50 years ago
January 28, 1960
Mrs. Carroll Menefee was hostess to the Sperryville bridge club and additional guests Friday evening with four tables arranged for the game. Those playing were Mrs. Mrs. R. E. Wood, Mrs. Charles Estes, Mrs. Allen Stokes, Mrs. C. E. Johnson, Mrs. Irvin Kilby, Mrs. Roy Reeve, Mrs. A. E. Goddard, Mrs. Brown Miller, Mrs. Winfrey, Mrs. I. O. Wolf, Mrs. Wade H. Massie, Jr., the hostess awarded prizes to to Mrs. Wood and Mrs. Winfrey.
Raymond M. Johnson, Chief Forest Warden for Rappahannock County, attended the annual District Chief Forest Warden’s meeting which was held in Charlottesville on January 21. All Virginia Division of Forestry personnel stationed in the 16-county Northern Piedmont District were in attendance.
The first livestock judging team practice for this year was held a week ago Saturday morning at Zesuswyn Farm, Culpeper. 4-H’ers attending this workout on Angus cattle included Lyle Updike, David Lyne, Walter B. Kilby and Herbie Peverill. A total of 10 judging practice sessions have been planned between now and the last of April in preparation for our District Livestock Judging Contest at Vernna the first Saturday in May.
25 years ago
January, 24, 1985
Many businessmen agree that the best way to avoid financial difficulties is through diversification so that if one part of a business has problems there are other business interests to fall back on. Elmer Atkins has had that spirit of diversification throughout his life.
Atkins was born and raised in Rappahannock, and tells an interesting story of his beginning in the cider business that has been a constant in his life since 1942.
Atkins continued having cider made, though, and he began selling apples on regular routes. He sold the cider in a small roadside stand. In 1962, Atkins began making cider in his own press, and began making cider for other people. Atkins is the only person in Rappahannock to do custom pressing for others.
Another addition was made to Atkins’ business interests in 1967 when he took over the Phillip’s 66 Station on Route 211. He gave up his apple routes at that time, and began selling antiques, apples, cider “and a little bit of everything” at the station.
Boy Scout Troop No. 123 of Washington held its Court of Honor on Friday, Jan. 11. Members of the troop received merit badges that they had earned since the last Court of Honor. Timmy Stringfellow received his First Class badge, his badges in canoing, art, cooking and basketry from Troop Leader Skippy Giles.
Cindy Dodson and Halbert D. Brooks III received the Daughters of the of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award from the DAR’s Culpeper Minute Men Chapter on Thursday, Jan. 10. The awards are given each year to a senior in each high school who demonstrates the most outstanding qualities of leadership, dependability, service and patriotism. Dodson was chosen to represent Rappahannock County High School, and Brooks was chosen as the representative from Wakefield School.
10 years ago
January 26, 2000
Rappahannock County High’s public speaking team took first-place “Small Schools Sweepstakes” honors at the Hill City Invitational in Lynchburg on Jan. 15, becoming the first Rappahannock Team to bring home a trophy bearing the inscription year “2000”.
Five of ten RCHS students who competed at the event qualified for final rounds, were each earned an individual events trophy. They were Senior Rebecca Metcalfe, first in original oratory; senior Adam Rogers, second in humorous poetry; senior Jami Gillis, fourth in impromptu; senior Ian Blubaugh, sixth in extemporaneous; junior Tatiana Siccardi, sixth in original oratory.
At its January meeting, the Planning Commission was presented with a hand-drawn map of county conservation easements by Potomac Environmental Council President Chris Miller. According to the map, that also appeared on the cover of the Jan. 12 issue of the Rappahannock News, Rappahannock County can boast nearly 10,000 acres, or seven percent, of its privately held land in such donated easements.
An enthusiastic group of Rappahannock residents took a bus trip to Richmond on Monday, Jan. 17 to be part of “Lobby Day,” an effort organized by the Virginia Coalition for Public Education, of which the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee is a member.
Those from Rappahannock who participated in Lobby Day were James Williams, Grace Sims, Pat Fillebrown, Lee Bird, Francie Schroeder, Floyd Stilley, Kate Gagnon, Andy Platt, Bill Tieckelmann, Aileen Johnson, Bill Kossler, Meredith Gorfein and Henry Gorfein.