This week in local history:
70 years ago - Jan. 27, 1949
• The Herald reported that due to the polio epidemic in the summer of 1948, in which 13 county children were stricken, the Jackson County Infantile Paralysis fund was saddled with more than $3,000 in unpaid bills.
• Funeral services were held for Pvt. Jesse Cline, whose body had been returned home the prior week. Cline was wounded in Luxemburg on Jan. 18, 1945 and died in a hospital in France March 12, 1945.
• “The Golden Eye,” starring Roland Winters as Charlie Chan, was showing at the Ritz Theatre. Admission for adults was 35 cents and 12 cents for children, tax included.
60 years ago - Jan. 29, 1959
• The low bid for construction of the new Sylva-Webster High School and a shop building at Glenville School came to a little more than $800,000.
• The Herald reported the U.S. population stood at an eyepopping 175.5 million.
• Fire gutted a three-bedroom frame house in the Dicks Creek community.
• The Sylva Drive-In offered a double feature of Westerns, including “The Long Haul” starring Victor Mature.
50 years ago - Jan. 30, 1969
• Farm income in Jackson County for 1969 checked in at $1.95 million, an increase of nearly one-quarter million dollars from the previous year. Timber, beef and cabbage sales led the way.
• A new technological wonder, an automatic car wash, opened in Sylva with the arrival of the Robo-Wash near Harold’s Supermarket.
40 years ago - Jan. 25, 1979
• Pentax ME cameras were on sale at Livingston A. Kelley Photographic for $299.95.
• The Cullowhee Rebels men’s basketball team edged the Sylva-Webster Golden Eagles 67-65 for Jackson County bragging rights.
30 years ago - Jan. 28, 1989
• Western Carolina’s men’s basketball team improved its record to 6-8 with an 80-68 Southern Conference victory at Furman.
20 years ago - Jan. 28, 1999
• Western Carolina University’s men’s basketball team dropped to 6-14 with a 74-66 loss to East Tennessee State.
10 years ago - Jan. 29, 2009
• Neil Setzer, a member of Sylva-Webster High School’s 1973 state 2-A championship football team, was heading home to Jackson County as the new football coach at Smoky Mountain High School. He had served several seasons as head coach at Hayesville.
• Rob Young, director of Western Carolina University’s Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, was appointed to serve on the N.C. General Assembly’s Offshore Energy Exploration Study Committee.
• Despite recent snow and rain, Western North Carolina remained mired in one of the worst droughts on record.