Out of the Past
100 years ago
BERRYVILLE — The demonstration car from the First Aid Department of the National Red Cross Society arrived in Berryville Wednesday and demonstrated their work during the day.
The demonstration was principally for railroad employees, but the public as well was invited to take an interest in the great work.
The object is to train persons to intelligently assist those who have been injured, in order, if possible, that the injury may be prevented from producing fatal results or a permanent deformity due to improper handling until a surgeon or physician can take charge of the case.
Two cars were recently sent out by the National Red Cross to tour the United States in order to carry out this humane and life-saving work to all mining and industrial communities.
March 21, 1913
Workmen are today busy tearing down the building owned and occupied by Mr. O.P. Gove on North Main Street.
The building has for some time been thought unsafe, caused by decaying and slanting walls.
In the near future a modern brick and steel structure will be built upon the present site. It will be three stories high.
March 28, 1913
A patent has just been granted to Mr. Maurice F. Castleman, of Berryville, for a Cut-Off Shade for Automobile Headlights.
His invention has for its purpose the cutting off of the upper rays from the automobile headlights, so as not to blind or confuse the on-coming team, and yet leaves the lower rays at their full intensity, so as to show the road clear in every way.
Mr. Castleman, who has been working on this invention for some years, has now been granted patents in 11 principal foreign countries, in addition to the United States.
If you have ever met one of the big, powerful, electric or gas-lighted motor cars on the road at night, and been temporarily blinded by the rays from their powerful headlights, you can readily see how the invention of Mr. Castleman should interest all people, whether drivers of automobiles or horses.
March 29, 1913
HAYFIELD — The public schools of this township, which have been in session since early in October, will soon close for the term. The work in general on the part of the teachers and pupils has been very gratifying, and the county superintendent, Mr. M.M. Lynch, expressed himself as being highly pleased with the enrollments and percentage of attendance.
Preparations are now in progress for the closing features which in some instances will eclipse those of former occasions. Miss Minnie Hall, who is one of the county’s most successful and efficient teachers, will celebrate the closing of her school at Cherry Grove on April 5, with an elaborate entertainment.
March 29, 1913
An alarm of fire turned in at the Friendship Fire Company’s engine house about 10:30 o’clock this morning brought out the fire department to extinguish a supposed fire at 514 S. Braddock St.
The firemen responded with their usual rapidity and searched the entire vicinity for the supposed fire with no result.
The firemen returned to their respective houses, realizing that the alarm had been the work of some mischievous person, who had “April fooled” the department.
April 1, 1913
75 years ago
Two hundred men and women were given employment at the Shenandoah Valley Apple Cider and Vinegar Co. this morning, as the plant was put into operation for canning of approximately 30,000 bushels of apples.
So far as can be learned , this is the first time in the history of local apple by-products plants that apples have been canned in the spring.
The season usually opens with the apple harvest and extends into the late fall months, skeleton organizations being maintained at the plants during the off-season.
The decision to reopen the plant at this time will result in a considerable movement of apples from local storage plants where holdings are much larger than usual.
March 21, 1938
Preliminary steps in the development of an industry which will be of considerable advantage to southern Frederick County are being taken by the M.J. Grove Lime Co., of Stephens City, it was learned today.
F. Grove White of Stephens City, vice-president of the company, confirmed reports that tentative plans call for the opening of a quarry and the erection of a plant a short distance southwest of Middletown which will ultimately provide employment for 200 to 250 persons.
Whether the plant will be opened depends upon the outcome of tests which are to get under way next week to determine the quality and quantity of limestone on a quarry site of approximately 175 acres upon which an option has been secured.
The site of the proposed quarry is on what is known as the Dr. McCune farm, near McCune’s Bluff, a short distance from Cedar Creek.
This particular section of Frederick County is heavily stocked with limestone and it is understood McCune’s bluff which overlooks Cedar Creek is undermined to a great extent with limestone caverns. Many of the youths in Middletown have at various times explored these caves, sometimes to great depths with the aid of lanterns, flashlights and a ball of twine.
March 26, 1938
50 years ago
Leveling of six old garages in the rear of Huntsberry’s Shoe Store, proceeded today along Indian Alley to make room for a public parking lot behind the store for shoppers.
E.R. Huntsberry Jr. said the project, to cost several thousand dollars, would involve leveling the area from the alley to the rear of the store.
He said he estimated the lot would handle about 15 cars.
March 25, 1963
25 years ago
RICHMOND — The State Water Control Board Monday decided to get tough with Avtex Fibers of Front Royal, a company the board says has a 10-year record of violating its discharge permit and dumping pollutants into the Shenandoah River.
The rayon manufacturing firm, which employs 1,300 people, could face fines of up to $10,000 for each of the approximately 51 violations the Water Control Board says Avtex committed between February 1987 and February 1988.
Avtex has repeatedly violated its discharge permit during the last 10 years and as a result the water in the Shenandoah River downstream from Avtex Fibers is “extremely toxic,” said Art Buehler III, an enforcement/compliance specialist for the Water Control Board.
“It has come to the point where we have to do something and do something concrete,“ he said.
March 29, 1988
— Compiled by Priscilla Lehman (firstname.lastname@example.org)