Posts Tagged ‘ Roxboro ’

Snapshots: Demonstrating the Safety of Vaccine, 1956

Snapshots: Demonstrating the Safety of Vaccine, 1956

Caption on the reverse of the photo: “March 13– Dr. Archibald Vinson, head of the City Health Department, administers a dosage of polio vaccine to his granddaughter, Becky Simmons, in her classroom at Calvin Coolidge Elementary School, as a demonstration of his confidence in Dr. Jonas Salk’s new creation. – Harlow Barton, Clarion-Standard” In 1956,…

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The Brindamour Brothers’ Currency

The Brindamour Brothers’ Currency

In July of 1992, brothers Dave and Teddy Brindamour of Roxboro were taken into custody by the FBI, having been charged with tax evasion and use of illegal currency. A mundane and unimaginative “love coupon” gift for their girlfriends (e.g. Reedem this coupon for one “spicy” half hour massage) somehow developed into an elaborate, neighborhood-wide…

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Friday Facts: Unlucky No. 13, Powerless

Friday Facts: Unlucky No. 13, Powerless

:: Northside residents can expect an extra unlucky Friday the 13th today, as electrical power will be cut off for up to two hours in order to repair a transformer on the corner of Garrick Ave. and Riggins Rd. The device was damaged June 26 by would-be bank robber Kevin Sturgiss when he hijacked a…

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Friday Facts: Cognacgerie, cognacgerie, cognacgerie

Friday Facts: Cognacgerie, cognacgerie, cognacgerie

:: According to a poll of more than 2,000 city residents, the Beatle considered most likely to be a considerate, gentle lover: Ringo :: The Copper Colombard, on 4th Street Lane and Annual Boulevard, claims to be the nation’s only mini-cognacgerie. The modest blue-and-white building offers more than thirty locally distilled cognacs, and was built…

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The Last Will and Testament of Rory Sheehan

The Last Will and Testament of Rory Sheehan

While clearing a block of turn-of-the-century townhouses for a drive-through fondue restaurant, workers in 1973 discovered an artifact from the city’s former days as a gangland paradise. Wedged in between a basement wall was a metal strong box containing the last will and testament of Rory Sheehan, the fearsome Roxboro neighborhood mob boss. The box…

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