Down Memory Lane for Sept. 26

Feb. 1, 1973

C. E. Johnson Jr. of Sperryville, who resigned as chairman of the board of directors of Rappahannock National Bank after numerous years of service, was feted with a dinner Thursday evening at Hampton Inn. A delightful dinner was enjoyed by bank directors, personnel, friends and Mr. Johnson’s family.

Howard Amos Clark of Amissville is among the 43 young men who graduate Friday, Feb. 2 from State Police Basic Training School at headquarters of the Virginia State Police in Richmond. Trooper Clark will be assigned to Manassas after graduation. In addition to a minimum of 30 days of field training with experienced troopers, he has completed 21 weeks of basic training which covered 159 subjects. Troopers from this school will report to permanent duty stations Feb. 5.

The Rappahannock Library will again sponsor a “Super Flea Market” on July 4 in Washington. Although planning is still in the initial stage, it is not too soon (only 154 days) for Rappahannock citizens to start cleaning out or to start thinking about cleaning out closets, barns, or what-have-you for Super Flea Market items. “Between now and July 4,” said Col. Pete Luke, chairman for the 1973 Super Flea market, “we will keep everyone informed of our plans as they become firm.” Col. Luke also expressed hope that “all citizens interested in the Rappahannock Library will help make the 1973 Super Flea Market a success.”

Dec. 17, 1981

T. C. Lea, former attorney practicing in Rappahannock and Culpeper counties, will head the new alcoholic rehabilitation center opening next month in Rixeyville. Lea will hold the position of director for the facility, which is operated by Continental Care Centers of Virginia. Lea has worked at Springwood Psychiatric Institute in Leesburg for more than a year, after being a patient there himself, and completing the alcoholic program. Since he went into the hospital in 1978, he has taken all of the courses possible on alcoholism and is currently in a master’s program in rehabilitation counseling with Virginia Commonwealth University. A native of Rappahannock, Lea moved to Culpeper in 1968, and after leaving there worked with a law firm.

Effective Dec. 15, Washington attorney David Konick took over the joint position of building official and zoning administrator, a two-day-per-week, $6,000 annual salary job created by the county supervisors earlier this year.

In a recorded vote at the town council meeting of Dec. 9, council members agreed to authorize the mayor and treasure to borrow $6,000 from the Rappahannock National Bank in Washington. This authorization was necessary to pay the bills which the town incurred for the construction of the new town well, well-house, pumps and pipe to connect to the existing water system. “We are in unusual municipality in a way,” Mayor Newbill Miller told the council. “We do have to borrow the $6,000, but we were also able to pay bills of over $48,000 connected with the water emergency and new construction. Thank goodness for conservative councils of the past.” Miller told the council that payments on the loan would start in May and that the town could pay them with the banks stock tax it receives.

Oct. 22, 1992

A farmhouse on Mrs. Roland Welch’s farm outside Flint Hill was destroyed by a fire Oct. 20. Sheriff John Henry Woodward said his office received several reports that someone might have been trapped by the blaze, but that a thorough search of the debris turned up no evidence that anyone was inside the house when the fire started. Woodward said firefighters from Flint Hill, Washington, Chester Gap, Sperryville, Amissville and Castleton battled the blaze, which was reported at 9:39 a.m. The house, which had been rented to seasonal farm workers, according to Woodward, was gutted by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.

The 40 members of Beth Gall’s ninth grade science class at Rappahannock County High School got on top of things last week during their field trip to study waste management. Last Friday morning, in two groups, the youngsters toured the Sperryville wastewater treatment plant, and in the afternoon went to the landfill near Amissville on an inspection led by County Administrator John McCarthy. Mrs. Gall, who organized the field trip, said the tours were intended to “create an awareness” among the students of problems facing the environment. The class is part of the school’s earth sciences unit.

While the number of new home building permits has decreased over the past six years, there are signs that the home construction industry may be picking up in Rappahannock. In the first six months of this year, the building office issued 17 building permits for new house construction. From July through September another 17 were issued, and six were issued in the first two weeks in October alone. Building inspector Richie Van Burke reported that inspections are keeping him busy now.