Down Memory Lane for Oct. 22

March 13, 1980

After 38 years of service to the public as postmaster of Castleton, Ray T. Cannon has retired effective Feb. 29.

“When I read in the Rappahannock News that I was the only male postmaster in Rappahannock County, I decided I couldn’t be the Lone Ranger and was convinced I should quit,” he said.

In a more serious vein, Cannon explained that he had been in the office long enough, since November 1940, and would have more than enough to keep him busy with his approximate 500 acres of farmland and some more which he rents, and his real estate firm, too.

Supervisors E. P. Luke, Clarence Baldwin and Hubert Gilkey joined forces at last Thursday’s board meeting to vote down proposed ordinances aimed at controlling illegal road hunting in the county.

The two laws would have prohibited carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun in a motor vehicle on a public right-of-way or carrying a loaded rifle or shotgun while walking on a public right-of-way without permission to hunt from landowners on both sides of the road.

The vote came after a public hearing held the night before, and consultations in executive session with commonwealth’s attorney Douglas Baumgardner, Sheriff W. A. Buntin and game warden Jim Blankston.

L. Goode fought the county for approval of a five-acre subdivision to be developed on a 77-acre tract located just outside Flint Hill. After repeated denials on the application for rezoning the property to residential subdivision, the issue was settled in January 1980, when Judge Carlton Penn okayed an agreement between Goode’s attorney and counsel for the county. Details of the agreement remain secret as a result of Penn’s order to seal the records.

Nov. 21, 1985

Merle Scoggin, Rappahannock’s Commissioner of Revenue for six years, resigned her position in a letter dated Nov. 14 addressed to Circuit Court Judge William Shore Robertson and Hubert Gilkey, chairman of the Rappahannock Board of Supervisors.

“This resignation is tendered due to health reasons and is made after consultation with my physicians,” wrote Scoggin. The resignation will go into effect on Jan. 1, 1986.

Scoggin, who had two years left on her present term of office, had been Deputy Commissioner for eight years prior to her election as Commissioner.

A majority of the three judges for the Rappahannock judicial circuit will decide on an interim appointment to the office until the vacancy can be filled by a special election next November.

William Wesley Talbott has been name new editor of the Rappahannock News. He replaces Paul McFarlane who served in the position since August. Mr. Talbott is a 1974 graduate of the University of Virginia

Martha Weakley is hoping one of her sons will bring her a deer first thing this season. She still has some venison in her freezer from last year, but not very much. She’s been saving it for special occasions.

“I always like to save it — it’s hard to get,” says Mrs. Weakley, who has lived in Jenkins Hollow all her life. Last year her sons brought her one and a half deer.

Mrs. Weakley’s children are still helping her, just as they have since they were old enough to go to school. She recalls the days when one child would be assigned to bring in water from the spring to the house and another to bring water for the washing.

Her only daughter was delegated to the housework and would have supper ready for the whole family by the time her parents came home from work.

Mrs. Weakley remembers when she and her husband got 10 to 15 cents per bushel for picking apples “and thought we really made the money.”

April 19, 1995

T. Valley Grocery on Route 231 is the last stop before Old Rag, and a popular stop for hikers, campers and many locals.

Oliver Brown, who lives in Boston, said, “It is a happy store, all on account of Wilma.” Customer Jimmy Deal said that Wilma is a mother figure to everyone.

Wilma Burke and her husband James have owned the store since 1983. She works from morning until mid-afternoon, and he works until closing. They also run the Sunny Slope Home for Adults in Flint Hill, another seven-day a week operation.

Oliver Brown said, “There are a lot of good stores in the county but this is my favorite. It is the most interesting.”

Now Rappahannock County residents can benefit from the exotic and beautiful vegetables, herbs and flowers grown by John Burns at Goat Hill Organic Farm. For the past four years, Mr. Burns has been selling exclusively to stores in Northern Virginia and Maryland, and still does about 90 percent of his business with Sutton Place Gourmet. But when several local people asked him if he would sell them plants and vegetables, he decided it would be a good thing for the community. Friday, April 14 was his first day open for local business, and he had plenty for sale.

Rappahannock resident James Cannon, manager of the Marshall store of the Culpeper Farmers’ Cooperative, Inc., and his employees were recognized for running the top performing store in the cooperative’s chain at the company’s annual membership meeting March 15. The top performer program recognizes a store each year, based on productivity, efficiency and operation factors measured by performance ratios, according to Eric Holter, a cooperative representative.

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