Out of the Past

Posted: March 4, 2013

To mark the 50th anniversary of Patsy Cline’s death in a plane crash on March 5, 1963, the following events will take place this week:

100 years ago

ELKTON, MD. — With much evidence of suffering, the suffragette brigade, which started a week ago to walk from New York to Washington, is assuming the aspect of a tragedy.

The “hike” today resolved itself into a pitiless struggle of the women, a number of whom appear to be bordering on collapse.

“Col.” Ida Craft, who is nearly 60 years of age, is on the verge of a breakdown. “Corporal” Martha Klatzchken crawled nearly a mile on her hands and knees to reach last night’s stopping place.

Miss Elizabeth Aldrich of San Diego is almost hysterical while the feet of Miss Phoebe Hawn are raw and blistered and her ankles greatly swollen.

The sufferers started out from this place to cover 13 miles today to Havre de Grace, Md.

Feb. 21, 1913

A dancing class organized on Feb. 3 by Mr. J.G. Braithwaite, the well-known barber, closed its session last evening with a grand ball in the Rouss Hall, when 115 young people tripped the light fantastic for several hours. In addition to the large number of local people present, there were visitors from Martinsburg and Berryville in attendance.

Feb. 28, 1913

Members of the Ladies of the Winchester Memorial Hospital have arranged to hold a book shower at the hospital on Wednesday afternoon of next week in order to increase the number of books and magazines now on hand for the benefit of all patients of that institution.

March 1, 1913

In accordance with the requirements issued by the Treasury Department of the United States effective March 1, prohibiting common carriers from providing drinking cups and towels for common use, the Cumberland Valley Railroad has withdrawn from their cars and stations all drinking cups, glasses and towels. In order to comply with the above health regulations, the Cumberland Valley is installing in some of its stations the spouting fountains, commonly known as “bubblers.” They consist of a large bowl containing in the middle a nozzle pointing straight upward. By pressing a lever or button a stream of water will shoot up from the nozzle and fall back into the bowl and be drained off when the pressure is released. The lips do not come into contact with anything but the water.

March 3, 1913

A large number of new buffalo nickels, just issued by the government, were received this morning at the Farmers and Merchants’ National Bank, being the first of the kind to be sent to Winchester and when it became known in the downtown sections that the bank had some of the new money there was a general rush for them.

The new coin is the same size as the old nickel. On one side is a bas-relief of a buffalo, with head lowered and hoofs raised as if he were ready to charge some offending enemy. Just under the animal is “Five Cents” in small letters.

The reverse side is wholly taken up with a clear-cut profile of an American Indian. It is the largest face on any of the American coins and the features are brought out sharply.

March 3, 1913

WASHINGTON — Old Mr. High-cost-of-living seized upon the inauguration throngs today and put such a dent in their individual pocketbooks that the induction of Wilson into the presidential office is likely to go down in posterity as a sad reminder of the greediness of Washington businessmen.

Sandwiches, which ordinarily retail at a nickel, jumped to a quarter under the Alladin-like touch of the vendors; luncheons (served in the stands) commanded prices that made the purchasers groan, while the rate charge for seating accommodations from which to review the parade brought utter collapse to many a hardy bankroll. Even window space along the line of march was sold at a king’s ransom.

These soaring prices are directly attributable to the desire of Washingtonians to recoup their donations to the inauguration fund — a feat the more difficult by reason of President Wilson’s elimination of the inaugural ball, which formerly brought in enough profit to defray all expenses of the civic organization.

March 4, 1913

75 years ago

Tomorrow marks the 10th anniversary of the formal opening of the new house of worship of the congregation of the First Baptist Church at the corner of Washington and Piccadilly streets.

On that date in 1928 the congregation moved from the old church building on East Cork Street to its present location, into one of the most modern and complete church plants in the Virginia Baptist Association. The old building and lot were sold to the City School Board, and an addition to the Jon Kerr School plant was erected thereon.

Feb. 26, 1938

Congratulations to the young ladies of the Ewing School of Dance Art and to Dorothy Ewing, whose skillful and careful training has developed this youthful talent. Last evening’s program as presented by the concert group included all phases of the classic dance art in well balanced harmony of planning and execution.

Attention was first caught by a group of girls with floating scarves. How invigorating to watch the strong bodies of youth timed to music’s rhythm weave the magic of the dance.

The youthful solo artist graced their performances with distinction. In Ann Williams the treasurable and decorative posturing of the traditional ballet was pictured with dainty grace.

The realistic and compelling forcefulness of the interpretation given by Betty Pierce and Shirley Williams gave the audience a feeling of participation in the activities of this dance.

Alison Cooper, lovely in sparkling blue, showed sustained poise and control of movement with the ease and flair of a seasoned performer.

Feb. 26, 1938

50 years ago

Singer Patsy Cline, 30-year-old Winchester native who rose to national fame in the country and western music field, was killed along with two other singing stars and her manager last night when their light plane crashed into a western Tennessee hillside.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete today, but burial for the Winchester born singer will be at Shenandoah Memorial Park on Route 522 south of Winchester.

Aboard the plane with her were two other Grand Ole Opry personalities, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas, and the pilot, Randy Hughes, who was Miss Cline’s manager and a son-in-law of Copas.

She joined the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., in 1960. Patsy Cline was her professional name. She was born here Sept. 8, 1932, as Virginia Patterson Hensley. She married Charles Dick of Winchester on Sept. 15, 1957.

March 6, 1963

25 years ago

The board of trustees of Powhatan School has scheduled a meeting for tonight to discuss what to do in the aftermath of a fire that leveled the 87-year-old mansion house that formed the main building of the private school.

Members of the board, who were alerted of the fire in phone calls early this morning, made plans to have the approximately 160 students in class by Monday — both in other facilities in the area or in classrooms that survived the fire.

“Our plan is to have classes on Monday,” headmaster Billy Peebles said.

Feb. 26, 1988

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