Out of the Past
100 years ago
MOUNT PLEASANT — While returning from his work on a saw mill on Mr. J.H. Perry’s farm one day last week, Mr. Isaac Lamp killed a large spread-head viper snake as he was crossing the fields near Mr. Marian Wigginton’s farm.
His dog was running along in front of him and began barking near a fence. Mr. Lamp, supposing it to be a rabbit or some other animal, did not hurry to the dog, but walked on at his usual gait.
When he got near the dog, however, he saw the large reptile coiled up and ready for a fight. After a terrific battle with the snake, Mr. Lamp and his dog came out victorious. The snake measured 34 inches in length.
Jan. 15, 1913
Mr. Phil H. Gold, clerk of the Circuit Court, has received word from Judge G.W. Black that the United States Court of Claims at Washington has decided favorably on the claim of the Union Church (now Burnt Church), about four miles from this city on the Pughtown Pike, for the amount of $600, which damage was done by Federal soldiers when, during the Civil War, the church was used as a picket station by the northern troops, and who, during their presence, built a fire upon the floor of the structure, which caused it to be destroyed.
While the court has approved the claim, the money will not be forthcoming for some time yet, as it will be necessary for Congress to make the appropriation. Being too late for Congress to take the matter up at its present session, it will have to lay over until the first Wilson Congress meeting in the spring.
The claim of the Smith Creek Baptist Church of New Market was not approved.
Jan. 15, 1913
BERRYVILLE — The workmen of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company are busily engaged in making all kinds of changes and additions in and around Berryville.
A complete new central equipment office has been installed for the local office, which has been removed to the post office building. Two handsome sound-proof long-distance booths have been placed in the lobby of the Battletown Inn.
Jan. 16, 1913
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Copp yesterday quietly celebrated at their country home, Willow Brook, their fifty-seventh wedding anniversary, having been married on Jan. 17, 1856.
Mrs. Copp was Miss Joanna Orlena Glaize, daughter of the late John Hetzel Glaize, and was an acknowledged belle of her day. Mr. and Mrs. Copp were presented with a very large bouquet, which contained 57 pink carnations, or one for each year of their marriage.
Jan. 18, 1913
Mr. Charles P. Jack of this city, who for some time past has been at work perfecting an apple separator and grader, and who recently completed a model which has met with the approval of a large number of local apple men, is arranging to take the same to Washington early next week and have his device patented. A larger model will be made at a Washington factory. Many of Mr. Jack’s friends have complimented him upon his invention, which is calculated to be a great labor saver.
Jan. 18, 1913
75 years ago
The committee in charge of erection of the new community hall at Mount Williams, Frederick County, has virtually completed arrangements for the formal opening of the building Friday evening, Jan. 14, with a debate between the Mount Williams and Luttrell debating societies.
The subject to be discussed will be: “Resolved, That Government Interference With Industry Is the Cause of the Present Situation.”
The community hall, which has been sponsored by the Mount Williams Literary Society, was erected on a parcel of land donated for the purpose by W.H. Himelright, of that section of FrederickCounty. It fronts on the Wardensville Grade and is a one-story frame structure capable of accommodating a good-sized audience.
Many of the people of the neighborhood had a part in the project and a goodly number of Winchester people made gifts of money with which to see the enterprise take definite form.
The new community building will fill a need that has long been felt in the Mount Williams section. The Literary Society has done much to make rural life attractive to the people there and to keep the young folk on the farm.
Jan. 11, 1938
The old toll house at Double Tollgate which interfered with the view of drivers, causing numerous accidents, has been razed. The work was completed recently, removing the chief cause for mishaps which gave to the intersection the sinister name of “Death Corner.”
The house was removed through the cooperation of Joseph Funkhouser, the owner, and the State Highway Department.
Jan. 11, 1938
Among the thousands of Christmas greetings which were received in Winchester during the holiday season was one of unusual interest. It came from the world’s most famous couple, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and was addressed to Dr. Lewis M. Allen, Winchester physician and sportsman, who was called to attend the mother of Wally Simpson when the future duchess was born at Blue Ridge Summit.
Receipt of the greeting was not learned until today. Dr. Allen when asked regarding the card, said it was a beautiful greeting on which was a likeness of the English Crown.
Jan. 17, 1938
50 years ago
BERRYVILLE — The management of the Opera House on Court Street has been taken over D.S. Theatres of Prince Frederick, Md.
The theatrical organization plans to hold movies in the theater every Friday and Saturday except those days when the house is being used for production by the Blue Ridge Players.
A double feature policy will be used with movies running continuously throughout Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
Also, a special half-hour cartoon show will be shown for the children.
Jan. 16, 1963
25 years ago
Some local black children stayed home from school today in honor of Martin Luther King Day, protesting the fact that area schools did not honor the national holiday.
All area public schools were open today. Winchester and Clarke County schools were originally scheduled to be closed to students for the holiday, but re-opened to make up for a day missed because of snow on Jan. 8.
Warren and Frederick County schools did not schedule the day as a holiday.
Jan. 18, 1988
— Compiled by Priscilla Lehman (firstname.lastname@example.org)