Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
March 3, 1960

After forty-three years as treasurer of Forest Grove Baptist Church at Viewtown. Mr. William A. Corbin retired on January 1, 1960.

Out of the Attic: Jesse Reynolds sports a copy of Grit magazine that he is selling in the town of Washington. (The photo and caption ran in the Feb. 28, 1985 edition of the Rappahannock News.)

Although Mr. Corbin moved to Culpeper in 1920 where he has been associated with Yowell Hardware Co., he still holds his membership at Forest Grove and attends services there whenever possible.

Mrs. Josie Wharton of Castleton announces the engagement of her daughter, Lillie Mae Wharton, to Wieland C. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Johsnon of Alexandria. No date has been set for the wedding.

The Administration of Massanutten Military Academy, Woodstock takes great pleasure in announcing the recent promotion of Cadet Manley J. Bruce to the grade of Corporal in the Corps of Cadets.

Cadet Bruce is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack W. Bruce, Sperryville.

25 years ago
February 28, 1985

The Sperryville Business Council held a reorganizational meeting Feb. 20 at Faith Mountain Herbs and Antiques. The following people were elected as officers of the council; Jimmy Swindler, president; Eric Kvarnes, vice president; Martha O’Bannon, secretary; Cherry Woodard treasurer.

The council’s objective is to publicize and promote businesses in the historic Town of Sperryville.

Rappahannock High School’s eighth grade basketball team finished the year with a 6-2 record, and Coach Ron Vickers was pleased with how the team developed through the season.

The two high scorers for the season were Eric Dunn with 80 points and Doug Smith with 71 points. Since the eighth grade basketball season is over, Smith and Dunn have begun practicing with the junior varsity team.

The Sperryivlle Community 4-H Club met on Monday, February 18 at 7 p.m., at the Sperryville fire hall.
It was decided upon going to the New Market Battlefield sometime during the month of April.

Members attending this month were Elizabeth Oliver, Jennifer Leake, Christie Estep, Heather Estep, Crystal Leake, Heather Aylor, Shane Thompson, Richie Lillard, Kyle Thompson, Susan Payne, Tracey Thompson and Amy Payne.

A good time was enjoyed by all.

10 years ago
March 1, 2000

Molly McCarthy, fourth grader from Rappahannock County Elementary School, won WVPT Public Television’s fourth annual Young Environmentalist Award Contest.

In her “Schoolyard Makeover” essay, Molly discussed some of the habitat problems around her school and how they affect water quality, insect life and plant life.

Molly and Rappahannock County Elementary School received a $500 gift certificate from Fine Earth of Harrisonburg to purchase plants to improve their schoolyard habitat.

Thanks to a rapid response by the Library’s Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair Joy Sloane with the support of Bob Anderson and Roberta Anderson, repair wiz Jack Estes, and the Rappahannock Farmers Co-op, what could have been a dry week for the Rappahannock Library turned into but one dry day. The library crew was faced Monday, Feb. 21, with a total lack of water caused, they later learned, by the destruction of the 5 horsepower submersible pump’s impeller due to mineral build-up.

The Co-op boom truck did the trick, the problem was identified, and the pump was replaced.

The 2000 Bland music competition was a truly memorable success. The entire event at The Theatre on Gay Street was of course enhanced by the responsive spirit of a capacity audience on Sunday afternoon.

Winning musicians at the annual Bland Music Competition were pianist Jami Gillis and soprano Samantha Breeden, both from Rappahannock County High School.

Compiled by Jan Clatterbuck