Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

50 years ago
May 6, 1960

A soft reflection from the lighted pool cast a warm glow of welcome to the two-hundred and forty guests at Meadow Brook Hall, the lovely country place of Mr. and Mrs. Perry Duncan near Flint Hill where the Rappahannock Hunt Club held its annual Hunt Ball Saturday evening, April 30. Among the guests from Rappahannock were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lee Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Greenaway, Mr. and Mrs. George Davis, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Parrish.

Miss Shirley Elaine Burke of Woodville, is the recipient of the Nursing Scholarship given by the Front Royal-Warren-Rappahannock Tuberculosis Association, it was announced today by Mrs. Leslie Fox Keyser, Chairman of the Health Education Committee. Miss Burke lives with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Burke and will graduate from Rappahannock County High School in June.

At a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Rappahannock Library held at the courthouse on Monday evening, Mrs. C. E. Johnson, Jr., of Sperryville was elected Chairman, to serve for a period of one year. The board was happy to announce also that Mrs. H. B. Winfrey has offered her services in setting up the library system, advising and instructing on best library techniques, etc.

This photo of Alice Brady appeared in the May 10, 1984 Rappahannock News with a caption quoting her daughter Louise McCullough, who said: “When I think of Mom, she’s in the kitchen.” Photo by Jon Heddleston.

25 years ago
April 25, 1985

Magistrates for Rappahannock County were appointed on April 1 by the chief circuit court judge to serve for four years. Fran Eldred, a magistrate since 1977, was also named the 20th district chief magistrate and will supervise all magistrates in Rappahannock, Fauquier and Loudoun counties. The other Rappahannock magistrate, Dieter Knuepfer, was appointed for the first time.

The planning commission during its regular meeting April 17 recommended approval of an application for a building permit submitted by Eric Kvarnes. Kvarnes, who lives in Gid Brown Hollow and traditionally has operated his glassblowing business there, recently purchased property on Route 211, one mile west of Sperryville. He is in the process of transferring his business to the new site, formerly Charles K. Estes’ junk yard.

Lisa Currie and Frank Reynolds captured Eva L. Smith Memorials at the Fodderstack 10 Kilometer Race on Saturday. The award is presented to the first place finishers from Rappahannock County.

10 years ago
May 3, 2000

Sam and Wanda Snead are throwing a bit of a party this Friday, May 5. They are having an open house to celebrate the grand opening of Sam Snead Reality. There will be food and music. The Page County Ramblers will be playing Bluegrass. The Sneads work as a team, their skills complementing one another. Mr. Snead is the real estate broke, handling purchase and sale of property. Mrs. Snead is an accredited property manager, and works full time managing rental properties; “Most of my management is single family dwellings, with a few apartment and commercial properties.”

Church and community leaders, members of the community, and friends are invited to join with members of the Rappahannock Historical Society in a “topping off” ceremony and champagne reception on Sunday, May 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. All are invited to participate in this German “Richfest” building festival, celebrating the completion of the of the framing of the roof on the much-needed addition to the Society’s building on Gay Street in Washington. Festivities begin at 3 p.m., at the office of Butch Zindel, across the street from the Society’s building.

Cheri Woodard, Founder of Faith Mountain Company, developed a true love and desire to learn about herbs and gardens from Mrs. Florence Williamson, the Herb Lady of Woodville. Cheri studied and worked with her for several years prior to starting Faith Mountain Herbs and Antiques in 1977. Woodard grew all of her own herbs and sold them from her home on Main Street in Sperryville.