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April 7, 1950
Forestville. The public auction sale of the personal property of the late Miss Louetta Pence last week at the homeplace, one mile north of Forestville was largely attended. Antique dealers and those interested in the collection of antique items were present and they bid high. One antique chest of drawers brought over $200. The Rev. Lester A Wertz who was extended a call to become pastor of Emmanuel-St Matthew’s Lutheran Church in New Market and accepted same, arrived with Mrs, Wertz and their daughter, Mary Ann, 3, and Johnnie 6, from Cameron S. C. Another son, Allen, is a freshman student at Newberry College, South Carolina.
April 13, 1950
The Rev. Walter A Sigman conducted a sunrise service at Powder Springs Lutheran Church Easter morning. The following persons were confirmed: Helen Barb, Robert C Sidley, Billie Good, Richard Moomaw, Donnie Smith, Frank Funkhouser, Alvin Miller, Edmond Miller, James Funkhouser.
April 20, 1950
May Day program for New Market. Preparations are being made to present a May Day Pageant carrying out the theme “Mid-Century Review”. The members of the court are Nancy Branner, Queen, Bud Bowman, King; Maid of Honor Naomi Kibler; King’s Attendant Stanley Silcott.
The flower business really boomed in Woodstock during the Easter season. Mr. Clarence Kibler, owner of the Valley Flower Shop on North Main Street in Woodstock, says he and his helpers worked until one a.m. Easter morning to get all his orders for corsages filled.
Toms Brook. On April 14 Mrs. Douglass Artz gave a birthday party in honor of the fifteenth birthday of her daughter Carolyn. Those present were Misses Doris Fisher, Shirley Fravel, Molly Bly, Mary Barbe, Shirley Rhodes, Ann Wakeman, Kathleen Miller, Jo Artz, Master Francis Artz and Mrs. Nellie Wisman.
April 27, 1950
Quicksburg Plays Luray Sunday. The Quicksburg ball team will open the Massanutten League season Sunday afternoon at Luray. The line-up will be Don Will or Leon Fadley, Pitcher; Glen Litten, 1st base; Zane Neff, 2nd base; “Peanut” McDonald, shortstop; Lytton or Blosser 3rd base; with Higgs, Good, Foltz and Forrest Zirkle in the outfield.
Messrs Charles and R. C. Wightman Jr., co-owners of the Wightman’s Firestone Dealer Store in Mt. Jackson. state that the store will be located in one portion of the R. C. Wightman estate building in Edinburg. At the new location in Edinburg the store will be operated along with the grocery store of the Wightman estate. The Wightman brothers have had a store in the Nelson Building in Mt. Jackson since 1946.
Mt. Jackson May Day will be held May 20. The queen is Charlotte Jordan, attendants Ruth Sigler, Doris Lutz, Doris Ryman, Betty Jean Good, Mae Sigler, Mary Lou Polk, Vivian Buchanan, Hilda Mitchell, Miriam Bowman, Evelyn Silvious, Mary Frances Craig, Mary Jane Lamma, Hilda Brinker, Peggy LeDane and Gloria Dellinger; the King is Stage Miller; attendants are Stuart Jordan, Walter Shaver, Jack Dellinger, Keith Bowers, Charles Spiggle, Richard Moomaw, Fred Sigler, Walter Sigman, Buddy Nyle Tisinger, Welby Foltz, James Foltz, Hallie Hepner, Fred Miller, Hope Jones and Bill Bambers.
Mt. Jackson. Billy Hawkins, the nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hawkins underwent an operation this week for removal of his eye in the Rockingham Memorial Hospital. An injury to the eye four months ago necessitated the operation.
Brief Notes. The town crew this week was engaged in Woodstock laying a four inch water main to the north end of Summit avenue and then west on Fairview Road to the corporate limits at the old oak tree.
Died. Mr. Solomon Mowery of Calvary Tuesday at Cora Miller Memorial Hospital. Mr. Mowery was stricken with paralysis while attending church services at Antioch Church of the Brethren on Sunday morning and was just beginning to read a selection from the Bible when he suddenly handed the Bible to a friend sitting near him realizing that he could not speak. A son of the late John and Mary Thompson Mowery, he was born Jan. 18, 1860. He married Dec. 22 1889 Miss Sarah Emma Sheetz who died 17 years ago. Surviving are sons Charles E., Ernest E. and William H. Mowery. The Rev. Ramsey Mowery who died some years ago was a brother and the late Mrs. John Miller was a sister.
May 5, 1950
Rev. Robert B. Logan of Gettysburg, Pa. will preach in Emanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock on Sunday morning. This will be his first sermon since accepting a call to this congregation. He and Mrs. Logan and their young son will reside in the parsonage near the church which has been completely remodeled.
May 12, 1950
Clinton and Franklin Miller, talented young Woodstock boys who attracted much attention in the Amateur Talent Contest at Strasburg when Clinton won the first round, entertained the Woodstock Rotary Club with several song selections Wednesday. Clinton is a vocalist and Franklin plays the electric guitar.