Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
March 10, 1960

At the annual meeting of the Culpeper Memorial Hospital, Inc., on February 5, 1960 at the Culpeper Baptist Church, Culpeper. Mrs. Charles Edward Johnson, Jr., of Sperryville was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for a term of three years.

More than 10 inches of snow graced the Rappahannock countryside last week as snow started falling Wednesday evening and continued throughout the day Thursday. Before midnight Wednesday, roads were hazardous and driving conditions very bad with motorists unable to negotiate the steep hills and curves. Over the weekend, bulldozers owned by individuals joined the regular road clearing machines on the county roads, pushing out drifts as high as six feet, according to Wallace Critzer, one of the dozer owners.

25 years ago
March 7, 1985

The Rappahannock Woman’s Club will be presenting its annual fashion show on Sunday, March 24, 1985, at 2 p.m., at the Rappahannock Elementary School. This years show, “The Country Fair,” will feature fashions from Frank’s and Warren Quality Shop of Front Royal and Jack and Jill of Culpeper. Models for this year show include: Maxie Clark, Ashleigh Cannon, Rob Brown, Nikki David, Martha Susan Estes.

A special use permit application submitted by Robert and Ruth Bowers was disapproved by the Board of Zoning Appeals during its regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The Bowers own and operate Blue Ridge Guns on Route 211 west of Amissville, and they and their daughter have been living in an apartment above the business for the past two months. Zoning Administrator David Konick advised the Bowers in a letter dated January 22 that to maintain a residence in a commercial building would require a special use permit.

A committee set up to review a draft of an ordinance that would ban the application and storage of sludge in Rappahannock County has recommended that the ordinance not be enacted. The committee did, however, call for a moratorium on the application and storage of sludge brought in from outside the county. These recommendations were announced by committee member Bob Dennis at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting on March 4.

10 years ago
March 8, 2000

Washington Town Councilman and RAAC Fourth of July Committee Co-Chair Charlie Tompkins promoted a “Rappahannock Fourth of July” at Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting. Mr. Tompkins reviewed some of the history of the Fourth of July celebration, nothing that Mr. Carrigan had paid for the entire event for 30 years, but the Town of Washington assumed responsibility ten years ago and asked the Rappahannock Association for the for the Arts and Community (RAAC) to handle event planning and management.

The Blue Ridge Civil War Round Table will meet Tuesday, March 14 to hear a Virginia historian discuss the Battle of Fredericksburg which found Irish soldiers from the North and South facing each other in deadly combat. Kelly J. O’Grady, a historian with the National Park Service, will speak on “The Irish Victory at Fredericksburg” at 7:30 p.m. Jim Gannon, president of the Civil War Round Table, said Mr. O’Grady’s talk “is a particularly appropriate one coming just as we prepare to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17.

The Rappahannock County 4-H Cloverbud Club enjoyed an educational field trip to the Rappahannock National Bank. Mike Leake, Executive Vice President and CEO, giving Cloverbud members information on banking. The 4-H members learned how change is counted on a machine and how the bank loans money.