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June 13, 1952-Aug. 29, 1952

Posted 2017-10-12

June 13, 1952

    Getting the mails through has always been an occupation accompanied by certain hazards, such as train or airplane wrecks, or the Jesse James type of train robber. Now can be added the risk of rats gnawing on the seat of your pants. Oscar M. Hottle, who faithfully meets the mail bus and hauls the parcel post around town in his old Ford, circa 1930, while stowing a gift cigar under the seat one day last week notified that he had cargo on board which hadn’t been postmarked or stamped. Anticipating the need for reinforcements, Mr. Hottle quickly called on Garland Hudgins, Woodstock sporting goods dealer who likes wild west movies, and his trusty six-shooter. As Mr. Hottle raised the truck seat, a monstrous rat stared out at Mr. Hudgins, who returned the stare along with a bullet or two. (Mr Hottle says it took two hits to fell the brute). A further inspection revealed that the rodent had a nest and a brood of six young ones under the seat. The rest of the squatters were summarily evicted from their comfortable home and will have to seek transportation elsewhere; those that will have any further need for transportation, that is. The mail must go through.


June 20, 1952

    A nudist lodge has recently been opened near Gore in western Frederick County, according to the Winchester Evening Star. Mr. and Mrs Walter Young, formerly of Massachusetts, are directors of the “Buckskin Lodge”.

    Births. Mr. and Mrs. William Pence, Edinburg, a son on June 11; Mr. and Mrs. Philip McAfee, Woodstock, a son June 12; Mr. and Mrs. Dallas Hamrick, Woodstock, a daughter June 14; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ritenour, Strasburg, a daughter June 14; Mr. and Mrs. Romeo Lytton of Edinburg, a son june 16; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Palmer of Strasburg, twins a boy and girl on June 16.


July 4, 1952

    George W. Clower this week sold his half interest in the Walton and Smoot Drug Store to Millson S. French, a recent graduate of the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy. Mr Clower and Mr. H. A. Moore purchased the business from the late Dr. J. H. Smoot in 1935. Dr. Smoot had previously acquired the interest of Clyde E. Walton, one of the founders.


July 11, 1952

    Married. Mr. and Mrs. Dabney Stephens of St. Davids Church announce the marriage of their daughter, Catherine, to Randolph Lonas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lonas of Macanie on June 23 in Forestville, Md.


Aug. 8, 1952

    Mrs. Susie A. Coffman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keller Ambrose of Woodstock, was married to S-Sgt Paul Heishman of Woodstock, at Forestville, Md.


Aug. 29, 1952

    Henry L. Hollar of Strasburg assumed his duties as full time deputy of Shenandoah County Aug. 23. He will succeed Fred Emswiller, who resigned after serving as deputy to Sheriff Garland Weaver. Mr. Hollar, a native of Wakeman’s Grove, is a member of the H&H Motor Co. of Woodstock. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Hollar. He is married and has been living in Strasburg for several years.

    The Reverend Francis Alan Brown, former rector of Beckford Parish, Episcopal Church, passed away Aug. 24 at his home on North Main Street, Woodstock.

    Martin Luther Beedle, 22, of Bird Haven died instantly of a broken neck Sunday afternoon when his automobile and another car driven by his brother were in a side-swipe collision near Liberty Furnace. Stanley Beedle was the driver of the other car. Both cars were traveling east at the time of the accident. Martin Beedle was born at Mt. Jackson Feb. 23, 1930, a son of Nathaniel and Mary Rosan Barb Beedle of Bird Haven. On April 12 of this year he was united in marriage to Miss Shirley Stoneburner of Woodstock, who survives, also his parents, brothers Arthur, Stanley and Norman all of Bird Haven, sisters Mrs. Hannah Helsley of Edinburg, Mrs. Ruby Watson of Bird Haven, and Barbara and Stella of Bird Haven.