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This article is a date listing important or significant events that happened (or will happen) on events for the year 1936


  • January 6 – “Tiverton,” $150,000 residence of Mrs. Mariska Owsley at Greenwood is destroyed by fire.
$150,000 in 1936 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $2,810,870.50 in 2021, an increase of $2,660,870.
  • March 22 – Council studies building of municipal electric plant.
  • March 23 – City almost isolated as sleet storm cuts wires and blocks highways.
  • March 23 – Lions Club given charter.
  • March 24 – City communications with world cut off; Scottsville under water.
  • March 31 – Lane High gets 99 new pupils.
  • February 5 – VPS seeks right to operate bus line instead of street railway.
  • April 2 – City moves to replace traffic lights on Main Street.
  • April 12 – Wider West Main Street urged.
  • April 17 – Petitions seek sanitary area for Fry’s Spring.
  • May 29 – John Daugherty and accomplice hold up Fork Union Bank.
  • [[May 6 – George B. Rives dies at “Edgewood.”
  • May 7 – Council rejects plan to annex 1,500 acres, comprising portions of Fry’s Spring, Belmont, and the University section.
  • May 9 – State Corporation Commission orders the Charlottesville and Albemarle Railway Co. to operate buses over the same route on which it operates street cars.
  • May 15 – Albemarle Board of Supervisors recommends employment of a dentist for school children.
  • May 18 – Admissions Council at the University rebukes thirteen students who led the heckling of Clarence Hathaway communist editor of The Daily Worker(1933–1940), from Cabell Hall.
Hathaway (1892–1963) was an activist in the Minnesota trade union movement and a prominent leader of the Communist Party of the United States from the 1920s through the early 1940s.
  • May 21 – Council rejects proposal of County Board of Supervisors to employ a dentist for the county school children.
  • May 31 – Buses replace trolleys in city.
  • June 9 – The Democratic party’s nominations for three positions on the city commission were victorious in the municipal 1936 election.[1]
  • June 27 – County School Board votes to make application for PWA Funds to erect three schools.
  • June 28 – Work begins on $30,000 addition to Ix Plant.
  • July 1 – City and County will not earmark their share of A. B. C. Funds.
  • July 3 – Virginia Fruit Brandy Distilling Corporation formed to operate plant in North Garden.
  • July 16 – An electric rate that is the highest in its population group for this city disclosed in survey.
  • July 17 – First case of paralysis is reported in county.
  • July 18 – Two more cases of paralysis are reported.
  • July 20 – Two more cases off paralysis. County Baptists cancel annual meeting. Cole Bros. Circus calls off engagement schedule here.
  • July 22 – Fire more cases off paralysis. Health officer sees no reason for “undue alarm.” Two more meetings postponed.
  • August 22 – Two cases of polio reported. Total is 142.
  • August 23 – Two cases
  • August 24 – City passes first day without a new case of polio being reported.
  • August 26 – Blaze destroys Garden Fruitpacking Corp. plant at North Garden.
  • August 26 – One polio case reported.
  • August 27 – Daily Progress reports “Alice Jackson, colored girl, applies for admission at the University Graduate School.”
  • September 1 – At the first meeting of the new council, City Manager Seth Burnley was returned to his office. He also served as the city collector, purchasing agent, and the city’s representative of the joint health board. E. V. Walker was re-elected city attorney. The entire local police department was re-elected upon the recommendation of Police Chief Maurice F. Greavers. The officers of the municipal fire department, elected by the volunteer company August 4, 1936, were unanimously appointed by the council upon the recommendation of the Fire Chief Charles H. Page. The annual appropriation of $520,489.70 for the estimated expenditure anticipated in the 1936-1937 city budget was unanimously approved by the council.[2]



  1. Web. Democratic Nominees Triumph In THE City Commission Election, Staff, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, June 10, 1936, retrieved December 30, 2020.
  2. Web. Council Selects Local Personnel, Staff, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, Sept. 1, 1936, retrieved Feb. 2, 2021.