It’s Valentine’s Day. We know lovers everywhere are preoccupied, but what about everyone else? Here’s a day in the life as reported in the February 14, 1930 edition of the Clinch Valley News in Raven, VA:
“A delicious and exquisite birthday dinner was served by Mrs. Parson at her home in North Raven at 7:30 on Wednesday evening, Feb. 5th, in honor of her husband, Dr. Andrew Parson, commemorating his birthday. The cake was emblazoned with Illuminated candles which harmonized with the artistically decorated color scheme of the beautiful dining room. Many presents were received and those who enjoyed the dinner were: Capt. and Mrs. D. D. Cox, Mr. and Mrs. Prease, Mr and Mrs. J.J. Draper, Miss Anna Cox, and Dr. Guinn, of Raven.
“William Wells, of Upper Swords Creek, left here Sunday morning en route to Abingdon to visit his brother Elbert, who is a patient in the Geo. Ben. Johnson hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. C.P Mitchell, west Raven, are the proud parents of a fine eight pound girl, born on Feb 10.
“Jess Boyd, private at Camp Fort Hoyle, at Fort Hoyle, Md. is at the home of his mother, Mrs. LD Boyd on a thirty day furlough.
“CLARENCE LAMBERT — Raven, Va. Feb 12 – Clarence Edward Lambert, 48 years of age, died at state convict No. 1, of spinal meningitis, about two thirty Monday evening, after being ill only a few days. He was a popular citizen living in Raven for some time and leaves a wife and several children, of this place. Interment was in the Hankins cemetery near Richlands. He is survived, besides his wife and children, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Lambert and brother and sister of Raven, besides sisters and brothers elsewhere.
“MRS. JOHN MCKEE — Mrs. John McKee, aged 56, died at her home in Raven early last Thursday night. Death was attributed to heart trouble. Mrs. McKee was sitting by the fire about 9 o’clock when she suddenly became ill and fell from her chair dead. She had been completely blind in both eyes for the past 4 or 5 years. Interment was in cemetery on Horton Ridge, a few miles west of Raven. Surviving her is a husband and several children of this place.”