Down Memory Lane for April 19

50 years ago
July 26, 1962

During the storm Monday evening, a large oak tree at the home of Mr.and Mrs. Stanish Riley in Amissville was struck by lightning. The bolt cut the top from the tree, split the trunk and barked it all the way down. It then jumped to the top of Mrs. Riley’s car, denting it and knocking off paint before it ran into the ground beneath it. The gateposts in the Rileys’ yard was smoked up and damaged slightly. Mr. Riley, who was sitting on his porch, was struck on the foot by a flying chunk of bark.

Amissville Methodist Church has made plans for a new Educational Building which will contain six large class rooms and a full basement that can be used as two more classrooms and a fellowship hall. The plans were approved at a called Quarterly Conference last Monday at the church. Dr. Owen T. Kelly will preside at the groundbreaking service this Sunday, July 29. The public is invited to attend.

Mr. Albert C. Hensley of Castleton recently retired from the Production Department U. S. Naval Propellant Plant, Indian Head, Md., after 24 years government service. His prior Federal service was at the Naval Weapons Plant, Washington, D.C., where he began his government service as an apprentice machinist in 1936. Upon leaving there in May 1961, he came to the Naval Propellant Plant as a propellant handler.

25 years ago
March 12, 1987

The “long range outlook for agriculture” has prompted Lane Industries, the county’s largest single landowner, to sell approximately 650 acres of its holdings here and about 375 acres in neighboring Madison County, according to William Oliver, manager of Eldon Farms.

“But Eldon Farms as a whole is not being sold,” Mr. Oliver emphasized in a telephone interview Tuesday. “There are no plans ever to do that.

The property being sold, located to the south of Route 707, and straddling the Rappahannock-Madison County line, is part of Eldon Farms’ row crop production, Mr. Oliver said.

A cloudless blue sky, temperatures in the 70s and the largest field in the history of the Rappahannock Point-to-Point drew a record crowd to Sperryville Saturday for the second racing weekend of Virginia’s steeplechase series. Although the weather was the drawing card for the spectators, the challenging course, located on James W. Fletcher’s Thornton Hill Farm outside Sperryville, provided reason enough for riders to come from all over the Mid-Atlantic region to compete.

A proposal for a state-run liquor store in Flint Hill met with a less than enthusiastic reception from the Board of Supervisors on Monday, March 2. Chairman Hubert Gilkey relayed a request from Dr. Werner Krebser for the board’s reaction to having an Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC)  store at the doctor’s new commercial center on Rt. 522 in the center of the unincorporated village. Reportedly, the board’s concurrence is a prerequisite before the state will put a package store there.