Down Memory Lane for Nov. 27

July 4, 1974

Cotton Miller just hung out her shingle last month, but she’s been busy doing picture framing, flower drying and decoupage were more than 10 years.

One room in her basement workshop is full of the things she’s done, dried flower arrangements pressed under glass against a velvet background, bright colored tole paintings on trays, plaques and trash cans, decoupaged pocket books and lots of pictures belonging to other people that she has framed.

Mrs. Miller’s handicrafts have become well known around Rappahannock and Madison, so she could take her time before hanging out the sign, near Peola Mills, that reads only “picture framing.”

“I really just enjoy making things for my own youngsters — gifts for weddings or graduations that would be expensive for them to buy if they didn’t have ‘mama’ to do it for them,” Mrs. Miller said.

“That’s really more important to me than selling things.”

Wendolyn W. Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther E. Brown of Woodville, a freshman at Sullins College, was named to the dean’s list for the second semester.

Sullins is a two-year women’s college at Bristol, Va., founded in 1870.

A group of Sperryville 4-H’ers have taken a sewing course this summer under the supervision of Home Agent Llewellyn Allison, assisted by Mrs. Faye Atkins at the home of Mrs. Frank Tabler. Each of the girls have completed a garment, a first for some of them.

May 5, 1983

Barbara Gentry of Flint Hill has been named by Rep. J. Kenneth Robinson to represent the seventh district in the senior citizen intern program in Washington later this month.

Gentry, 70, is a former school teacher and served for 21 years as postmaster at Flint Hill, where she has lived since 1934.

In retirement, Gentry works as a volunteer site manager for the luncheon program of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Area Agency on Aging in Washington and helps transport patients for treatment at the Rappahannock Mental Health Clinic.

Alice Pullen, Flint Hill, is one of the volunteers who received special thanks from Carolyn Szabad, Retired Senior Volunteer Program coordinator, for her help three times a week at the Senior Nutrition Site at Trinity Church, Washington.

Mrs. Robert Bridges was hostess to a “Hat” tea party on Wednesday afternoon, April 13, at Reality Farm with about 40 guests who wore hats they had designed and decorated.

Prizes were awarded as follows:

Most original: Pauline Bruce and Mary Quaintance.

Awful silly: Betty Jones and Peggy Pride.

Most glamorous: Lydagene Muth and Marta Tholand.

Funny: Dorothy Mank and Cotton Miller.

Special mention: Jean and Jeannie McNear with their North and South farm creation.

Feb. 3, 1993

Many of the resettlement properties in the county may have a clouded title, according to Beverly Atkins, Rappahannock’s commissioner of revenue.

“In recent months it has been brought to our attention that property formerly owned by the United States of America and used as resettlement property in Rappahannock county might have a slight problem regarding the title,” she said.

When the Unites States transferred ownership of this property, it retained a three-quarter interest in all mineral rights.

“If this interest was not released at a later date, it is still in effect. Numerous people recently have found this to be a problem in either selling or refinancing. It clouds title to the property,” she added.

The United States of America has willfully consented to release its previous interest in such properties, and an attorney can clear the title with a simple procedure, she added.

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, that soon 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 he is continuing to work for the county as a consultant on the Comprehensive Plan, which is currently undergoing a mandated five-year review.