Out of the Past
100 years ago
WASHINGTON — Police of this city are trying to discover the planners of a well-developed plot to turn loose a horde of mice when the suffragette parade of March 3 begins.
According to the plan, which is believed to have originated among the students of the college here, the conspirators will be stationed along the line of March armed with rats and mice. When the order to march is given the mice will be tuned loose.
Commissioner Rudolph today declared that the municipal government will make every effort to nip the plan in the bud.
“The women have a perfect right to march,” says he, “and they must be safeguarded. It is all very well for the young men to have fun, but in this instance they are not proceeding in the proper manner.”
The college men think they will have no difficulty in evading the police and carrying their prank into effect.
At each corner along Pennsylvania Avenue a student will be stationed with a basket or bag filled with rats or mice. At a given signal each man will dash into the line of march and liberate his pests.
Then, they declare, the marchers will forget woman’s advance through the centuries; forget man’s oppression; forget the privileges for which they struggle, and, harking back to traits of prehistoric ancestors, will break for nearby trees and lamp posts.
Feb. 3, 1913
Congressman Jefferson Levy, owner of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Virginia, wants Congress to legally designate “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the famous song of Francis Scott Key, as the official anthem of the United States of America. He has introduced a joint resolution to this effect.
Feb. 5, 1913
Mr. Harry Timberlake, of this city, is in receipt of a letter from his kinsman, Mr. Milton O. Rouss, of Jefferson County, W.Va., who with Mrs. Rouss, is making a tour of Europe, and who will probably visit Egypt and other sections of the holy land before returning to the states.
In his letter, postmarked at Sorento, Italy, Mr. Rouss states that fruit in abundance is found there and the climate is fully good from a health point of view, but that no country yet visited compared with the Shenandoah Valley.
Feb. 6, 1913
Some of the colored men of Winchester have organized the Winchester Colored Male Chorus, which now has a membership of 20. Any man who desires may join. The officers are as follows: director, J. Luther Martin; organist, James F. Robinson; president, Vandoren Davis; vice-president, William Good; secretary, George W. Hamilton; and treasurer, Dr. Henry C. Baker. Rehearsals are to be held every Monday evening.
The revival services at Mount Carmel Baptist Church are still being attended with much success. There have been nine converts and many are showing a desire to “flee the wrath to come.”
Feb. 6, 1913
BERRYVILLE — The Bank of Clarke County building at the corner of Main and Church streets is to be entirely rebuilt. The work, which is in the hands of the Bankers’ Engineering Co. of Chicago, was begun today, and while it is being done business will be conducted in the Coiner building.
Feb. 7, 1913
75 years ago
An order for 70,000 rubber gas masks, to be used by the Navy, has been placed by the United States government with the O’Sullivan Rubber Co. These gas masks will be manufactured at the plant in Winchester and will materially increase for the next few months the productive activity of this important local industry. Indeed, it is predicted that this plant will be operating at capacity by March 15.
At the plant this morning it was announced that this is the first order given for rubber gas masks that are shaped to fit the contour of the face. The designers of this mask claim that it will eliminate much of the dangerous leakage that sometimes occurs. Poisonous gasses sometime penetrated the old form of mask that was used during the World War.
Feb. 4, 1938
At a general meeting of the Frederick County Teachers’ Association this morning, it was voted to have a committee appear before the county School Board to request that the schools not participate in the Apple Blossom Festival this year.
A spokesman for the teachers informed The Star this afternoon, the action was taken because of the fact that the festival falls at one of the busiest and most important periods of the school year and that the activities necessary to prepare for the festival have in the past seriously interrupted the school work.
The county school children, until last year, produced one of the important parades of the festival inaugurating the festivities on the opening day. Last year, the parade was omitted from the program.
Feb. 5, 1938
50 years ago
The Teen-Age Club held its monthly meeting Sunday with president John Eddy presiding.
The TACs recognized Miss Sue Eyles, their entry in the Jaycette Winchester-Frederick-Clarke-Warren County Beauty Contest.
Starting Friday, the 13 and 14 year-olds only will use the (War Memorial) building for a Platter Party from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
Starting on Saturday, ages 15 through 19 only will use the building for a Platter Party from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
On both Friday and Saturday nights the boys must wear sport coats or suit coats and girls must not wear slacks.
Jan. 29, 1963
25 years ago
SAN DIEGO — Quarterback Doug Williams, with a record 340 yards passing, led Washington to a 42-10 Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos and the Redskins’ second NFL championship in five years.
Feb. 1, 1988
The former Safeway building on Va. 7 which has stood vacant in the deserted Winchester Mall since 1984, has been leased by a national retail chain, CT Farm & Family Centers, and will open next month.
The company has been subleasing the vacant building for a month and a half from Safeway, which opened there in 1980 and closed four years later. Safeway is still paying rent on the store, locked into a lease that doesn’t expire until 2000 with Scott Bair, president of the Development Company of America of Westminster, Md., and owner of the 80 acres at the Winchester Mall site.
Feb. 10, 1988
— Compiled by Priscilla Lehman firstname.lastname@example.org