Down Memory Lane for Jan. 12

50 years ago: March 29, 1962

Ned Johnson’s 13-month-old bull, Royal Bird, topped all Angus in price at last week’s R.O.P. Bull sale held at Culpeper Enterprises. He brought $1,535.00 and went to Allendale, S.C.

According to James F. Massie, Rappahannock member of the Northern Virginia Feeder Pig Sale, last Monday’s sale was the best in the history of this marketing group. Fifty head of No. 1 grade pigs averaging 40 pounds topped the sale at $36.50 per hundred weight, or $16.60 a head.

One hundred and thirteen No. 2’s of the same weight brought $34.00 a hundred; mediums $32.75 and No. 3’s $29.25.

Washington Elementary School has very little or no grass in the yard and in wet weather, students have no place to run or play except on the sidewalk. This week Mr. Wallace Critzer had graded the yard with his bulldozer and the F.F.A. boys from the county high school are plowing, fertilizing and seeding

25 years ago: Dec. 25, 1986

The RCHS Building Trades Department has built two 8 foot by 12 foot utility sheds again this year to be sold to the public upon their completion in early January. Both buildings are built on 4 inch by 6 inch skids.

All construction of the shed with gambrel roof and asphalt shingles was done by Kenny Baldwin, Jasen Kennedy, Chris Keyser, Ed Nicholson and Tony Swift.

This shed has one window on the long wall and a three-foot wide door on the end. The roof framing is trusses with plywood gussets.

Integrity is a word you hear over and over when people talk about Judge Rayner V. Snead, the Rappahannock News Citizen of the Year. Born in 1918, Judge Snead is a Rappahannock native who was raised in Gid Brown Hollow.

He graduated from Washington High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia. After earning a law degree from UVa in 1941, he was admitted to the Virginia Bar that same year. After World War II, Judge Snead returned to Rappahannock County, where he was elected Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Pvt. Michael T. Brown, a 1983 graduate of Rappahanock County High School, has completed basic training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

During the training, students received instruction in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tacties, military courtesy, military justice, first aid and Army history and traditions.

10 years ago: Oct. 17, 2001

A public hearing was held at the Oct. 10 meeting of the Washington Town Council to select a council person to fill the seat vacated by Alice Butler, who assumed Town Treasurer duties. In the absence of candidate nominations from public attendees. Mayor Stew Willis nominated Bill Tieckelmann, but Mr. Tieckelmann’s nomination did not draw a second.

Council member Charlie Thompkins instead nominated Jerry Goebel, and that nomination was seconded by Reinhardt Lynch and okayed by the Council.

We were asked a question we couldn’t honestly answer. “How long have the Lions been making their famous apple butter?” We knew who to ask so we called Carson Johnson, the “Senior Partner” in the apple butter business, and the sole custodian of the super-secret recipe that makes the product so great each year.

Johnson said “Our Lions Club has been making apple butter for over 40 years. We started cooking it in big iron kettles out in front of the Rappahannock Farmers’ Co-op and we think it’s been getting better ever since.

Major challenges to Rappahannock County’s scenic beauty and environment, including cell phone towers, land application of sewage sludge and proposed residential development, will be the focus of the annual meeting of the Rappahannock League for Environmental Protection.

Jim Gannon, president of RLEP, commented, “With so many major issues under active debate now, this is an unusually challenging time for our county. We hope all people interested in the county’s future, whether they are members of RLEP or not, will come Friday to learn what we are doing and to share their own ideas with us.”