Down Memory Lane for Dec. 4

July 11, 1974

The Rev. B. Gale Titchenell of Woodville, an 11th- and 12th-grade government and U.S. history teacher and chairman of the social studies department at Rappahannock County High School, is among 76 teachers attending a graduate course on “preservation of the Principles of Freedom” at the national headquarters of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pa. The University of Denver is conducting the three-week course, in cooperation with Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.

Roger Cordani of Amissville, who is employed with the Prince William Fire Service, was commended for heroic service this week by that county. He is a dispatcher for the fire service, and, when he received an emergency call from a baby sitter saying a 15-month-old child in her care had stopped breathing, he calmed her verbally, dispatched a rescue unit to aid her and instructed her in administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Cordani was credited with saving the child’s life and was presented a plaque by C.J. Colgan, chairman of Prince William Board of Supervisors. Cordani received his initial training with Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue, with which he was associated for nine years.

Virginia Military Institute has announced the initial award of its Alfred Dickinson Barksdale Law Scholarship to Douglas K. Baumgardner, of Charlottesville and Washington, Va., a 1973 honor graduate of VMI.

Baumgardner, who has completed his first year at the University of Virginia Law School, was selected for the annual scholarship on the basis of demonstrated qualities for success as an attorney and his stated intentions to pursue the practice of law.

May 12, 1983

Peggy and Arthur Smith have created the country version of the big-city shopping mall. They took the “A” from antiques and the “A” from apple and combined the two in the new Sperryville Indoor Flea Market, which opens this weekend.

The apple “A” comes from the old apple packing shed on the outskirts of the village. The Smiths have spent the past month transforming the rambling old building with its leaky roof and shattered windows into exhibit space for antique dealers and craftspeople.

“We’re hoping to bring the tourists back this way, the tourists who readjusted their travel routes after Interstate 66 was put through to Front Royal,” Peggy announced.  “Let them come and then go home.”

Why do Dutch farmers wear wooden shoes? A group of Rappahannock County area residents will know the answer to that question and many more when they return from a 13-day tour of Holland, Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium.

According to hosts Bill and Frances Lyne, the tour combines visits with typical European farm families and sightseeing at famous tourist attractions. Bill Lyne, retired Rappahannock County extension agent, rges interested persons to inquire early about the tour, which leaves Sept. 3.

At 72, Mrs. Lottie Aylor works a full week, “from Monday morning to Friday evening.” Then she goes home, bakes biscuits and hams, works a bit on her quilts or may cook and serve a dinner for hundreds. “I can cook most anything,” she says, and the many people who enjoy her Virginia country cooking agree.

Lottie lives at Thornton Hill, her life-long home. Long after most folks are relaxing after a day’s work, Lottie is mixing up biscuits by the hundreds, adding ingredients to her potato salad or rolling out the crust for her famous Thornton Hill apple pie.

From the age of eight, Lottie was raised by Mrs. Mattie Ball Fletcher, who took her in when her mother died. She and her sister Betsy were taught by Mrs. Fletcher at night when the house was quiet. Lottie helped out around the house and garden, and her responsibilities increased as she grew older. For fun, the young girls rode horses, played ball and “got into devilment,” Lottie remembers.

After Lottie married Mr. Aylor in 1933, they started a family of six children, each of whom would be nicknamed by Nancy Fletcher. First came William Lewis, called “Moody.”

Lottie Aylor is proud of her children and proud of what she’s accomplished with her hard work and many talents.

Feb. 10, 1993

Cindy Mahan, staff photographer for the Rappahannock News, led the paper to a series of five awards at the annual awards ceremony of the Virginia Press Association.

She won first place for a combination sequence of photos on logging with draft horses and a third place for her picture of strawberries at the organization’s annual meeting this past weekend.

The paper itself won a first-place award for general makeup. This award honors the general design of the paper and is based on a series of issues.

Camille Harris and Patrick Foster, former owners of the Foster-Harris House Bed and Breakfast in Washington, and their two children, Ariele and Elise Foster, have relocated to Richmond.

Camille recently completed the Masters in Social Work program at Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently Director of Refugee and Immigration Services for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. In addition to directing the organization, she is working towards becoming a licensed clinical social worker, providing clinical services to Vietnamese, Iraqis, Ukranians and Haitians.

Troy Boyce talks and walks the way he directs his business: High speed all the time.

He and his family have been running Mid-State Electric Motors for the past eight years. After six to seven years in Warrenton they have moved everything out to Rappahannock County.

Their office is in the old Hampton Inn on U.S. 211 near the Farmers’ Co-op; and the shop is inside the new, blue Butler Building behind the former restaurant.

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