Out of the Past

Posted: February 10, 2014

The Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room at Handley Regional Library is looking for more information about this photograph. This circa 1910 photo shows a baseball team wearing uniforms with a “W” logo. If you know the identity of any of the men or the team they played on, call the archives at 540-662-9041, ext. 17, or email archives@handleyregional.org.

100 years ago

Those on the roll of honor at Paxton’s Chapel public school under the instruction of Miss Frances Larrick, for the month of January, are as follows:

Maude B. Bywaters, Arvella Dunn, Pearl C. Hawkins, Mildred E. Hawkins, Carrolena Lakeman, Robert E. Crim, Edwin Crim, Freddie Crim, Clarence R. Glaize, and Alonza Snapp.

The total enrollment was 25, and the daily average 22.

Feb. 6, 1914

The cold wave that has been holding the middle western part of the United States in its grip for several days is already being felt in Winchester and vicinity, and according to a special forecast received today by The Star from the Weather Bureau in Washington, the weather is to become decidedly colder.

Feb. 7, 1914

Del. John M. Steck of Winchester introduced a drastic child labor bill in the lower branch of the Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday.

It provides that after July 1, no child under 14 years shall be permitted to work in any factory, laundry, or mercantile establishment or during school hours, or after 7 o’clock in the evening.

No child under 16 years shall work more than six days a week, nor before 7 in the morning or after 10 o’clock at night.

In cities of 5,000 or more no child under 14 years shall be employed as a messenger, and no child under 18 shall work between the hours of 10 o'clock at night and 5 o’clock in the morning.

No boy under 10 and no girl under 16 may in any city sell newspapers or magazines in the streets or other public places.

Feb. 5, 1914

President Wilson on Saturday afternoon signed the Kenyon “Red Light” bill, which was passed by Congress, and the measure immediately became a law. By its terms Washington’s segregated district is abolished. All houses in the “red light” district were closed Saturday night, and the Washington police are now enforcing the law. It is stated that a majority of the women affected have left Washington and information comes form Richmond that between 40 and 50 of the women have gone to that city.

Feb. 9, 1914

Bids were opened today at the office of Superintendent of Schools M.M. Lynch for the new eight-room high school that is to be built at Stephens City, this county, but as all bids submitted were higher than the available appropriation for the school, the contract was not awarded. There is in hand $11,000 for the school and the bids were as follows:

Glaize and Brother, Winchester, $11,500; James L. Gardner, Wnchester, $12,490; J. S. Dovel and Co. Harrisonburg, $12,635; A.J. Simpson, Round Hill, $13,870; Leigh and Brother, Louisa, $14,265. Messrs. Leigh and Brother built the new post office building in Winchester.

Feb. 10, 1914

75 years ago

“It ain’t stylish but it’s clean,” said Henry P. Kerns, about his renovated pool and billiard parlor and restaurant which opened this morning, at the same location 160 N. Loudoun St.

The premises have been completely remodeled by painting inside and out, new floors, six new pool tables and a new counter and restaurant equipment. The bowling alleys, which formerly occupied a part of the building have been taken out and Mr. Kerns will operate a pool and billiard parlor exclusively.

Feb. 1, 1939

For those persons who maintain we do not have the “old-fashioned winters” our forefathers tell us of, there comes a convincing argument in an assertion by the U.S. Weather Bureau. According to the Taylor Instrument Co. of Rockefeller Center, the bureau reports that for the last 50 years, there has been a definite “warming up” of the climate.

This change is easily detected statistically, although it might not be noticeable otherwise. By no means, however, does this mean each year is a little warmer than the preceding one. On the contrary, some of the coldest years on record have fallen within this period. But in the long run the tendency is upwards.

Feb. 7, 1939

Ilma Goble of Berryville Avenue, young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Goble, is recovering from an operation for appendicitis performed Monday at Memorial Hospital.

The operation was unusual in that the appendix, instead of being found in the usual position, was under the child’s stomach.

The anomoly, the child’s doctors said, when asked about the case today, was caused by failure of the large bowl to descend as is normally the case.

In other respects, the child, who is 12 years old, is normal, it was stated. One of the surgeons said the case was the first of its kind he has observed.

Feb. 9, 1939

50 years ago

The U.S. Post Office Dept. has entered into a lease agreement with a Clearbrook grocer to use his current store and warehouse for an enlarged Clearbrook Post office.

Claude Gore, operator of the Clearbrook Grocery, said today the agreement between the Post Office and himself, stipulates that his store and warehouse — more than 1,200 square feet in all — be vacant by May 1 at the latest.

Mr. Gore said he would relinquish the grocery business he has operated for more than 10 years.

Mrs. Henry Cline, who has served as postmistress since 1929, will continue in that capacity at the new office.

Feb. 5, 1964

25 years ago

A Wal-Mart Discount City store that will employ 245 people is coming to the Apple Blossom Corners Shopping Center at Pleasant Valley Road and Featherbed Lane.

Construction of the 110,000 square-foot store will begin in the summer, with expected completion in the spring of 1990. The developer will be TSP Corp. of Chattanooga, Tenn.

Site preparation for Apple Blossom Corners has been underway for several months. The shopping center will be constructed on the former Rose Hill estate.

Feb. 4, 1989

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