Down Memory Lane for April 9

July 31, 1975

In early 1973, the National Zoo bought 2,800 acres of the former U.S. Army Remount Station, which had been established in 1909 as a place to breed horses and mules for the cavalry and was then later converted, in 1948, into a beef cattle research center, operated by the Department of Agriculture.

The Warren County conservation center was established by the National Zoo as a place “to breed rare and endangered mammals, birds and reptiles and to conduct research on the behavioral physiology of these species so that they can be better managed in captivity,” according to curator-in charge Christen Wemmer. The old Remount station is nearly perfect for what the zoo wanted. There is plenty of space, both open grassland and woodland, which permits 35 to 50 acre paddocks for most species, as well as existing barns for shelter and numerous outbuildings for everything from storage to administration.

A stolen tractor was recovered and three suspects apprehended before the tractor owner ever knew the implement had been taken Sunday. Trooper J. A. Watson recovered the property, a Sears tractor belonging to Mrs. Margaret Smith of Flint Hill.

The officer noticed a black ’59 Ford pickup traveling west on Route 211 about 11 p.m. with the tractor protruding from the back. Investigation revealed Mrs. Smith as owner.

Brenda Atkins, 1975-1976 Honorary Fire chief of the Sperryville Fire Department, received her tiara in a ceremony Friday night from retiring chief, Beverly Atkins. The activity was held in connection with the annual benefit carnival which concluded Saturday night in Sperryville. Placing second was Wanda Jenkins with Natalie Swindler in third place. Kim Estes in fourth place and Donna Grigsby placed fifth. The gross receipts from the carnival totaled in excess of $12,000 in spite of inclement weather.

Jan. 26, 1984

The crowd at the counter at the Lombardy Lunch Room has noticed a change since the Shepherds took over their favorite restaurant’s management in September.

“Shep” and Mae Shepherd ran the Texaco station and grocery store at the corner of Routes 229 and 211 for two years. Now they’ve taken on the skillets and spatulas. And a lot of compliments have gone to the chefs.

Another change! The beer cooler is gone. “It went down when the gravy went up,” says Shep. Now neighbors notice that the Lombardy Lunch Room is more family oriented. It’s a quiet place to enjoy the good home cooking.

Frances Easton has lived in Huntly for about 10 years and was doing hair out of her home for a few regular customers when she decided to open up a shop in Amissville.

Located in the Moore Building on Route 211 next to the trailer park, the Amissville Beauty Boutique opened in October. Frances says she has several regulars now, some coming from as far as Front Royal for her hair styles.

From “eyebrows” to “wings,” she does a lot of everything. The price list showing her various abilities is about three feet long — and the prices below most. Haircuts $5, shampoo and set $6.50, permanents from $20-$30.

Frances also sells silver and turquoise jewelry at the Beauty Boutique that she brought back from a three week long trip out west last summer. They have many unusual pieces chosen from the Arizona Indian reservations, again at prices below most.

Another winter storm struck Rappahannock County last Wednesday, dropping two to four inches of snow and turning the countryside into a scene from Currier and Ives. But despite the deputy beauty of the frosted landscape, highway crews and school officials weren’t smiling as treacherous back roads forced the cancellation of classes for the following week.

Douglas Bywaters at the area highway maintenance office explained that scrapers are useless against the packed down ice-encrusted snow along the dirt roads in the hollows. Until some melting occurred, there isn’t much the road crews can do.

Bywaters said he is considering application of chemicals on the hills in the hollows.

April 20, 1994

Amanda K. Clark, sixth grader from Rappahannock County Elementary School, was “Principal for the Day” last Friday.

A student in Mrs. Rudolph’s class, Amanda was granted the honor of playing principal because she sold the most magazines as a fundraiser for the school The funds from the magazine sales will go for school supplies and various repairs needed around the school.

Amanda was certainly popular with Mrs. Capello’s class when she awarded the students free ice cream and extra recess time. Mrs. Capello in turn gave Mr. David Smith, the actual principal, a homework assignment. Amanda also was invited to eat her lunch with Mrs. Kidwell in the teacher’s lounge.

Businesses has really picked up since Eric and Davette Kvarnes decided to sell their suncatchers in the Faith Mountain catalog. Last year they sold over 4,000 of his cobalt suncatchers through the catalog alone.

When Martin and Cheri Woodard, proprietors of Faith Mountain Company, first visited the Kvarnes in the fall of 1992, they asked for 48 suncatchers to start with. Within two weeks, an order came for 48 more. Then it became 48 a week. In the most recent catalog, Eric Kvarnes is one of the artists included as one of the “The Best of the Blue Ridge.”

Mr. Kvarnes said, “I have carried these since 1985 and it has always been a good seller for me. It is the only way I can make a piece of glass that retails for under $15.”

Congratulations are in order to Tracy Hitt and Matthew Payne for performing in the District IX Honors Concerts on Feb. 12.

Tracy, a senior, and Matthew, a sophomore, students of Rappahannock County High School, auditioned this past November. There were several hundred students from District IX, auditioning and hoping they would be selected for the honors choir. The 150 selected students rehearsed all day on Feb. 11 and 12 and concluded with a concert for the public.

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