Dale M. Brumfield, The News Leader

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Past articles by Dale:

When Lakeside Amusement Park decided to go big

The opening of Disneyworld had re-defined amusement parks forever, and east coast parks like Lakeside now felt pressure to “go Disney” or go home. → Read More

New Waynesboro High School opened with ‘twinge of sadness’ in 1938

In 1935 Vice Mayor Louis Spilman traveled to Washington to try to secure funding for a new school building through the Public Works Administration. → Read More

1970s restaurant bombings remain unsolved

Cinderblocks from the exploding building flew out to the road and the front door was found 100 yards away in a nearby field. → Read More

Grazed donuts and mater soup

“He was a friend of many people and was probably known by more people than anyone in Waynesboro.” → Read More

Civil War spy unit named for Fairfield woman

Though these “Jessie Scouts” were believed to be named after a mythical Col. Jessie, their admiration for Jessie Benton Frémont gave them their name. → Read More

Augusta County led Virginia efforts against lynching

Lynching is a horrific yet nearly forgotten chapter of racial and class terrorism in American history. → Read More

The great Mint Spring elephant hunt

An elephant named Elsie survived a crash that included a truck hurtling a creek, then disappeared into the woods. The search was on... → Read More

Future farmers started in Weyers Cave: history

Humble origins: one program at Weyers Cave in 1926 consisted of one duck and two rabbits, with no indication of what exactly the training did with them. → Read More

The first MAGA? 'Make Augusta Golden Again': history

The original Augusta County motto was a little more wordy, but pretty much the same as MAGA. → Read More

New Hope bank robbed three times: History

They forced two tellers into the vault then escaped with about $18,500 in a car. → Read More

Local slick-talking visitor a fraud

He told stories of his war exploits, but he was actually a trusty at the penitentiary serving time for bigamy. Was that the whole story? → Read More

Hurricane Camille was not the first or the worst: Valley storm history

Devastating storms hit the valley before and after Camille. → Read More

Going to see Clarence: A damaged Korean veteran in Basic City

Clarence Warren Walsh was not killed in the Korean conflict, but his life stopped inside a house for 32 years because of it. → Read More

Former Augusta County slave helped found Liberia

Rev. Amos Herring may have been born into slavery, but he was one of the four original signers of the constitution of the African country of Liberia. → Read More

Secret to long life a mixed bag from Augusta centenarians

There have been several centenarians in the Augusta County, Staunton and Waynesboro area through the years, including "the old man of the regimentals." → Read More

Churchville native was world leader in prosthetics

Churchville native James Hanger’s Civil War career lasted only one day, but those 24 hours would enrich the lives of thousands of people, even today. → Read More

The poignant life of Frederick G. Rust: history

Every locality has its share of highly visible, colorful and eccentric characters. Frederick Rust's story is a tragedy built on family greed. → Read More

‘Nutrition camp’ helped depression-era children in need: history

Today there is concern that schoolchildren eat too many fatty foods, do not get enough exercise, and are subsequently overweight. Center for Disease Control (CDC) data from 2015-2016 shows that nearly 1 in 5 American young people from 6 to 19 years of age are obese. But during the great depression, the exact opposite was true. From the stock market crash of 1929 through the 1930s into the onset… → Read More

Keezletown farmer narrowly escapes ‘black widow’ murderer: history

A malfunctioning alarm clock -- and a good lawyer -- saved Keezletown farmer John Sheets from becoming a victim to the 'black widow' murderer. → Read More

Augusta county slave co-invented reaper that revolutionized agriculture

Jo Anderson, a slave from Augusta County, is rightly considered co-inventor of the famous reaper which revolutionized American agriculture. → Read More