Down Memory Lane for Jan. 16

May 31, 1973

A “cool” occurrence took place the evening of May 26 at Laurel Mills when a refrigerator struck a car. Floyd Thomas Alther of Castleton, operating a ’66 Ford pickup, lost control of the vehicle and plowed into the ditch on the right of the road. A refrigerator being transported in the truck fell out and landed on a ’63 Chevrolet owned by Thomas Compton of Castleton. Damage to each vehicle was estimated at $35, according to Trooper W.A. Buntin. Alther was cited for reckless driving and driving without an operator’s license.

This week, extensive architectural improvements have been completed and made ready for inspection in the Rappahannock Library at 485 Gay St. in Washington. Waldron O’Connor, architect for the library project, has transformed the mid-19th century church interior of our handsome and dignified building into an attractive comfortable and functional library, in which the entire county can take a pride. Mr. O’Connor’s designs for built-in bookcases incorporate radiant heating panels and direct and indirect lighting sources.

Miss Mary Ann Cannon graduated May 27 from Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C. with an associate of arts degree. She had the highest academic average of the 119 graduates, making her valedictorian of the class. Miss Cannon is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray T. Cannon of Castleton.

April 8, 1982

The subject of incorporation was tossed around last Thursday at a meeting of Sperryville’s business council as members of the council discussed problems that the county’s floodplain ordinance poses to development in the village. But according to council member James Swindler, a majority felt that an attempt to incorporate now would hinder progress toward the community’s long-delayed sewer. As an alternative, Martin Woodard, Carson Johnson, James Leake and Lester Deal were appointed to a special committee to develop suggested revisions to the floodplain ordinance which will be presented to the county planning commission. The commission is currently conducting a review and revision of local zoning regulations.

W.C. Loomis, owner of the old Sperryville hotel that houses the offices of the Rappahannock County School Board, warned his tenants that they may soon find themselves out on the street unless certain conditions are made. In a letter dated April 1, Loomis notified the board that the space must be completely vacated on the date high school principal Dennis Wingfield’s contract expires. If the board sees fit to extend Wingfield’s contract for another year, the rental contract on the offices will also be extended on a yearly basis, Loomis wrote. On March 26, superintendent Robert Estabrook informed Wingfield that he would not recommend the principal’s reappointment for 1982-83. The school board will consider the recommendation at its April 13 meeting.

The Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department ladies auxiliary held their monthly meeting at the fire hall Monday, April 5, to elect officers for the upcoming year. Elected were: President, Mrs. Marie Atkins; vice-president, Mrs. Carol Foster; and secretary-treasurer, Mrs. Josephine Jenkins. Maria Atkins will continue as auxiliary reporter for the year.

Feb. 3, 1993

The “Friends of Dick McNear” held a public reception for the retired deputy county administrator for planning late last week, and if everyone who attended signed the guest book, it could be published as a Who’s Who for Warrenton and Fauquier County. McNear announced his retirement last summer, with an effective date of last Dec. 1, but is continuing to work for the county as a consultant on the Comprehensive Plan, which is currently undergoing a mandated five-year review. After 20 years of service to the county, including the development of the comprehensive plan, McNear was feted by past and present supervisors, planning commissioners, staffers, town officials, members of nearly all of Fauquier’s citizen groups and officials from surrounding counties, among others who crowded into the John Barton Payne building.

When the two-hour parade that celebrated President Bill Clinton’s inauguration reached its conclusion, spectators along the 1.65 mile route had been treated to marching bands, Elvis impersonators, crack military units and even a lawn chair drill team. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Frank R. McGhee III, the son of Frank McGhee, Jr. and Mildred McGhee of Amissville, was one of the people who had good reason to be satisfied with the nation’s orderly transfer of power and responsibility and the celebrations that accompanied it. Assigned to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee, McGhee had a hand in making the scheduled events a success.