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June 13, 1953-Sept. 30, 1953

Posted 2017-12-07

June 13, 1953

     The men were found operating a large still. Confiscated was a 40 gal. copper still in operation, eight 50 gal. bands, one 10 gal. keg and one keg in which was 11 gal. of whiskey. Also confiscated was a 1938 Dodge truck and 200 gal. of mash which was destroyed.


Aug. 4, 1953

    Woodstock Socials. Mr. Dick Miller, son of Dr. H. W. Miller, who has been playing baseball with the Kingsport, Tennessee Cherokees this summer, suffered the misfortune to collide with a player while chasing a fly ball. He suffered a broken collarbone and will be out of play for several weeks and no doubt will return home while recuperating.

    Harry E. Grim, age 67 years, well known farmer of the Readus community, was apparently killed instantly yesterday when a tractor he was using to drag logs upset, pinning him beneath .

    The Town of Edinburg has purchased a new police car from Ward Motor Co. It is a 1953 Plymouth. Noah Helsley is the town officer.


Aug. 11, 1953

    County men called into the armed forces were Maynard G. Funkhouser, Mt. Jackson, Robert Monroe Fravel and James Richard Stultz, Woodstock; Ronald E. Sheetz, Edinburg. County men for physicals Aug. 10. Cecil Walter Heishman, Star Rt., Edinburg, Elmer Clarence Stump, Strasburg, Thomas Lee Ryan, Richard Lorraine Tusinger, Edinburg; James Edgar Vann, Woodstock.

    Pfc. Lester D. Hollar, Edinburg has graduated from the engineer’s leader course at the Army’s Engineer School at Reliance Va. Hollar, who entered the service in July, 1952, graduated from Edinburg High and was employed as a truck driver for H & F Poultry as a civilian. His mother, Mrs. Mazie Hollar lives on Route 1.


Aug. 27, 1953

    A wedding of wide interest in northern Virginia took place Aug. 21 when Mrs. Lillian Ring Fravel became the bride of Floyd N. Haines of Woodstock. The wedding took place in the home of Mr. Haines overlooking the bends of the Shenandoah River east of Woodstock.

    Deaths. Mrs. Allie Lee Whittington, widow of George Whittington of Zepp, died Aug. 26. She was born Sept. 13, 1872 at Zepp, daughter of Jack and Elizabeth Wymer. Her husband preceded her in death in 1937. She then made her home with her nephew, Kenneth Wymer at Top Not. Surviving are two foster children, Mrs. Irma Weakley of Falls Church, and Russell Whittington of Moorefield, one brother Fountain Wymer.

    Discharge. After serving four years and 10 months in the U S Navy, Jake S. Mauck received his honorable discharge Aug. 19. After attending Edinburg High School, he enlisted in the U S Navy Oct. 19, 1948 and served at Pautuxent River at  Norfolk Naval Base. A son of Mr. and Mrs S. R. Mauck, the young man was born in Bedford, PA but he has lived with his grandmother Mrs. Simon L. Clem of near Edinburg.


Sept. 6, 1953

    School Reunion. The annual Mt. Olive school reunion was held at the Hottel Homestead.  The following were present. Mrs. Catherine Balthis, M/M Owen Shaver, B.P. Myers, M/M Charles V. Coffman, William S. Coffman, Mrs. Carrie Baker, Mrs. Nellie Wisman, M/M D.H. Keller, Hubert Keller, M/M W.M. Beeler, M/M Blaine Wisman, Miss Hazel Hockman, George Hockman, M/M J..P Fravel and Betty, M/ M Henry Borden, M/M John Maphis, M/M Kenneth Keller and Barbara, O.A. Shillingburg, M/M Ben Keller, Luther Kohne, W.H. Baker, George Snarr, W.J. Keller Jr.

    WHS Class of 1943 Holds Reunion. Those present were James McKelvey, Mrs. Raymond Hockman (Jane Gray), Ernest Ryman, Mrs. H.W. Walker (Sarah Swartz), Mrs. Lois Ryman (Lois Wisman), Miss Mary Long, Mrs. Ruth George (Ruth Wetzel), Mrs. Joe Miller (Mary Catherine Reedy), Miss Thelma Laughlin, Mrs. William Hepner (Polly Burnshire) all of Woodstock. Mrs. Betty Ramey (Annandale); Mrs. William Ryan (Louise Luttrell), Mt. Jackson; Mrs. Dwight Dellinger (Ruth Lineweaver) Edinburg; Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Morris (they were both members, she was Phyllis Trimble) of Falls Church; Louis Zeigler (Arlington); Mrs. R.B. Evans (Norma June Grabill), Alexandria; M/M Ralph Bowers, both members, she was Lelia Ritenour) Hyattsville, MD; Mrs. Brooks Stickley (Blanche Richman) Strasburg; Mrs. Preston Baker (Genevieve Wolfe) Mt. Jackson.


Sept. 17 1953

    Married. Sept. 6, Miss Betty Lee Barrick. daughter of  M/M J. Harry Barrick of Edinburg, and Mr. John Bobby Estep, son of M/M Charles W. Estep on Mt. Jackson, at Wakeman’s Grove Church.

    Woodstock Socials. Miss Betty Wolverton, secretary to the Dalke’s Valley Theaters, is taking a vacation this week.

    Five Woodstock youths early this week enlisted in the U S Army. They are James Haun, Gerald Davis, Jack Riffey, Billy Yew and and John Andrick.

    Word was received in Woodstock by relatives over the weekend that the body of Charles W. Hockman, who lost his life on the battlefields in Korea only a few days before the armistice, has arrived at a port in New York City. Funeral arrangements will be announced.

    Staff Sgt Lewis B. Zirkle, son of M/M John W. Zirkle of near New Market, who was a prisoner of war of the North Koreans for nearly three years, arrived at the home of his parents last Thursday. He had landed by ship in San Francisco the previous day and flew cross country reaching National Airport and coming from there on home. He reached home before his parents had learned he had reached the States.


Sept. 24, 1953

    Died. Mr. Charles Casper Olinger near New Market Wednesday Sept. 23. He was born 15 Mar. 1873 near New Market, son of Samuel and Sarah Malinda Fleming Olinger. He married 12 Jan. 1896 Olive May Zirkle, who survives with ten children. Mrs. John Hepner, Mt. Jackson; Irvin and Allen Olinger, New Market; Everett Olinger, Waynesboro; Mrs. J. R. Riddle Broadway; Mrs Galen Zerkel, Mt. Jackson; Mrs. Marvin Harpine,Timberville ; Mrs. Orville Zirkle, Rapidan; Glen Olinger, Woodstock; Fred Olinger.


Sept. 30, 1953

    On Monday afternoon theTriplett FHA softball team played the Edinburg FHA on the Edinburg diamond.  The Mount Jackson team won 23-3.  Players for Triplett were Judy Bird, Nancy Steadman, Syvilla Proctor, Lois Funkhouser, Velma Funkhouser, Reva Spiggle, Luella Estep, Coretta Reid, Dorcas Dodson, Margaret Ryan, Wanda Heishman, Gloria Tysinger, Doris Fultz and Fay Hansberger. Edinburg players were Olinger, Cline, Hensley, Smith, Foltz, Vann, Spiggle, Funkhouser, Frye, Mantz, Hottle, Thompson, Bowers.


Oct. 1, 1953

    Mr. Jack Ramey, custodian at the Woodstock Grade School, suffered the painful misfortune to be tripped by some honeysuckle vines as he was at work on Tuesday morning. After having his wound cleaned and dressed, he returned to his chores at the school.

    The Ramette team is undefeated. On the afternoon of Sept. 22, the Strasburg girls’ softball team won over the Toms Brook girls thirty-two to seven. Jane Wymer led the Strasburg team and Betty Lineburg hit the only homer of the game. Members of the winning team are as follows: Loretta Wymer captain, Doris Elbon, Anna Golladay, Nancy Helsley, Jane Mowery, Norma Beaver, Lillie Blakely, Polly Cary, Ina Grove, Dorothy Polk, Nancy Grant, Mary Ann Hockman, Kitty Robinson.


Oct. 19, 1953

    Warrenton 37, Woodstock 12. Billy Wisman, spunky little left halfback, tallied both touchdowns for the Blue Devils. In the second quarter he broke loose for a 55-yard run, and a touchdown. He duplicated the performance early in the last period when he took a pass good for ten yards and then galloped the remaining ten yards to score. Playing for Woodstock were Fred Mantz and Charles Strickler Jr. at ends; Eugene Linaweaver and Harry Combs, tackles; Swartz and Frank Lineweaver, guards; Wayne Coffman, center; Eddie Burnshire and Billy Wisman, halfbacks; Nelson Kibler, fullback; Jimmy Lambert, quarterback.

    Beginning today Miss Betty Bemis, Registered Nurse, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bemis of Calvary, is accepting the position of superintendent of the Susan B. Miller Nursing Home in Woodstock. Dr. Harold W. Miller says that at the present time he has 36 aged and feeble patients in the nursing home who came from four or five counties in this area.    

    Esso Standard Oil Co has started work on the construction of a modern service station on the southern edge of Woodstock, on the east  side of US 11, directly across the highway from the Massanutten Academy, bought of the Brooks heirs.