Down Memory Lane for Dec. 11

July 18, 1974

A sudden wind storm last Wednesday evening tossed and twirled tree limbs, porch furniture and TV antennas in the Washington area. Hail pelted the town, electricity failed in some places and trees were uprooted. Mrs. Bobbi Critzer was hard hit, and she said she expected the house to go any minute in the face of the terrific gusts.

Several familiar teachers’ faces will be missing when Rappahannock youngsters return to classrooms this fall, but each of the new retirees is looking forward to retirement and all have plans to keep busy.

Mrs. Catherine Brown of Sperryville has headed the school lunch program at Rappahannock Elementary since the new school was built. But she began her “kitchen career” with the Rappahannock school system in 1949.

Alvin Atkins from Sperryville retired this year after working at Rappahannock High School for 14 years. “Just cleaning and moving furniture all year,” Mr. Atkins said, describing his work.

Mrs. Arthlinda Quaintance, also from Sperryville, retired after teaching nine years in the elementary school. But she’ll be keeping in touch with what goes on in Rappahannock’s schools; Mrs. Quaintance has been appointed to the school board to fill out the term of Verdie Jones.

The Rappahannock Rangers are upholding their record and continuing their winning ways. They have, to date, a perfect season, all victories. July 3 the Rangers defeated Upperville 9-7 with Cecil Smoot the winning pitcher. Aubrey Frye delivered two home runs, and Mike Smoot contributed one homer and a double.

May 19, 1983

Unleashing a barrage of runs, the Sperryville Brewers buried Hazel’s Pirates in a double-header at Sperryville Sunday afternoon.

Ronnie Pullen was the winning pitcher in the first contest, as the Brewers breezed to a 14-5 victory. He also went two for two in the batter’s box, connecting for one homer and driving in three runs.

Jonas Jenkins was two for three with one triple. Roger Jenkins also went two for three, and Gary Jenkins smashed a triple that resulted in two RBIs.

Bad weather doesn’t stop the U.S. mail, and it didn’t deter the ladies of the Rappahannock Garden Club from assembling for a tree planting ceremony at the courthouse on Monday. The plantings are part of a landscaping project that the club has undertaken under the direction of Flint Hill landscape architect Will Hoare.

Dr. Werner Krebser of Huntly has completed continuing education requirements to retain active membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians, the national association of family doctors.

Dr. Krebser operates the Rappahannock Medical Center in Washington in partnership with Dr. Jerry Martin.

Feb. 17, 1993

The Water and Sewer Authority announced that Donna Chabot has been hired as the new operator for the Sperryville sewer plant.

Ms. Chabot, who lives in Culpeper, has 17 years of experience with water and sewer plants and a Class 1 operator’s license.

Since October, 1992, she has been self-employed. Before that she worked for more than a year at the Rapidan Service Authority in Locust Grove as the operator in charge of the plant.

At last week’s School Board meeting Helen Williams, chairman of the high school math department, proposed dramatic changes in the way math is taught to students who are not college bound.

Mrs. Williams said a committee made up of math and technology teachers was generally “satisfied with the thrust of the academic courses, although they need more rigor and more analysis.” She said the committee is not satisfied with the courses for students not heading to college. Generally they take Math 8 and Math 9 and Applied Math or Applied Math and Consumer Math.

The committee recommended that three sections of this course be taught next year, possibly all at the same time, with students moving from one room and teacher to another as they take up different types of problems.

In spite of the claim on the masthead, the Rappahannock News has not been in continuous operation since 1877. In fact, when Lucy Catherine Bowie and her brother Bruce Bowie came to Washington to start the modern Rappahannock News in 1949, the county had been without a newspaper for 15 years.

They started out in a former gas station where the parking lot for Trinity Episcopal Church is now. The press was right in the big front window. “We nearly froze to death that first year,” Miss Bowie said. They had pot bellied stoves, but they couldn’t really heat the building. “You’ve got to get a linotype up to 70 degrees or it isn’t safe,” she explained. “We managed that first winter, but the next year we built the building,” she said. That is, Paul Walker built the building where the present Rappahannock News is located.

In 1877 The Rappahannock News was given a contract to print the minutes of the Board of Supervisors according to Rappahannock County, Virginia: A history, by Elizabeth B. and C.E. Johnson Jr.

The book explains that this paper was succeeded by The Blue Ridge Echo from 1878 to 1883, The Call from 1883 to 1885, The Blue Ridge Ridge Echo again from 1885 to 1888 and The Blue Ridge Guide, starting in 1889. In 1934 that paper was sold and condensed to one page included in the Culpeper Star.