Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

Out of the Attic: The old mill outside the town of Washington still catches the eye of passersby and photographers. Even though it is in need of repair, many still take a moment to imagine it in its heyday. (The photo and caption ran in the March 22, 2000 edition of the Rappahannock News.)

50 years ago
June 2, 1960

On the evening of Friday, June 10 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The Sunday School of the Washington Baptist Church is entertaining at a reception in honor of Mrs. J. Frank Jones in recognition of her fifty years of faithful service in the primary department. All of her friends and former pupils are cordially invited to attend.

Many contestants are entered in the county-wide Beauty Contest to be held Friday night, June 3, at 8 p..m. at the Sperryville School auditorium for the benefit of the county dental clinic. Admission is 25 and 50 cents and the proceeds will go to help the Washington, Flint Hill, Chester Gap, Amissville and Castleton areas meet their quotas for the clinic.
Anyone desiring further information on the clinic may contact Mrs. Frances Thornton, county health nurse, or Mrs. Mary Quaintance, Sperryville, chairman of the Health Committee.

A charter was given to Troop 833 Boy Scouts of America at the Salem School, Wednesday evening May 25. Two leaders from the Fredericksburg Club, presented the charter and gave pins to seven boys. Those receiving pins were Tommy Gore, Jerry Amos, Bill Ashby, Griff Durant, Edward Dorsey, Douglas Dodson and Ronny Wilson.

25 years ago
May 23, 1985

Wednesday, May 15 was not a regular school day at Rappahannock County High School. On that day, 255 students left their classes and participated in a walkout to demonstrate their disapproval of the board of supervisors’ decision to cut $120,000 from the proposed 1985-86 school budget.
The students left their classes a little after 9 a.m., and congregated on the baseball field. Some had signs with “Save Our Teachers” and “Students For Quality Education” written on them, and all were attentive as Jon McCullough and Jim McCullough spoke about the the reasons for the walkout.

The story of how one Rappahannock housewife and mother has become a coupon clipper of the first order began 10 years ago. That was when Sarah Brown started using coupons to buy necessities.
Sarah usually buys $50 to $60 worth of groceries a week for $25 to $30.
She has also purchased 18 cans of dog food for $1. “The checker couldn’t believe it, and he told me that I should go run Reagan’s budget,” Sarah said, ” I told him that I wouldn’t want the headache.

Rappahannock High Industrial Arts students competed in the Northern Virginia Regional Fair on May 4 for the first time in the school’s history. The students competed with 33 school divisions and there were 791 projects submitted. Rappahannock students returned from Fairfax with eight trophies.
Rob Brown who won first place in Woods technology, Other winners were: Mitch Burke, second in woods technology; Andrae Ford, third, Jarvis Fletcher, Thomas Walters and Brad Nicholas in tool/machine ID: Fletcher, first in the poster contest; Richard Yowell, second; and Doug Smith, outstanding ribbon.

10 years ago
May 31, 2000

Songwriter Vyktoria Pratt Keating is proud to announce the release of her new “live” CD “Something About Driving.” Recorded at various concerts on her 1999 U.S. and U.K. tour opening for the British rock band Jethro Tull, the new CD features Vyktoria on guitar and vocals, with guest appearances by Jethro Tull members Ian Anderson on flute, Andrew Giddings on keyboards and Doane Perry on drums.
A self-taught eclectic musician from Sperryille, who now splits her time between Virginia, Arizona and England, Keating has performed at 42 shows including large concert arenas, and received rave reviews from the band and audience alike.

Wakefield Country Day School fifth grader Brittany Mountjoy of Amissville assumed the duties of headmistress for the day last week, and proclaimed finals week “uniform free” for all students.
Mountjoy, who is the daughter of Teresa and Richard Mountjoy of Amissville, won the privilege of being headmistress at the school’s Auction 2000.

Sunday, June 4 the Washington Baptist Church opens its new addition. This expansion, effectively doubling the size of the church, is the first major work on the building since 1952: It’s a major addition, no doubt about it” Pastor Phillip Bailey tells us, enthusiastically.
Washington Baptist Church was first built in 1875-6. The original building was a simple and elegant sanctuary, with pews for the congregation, a section for the choir, and a pulpit and baptistery.