Down Memory Lane for May 23

Aug. 17, 1972

Both new and secondhand books will be sold in the Rappahannock County Elementary School auditorium on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 to noon. A book in good condition is half price, those in fair condition will be sold for one-third or one-fourth the price. Both fourth- and seventh-grade history books will be sold for one-third of the price. Book lists were sent home in the report cards in June. The first to come will have first choice.

A two vehicle collision in which three people were injured occurred Friday near Amissville. Involved in the accident was a 1967 Mercedes-Benz operated by Peter Havas of Amissville and a 1968 Volkswagen driven by Nancylee B. Petty of Alexandria.

According to Trooper R.A. Baines, Havas was charged with reckless driving after striking the VW head on.

A 1972 Mustang Ford was the top prize of the annual Warrenton Lions Club Carnival. Co-chairman Neil Hicks gave the keys to Mrs. Marion Woodward and Wesley Woodward, the lucky winners from Amissville.

Aug. 6, 1981

Retired Circuit Court Judge Rayner V. Snead, of Washington, was honored at ceremonies July 24 at the courthouse as his portrait was presented for hanging by the local bar association. Among the speeches of the evening was one by his grandson, Rayner III, who told the audience, as he unveiled the portrait, that his grandfather was the best in the world.  

Good Samaritans are wonderful people, but they’re usually too busy doing good deeds to have many hours left for anything else. Tom Pillar is an exception. Since coming to the county in 1948, he’s shared his talents, skills and time with the Rappahannock Library, his church and his neighbors in Jenkins Hollow. He also learned to be a stone mason, carpenter and landscaper, as with no construction experience to speak of, he built most of the home that’s nestled back against Jenkins Mountain. He took up a second career as a real estate broker and along the way amassed a collection of Indian arrowheads that rivals the displays in many museums. He found all of the relics on acreage where he constructed his home.

James E. Swindler of Sperryville has been appointed to the Rappahannock Board of Zoning Appeals effective immediately. He will complete the unexpired term of office of Charles K. Estes, who resigned for an appointment to the county board of supervisors. Swindler’s term will expire in October of 1985. Judge Shore Robertson made the appointment.

July 2, 1992

The decision of the U.S. Supreme Court last week to ban prayers at graduation ceremonies was not popular with the Rappahannock school community. “Personally, I’m disappointed. I don’t know all the details of how the law applies, but I’m gravely disappointed,” said superintendent David Gangel.

High school principal John Toth echoed this sentiment. “From a legal point of view, I’m surprised the issue hasn’t been raised before now, but from a moral point of view, I wish it had been left alone,” he said. “An invocation and a benediction seem as natural a part of graduation as handing out diplomas.”