptist Church. Many aged men have been convinced of their sinful ways and have accepted the Lord Jesus as their Leader. The preaching has been conducted by the Rev. Mr. Pryor, of West Virginia, who has spared no pains in riveting the Word of God to his audience in a most persuasive manner.

Mr. Joel Daniels, of Ninth Avenue, N. E., who has been sick for the past two weeks, is out again.

Mrs. Phyllis King, of Ninth Avenue, N. E. is much improved.

Rev. D. R. Powell, of the Hill Street Baptist Church with his choir and congregation, worshipped at Mt. Zion A. M. E. Church Sunday afternoon. Rev. Powell used as a subject, “Christ the Sure Foundation.” A very nice offering was raised.

Mr. George P. Graveley, of Pittsburgh is in the city this week on business and will remain over until Sunday, the guest of Mrs. Lizzie Poindexter.

Mrs. Eunice Miller Rutlege and little daughter, of Detroit, Mich. are the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. P. Miller, 346 Seventh Avenue, N. W., also Miss Grace Miller, who is a student in business college and conservatory, at Detroit, who is home on a visit.

Rev. James T. Boddie, of Virginia Theological Seminary and College, son of Rev. J. B. Boddie, of New Rochelle, N. Y. preached morning and night at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in the absence of their pastor, Rev. W. W. Hicks, who is conducting a ten days revival at Mt. Vernon, N. Y.

Rev. James S. Hatcher returned from Rocky Mount, Martinsville and Boons’ Mill, Va., where he accompanied Bishop J. Albert Johnson, on his recent visit.

Harrison Avenue High School was the winner of the Southwest Virginia Basket Ball Championship. They won eight games and lost one. They were coached by Fred D. Lawson, of Hampton and his basket ball five was known as the flying squad, for their speed. The baseball team is limbering up daily. They are counting on a good team this season and have a good schedule.

When in Roanoke, eat at the Franklin Café, 102 Henry Street, N. W.

Mr. William Singleton, of Bluefield W. Va., was a visitor to the city this week.

Mr. W. B. F. Crowell is touring Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida representing the Congo Film Company.

The revival at High Street Baptist Church is progressing nicely.

Mr. C. T. Toliver returned from Washington, D. C., where he was called on business.

Get your copy of one of the many Negro newspapers from J. C. Dugger 102 Henry Street, N. W. every Saturday. Also home cooking, soft drinks and lunches at all hours.

The Parents and Teachers League has appointed Mrs. Millie B. Paxton Truant Officer and she is on the job each and every day. There are so many boys and girls who do no attend as they should, and Mrs. M. B. seems to keep on the run.

Mrs. Nancy G. Finney, who was the guest of Mrs. Nancy Kates on Gilmer Avenue, has returned to Pittsburgh, Pa.

A white man, 67 years old is charged with attacking a little colored girl here. The crime was committed March 9. He was sent on to the grand jury and secured bail in in the sum of $2,000.

Mrs. Minnie Mar, of 544 Seventh Avenue, N. W. served supper in honor of Mrs. Fannie White and Miss Toles, of Columbus, Ohio. Those present: Miss Watkins, Mrs. Taylor, Mr. Turner, Mr. Roberson, Mr. Finney. The supper was given at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Leah Polk.

Mrs. Bell Simpson and sister, Mrs. Kizziah Alexandra, of Homestead, Pa. were called to the bedside of their sister, Mrs. Alice Lawson, 314 Tenth Avenue, N. W. They arrived in the city Friday, March 11. Mrs. Lawson has been quite indisposed for two months or more, but somewhat improved since the arrival of her sisters.

Mrs. Sallie Bell of Chestnut Street N. W. has been sick for the past week. She is improving.

Mrs. Lillian A. Bartee, who has been seriously ill is much improved. Miss Louise Bullocks of Durham spent the week end with Mrs. Bartee and left for home Sunday. She was of much help to Mrs. Bartee.

One year has passed, my heart’s still sore,

As the time goes on I miss you more;

Your memory is as fresh today

As in the hour passed away.

You don’t know the sorrows to be left alone,

Till God sends a message to your home.

It’s sad when He calls for one or the other,

But the saddest of all, is when God calls your mother.


–Mrs. Della Patterson, 307 Fourth Avenue, N. W. and Brother, William Brooks.

Do you know her?

I am making inquiry of my sister, Mrs. Bettie Penn. Her husband’s name was Viar Penn. They left Danville, Va. thirty years ago, went to New York City. Any one learning of her whereabouts will greatly oblige me by giving me this information.

Address, Joseph Poindexter, No. 1 Lynchburg Avenue, N. W., Roanoke City, Va.

APA Citation:
Richmond Planet. “Roanoke Notes” (March 19, 1921). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia.
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Richmond Planet. "“Roanoke Notes” (March 19, 1921)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 19 Jun. 2024
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