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Bloch Kidnapping

Jesse A. Bloch, father of Betty Bloch
Jesse A. Bloch, father of Betty Bloch

On October 4, 1934, two men confessed to planning the kidnapping of Bloch Brothers heiress Betty Bloch of Wheeling.

Learn more:
"Foiled Kidnapers Face Long Terms" (Plan To Kidnap Betty Bloch)
"Seek Third Person In Bloch Kidnaping" (Plan To Kidnap Betty Bloch)
"M'Kee Denies Nervous Plotter Gave 'Tip' On Kidnaping Plans" (Plan To Kidnap Betty Bloch)

View of Arthurdale. Harry Carlson Collection, Ms2011-12

On October 4, 1933, the federal government purchased the Arthur farm in Preston County to establish the first subsistence homestead, Arthurdale.

Learn more:
"Government Buys Arthurdale Farm for $35,000.00"
"Arthurdale is Dedicated by Officials Monday"
"Journal Publishes First Article On Homesteads"
Excerpt from “Evolution of Social Attitudes in Arthurdale, West Virginia,” by Harry Carlson
"President Leaves Arthurdale AFter Giving Tax Views"

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