From the late 1800s until around 1930, Stafford County was one of the leading producers of pickling cucumbers in the state of Virginia. Nearly everyone with a few acres to spare grew cucumbers and sold them either to the Brooke Pickle Factory at Brooke or to a similar facility in Falmouth. A September 1901 newspaper notice stated, "'Tis said one of our Onville friends met with quite a mishap going to the factory with a load of pickles some time since; one of the barrels upset, throwing the pickles to the ground, all of which had to be picked up and wiped off, one by one; the sun was so hot before our friend got thorough, that when he arrived at the factory he came near passing himself off for a pickle, so well was he 'cured' by the sun" (Free Lance, Sept. 19, 1901). This little blurb was written by Charles Adams Bryan (1849-1918) who was for many years clerk of the court for Stafford. He was a regular contributor of little "newsy" and humorous articles to the Free Lance newspaper and wrote under the pen name Scribbler.