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A Virts Country Butchering
A Virts Country Butchering
November was the time for butchering hogs. It has been a fall tradition in the Virts family for well over 100 years. The Raymond E. Virts family on the Long Lane in Lovettsville, Virginia always butchered on Thanksgiving day. You might consider the butchering day as a family reunion held several times each November as this even would bring together siblings, cousins and friends. There was always a friendly competition amongst Raymond's brothers to see who had the largest hog. It was not uncommon to have a hog have a dressed weight of over 400 pounds. Such a hog would produce over 40 pound hams that would be sugar cured. Most local families had a butchering and would usually slaughter form 2 - 14 hogs, depending on the size of the family. Butchering is nearly extinct today. You will only find a hand full of families that still carry on the tradition. Hardly anyone even knows how to do it anymore. I would have to say it is a dying art. Just click on the picture to see it enlarged and to get a description.  
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Charles Washington Virts and Dorothy Conway
Charles Washington Virts and Dorothy Conway
 
 
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Elbert Franklin Virts and Myrtle Viola Riley
Elbert Franklin Virts and Myrtle Viola Riley
 
 
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Elbert Joseph Virts and Lela Corinne Smith
Elbert Joseph Virts and Lela Corinne Smith
 
 
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Howard William Gosnell and Lillian Ruth Virts
Howard William Gosnell and Lillian Ruth Virts
 
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Isaac Mortimer Verts and Minnie Emma Tucker
Isaac Mortimer Verts and Minnie Emma Tucker
 
 
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James Marion Virts and Mary Elisabeth Leigh
James Marion Virts and Mary Elisabeth Leigh
 
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John Jackson Werts and Margaret Maple
John Jackson Werts and Margaret Maple
 
 
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Joseph Lewis Verts and Eliza Ann Baker
Joseph Lewis Verts and Eliza Ann Baker
 
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Michael Columbus Everhart and Fannie F. Gardner
Michael Columbus Everhart and Fannie F. Gardner
 
 
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Military Service - In Uniform
Military Service - In Uniform
 
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Oscar Franklin Virts and Mary Catherine Mann
Oscar Franklin Virts and Mary Catherine Mann
 
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Samuel Wilhelm George and Elizabeth Catherina Grub
Samuel Wilhelm George and Elizabeth Catherina Grub
 
 
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William Michael Everhart, Sr. and Rosa May Virts
William Michael Everhart, Sr. and Rosa May Virts