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New River Notes — Complete

January 21, 2014

After about two years of work we have completed a major upgrade to New River Notes. On January 21, 2014 we switched in the last of the updated files and final page revisions.

In January 2013 we introduced the new site layout but because there were many pages left to do there was a big red Under Construction on the front page. A year later we've finished all of the pages that were on the original site. Construction is complete. We have a great looking site full of material to help you in your research and possibly entertain you.

We're not finished. A site like this can't just freeze in time. It must be maintained, .... Read More

New River Notes

January 6, 2013

New River Notes, a leading genealogy resource for the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia, launched its new look website today.

new river valley mapNew River Notes was originally launched in 1998 by Jeffrey C. Weaver providing New River Valley researchers with a new wealth of information and that tradition is continued today by the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Welcome and we hope you enjoy our new look. For more information on the changes and plans see posts on the GCVHF Google+ Page.

American Legion, CORNELIA THORNTON POST NO. 110 - 1924

Norfolk, Virginia

Cornelia Thornton Post 110 was organized March 8, 1923, in the City of Norfolk, Norfolk County, Va., to further the sentiments as expressed in the preamble, and to affectuate the objects set forth in the National Constitution and that of the Department of Virginia. Nineteen veteran nurses formed this Post and elected Mary B. Waldron, Post commander; Mary E. Downs, adjutant. A membership drive secured the two remaining eligibles, making the membership twenty-one.

All members are qualified voters and wearers of the Legion button. Two meetings each month, one day and one night, so all members can keep in touch with Post, State and National activities.

During the summer of 1923, the Post rendered many hours of nursing service gratis; provided clothing for five persons and agreed to pay half of the expenses of raising and educating Virginia girl of four years. Participated in an Armistice Day parade.

At the election of officers in January, 1924, Mary B. Waldron reelected Post commander; Julia B. Hier, first U. Comrade; Alene S. Whitaker, second U. Comrade ; Mary E. Downes re-elected Post adjutant; Josephine Curran, finance officer; Ada M. Ande, Post chaplain; Minnie B. Parker, Post historian; Florence D. Miller, sergeant-at-arms; Alene S. Whitaker, service officer. Chevron worn by Mary E. Downes.

Post adopted two buddies for 1924.

Rendered service in obtaining evidence of disability for four men.

Visited disabled veterans at Soldiers' Home, Hampton, Va., took pipes, tobacco, cigarettes and matches. This visit is especially intended to ascertain their needs as a visit each month will be continued.

Subscriptions to have' paper sent by request to a totally disabled veteran. Four boxes sent to friendless veteran in Neuropsychiatric Hospital.

Public welfare lectures on sanitation, public health and care of infants.

Clothing provided for six persons made homeless by fire.

The Social Committee keep us entertained with beach parties, cards and socials.