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LITTLE JIMMIE ?
A CHRISTMAS TRADITION
of us will recall this picture appearing in the
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
newspaper every Christmas for well over fifty
years. Look for it in Yr. 2002.
feature is from December 24, 1990 BDT.
Dec. 3, 1972
Telegraph launches 55th Christmas Tree
Drive." That would indicate that this
"Little Jimmie" photo tradition began
in 1917. Each December the Bluefield Daily
Telegraph would launch what they called their
Christmas Tree Drive. The purpose of this
Drive was to collect contributions to provide
Christmas gifts for the under priviledged;
children in the area that would otherwise not
have a Christmas.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph would begin this Drive
each year with a picture of "Little
Jimmie"printed on the front page of their
newspaper. Every December when the "Little
Jimmie" picture would appear on the front
page of the newspaper, it would deeply effect my
brother, sister and me. We felt such deep
compassion for poor"Little
Jimmie", and his sister that was
trying to comfort him in the picture. Our
Dad would observe the concern and heart broken
expression on each of our faces as we stared at
that picture with tears in our eyes.We
wanted "Little Jimmie" to
have a Christmas, but we didn't know how we
could help, since we were only children
ourselves. After seeing how deeply
effected we were by this picture, our Dad would
immediately phone in a pledge.
Anonymous - Memories of "Little
Julia Robson Grainger '59, affectionately known
from Bramwell High School days as
"Punky". She is married to Calvin