Excerpts from "the first rough draft of history" as reported in The Washington Post on this date in the 20th century.
Falls Church was still a sleepy Virginia village in 1933 -- a "hick town," as the horn-honking protagonist pictured in the following story called it. Not much happened in the little hamlet, until this same lady made it the scene of a dramatic showdown that wound up on the front page of The Washington Post. An excerpt from Sept. 21, 1933:
A prolonged blast from automobile. Town Sergt. Alton Shumate, of Falls Church, Va., holding traffic at an intersection for the fire apparatus answering an alarm, sends boy to request the motorist to cease blowing the horn because there is a fire.
The impatient lady motorist refuses to cease. Up steps a courteous man, who explains traffic is being held for the fire equipment.
"You'll be delayed only a minute," he says, "Please quit blowing your horn."
"The idea of holding us," she says. "This is some hick town."
"It may be a hick town, but I happen to be the mayor here and also the town judge," he returned.
Unimpressed, the lady continues to express voluminous and forceful opinion of the town and its officials.
Then the sergeant comes up and orders the lady to the curb.
"You know who I am?" the lady demands.
"I don't know, and I don't care," the sergeant replies, handing her a summons to appear in the mayor's court Saturday night to answer charges of making unnecessary noise, in violation of the town ordinance.
The lady was Mrs. Margo Couzens Chewning, daughter of Senator James Couzens. She was accompanied by her husband, William Jeffries Chewning.
The summons was accepted -- and on Saturday night Mrs. Chewning must face Mayor L.P. Daniel of the hick town, who presides as judge in said hick town.
P.S. -- The fire proved to be near Cabin John, Md., on the other side of the river.