Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
March 24, 1960

Mrs. Magdalene Dearing, who is vice chairman of the Red Cross Fund Campaign among the colored people of Rappahannock, is a faithful worker for its activities. She has assisted with the Bloodmobile every trip it has made to the county.
She is a housewife, living at Washington, who takes great pleasure in assisting with her church work and charities.

A Square Dance was held Friday, April 1 (April Fools Day) at the Sperryville Elementary School from 9 till 1. Admission is $1 per person and music will be furnished by Donald Keyser and his Country Rhythm Boys. Proceeds will go to the P.T. A. of the Sperryville School.

On March 9, 1960, Judge R. V. Snead appointed Mrs. Janie E. Burke as a Justice of the Peace for Hampton District, Rappahannock County for the term of office expiring December 31, 1963. Mrs. Burke appeared before the Clerk of the Circuit Court on March 9 and duly qualified as such Justice of the Peace.

25 years ago
March 21, 1985

Newbill Miller has been winning awards with his Angus cattle since 1975, his bulls have won six Virginia performance tests in the past nine years, and he was recently named the Seedstock Producer of the Year by the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association (B.C.I.A.). does not take all of the credit for his cattle’s consistent success, however. “It may be my name on the award, but all three of my sons are involved with the cattle and they probably have more influence than I do,” Miller said. “It’s really a family affair, and the boys have been instrumental in the development of the herd.”

Philip Strange, of Viewtown, has joined the real estate sales staff of the Mount Vernon Realty office in Warrenton.
He is married to the former Merrill Parrish and they have two sons. Strange will specialize in Rappahannock and Fauquier County properties for Mount Vernon.

The spring look for businessmen is modeled by David Thornhill and will be featured at “The Country Fair” on Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m., at Rappahannock County Elementary School. Men fashions will be furnished by Warren Quality Shop in Front Royal Ladies fashions will be furnished by Frank’s in Front Royal.

10 years ago
March 22, 2000

In a “return to the past,” the 2001 Rappahannock Hunt Point-to-Point will be held on the same farm as the first five runnings of the annual races, now the home of Washington’s Bleu Rock Inn. New Bleu Rock owners Harry Carlip and Jo Mariea have entered into a multi-year agreement with Rappahannock joint-master and huntsman Oliver Brown and race co-chairman David Ingram to hold the event over a to-be-built course behind the Inn and restaurant.

Cooter’s Place in Sperryville reopened today, Wednesday, March 22, for its second season of fun, music and entertainment.
“Last year we were delighted with the response to Cooter,” says Ben Jones, co-proprietor along with his wife Alma Viator of the Dukes of Hazzard theme store on U.S. 211. “We had visitors from every state in the Union and from over 25 foreign countries.”

The Rappahannock Planning Commission heard a chorus of opposing opinions at their March meeting. Proponents and opponents of the applications by the Maazels for issues of benefit to the Hearthstone school and its children voiced their views in a manner that demanded all of the skills of acting Chair Tom Junk, who ably filled in for the recuperating Werner Krebser.