Down Memory Lane for July 4

Oct. 19, 1972

Randy Smith, the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Everette Smith of Amissville, was the winner of the annual fox horn blowing competition held in Fredericksburg. The contest was held in conjunction with the dog mart on Saturday; this was Randy’s eighth victory. For the first time, he participated in the mixed contest rather than the junior division. He tied with an adult and then went on to win the “blow-off.”

C.C. Gasch of Castleton has given a trophy in memory of his late son to be used in connection with the annual county fire school held each fall. The perpetual trophy is given to the fire company with the largest attendance at the fire school. This year it was won by the Castleton unit. Mr. Gasch presented the trophy to Mitchell Hitt, assistant chief of that company. Others completing the 30-hour course were Gene Fisher, Robert Craft Sr., Gasch who is president for the Castleton company, Chief Hitt, Eddie Craft, Ray Scott, Mrs. Emma Craft and Mike Kinsey.

High Thicket, home of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Jamieson near Sperryville, will be open for the house tour this weekend. Tour hours are 10 to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 on Sunday. Flower arrangements will be on sale and lunch will be available in the area. Other houses on tour are Thornton River Farms at Viewtown, home of Mr. and Mrs. I.L. Parrish and the The Cabin, also near the Parrish farm, which is the retirement home of Judge and Mrs. Thomas Johnston.

Sept. 24, 1981

It looks like the county may soon be embroiled in another legal question, this time with Massanova Pentecostal Church over the operation of a school in the red brick church on Route 622. A neighboring landowner who noticed “feverish activity” at the church during the last two weeks of August reported to local government officials that a school had been opened in the building. Verbal complaints that the school lacked the necessary approvals from governmental agencies were followed up by a letter dated Sept. 15.

Local author Jane McIlvaine McClary will be the guest of honor at an autograph party from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the home of Mary and James Jamieson near Sperryville. Copies of McClary’s new book, “Maggie Royal,” will be available for purchase with proceeds going to benefit the Rappahannock County Library. This is McClary’s fourteenth book and second major novel, following her best-seller published nine years ago.

“If everything goes as best it might, we won’t have a sewer system going [in Sperryville] until January, 1985, so I think it’s a good idea to work on an interim solution,” said Bob Dennis, Rappahannock Water and Sewer Authority member at last Monday’s meeting. The WSA has a meeting in Richmond next Monday with representatives from the State Water Control Board, the engineering firm which has developed the plans for the community’s sewage treatment plant and the State Health Department. At that session, the authority members hope to learn more about the availability of funds for a sewage treatment system which will clean up pollution in the Thornton River caused by the village’s malfunctioning septic fields, which was recently ranked as the number five health hazard in Virginia.

Aug. 6, 1992

The Board of Equalization met again last Friday to hear appeals of property owners from their assessments. Tom Massie appeared first. His property is the only one other than Eastham land which the Equalization Board proposed to raise from its assessment when the property owner had not originally come in to question the assessment. The board proposed to raise the assessment on Mr. Massie’s land from $2,000 per acre to $3,000 per acre for pasture land, from $2,000 to $2,500 for woodland, and from $2,500 to $3,000 for tillable land.

Mr. Massie questioned the board’s method of operation. “My name nowhere appears in your minutes,” he said. Equalization Board chairman Frank Warner told Mr. Massie he would be better off presenting his arguments why his assessment should not be raised rather than questioning the methods of the board.

The O’Connell-Lynch Partnership, owners of the Inn at Little Washington, has purchased the property known as Washington Square and the Jefferson Building in Washington, Va. from Dr. Werner Krebser for the sum of $500,000. The private property, consisting of 1.4323 acres, includes the post office, the space occupied by the County Cafe, an apartment, the Beauty Box and the upstairs office space. A dental office and two private apartments occupy the space in the rear building.