Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
April 21, 1960

The Virginia Division of Forestry announced this week that the last orders for tree seedlings have delivered to the landowners. Nearly 40 million tree seedlings have been planted in Virginia during the past four months. The following people planted forest tree seedlings for reforestation in Rappahannock: Wade H. Massie, Jr., Lt. Col. James W. Davis, Milton C. Gore, Samuel J. Dennis, George E. Muth, Ralph P. Andews. Bradley Patterson, Raymond M. Johnson, Ray T. Cannon, Mrs. W. R. Williamson.

The ladies Auxiliary to the Washington Volunteer Fire Company will open their Rummage Sales Friday, May 6. No definite place has been chosen to hold the sales, but everyone is urged to give any saleable articles they cannot use to this organization for sales. Contact Mrs. R. L. Cheatham Mrs. Charles Bruceand they will have the articles picked up.

Walter B. Kilby exhibited one of his baby beeves at the Livestock Exposition and Race Meeting held Saturday, April 16 under the auspices of the Middleburg Hunt Race Association. The shorthorn steer weighting 965 pounds and bred by Earl Kilby, stood second in his class. The steer fed and shown by Tommy Slater which won this class was declared Grand Champion over all breeds. Walter will next show his steer at Richmond on May 3.

25 years ago
April 11, 1985

After three years of research, Eric Forster and John Guthrie have opened Home Satellite TV in Castleton. The business is a division of Sentinel Alarm Systems, Inc. Forster and Guthrie offer the Little Wil by Wilson Microwave Systems, Inc. The Little Wil system can provide more than 100 channels for the television viewer, including movies, sports, news and special program. “Little Wil is the first small satellite TV system to provide good entertainment for under $1,100 with no monthly charges,” Forster said. “It’s easy to set up, too.”

Bows and arrows may not be the typical interests of most little girls, but that has never bothered Cheryl Taylor. She has even turned her lifelong interest into a business venture. Taylor makes and sells arrows or she sells the arrow related materials to others who want to make their own. The business is located in the basement, although it sometimes spreads into the kitchen when the basement becomes too crowded to work in.

Club Scout Pack 50 of Amissville continued an 11- year tradition on Saturday by picking up trash along Route 642. The Scouts were assisted by Silas M. Martin, Jr., Cub master, and other leaders including Thelma Martin, Jim Swafford, Debra Whorton and Jennifer Gray.

10 years ago
April 19, 2000

Jack Raines Jr., principal of Rappahannock County High School, has recently attended the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference in New Orleans. Mr. Raines was invited to introduce and participate in the Saturday afternoon presentation by Dr. Harry Wong, renowned teacher trainer and professional development expert from San Francisco.

Geneva Welch of Flint Hill created the artwork for the 27th annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Each year, a new piece of artwork is featured on the catalog cover that is designed by David Ashton and Associates. The festival sponsored by the Maryland Sheep Breeders Association will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds May 6-7.

This past week judges reached their final decision on the essay contest, Thinking about Rappahannock: Today and Tomorrow.
There were two age groups: one for 18 and over and one for under 18. Barbara Sherwood of Washington won the $500 prize for the over 18 category and Steven Clark, age 16 won the $400. The contest was made possible by Rappahannock National Bank, Trash Free Rappahannock, Hampton Foundation and Rappahannock News.