Out of the Past

Posted: June 17, 2013

Theodore Kanotus and his wife, Clara, owned and operated the Royal Lunch restaurant on Kent Street in the 1950s and early 1960s. Their son, Johnny Kanotus, provided these photos, taken in 1953-54. Kanotus said his father did the cooking while his mother worked as waitress and cashier. They lived on East Lane. Kanotus now lives in Strasburg. He is searching for the identity of the other folks in the picture. If you know anyone in this picture, call him at 540-533-3867. The Royal Lunch still operates today

100 years ago

The original copy of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s farewell address to his army after surrendering to General Grant at Appomattox has been sold for $425 at the safe of the collection of autographs and manuscripts of the late John Mills Hale of Phillipsburg, Pa.

Among other autographs sold were one of Napoleon Bonaparte, $31; of Marie Antoinette, $42; and of Cardinal Richelieu, $50.

June 6, 1913

A [troupe] of Kalem moving picture players, under the supervision of Mr. K. Buel, arrived in town yesterday, and are registered at the Winchester Inn. There are about 32 people in the company located here, and some among these are well known to moving picture enthusiasts, and also took part in the Shenandoah war drama which was taken in the vicinity of Winchester last fall.

This division of the Kalem players came to this city from Jacksonville, Fla., by boat, landing at Baltimore and thence by rail to Winchester, bringing with them a large amount of baggage and paraphernalia. While here they will take a number of pictures, chiefly among them will be a fox hunt at Mr. William M. Atkinson’s farm in Clarke County.

June 10, 1913

The opening session of the seventh annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Colleges and Schools for Girls was held in the Handley Library auditorium last evening.

The delegates, who are meeting in Winchester as the guests of Miss Katherine R. Glass, president of Fort Loudoun Seminary, were welcomed on behalf of the school by Mr. William Wood Glass, a brother of the hostess.

The teaching profession, he said, is like the medical profession — an expression of the spirit of Christ in its unselfish devotion to the good of others.

This particular meeting, he said, signified much of the state, because to maintain the high culture which Virginia has long been distinguished, requires that the education of her women be carefully looked to.

On behalf of the city of Winchester, the organization was welcomed by Mr. R. Gray Williams. He humorously apologized for the sparse attendance of town people by saying that he, as the frequent spokesman of the city administration, was reputed to have but one phonographic record to be always used on such occasions, and when it had been learned that he was to speak, everybody thought he would run that same record again, and they did not care to hear it.

June 12, 1913

CHICAGO — Chicago Women are planning to hold a mammoth demonstration to celebrate the law giving the women a right to vote, which becomes effective in this state on July 1 next.

June 17, 1913

75 years ago

High praise to the gallantry and heroism of the Confederate soldier — unsurpassed by any in history — was paid today by Garland R. Quarles, city school superintendent, at annual memorial exercises held this morning in Stonewall Cemetery, where rests the dust of over 3,000 sons of the south who fell on fields of combat in and around Winchester during the battles of the Civil War.

Of all the men who responded to the southern call during the war — and Frederick County and Winchester furnished several thousand — only one made the journey to the city of the dead. He was George W. Dellinger, 93, who saw service as a cavalryman under General Imboden. He was pointed out in the crowd as perhaps the only Confederate veteran now living in this community. He appeared to be in good health for one who is so far advanced in years.

The cemetery exercises followed a short parade in which appeared the Handley High School Band, a firing Squad of Company I, Virginia National Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, cars carrying the Daughters of the Confederacy and George W. Dellinger, and the speakers of the day.

June 6, 1938

Elwood Williams, a student in the elementary department of Handley High School, won a free week’s trip to Wildwood, N.J., later this month by virtue of his victory in the Winchester district marble championship tournament sponsored by The Star Saturday afternoon.

Competing against young Elwood for this honor [were] the division champions representing John Kerr School, Virginia Avenue School, Playgrounds, and Boyce. They were respectively Ralph Embry, Charles Peer, Calvert Racey, and Lawence Buckner.

By virtue of this win, Williams accompanied by Snag Sargent, who has managed the tournaments for The Star, will go to Wildwood, a summer resort on the Atlantic coast, where he is automatically entered in the national tournament.

June 6, 1938

Three outstanding members of the student body at Handley High School were honored during commencement exercises last night when presented with special awards in recognition of their accomplishments.

Halford Baker, stellar athletic performer and popular senior, was given the coveted Robert Y. Conrad American Legion Post award for character, scholarship and leadership.

Jean Moling, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moling Jr. of North Braddock Street, received the medal offered by the Latin department for maintaining the highest average in her class in four years of study of that language.

Susan Shryock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Amos Shryock of Greystone Terrace, an eighth grade student, was presented with the American Legion Auxiliary medal for being outstanding in character, courage, service, companionship, and scholarship in the junior high department.

June 10, 1938

50 years ago

Area residents who can play any standard band instrument have been invited to participate in a community band which will be formed here beginning Monday.

Gaylen Strunce, director of the Handley High School Band, said rehearsals will begin Monday and continue each Monday at 7:30 p.m. for the next six weeks.

Following the six weeks rehearsal period, the band will present a public concert.

June 14, 1963

25 years ago

STEPHENS CITY — A new Wendy’s restaurant may be coming soon, next to the McDonald’s restaurant on Route 647 off Va. 277 near Interstate 81.

G.K. Foods — which owns all Wendy’s in the region — is on a campaign to double the number of its restaurants in the area, according to Don Pittman, vice president of marketing.

In addition to the restaurant in Stephens City the company hopes to build three new Wendy’s in Winchester.

June 14, 1988

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