Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
March 31, 1960

C. B. Johnson of Woodville, has been appointed Vice-chairman of the Woodville area in the current Red Cross Fund Drive. Long interested in Red Cross activities, Mr. Johnson served as the county fund chairman in 1959.
A retired postal transportation clerk. Mr. Johnson names as his hobbies, working with tools in the shop, salt water fishing and traveling

Troop 64 of the boy Scouts made a trip to Washington, D.C. Saturday to attend the showing of “The Big Fisherman.” Scouts on the trip were Page Moffett and Frank Moffett, Tim Keating, Sam Snead, Roger Hawkins, Jimmie Jenkins, David Palmer, Ned Moffett Jones, Bill Snead (mascot of the troop). They were accompanied by Scoutmaster Rayner V. Snead and Miss Dana Snead.

The Masters and Wardens association of the Fourth Masonic District held its quarterly district dinner meeting at Hampton Inn, Washington, Tuesday evening, March 29.
In the absence of District Deputy Norris Royston, Past District Deputy Ralph Rowzie, presided. In the business meeting E. M. Garrett, Jr., Warrenton was elected secretary to fill the vacancy left by R. W. Marsh, who is moving to Maryland.

25 years ago
March 28, 1985

Chemicals and their impact on the environment have been causing concern among many people in recent years, and farmers like Chris Bird have been trying to answer those concerns with an alternative form of agriculture.
Biological agriculture is the term used to describe a method of producing foods using no chemicals. “In biological agriculture we grow the same crops as anyone else, but we promote as much natural growth as possible by not using chemicals, “Bird said.

The Rappahannock Historical Society officially formed in 1965 when a group of people got together and saved the old telephone company office building from being torn down. That effort was just the beginning for the group of people who continue to strive to preserve Rappahannock’s past.
With little money, but a plentiful supply of dedication and dreams, the Rappahannock family is filed, and referred to when the Society receives group began to work on the building.
“The building was originally built from bits and pieces left over from other buildings so no two windows were the same,” said Virginia Lindstrom. This made the building unique, but it also made for major problems in the renovation.

Edward Brown has been a rural mail carrier for the Sperryville Post Office for nearly 30 years. In that time, he has never had a reportable accident even after his route increased from 22 to 71 miles a day.
A driving record like that is something to be proud of, but as Brown tells of his driving awards he is quick to say that he still makes mistakes. “I have had some people on my route ask me if I can read,” Brown said.
Brown is the only rural carrier for the Sperryville Post Office, and he drives his own car to make deliveries. He receives a payment based on his mileage.

10 years ago
March 29, 2000

In response to the Planning Commission’s village planning process, an unsolicited “draft” commercial development plan for Amissville has been forwarded by Robert Lindquist of Amissville. Mr. Lindquist and other “longtime citizens: of the Amissville area spent about a year preparing this plan to provide their perspective to the planning process.

Last weekend under the direction of Mrs. Aney Massie Hoebn and with music by Mrs. Emma Sue Amos and Whitney Matthews, the WCDS Drama Club delighted audiences with two showings of its Spring Play, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, and Oscar Wilde comedy about love, deceit, and mistaken identity.

The Varsity Softball Team hosted the Handley Judges, in a non-district game on Saturday. On a beautiful spring day for softball, Rapp came out fired up, and took the lead 1-0 in the second inning.
Rachael Sharp was on the mound, and kept the judges scoreless until the third inning. The judges scored one run, but Rapp answered right back, with a big triple by Jessica Nawrocki, the Panthers exploded for eight runs in the third.
The Panthers won the game 17-3. Rachael Sharp ended the game with ten strikeouts and three walks.