Down Memory Lane for July 30

May 20, 1976

One of the newest businesses in Rappahannock County is Charlie and Frances Eldred’s Washington House of Reproductions.

Located in the handsomely restored old mercantile building next to the old hotel on Main Street, between Middle and Calvert streets, the Eldreds’ shop includes many handsome gift items, but the main feature is lighting fixtures — of all types, modern and traditional.

Annie Coxe owned and operated the old Ordinary in the 1800s, according to Mrs. Eldred; the store was built later for her nephew. Old ledgers used in the operation of the store will be displayed in the new shop as soon as a suitable case can be arranged.

Mike Smoot and Mike Tupper, both of Washington, have signed grants-in-aid with DeKalb College in Atlanta, Ga. Both boys are pitchers for Rappahannock’s baseball team. Four boys from Skyline district, including two from Page County, are headed for the junior college next year.

Ruby Jenkins says she likes to collect all types of old things, and recently she put together what she calls a “local” museum — a museum intended to be of greatest interest to local residents — in what’s left of the old inn across from her house. She has recreated an 18th-century kitchen, and there is also an old schoolroom and a large room full of everything from artifacts to old newspapers, all on the subject of Washington, Va., and Rappahannock County.

April 25, 1985

The planning commission during its regular meeting April 17 recommended approval of an application for a building permit submitted by Eric Kvarnes.

Kvarnes, who lives in Gid Brown Hollow and traditionally has operated his glassblowing business there, recently purchased property on U.S. 211, one mile west of Sperryville. He is in the process of transferring his business to the new site, formerly Charles K. Estes’ junk yard.

Kvarnes writes that his plan will benefit everyone involved. “It will provide income for me, workspace for craftspeople … and it will tie down an industrial zone that could have been utilized by all kinds of unpleasant businesses.” Also, “it will provide an area that will draw businesses into the Sperryville area as well as the rest of the county.”

The Sperryville Antique Market will open its doors for the third year on May 4 with “something new and different,” said Peggy Smith who operates the Market with her husband, Arthur. The year, the Market will open with a “Country Sampler of Olde Tyme Crafts” that will feature over 20 artisans who will exhibit and demonstrate their crafts.

Charles Platt did not always want to be a journalist. he originally went to Kansas State in 1934 with the intention of becoming a chemical engineer. “After I had finished about a third of the degree requirements, I decided that chemical engineering was not for me,” Platt said. He then switched his major to journalism, and by going to summer school he still graduated in 1938. His varied career continued after he graduated in 1941 with his masters degree. He taught journalism at Kansas State for a year, then went to work for a private company editing the plant’s paper in Radford, Va., for a few months. Platt moved to Washington, D.C. in August of 1942 to work as an information specialist for the Office of Defense Transportation.

After more than 40 years in the journalistic profession in some form or another, it is not surprising that Platt would be ready to relax and not worry about deadlines. It is also not surprising that Platt knows the profession as well as he does.

Oct. 26, 1994

Kenner Love of  Washington is the new agriculture extension agent at the Rappahannock County Extension Office.

Mr. Love comes from the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District office, where he was employed for seven years. That office serves Culpeper and Rappahannock counties, so he has actually been working in this county for seven years. He graduated from Virginia Tech  in 1985, and worked as a herdsman in Montgomery County, Va., managing a feedlot and cow-calf operation. Having grown up on a small cattle farm in Grayson County, Mr. Love has always been extremely interested in agriculture and natural resources.

“I consider myself to this day a newsman; that is what I am,” said Frank Scott of Washington. Most local people know Mr. Scott and his wife Jean as the proprietors of Heritage House, a bed and breakfast on the corner of Main and Piedmont Streets in Washington. They moved here in 1961, but before that Mr. Scott spent an exciting career in broadcasting. Besides running his bed and breakfast with his wife, he still has a keen interest in the broadcast business and does occasional consulting in international broadcasting.

The Aileen plant sits idle. The property is for sale.

Robert Fadely, vice president manufacturing, said that property has been listed with a national agency, He said the company hopes to sell it to another manufacturing company. It has been shown once, but there was no “follow-up communication,” he said.

According to records at the Commissioner of Revenue Office, Aileen Inc. owns property in the county assessed at $1.75 million. The company owns 36.6 acres with the plant and a house on it assessed at $1.74 million and another 3.91 acres of unimproved land assessed at $13,700. The land in the larger parcel is assessed for $151,300 and the improvements for $1.58 million. Of that $81,900 is for the house, and the rest is for the plant.

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