Down Memory Lane for July 11

Oct. 26, 1972

A foxhound from Red Oak Kennels in Woodville was declared the 1972 champion of the Virginia Field Trials, held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Boston, Va. Red Oak Scout collected the most points in speed and drive, trailing, hunting and endurance to capture the title during the 50th anniversary meet of the state association. Hounds cast numbered 314 and of them only 40 completed the course and tests. This is the second year a hound from Clifton Clark’s Red Oak Kennel has finished in first place. Showing the dog was Misty Lynne Hitt, Mr. Clark’s granddaughter.

The Panthers’ claws were a little longer than those of the Warren County Wildcats in Tuesday’s return cross country match held at Front Royal. Earlier in the season, Warren County snatched a victory in the first match by one point, but the local team got revenge with a solid 22-34 victory on the Wildcat’s home course. Charles Thomas made it a decisive win by finishing first, beating the old course record by 50 seconds. Former Wildcat record holder Eric Frye finished third, while John Summers, Ronnie Nicholson and Tom Taylor finished fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

One hundred and twenty-seven riders turned out for last Sunday’s annual Rappahannock Hunt trail ride. The riders met at Michael Marsh’s house near Sperryville, and rode eight miles to the top of Red Oak Mountain, where they had a picnic before dissenting.

Oct. 1, 1981

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Fletcher of Sperryville were honored with a lawn party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Avery Faulkner near Woodville on Sept. 19 in recognition of their 31 years as master and benefactor of the Rappahannock Hunt. Jim Bill was presented a portrait of himself in full hunting attire, mounted on his great gray mare, Katie. At the same time, his wife, Millie, was given a gold pendant bearing the unique Rappahannock Hunt running fox, in appreciation for three decades of joyful and boundless hospitality, before, during and after all those rollicking days of chasing foxes, hounds and master up and down Rappahannock’s mountains.

Moving days are always hectic, whether it’s mom and the van lines packing household furnishings or postmaster Carol Miller and postal clerk Dorothy Hawkins crating up all the equipment, stamps, papers and hundreds of other items in the Washington Post Office. Next Wednesday, Oct. 7, the window closes at 12:30 for the last time at the old brick building on Main Street. When it reopens at 1 p.m., it will be in sparkling new quarters next door to Nature’s Foods in the remodeled complex that once housed Merrill’s garage.

Look! Up in the air. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! – No, it’s hang glider man! The yellow and black apparition that’s been streaking across the heavens over Rappahannock since Sunday is Nelson Lane’s Quicksilver, a motorized hang glider that’s the newest adventure toy on the market. Lane is as excited as a little kid with his first bicycle, pointing out all the finer points of his new machine.

“It’s the neatest thing I’ve ever done! It feels so right!” Lane announced, still exhilarated after four hours in the air on Tuesday. “I went over Old Rag this morning. Way above – my hands got numb, it was so cold. I flew over Etlan, over Sperryville. I buzzed Pete Estes pretty hard and I buzzed the hell out of Ned Johnson’s! I touched my wheels to the tassels in a cornfield.”