Tag Archives: Wythe County VA

Baseball’s First World Series Hero: Deacon Phillippi

Baseball pitcher Charles Louis (“Deacon”) Phillippi, of Rural Retreat VA, was drafted into the National League by Louisville in 1898, and began his baseball career with that team on April 21, 1899. On May 29, 1899 he pitched a no-hitter against the Giants in only his seventh major league game. In 1900, he moved to […]


The First Lady: Museum pays tribute to Edith Bolling Wilson

The following article by Joe Tennis ran yesterday in the Bristol Herald Courier. Wytheville, VA — Happy birthday, Edith! The First Lady – Edith Bolling Galt Wilson – was born in a second-story apartment in downtown Wytheville, Va., on Oct. 15, 1872. In 1915, she became the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson. She also […]


Heroes and Villains: Robert Chapman Osborne

Please welcome guest blogger Ron Dees, author of the Wythe Notes blog. “After 35 years of beating my head against the brick wall that is Washington, DC, as a lobbyist turned chef,” says Ron, “I dragged the long-suffering Anne to the wilds of Appalachia. Wythe Notes is my attempt to get in touch with my […]


You are now embarking on a perilous course

Representative Joseph Crockett Shaffer(R-9th District, VA) had been a member of the 71st Congress for only 3 months when the De Priest incident made national news. It was June 1929, and First Lady Louann Hoover had refused to invite black Congressman Oscar De Priest’s wife, Jessie Williams De Priest, to the White House to have […]

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