Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

50 years ago: April 28, 1960

Mrs. Irvin Wolf of Sperryville was named Chairman of the Finance Committee for the Rappahannock County Library, organized last week to raise funds for the restoration of the old Presbyterian church building on Gay Street. The trustees announced last week that they had received a grant of $3,000 to start this fund and the Finance Committee will start to work at once on a county-wide campaign to raise the balance of the funds needed to restore the building to its original beauty, for use as a public library.

Weldon Burke and Tutt Hume of Woodville cut seed potatoes in preparation for garden planting. (This photo and caption ran in the March 24, 1966 edition of the Rappahannock News.)

Mrs. Martha K. Critzer, mayor of Washington, Va., reports that a new automatic chlorination has been purchased and installed at the reservoir to insure complete chlorination of the Town water supply. The fire hydrant located near the courthouse, which has been broken and wasting water, will be repaired as soon as the parts, that have been ordered several weeks, arrive.

The Northern Virginia District 4-H Home Economics Demonstration Contests were held April 23 at Madison, at which time contestants gave demonstrations on some phase of a project she was carrying. Points considered by the judges were accuracy of subject matter presented, knowledge of the skills and practices used, manner of presentation and poise of each demonstrator. Judy Kay Lillard of Flint Hill received a white award in a bread demonstration. She gave a demonstration on making muffins.

25 years ago: April 18, 1985

A Rappahannock County Retired Senior Volunteer, Francis Lyne of the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Center receives a certificate of recognition from the Commonwealth of Virginia on behalf of the Rappahannock Retired Teachers Association for their volunteer transportation service for clients of the Family Guidance Center. The certificate was presented by Jeanie McNear, Rappahannock Volunteer Coordinator for the programs and services of the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Center.

Henry W. Reager, 76, talking about the Blue Ridge Grocery, which he owns and operates. A small, white building with green trim, the store is located on Route 522 just before Chester Gap as one travels toward Front Royal. On the inside the store is reminiscent of a time when mothers stayed at home, fathers worked, and children read about Dick, Jane and Spot at school. Hanging on the back wall is a Winston cigarette ad that features a curvy blonde in hip-huggers and a tank-top. White and wide, her smile is accompanied by the words “I smoke for taste.”

The Rappahannock Lions Club recently donated $150 to Hospice of the Rapidan. Doug Baumgardner, president of the Rappahannock Lions Club, presenting the check to Lorraine Robson, executive director of Hospice of the Rapidan.

10 years ago: April 26, 2000

Several Rappahannock residents have been recognized nationally by the American Angus Association for having registered Angus cows included in the American Angus Association’s 2000 Pathfinder Report. They are Hodge Miller of Washington with one cow; Brooke Miller and Ann Miller also of Washington with one cow and Elizabeth Jones of Sperryville with four cows. The Pathfinder Program identifies superior Angus Cows based upon recorded performance traits that are economically important to efficient beef production.

Brenda Payne graduated as valedictorian of her class on Saturday, April 15 from the nursing program at George Washington Carver Piedmont Technical Education Center in Culpeper. Throughout the 18-month course, Brenda had the highest grade point average in her class and stayed on the A/B Honor Roll. However, the accomplishment she is most proud of is that she maintained a perfect attendance record.

Troop #36, Washington, has been very active the past several months. They participated in a Bow-a-Thon fundraiser at Royal Oaks Lanes Bowling Center in Front Royal on March 12. Scoutmaster Bill Ralston, Assistant Scoutmaster Skip Giles and six Boy Scouts went backpacking on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park on March 18 and 19.