Down Memory Lane for March 26

June 19, 1975

Charles Moore has been assigned to Rappahannock County as a trooper with the Virginia Department of State Police. His assignment followed the retirement June 1 of W. A. Buntin. Moore is a native of Winchester, Frederick County but came here from Prince William, where he has been an officer for a year. He is 23 and single.

“I have always taught. Whatever I knew, I always passed it on,” he said.

Miss Elsie Dodson has retired after teaching in the Rappahannock Public School System for 21 years. She will spend her time on their 100-acre farm near Flint Hill where she raises Hereford cattle. She lives with her sister-in-law and family, Mrs. James Dodson.

She said in bad weather, snow particularly, the neighbors have been most helpful. She has never missed school and retired with a hundred days of accumulated leave. “I’ll get paid for this and it will come in handy to fix my lane.

Mrs. Joan Lee Spence was named teacher of the year at Elkton High School at Elkton. Mrs. Spence, head of the Social Studies Department, teaches Government and World Geography. She also sponsors the junior varsity cheerleaders, senior class and Elkton Club for Higher Opportunities. Joan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Lee of Flint Hill.

Dec. 29, 1983

In 1932 Matilda Garner came to Rappahannock as part of a depression relief program designed to help country women make the most out of what they did have, preserve food safely and properly, and introduce some new dishes into diets lacking in fresh food. Gardner was called a “Home Demonstration Agent” and in 1932 she spent her year here going into the homes oriented talent all around her for the benefit of those lacking skills.

One of Garner’s efforts was a fashion show, demonstrating to young women that they could design and sew a dress for under 60 cents. Not only did her efforts work for the girls that competed, but she showed others who were interested that they could have something new to wear at very little cost.

Modern extension agents of the last two decades expanded their work with children and 4-H, taught tole, needlework, cake decorating, introduced the pressure canner and brought in experts to teach the skills they lacked. Last year marked a half-century of their presence in Rappahannock providing support and education to hard-working country women.

Vic Pickett and Nol Putnam won first place awards from the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects recently. AIA presents awards in only three categories annually. Pickett took top honors for sculpture in an architectural setting and Putnam for craftsmanship. Both are part time instructors at SPECTRA School of Design in Flint Hill. Putnam, a blacksmith with a forge and shop in The Plains, is also a resident of Flint Hill.

When people talk about Rappahannock’s natural resources, they usually mean its rolling green fields and mountainside forests, its clean air and sparkling streams, the beauty of the countryside with the Blue Ridge marching across the horizon. But there’s another kind of resource — the special people who make Rappahannock such a special place. Near the top list are Don and Judy Bomberger, Rappahannock News Citizens of the Year for 1983. They work with the county’s most precious resource, its children.

Feb. 2, 1994

Elizabeth Haskell is looking forward to living a quieter life, with about half of the time in Rappahannock County after four years as former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder’s Secretary of Natural Resources. Mrs. Haskell and her husband Robert own the former Joe Keyser farm in Tiger Valley. The Haskell family also owns newspapers in Virginia, Kentucky and Florida.

Mrs. Haskell had years of experience in the field of the environment including 16 years on the state Air Pollution Control Board before taking on her assignment in the Wilder administration.

Fourteen year-old David Loebs of Amissville hopes that he and his minpin, Nitro, will return with ribbons from the Westminster Kennel Club Show in New York later this month.

David is a dog handler. He will be entered in the senior division of the show, for ages 14 through 18. He will be showing his three-year-old miniature Doberman Pinscher, or “minpin.”

David travels to dog shows most weekends out of the year, through some shows are also held during the week. Because of his schedule, he is being home-schooled this year. Before this year, though, he attended Rappahannock County High School. Ribbons decorate three walls in David’s trophy room.

Elections for the Washington Town Council will be held on May 3, and the majority of present members will not be seeking re-election. Newbill MIller is the only council member who has definitely decided to run for another term. Brad Fisher, who has been treasurer of the town for 16 years, will be bowing out, due mostly to time constraints.

Council members Susan Parrish, Ray Gooch and Janice Moffett have also decided not to run. At press time, Mayor Dean Morehouse and council member Mark Bailey were undecided.

The Town Council meets at the Town Hall on the second Wednesday of each month. Members receive a stipend of $5 for each meeting they attend, and the treasurer has been paid $7.50 an hour.