Out of the Past

Posted: September 30, 2013

Local resident Georgie Smith provided this photo of 414 S. Braddock St. in Winchester. Built in 1881 by the Aulick family, the house is the only original intact example of Second Empire architecture remaining in Winchester. The house is now owned by Martin and Claudette Gavis. Smith did not know what year this photo was taken.

100 years ago

Among the strangers to visit this city this summer, none attracted more attention than a family of little “bob whites,” which left their home in some of the nearby fields and wandered into town this morning. The little partridges, who had wended their way down Amherst Street, were seen and greatly admired by a number of people in that vicinity, and their call for those of the family that had been lost after coming into the thickly populated town, could be heard in many directions.

Sept. 26, 1913

PARIS — Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, the militant suffrage leader and head of the arson squad of women, has established permanent suffrage headquarters in Paris, and has put her daughter, Christabel, in charge. Once a week Christabel sends word to the crazy women in England telling them where to apply the torch. The money of the suffrage leader is in a bank here to prevent seizure by the British government.

Sept. 26, 1913

Eugene Sullivan, the bright 10-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Sullivan, died at the home of his parents this morning after an illness of whooping cough, which was contracted about two weeks ago and from which time the child showed no improvement up to the time of his death.

In addition to his parents, one brother and one sister survive, they being William Sullivan and Miss Helen Sullivan, also of this city.

The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock from the Church of the Sacred Heart, and will be conducted by the Rev. John McVerry. The interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery.

Sept. 27, 1913

Another brilliant entertainment of a long list of such affairs in Winchester this summer during the stay of the cavalry officers, was the dance given last night by Mr. William H. Baker at his lovely home, corner of Washington and Water streets in honor of his niece, Miss Frances Peyton Page of this city.

The hall, drawing room, and library were cleared for dancing and this amusement was also indulged in on the wide porches that encircle the house, many of the older and more staid people looking on with keen interest, for the new steps are nothing if not pretty and graceful. And the tango is a very stately dance and much like the minuet of yore.

Sept. 27, 1913

Quite a number of people from Clarke County motored to Winchester last night to attend the play, “Little Women” at the Auditorium, the party occupying orchestra seats together. Among those in the party were: Dr. and Mrs. Robert Carter Randolph of Millwood; Mr. and Mrs. Roy G. Mitchell of “The Glen” ; Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Butler of “Annefield” and Mr. and Mrs. Dabney Harrison of near Boyce; Mr. and Mrs. Burwell of Millwood; and Misses Mary and Agnes Page of “Saratoga.”

Sept. 27, 1913

75 years ago

In the western section of Frederick County, the men who turn to the illicit trade of manufacturing illegal liquor must have a weakness for romantic names.

Some months ago, Sheriff John Bywaters and some of his colleagues made a raid that netted a 100-gallon still on which was printed, “Betsy Lou.”

Saturday afternoon, the sheriff, accompanied by State ABC inspectors Deltrick and Heltzel, made another trip into the county, this time to a site west of DeHaven, a short distance off Back Creek.

There they found another 100-gallon still. It was filled with mash, of which 6 barrels remained and a fire was burning briskly. The raiders met a man walking not far from the still but he didn’t claim it, said the sheriff.

It may be a coincidence, but the sheriff stated he has been informed that this still was known in its locality as “Brown Betty.”

Sept. 26, 1938

Whether an armory will be provided for the members of Company I and Headquarters Company of the 116th Infantry now depends only upon whether federal authorities act favorably on a request for a PWA grant of $27,000 which represents 45 percent of the estimated $60,000 cost.

Voters of Winchester yesterday approved 705 to 151 a proposal to issue bonds in an amount not exceeding $33,000 for the remainder of the cost. The bonds are to be retired over a 30-year period at an interest rate not exceeding four percent.

Sept. 30, 1938

It is estimated that no fewer than 250 pupils of Frederick County schools are at work in orchards and on farms, Leslie D. Kline, superintendent of schools, said today.

Under a special ruling of the County School Board prior to the opening of the present session, it was decided to permit pupils whose assistance is needed at their homes to be absent for a two weeks period.

The total enrollment of the county schools this year is expected to reach an all-time high, it was stated. Last year, the total was approximately 2,700.

Plans still call for use of the new building at Gore on or about Oct. 15, providing there is ample sunshine to assist in drying the walls which were recently plastered.

The building is a handsome brick structure with a large auditorium and is located south of Route 50. No announcement has been made regarding disposition of the old building but it is believed probable the school board may either offer it for sale or demolish it to secure materials which may be used on other school projects.

Sept. 30, 1938

50 years ago

An 18-year-old Winchester girl has been selected by the Winchester-Frederick Community Chest as “Miss Red Feather” to appear in the organization’s annual Red Feather parade to be held Monday evening at 7:30.

She is Miss Jane Shackelford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Horace A. Shackelford of 1720 Brandon Drive, who is a senior this year at Handley High School.

Sept. 28, 1963

25 years ago

Anderson’s Meat Market, a fixture on Loudoun Street in Winchester for nearly 70 years, may sell its last chicken salad sandwich on Friday.

The Shop is closing, owner Donnie Anderson said, because of family health problems. His mother, Mary Anderson, is ill.

Anderson’s first opened its doors in 1919 at 135 N. Loudoun St. It was started by Donnie Anderson’s grandfather, Lester, and Lester’s brother, W.P. Anderson, and has remained in the family, passing first to Donnie’s father Harold, and then to Donnie. Harold’s brother, Albert Anderson, has worked at the store for more than 40 years.

Anderson said his son, Don Jr., doesn’t want to continue the business. Don Jr. owns The Complete Computer business on Braddock Street.

Sept. 28, 1988

— Compiled by Priscilla Lehman (plehman@winchesterstar.com)