Out of the Past
100 years ago
A shocking accident occurred yesterday on the Winchester Turnpike, near Martinsburg, when Moritz Hack, the son of Philip Hack, a well-known merchant and proprietor of the Colonial Hotel, in Martinsburg, ran into a buggy while riding his motorcycle at high speed, and sustained injuries that resulted in his death several hours later. The young man was 32 years of age and was well known in this city and Martinsburg.
Young Mr. Hack died yesterday evening in the City Hospital at Martinsburg. The accident occurred while he was retuning to Martinsburg from a visit to this city on his motorcycle. Riding at high speed, Hack failed to see the approach of a horse and buggy in the dust that clouded the roadway, and crashed into the team. One end of the shaft struck him in the left eye-socket and penetrated his brain, going nearly through the young man’s head.
Aug. 11, 1913
Harry Greenwalt, formerly of Winchester, who as told by The Star had his throat cut and his windpipe gashed with a pocket knife during a fight with tramps in the suburbs of Charles Town, W.Va., has a good chance to recover from his wounds, according to a statement made by Chief of Police Smith of Charles Town to The Star by telephone this afternoon.
The physicians who are attending Greenwalt told Chief Smith that the little man (he weighs less than 100 pounds) is possessed of wonderful vitality and that in spite of the fact he lost a great deal of blood, there is every reason to expect him to get well. The wounded man can now talk in a whisper.
Within a few days the officers expect to get information from him which, they hope, will lead to the apprehension of the men who stabbed Greenwalt and killed a one-legged hobo known as “Virginia Sticks.” A suspect is reported to be loitering in the vicinity of Front Royal.
Aug. 11, 1913
That Colonel Murray and the officers of the maneuver camp are determined to suppress, as far as possible, drinking among the men, was shown yesterday morning when a large consignment of the real stuff — whiskey, wine and beer — was discovered being brought into the camp grounds in an automobile, and promptly seized.
The shipment contained between 60 and 70 gallons of “booze,” and it was intended to be distributed among the men of the various regiments. But the stuff has been confiscated, and there is many a dry throat in camp today, and many a thirst languishing on the desert air for want of a nip or two or a cold bottle of beer.
Aug. 11, 1913
75 years ago
Miss Olivia Steele Dellinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.K. Dellinger of 518 N. Braddock St., has been selected to represent this city as Princess Winchester in the Court of Her Majesty, the queen of the Tomato Festival to be held at Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Sept.3,4,5.
Miss Dellinger is a graduate of Handley High School. Twenty-two years of age, she has brown hair, blue eyes, is graceful, and well poised.
For the past three years she has been assistant to Dr. Hunter McGuire. Prior to accepting this position, she completed a post-graduate course at Handley. While a member of the Senior class there, she was class poet. Her hobby is drawing and in this field she is quite talented.
Mingling with “royalty” will be no new experience to her. She has occupied many important roles in the Apple Blossom pageants, taking the part of Miss Springtime for three years. In 1933, she was queen of the Handley float.
In addition to all of her other qualifications, Miss Dellinger is a granddaughter of G.W. Dellinger, the only surviving Confederate veteran in Frederick County, who is now in his 93rd year.
The honor of selecting the princess to represent Winchester was conferred upon the Lions Club by the Tomato Festival organization.
Aug. 3, 1938
An order has been entered in Frederick Circuit Court appointing Harry R. Kern as trustee of the Druscilla Hotel Inc. succeeding the late R.M. Towson. The hotel is better known as the Jordan Springs property. The action was taken in the case of Mrs. G.E. Soutter, plaintiff vs. Druscilla Hotel Inc., defendant.
Aug. 5, 1938
At a meeting which did not adjourn until 3:45 o’clock this afternoon, the Frederick County School Board set Wednesday, Sept. 14, as the date for the opening of schools. It was decided to operate for an 8-month term unless it develops funds are sufficient for an additional and much desired month. This will depend upon the collection of taxes and the attitude of the governor with regard to assisting the county with state funds, Superintendent Kline said.
Aug. 10, 1938
TAPPAHANNOCK — John Schools, 18, and Pansey Lee, 17, were married on the golf course because that was where they found the preacher.
They twice stopped the match between Baptist Preacher M.F. Roberts and Essex County Circuit Clerk A.D. Latane.
Finding the clerk’s office closed, they dispatched Sheriff S.S. Newbill to find the clerk to issue a license. Clerk Latane obliged after noting parental consent.
The clerk came back and the game went on for two more holes. Then, here came the wedding party. The Rev. Roberts brought all into the shade of a locust tree and performed the ceremony.
The blessings given, the game proceeded.
Aug. 10, 1938
50 years ago
A Stephens City musical group “The Top Cats,” along with other amateur entertainment will appear on television Monday. They will be featured on the program “Valley Talent,” to be seen over WSVA in Harrisonburg at 7 p.m.
Aug. 17, 1963
25 years ago
Marianne L. Roos has been named as the new director of Handley Library, the library announced this morning.
Roos, 32, is vice-president of Bland, Roos and Associates, a consulting firm. She is also a reference librarian for the Fairfax Library System.
She will begin work at Handley Aug. 29 with a salary of $28,600.
Roos will succeed Richard Miller, who resigned in July to move to Florida. He was the library’s director for 14 years.
Aug. 17, 1988
— Compiled by Priscilla Lehman (email@example.com)