Out of the Past
100 years ago
“Mutt and Jeff,” Bud Fisher’s cartoon musical comedy, arrived this morning from Staunton, and will be seen tonight at the Auditorium.
The show, which has the largest following of any theatrical organization on the road, is one that keeps an audience in an uproar from beginning to end, while the musical numbers rendered during the action of the play are pleasing.
Manager Hable stated this morning that he had started the big furnace in the cellar in order to make the theater comfortable.
Oct. 22, 1913
NEW YORK — A grand jury of the Supreme Court of New York today began its investigation of charges of conspiracy in connection with the escape of Harry K. Thaw, the slayer of Stanford H. White from the Mattewan asylum for the criminal insane.
Counsel for Thaw objected to the inquiry being made because, they said, Thaw had been adjudged legally insane and therefore could not be indicted.
This contention was opposed by William T. Jerome who is representing the attorney-general of the state at the inquiry.
Oct. 23, 1913
Mr. Peter Winchester Rouss, head of the great mercantile establishment in New York which was founded some years after the Civil War by his father, the late Mr. Charles Broadway Rouss, and a party of relatives and friends arrived in Winchester this morning in his private car, Grassmere, which was attached to Cumberland Valley Railroad train No. 1, due here at 9:22 o’clock. The trip was made solely for the purpose of visiting the large granite mausoleum erected a number of years ago at a cost of about $60,000 in Mount Hebron Cemetery by Mr. C.B. Rouss.
Oct. 24, 1913
The old West End Burial Ground at Luray is giving up its long buried dead. Falling earth from a steep decline leading from the cemetery to one of the principal thoroughfares of the town recently exposed portions of skeletons.
Oct. 27, 1913
75 years ago
Members of the Junior Board of Trade will meet at 7:30 o’clock Wednesday night at the George Washington Hotel to discuss the proposition advanced by the executive committee of the Apple Blossom Festival that their organization take over and stage the annual event.
Pointing out that one of the advantages of turning over the festival project to the Junior Board of Trade would lie in the fact that a permanent organization operating the year around could direct the work of keeping the fete before the public, D. Allen said that the real job of staging the spring frolic belongs in younger and more energetic hands.
Oct. 17, 1938
WILLIAMSBURG — The restoration of Williamsburg to its colonial appearance by the Rockefellers at a cost of millions of dollars, was deplored last night by Frank Lloyd Wright in an espousal of “organic” architecture.
The white-haired, ruddy-faced dean of American architects told an audience at William and Mary College that the restoration’s chief value was to “Show us how little we need this type of architecture now.”
Oct. 25, 1938
BERRYVILLE — A hitherto unsuspected face which promises to lend prestige to Clarke County’s historical past has just been brought to light here by Miss Rose MacDonald, the sole woman member of Virginia’s State Board of Education.
In the process of doing research on the life of Mrs. Robert E. Lee, Miss MacDonald recently discovered that the wife of the famed Confederate leader was born in what is now Clarke County, at Annefield, historic old estate now owned by William Bell Watkins, and not at Arlington, as had commonly been believed.
Annefield, the lovely old place now regarded as Mrs. Lee’s birthplace, is located about five miles southeast of Berryville. Matthew Page built the house in 1790, and he named it for his wife, Anne, a sister of Virginia’s great Bishop Meade.
Annefield is today found in Clarke County, for at the time of Mrs. Lee’s birth, Clarke had not yet been cut off from Frederick, the mother county. This separation was accomplished in 1836.
Oct. 25, 1938
DETROIT — The jitterbugs were warned today by Dr. Edward A. Ward of Saginaw, Mich., that the Shag, Big Apple, Susie Q., and Truckin’ are dances for athletes, not for lounge lizards.
Dr. Ward, immediate past president of the American Osteopathic Association, said, “these dances are violent exercise and require as much training and as good physical condition as tennis, baseball, swimming and golf.”
“The hysteria for swing music and the hopping, grimacing dances that go with it will pay its adherents with thick ankles, broken, malajusted feet and an exhausted nervous system, unless they recognize its dangers.”
Dancers doing these ultra-modern steps were advised to have their hearts tested first. Then he said, muscles should be conditioned gradually.
Oct. 27, 1938
50 years ago
An unusual thing happened today. It rained.
It’s unusual only in the sense that rain hasn’t been seen much lately. In fact, including two light showers today, this is the 29th day that no measurable rainfall has been recorded at the Winchester Fruit Research Laboratory.
Oct. 28, 1963
25 years ago
Everyone cashed in on the Man in Black’s appearance at Handley High School Saturday night the City of Winchester, the 21 residents of Shalom et Benedictus treatment home and even actor Robert Duvall.
Johnny Cash’s two benefit shows at Handley raised more than $5,000 for the restoration of Shalom’s main building and gave about 1,800 people who paid $15 and $20 per ticket a dose of country entertainment they won’t soon forget.
Unlike three years ago, when Cash performed at Handley to benefit Wayside Theatre, he brought his entire band, his wife, June Carter Cash, and her two sisters, and his son, John Carter Cash.
Duvall, who has a 37-acre farm near Philomont in Loudoun County, sat through both shows, and was invited on stage during the second show to perform.
Oct. 24, 1988
— Compiled by Priscilla Lehman (email@example.com)