Ghosts of Chevy Chase Circle
"Ghosts of DC" recently featured three tales from Chevy Chase Circle's past.
The first tale is of a suicide on Aug. 29, 1905.
The Washington Post reported that William G. Zimmerman—a tailor residing at 912 8th St. SE, Washington, DC—shot himself through the head near Chevy Chase Circle, and died shortly afterward.
"About 11:45 o’clock Policemen Maher and Sullivan, of the Tennallytown substation, heard the sound of a pistol shot from the direction of the pavilion at the circle, and hastened to the [spot]," The Post reported, Ghosts of DC wrote.
The second tale is of a cricket match—between the Washington Cricket Club and the St. George Club of Baltimore—on June 16, 1907, in Chevy Chase Circle.
"Way back in 1885, he single-handedly pitched the Washington Nationals (then affiliated with the Eastern Association) into the league championship. He pitched in 15 of the [team's] final 24 games, winning 14 of them, a remarkable feat. Bob Barr, Walter Johnson, Stephen Strasburg … the line of dominant Washington pitchers lives on," Ghosts of DC added.
And, on Sept. 19, 1896, at about 5:30 p.m., a tornado touched down in the Chevy Chase Circle area. It "did more damage in the five minutes than can be repaired in as many days," The Post reported, Ghosts of DC wrote.
Notably, "the storm did considerable damage to corn fields over which it passed. Outhouses were torn up and blown away, but no damage was done to the larger buildings," The Post reported.
Read more about the damage done by the tornado, as well as about the other two tales, on Ghosts of DC.
And, for a more recent tale from Chevy Chase Circle, read about the fatal and fiery crash that took place at the circle last March. The diseased tree that the stolen car hit was badly burned, and was recently removed.