Out of the Past

Posted: January 7, 2013

Julie Glass was selected by members of the Teen-Age Club to be the 1963 Queen of the Greens as part of the Burning of the Greens celebration at Winchester Recreation Park. TAC members gathered Christmas trees after the holidays ended for a bonfire at the park followed by a dance in the War Memorial Building during which the queen was crowned. Glass’ photo was provided by the Stewart Bell Jr. Archives of Handley Regional Library.

100 years ago

Beaumont’s Indoor Circus, with five of the finest trained ponies in the world, and seven of the cleverest acting dogs, will begin a two-night engagement in the auditorium tomorrow night, with a special matinee Saturday. Admission 10 cents. Pictures will also be shown.

A big street parade will be given at noon. An offer of $5 is made to anybody who will ride the bucking pony. Every parent should see that the children see this fine circus.

Jan. 1, 1913

The Western Union Telegraph Company, Western Electric Company, and the Bell Telephone system have inaugurated with the new year the insurance and pension plans recently worked out for the benefit of their 200,000 employees.

A fund has been set aside from which benefits will be paid for disability due either to accident or sickness, and pensions will be provided on which employees who have given the best years of their lives to the service may be retired.

Theodore N. Bell, expressing the reasons which inspired the companies to make the innovations, says that faithful service is only to be found when fidelity and loyalty are reciprocal in employer and employee, and that the companies have made this provision as a recognition for past service and as an inspiration to the younger men and women in their employ.

Jan. 2, 1913

The menace of the protruding hatpin will become a danger of the past if a little machine now receiving publicity is adopted by the stores. This machine, which is 1012 inches high, is designed to be mounted on the store counter and its mission is to cut hatpins to measure.

When a hat is bought, it is placed on the purchasers’s head and the hatpins are run through to determine the required length. The surplus is then snipped off, a twirl of the machine turns a new point in place of the removed part, another twirl polishes it and the pin is delivered to the customer just long enough to protrude but a fraction of an inch.

Jan. 2, 1913

Miss Katharine L. Bryarly of Winchester has sailed for Rome as a member of the first training course for American teachers given by Maria Montessori, author of “The Montessori Method,” whose system of child education has aroused such wide interest.

The total class of over fifty will include some of the best and best-known American teachers. Forty-two were specially selected for this course, ability and experience being the basis of selection; the others had gone to Rome before the course was announced.

The course will consist of lectures by Dr. Montessori, observation hours in Montessori classes of children and practice in teaching the method.

Dr. Montessori was induced to take time from her important experimental work in order to give this course only by the desire on the part of the American committee that the method be introduced in this country by thoroughly proficient teachers who had studied its workings at the source.

Jan. 3, 1913

75 years ago

Reports reaching here from Rock Enon Springs that a wild animal resembling a panther or other large feline carnivore had been seen darting in and out among the undergrowth of Great North Mountain led numbers of sportsmen to make an investigation. All who ventured in the mountain fastness were equipped with shotguns or rifles.

Residents of the Rock Enon Springs section said the feline’s wails and cries can be heard nightly and that an occasional glimpse of the animal had been reported in daylight. The animal was described as being of a tan color and much larger than the mountain wildcats.

It was said an effort would be made to kill the animal for the better protection of game in that mountain area, much of which is a legal game sanctuary.

Jan. 4, 1938

The Red Wing Sandwich Shop, 15 W. Boscawen St., has been opened by J.P. Hersberger, formerly of Pennsylvania, who has had much experience in catering to the appetites of a discriminating clientele. Mr. Hersberger has outfitted his place with attractive appliances and equipment, and is featuring all kinds of lunches, hamburgers and drinks.

Jan. 4, 1938

50 years ago

Julie Glass, 18-year-old Handley senior, was crowned Queen of the Greens last night in ceremonies at the War Memorial Building, following the annual Burning of the Greens at the Recreation Park.

Thirty-five truckloads of Christmas trees and greens were piled high and ignited by 19 torches in the fete, which signaled the end of the holiday season here.

More than 400 people attended the event and a large number of the teen-agers stayed to attend the TAC Dance following. Miss Glass was crowned by the 1962 queen, Ann Holsinger, and received several gifts from local merchants.

The queen’s princesses, Diane Carper, Carol Mills, Pat Petrie, Sue Owings and Karen Shull, received miniature cedar chests and loving cups.

The Burning of the Greens started with the traditional lighting of the TAC president’s torch. John Eddy, the club’s head, had his torch lighted by Assistant Superintendant of Recreation and Parks Merle Barr, who also ignited the torch of TAC Treasurer Doug Snapp.

Eddy and Snapp then lighted torches of Winchester Fire Chief Bernard Groves and Fire Inspector William Gochenour. In turn, the torches of the princessses and their escorts were lighted and all were thrown onto the pile of trees.

The new queen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Glass Jr. of 199 Roszel Road. She is a member of the TAC Club and the Handley Booster Club.

Jan. 3, 1963

25 years ago

It was a first for Winchester, a family-oriented, non-alcoholic alternative way to ring in the new year, and, in the words of participants and coordinators alike, First Night Winchester was a tremendous success.

An estimated 1,600 to 1,700 people filled the luminary-lined sidewalks, wished each other Happy New Year, waited in lines for horse and buggy rides, and jammed themselves into eight locations for entertainments of all sorts.

Kathy Nerangis, chairman of the First Night Committee, said the turnout was unbelievable. “This is more than we ever expected,” she said. “It was so very successful that we feel this is just the beginning of an annual event.”

Jan. 2, 1988

— Compiled by Priscilla Lehman whose email is plehman@winchesterstar.com