Out of the Past

Posted: December 3, 2012

100 years ago

The design of the new nickel to supplant the five-cent coin now in circulation will be perfected by Secretary of the Treasury McVeagh within a few days.

An Indian head will adorn the face of the coin and the figure of a buffalo the reverse.

The design is intended to honor the disappearing Indians and buffalo linked together in American history.

Nov. 27, 1912

Virginia is now supreme among the apple-producing states of the East, having won the handsome silver loving cup offered by the New York Land Show, held last week.

The winner of the cup, which cost $750, was T.W. Steck of Opequon, Frederick County.

The prize, a solid silver trophy, ornamented with a wreath of apples finished in gold, was described by the manager, Mr. Gilbert McClung, in his presentation statement, “as the handsomest ever offered in a fruit competition.”

It is of special Greek design, not a stock model, and is the only one of its kind in the world.

There were 11 entries — 1 from New York, 1 from Pennsylvania, 2 from Connecticut, 3 from Virginia and 4 from New Jersey.

Nov. 29, 1912

The old Baptist Church, opposite the Fairfax Hotel, on South Market Street, said to have been the first house of worship of the members of that denomination in Winchester, and which is occupied by Mr. Ray Grim as an antique furniture shop, narrowly escaped being completely destroyed by fire early this afternoon.

Only the prompt arrival of the firemen and the efficient work characteristic of the local department, saved the building from being reduced to ashes. Within three minutes after the alarm had been turned in at the engine house of the Friendship Fire Company, pipemen of that branch of the department had a stream of water playing directly on the fire, while a moment or two later a second stream from the same company’s hose was throwing water up on the roof of the building.

Although a great quantity of water was thrown by the firemen that caused some damage to the furniture in Mr. Grim’s shop, his loss is not large.

Nov. 29, 1912

The Kalem Company, which was in Winchester this fall and made several reels here, have just released the first one ever made here, entitled “The Battle in the Virginia Hills,” or “A Mountain Feud,” and the feature will be shown at the Auditorium next Tuesday for one night. Manager Hable has had so many inquiries from people living in the country concerning the date it will be shown that he has announced it for next Tuesday night.

Nov. 30, 1912

75 years ago

It was announced today that the Rustic Tavern, William Warwick, proprietor, will reopen tomorrow night, after being enlarged and improved. The tavern now can seat from 80 to 90 persons, has a private dining room for parties and expects to specialize in the serving of seafoods.

At the reopening, free beer and sandwiches will be provided. An orchestra will provide music.

Nov. 24, 1937

A new automobile agency has just opened its doors in Winchester. Two local men, both well-known throughout this section — Garnet Affleck and Amos Ashby — have organized the Virginia Motor Co., and have established their showrooms and service department at 20 W. Gerrard St., where they are featuring Oldsmobiles, having secured the agency for this line of cars for this part of the state.

When asked to point out the new features of the 1938 Oldsmobile, Mr. Affleck stated that the most outstanding feature is the “automatic safety transmission” which is said to be the first successful automatic gear changer. The conventional gear-shift lever is eliminated and a short hand control is just under the wheel on the steering column. By this the driver selects reverse or neutral — or either of the two forward speed ranges.

Nov. 24, 1937

It was announced at the Winchester terminal this afternoon that the Atlantic Greyhound line is not affected by the strike of drivers on eight units of the Greyhound System. The Atlantic drivers are not members of the union.

This unit is maintaining regular schedules between Washington, D.C., and the Shenandoah Valley through Winchester and as far as points in Florida with no interruption.

Nov. 29, 1937

50 years ago

The Christmas spirit hit Winchester this morning as Santa Claus began his 33-day reign as King of Winchester following his arrival at 10:35 a.m. at the Park and Shop Center in a helicopter.

The coming of the jolly old gent touched off a wild scramble not only among the 3,000 plus children — young-and-old-alike — but among the buying public who crowded Winchester’s downtown stores and those in the outlying sections — Park & Shop on the south end and the Amherst Street shopping center.

Santa makes his annual pre-Christmas visit in downtown Winchester tomorrow in the annual Christmas Parade sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association at 6:30 p.m. The parade will mark the opening of the downtown stores on Saturday as well as Friday nights until 9 p.m.

Nov. 23, 1962

25 years ago

Winchester artist Eugene B. Smith, whose etchings and watercolors of the Virginia landscape have become increasingly popular here and throughout the eastern United States, will open his gallery in Old Town Winchester this weekend.

Smith, whose studio is on Cameron Street in Winchester, has until now sold much of his art at shows from Pennsylvania to Florida. His gallery, at 163 N. Loudoun St., is next to Gallery One.

Born in Hyattsville, Md., Smith has lived here for 30 years. He is a graduate of James Wood High School and Lord Fairfax Community College.

Dec. 2, 1987

— Compiled by Priscilla Lehman (plehman@ winchesterstar.com)