Down Memory Lane for Feb. 5

Nov. 28, 1974

A wing on the end of the house of Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Parrish near Viewtown burned Friday. Four rooms were gutted and smoke and water damage took their toll. A faulty electrical wire was believed to be the cause of the fire. Fortunately the family was home, discovered it soon and volunteer fire companies arrived to bring the flames under control. A tenant house on the property of Emerson Smith near Amissville was completely destroyed a week previously.

Dr. Werner Krebser of Meadowbrook Hall, Huntly is constructing a house on his farm using hand split cedar shakes for the roof and will put copper guttering and spouting on it. The roofing work is being done by Perry Mauck of Front Royal.

Beurt SerVaas, president of the Curtis Publishing Co., Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., has announced that Ollie Atkins, a Rappahannock resident who was personal photographer to ex-President Richard Nixon, and director of the White House Photographic Department under President Gerald Ford, will become vice president of the Curtis Publishing Co. on Feb. 3.

Mr. Atkins was working with the Ford Administration until such time as a proper transition in the photographic area had been reached and it was recently decided that Dec. 1 would be convenient for both parties.

Aug. 4, 1983

“The water is here to take care of all the gardens in town — and our lawns — but I don’t have the means to deliver it,” William Carrigan told the Rappahannock News this weekend, offering water from the lake at Avon Hall to Washington residents who can haul it.

Carrigan volunteered his water after he saw what the prolonged dry spell has done to the lawns, trees, shrubs and gardens in town. “They’re burning up from solar fire,’ he noted.

Carrigan sunk a pump into his lake this weekend and has solicited assistance from the Washington Volunteer Fire Department in delivering water to town gardens.

Hard economic times are teaching new consumers a lesson that some smart shoppers have known for years; recycled items of high quality can be found at thrift shops for a fraction of their original cost. And in these times of declining quality, sometimes older does mean better in workmanship and style.

For all these reasons, thrift shops, yard sales and flea markets have grown in popularity and number.

Rappahannock residents have three thrift shops within easy reach. By far the oldest is the Washington Ladies Auxiliary Thrift Shop run for the benefit of the Washington Fire Company and Rescue Squad.

In Sperryville, Mary Beumer has been operating the Sperryville thrift shop on Route 211 for almost a year.

Folks in Flint Hill needn’t feel left out. They have a thrift shop right on Main Street. The Marigold Thrift Shop, operated by Janet and Margaret Eastham, has been open since May. Their store is in the old tack shop building and it’s easy to spot with marigolds in the window boxes.

Chilton Raiford surely can tell stories about the women who have passed through his life. He has become an expert on female psychology by putting shoes on their feet for 30 years.

Last weekend Raiford was helping local women try on shoes in his yard and offering them iced tea and Coca-Cola while they did it. Raiford has a house-full of ladies shoes, a thousand pairs of shoes in his large white house on Route 211 west of Amissville where he holds sales on the weekends.

Raiford also remembers a 16-years old boy who couldn’t find a job because his hair was long. Raiford says he saw something in him and decided to give him a chance selling shoes. “In a few weeks, he was top book in the store,” Railford says. “Now he owns four stores.”

Those stores do a couple of million dollars worth of business each year. Later the “kid” asked Raiford to be his buyer at the Tysons Corner Store. The circle had come full turn. Now it was Raiford looking for work and he says he was glad to help take care of the business.

June 2, 1993

Trooper C. Wayne Sumner, a recent graduate of the Virginia State Police Academy, has been assigned to Rappahannock County.

“He has already started working,” said Trooper Charles “Chuck” Moore. “We’re very pleased to have him with us.

Trooper Sumner is a native of Carroll County in southern Virginia. He has spent the last six years with the U.S. Marines in Hawaii, where he served as a corporal with the military police.

Dr. Monira Rifaat is a new member of the American Angus Association reports Dick Spader, executive vice president of the national organization with headquarters in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Dr. Rifaat is a part-time pathologist and a full-time farmer. She is a board member of the Rappahannock farmer’s Association and a member of the Virginia Seminal Association.

Her farm is located halfway between Sperryville and Washington.

Manor Farm is a 280-acre cattle farm consisting of a registered seminal herd of 20 cows and a 80 cow commercial herd.

Dr. Rifaat is the recipient of the Clean Water Farm Award for Rappahannock County awarded by the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District.

Dr. Marilyn C. Beck, President of Lord Fairfax Community College, announced the names of students who received President’s Academic Honors list and Dean’s list for the Spring Semester 1993.

The dean’s list is composed of all students who complete at least a 12 semester-hour credit load and achieve at least a 3.2 honor point average.

The following students from Rappahannock County were named to the President’s list or Dean’s list for the spring semester.

President’s List: Benita G. Adkins, Tammy F. Atkins and Tonia N. Turnbull.

Dean’ List: Margaret M. Davis and Mary A. Hudson.