Out of the Past: From the Archives of The Winchester Star

Posted: December 2, 2013

100 years ago

STRASBURG — A big wildcat was killed a day or so ago near here by a party composed of Frank Boyer, I.L. Stickley, Tobe Willey, Benton Boyer and others, while raccoon hunting.

Their dog showed signs of unusual excitement, and when the party approached, a large wary wildcat was seen leaping from one tree to another. At last he trapped himself by climbing a tree that reached over the creek and the huntsmen got close enough to fire. The animal fell into the water dead.

It measured eight inches between the eyes across the forehead and was more than three feet in length from nose to tip of tail.

Nov. 29, 1913

Cards announcing the marriage at the White House at 4:30 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 25, of Miss Jessie Woodrow Wilson, the daughter of president and Mrs. Wilson, were received in Winchester by Miss Elizabeth Kern, the daughter of Postmaster and Mrs. Bentley Kern of this city.

Miss Kern was a student at Goucher College in Baltimore at the same time that Miss Wilson attended that institution, Miss Kern being in the class just below that to which the daughter of the President belonged. There was a strong friendship between the two young ladies, and Miss Kern was naturally much gratified at being remembered by Miss Wilson when she was married. At college Miss Wilson is described as a brilliant student and hard worker and she graduated with honors from Goucher.

Miss Kern is a teacher in the high school of the John Kerr Public Schools of Winchester and is a young woman of high intellectual attainments. The wedding cards received by her from the White House bride will be preserved as a souvenir.

Nov. 28, 1913

“The proposed equal suffrage amendment to the Constitution of Virginia will pass the General Assembly in 1916,” declared Richard Evelyn Byrd, the other night at a dinner in the Richmond Hotel, given by the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia. This optimistic sentiment was repeated by Hill Montague, father of the equal suffrage bill in the 1912 Legislature, who ventured the opinion that Republican, Democratic and Progressive parties will have equal suffrage planks in their 1916 national platforms.

Nov. 27, 1913

Mr. and Mrs. S. Trigonopolis, formerly of the Crystal Confectionery of Winchester, but now of Paw Paw, W.Va., are receiving congratulations upon the birth of a son, who weighs ten pounds.

Nov. 26, 1913

75 years ago

Charles H. Bursey, a well-known Frederick County farmer, living east of town, exhibited here yesterday afternoon a large web-footed water bird, which he found on his farm. The bird, called a loon by some, weighed 10 pounds.

The loon is one of several fish-eating diving birds and usually lives in northern regions. Mr. Bursey was of the opinion that the bird may have become lost during the Thanksgiving snowstorm.

Nov. 26, 1938

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Steubenville children hope Santa Claus doesn’t have as much trouble getting around Dec. 25 as he had here Nov. 25.

Starting a Christmas parade with his reindeer and sleigh, Santa soon had to get out and hold up the deer, which couldn’t keep their footing on the icy street.

Then the reindeer fell and one broke a leg.

The parade passed on, leaving Santa stranded.

He tried to catch up by running, but he was too fat. Out of breath, he “thumbed” the first vehicle that came along.

Throughout the rest of the parade, puzzled youngsters waved to Santa, cheerfully perched on the running board of a National Guard ambulance.

Nov. 26, 1938

Ties of friendship were drawn closer between citizens of Morgan County, W.Va., and Frederick County, Va., this afternoon in ceremonies held at the Handley High School, where a score of girls from the two sections swept away barriers between the two states as Mayor C.F. Anderson of Winchester and Mayor Henry N. Gorrell of Berkeley Springs clasped hands across an imaginary boundary.

The ceremony dedicating the recently completed Route 7 was launched with a pageant.

Participating in the pageant this afternoon were: Miss Winchester, Sue Anderson; Miss Communication, Jane Cather; Miss Frederick County, Elizabeth Campbell; Miss Sincerity, Katherine DeHaven; Miss Stonewall, Mary Gail Cather; Miss Back Creek, Mary Caroline Chapin; Miss Gainesboro, Anna Rebecca Adams; Miss Shawnee, Mary Boyd; and Miss Opequon, Jane Willey.

Nov. 29, 1938

Death recently claimed John W. Grewell, of Long Beach, Calif., aged 95 years, a Civil War veteran, who was carried off the battlefield near Winchester as dead on Aug. 29, 1864, yet who lived to be the last survivor of Company G, Twenty-second Iowa Volunteers. He was also the last survivor of the posts of the Grand Army of the Republic at Crete, Neb., and Bishop, Calif.

The battle in which the soldier was thought to have been killed was fought on the “Locust Grove” farm of the late John H. Rutherford, several miles north of Winchester. This farm still is in possession of the Rutherford heirs, grandchildren of the owner during the Civil War.

Nov. 30, 1938

50 years ago

Winchester’s first real taste of winter, 1963-64 style, arrived on the scene last night with freezing temperatures and snow — in the form of wet white stuff, but snow nevertheless.

Nov. 30, 1963

25 years ago

The official word Monday afternoon that a site north of Winchester has been selected as the location of the regional jail should bring to an end a long, bitter battle that has pitted government against government, government against community, and neighbor against neighbor.

“This project is going forward, finally,” Regional Jail Board Chairman John Riley said Monday afternoon during a press conference with Jim McIlwaine, a member of a Fairfax County partnership that has agreed to sell 15 to 20 acres in Fort Collier Industrial Estates to the jail board.

The purchase price of the land in Fort Collier is $30,000 an acre, Riley said, which means the cost will be $450,000 or $600,000 depending on whether the jail board decides to buy 15 or 20 acres.

Nov. 29, 1988

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