I was delighted to receive Winchester resident William P Kerkhoff’s commentary about his memories of growing up in Strasburg 70 years ago. He admits his memory is a bit clouded on some places and names, but he paints a colorful slice of life in downtown Strasburg in the 1940s and ‘50s as he strolls along “Main Street,” pointing out landmarks such as the Virginia Restaurant, the telephone office and the snack bar where he used to enjoy a 4-cent hamburger.
As little Oliver Twist asked in Charles Dickens’ famous novel, “Please, sir, I want some more,” I would love to see more slices of life from the 1940s and ’50s in Front Royal, Edinburg, Woodstock, New Market, Toms Brook, Maurertown, Bryce, Middletown, Winchester, Berryville, Stephens City and any other areas that I may have forgotten in this list.
I don’t have any relatives in this area anymore, but I recognized so many last names noted in Kerkohoff’s stroll down memory lane. I’ll hazard a guess that his writing will evoke some memories from some of you as well.
Anyone up for a challenge to take a step back in time to share your memories of walking down main street of our area towns and villages? I hope you will share them!
Your commentaries should be 750 words or less. Send them to me at email@example.com along with a short bio of yourself.
I can’t wait to read them!
Linda O’Dell Ash is editor of the Northern Virginia Daily.