Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

OUT OF THE ATTIC: 97-year-old George Washington Beahm gets the ground in shape for his spring garden, taken at the Beahm home site on Pignut Mountain around 1912. (Photo courtesy of Mrs. Charles C. Burke, first ran in the March 21, 1985 edition.)

50 years ago
June 9, 1960

Mayor and council ladies of the town of Washington will come up for reelection Tuesday, May 14. Not having qualified 60 days before election, as required by law, the election will be a write-in-vote. Mrs. Morgan Johnson has announced that she is not a candidate and will not accept the office of council lady if elected. The present council consists of the following: Mayor, Mrs. Martha Critzer; council ladies, Mrs. Dorothy Hawkins, Mrs. A. M. Verner, Mrs. J. W. Critzer, Mrs. Edna Wayland.

Miss Rebecca Gates Jones of Washington received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Home Economics conferred by Longwood College on May 29. Miss Jones is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Jones. While at Longwood she served as treasurer and president of the Longwood Players, vice president of the Canterbury Club, and was active in the Home Economics Club, Cotillion Club and Alpha Psi Omega, national honorary dramatic society.

The Hikers Club left the 80 degree temperature of Rappahannock Sunday afternoon to take the Nature Trail to Stony Man on Skyline Drive where it was 15 degrees cooler. The trail was a mass of color, with all the wild azaleas in full bloom. Those hiking were Barney Gauze, Milton Gore, Jr., Raymond Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Gore.

25 years ago
May 30, 1985

A special use permit request submitted by Eric Kvarnes was approved with a condition by the Rappahannock Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday, May 22. The permit will allow Kvarnes to establish a craft village on Route 211 near Sperryville. Kvarnes had originally applied for a special use permit to add a wall to a building so that it could be used as a shop by potters. A decision on that application was postponed a month so that the request could be advertised.

The Rappahannock School Board held a special meeting on Thursday, May 23 to discuss changes in the high school expansion project plans proposed by staff members at the school. Board members were concerned about the proximity of parking to the school’s sand filtering system. If the service road’s location were changed, an additional parking area would be “too close” to the filtering system, said Chairman Beverly Massie.

The United States Achievement Academy recently announced that Julie Burke has been named a 1984 United States National Award winner in speech and drama. This award is a prestigious honor very few students can ever hope to attain. The Academy recognizes less than 10 percent of all American high school students. Burke, who attends Rappahannock County High School, was nominated for the award by Donald Bomberger, the drama coach at RCHS.

10 years ago
June 7, 2000

Art & Antiques Magazine has named Franklin and Esther Schmidt of Woodville as its Washington D.C. correspondents. The Atlanta-based publication covering the international antiques and art world is the oldest and most highly regarded arts and antiques publication in the United States. Art & Antiques Magazine has a readership of about one million and is read worldwide. The Schmidts, who write about and photograph established and emerging artists of all media, major collectors and their homes, important exhibits, art events and galleries nationwide will now also focus on the Washington, Maryland and Virginia arts community.

Richard and Jeanie McNear of Washington will welcome a new “son” for the 2000 school year, Miguel Gaviria Arango, a Youth for Understanding (YFU) International Exchange student from Colombia. Miguel will be a student at Rappahannock County High School.
As a member of the McNear family, Miguel will participate in all family activities, from vacations to household chores.

Seniors Ian Blubaugh, Marshall Gangel and Matt Wolfe were pioneers of a sort this year. As they, along with several juniors, approached completion of two years of computer network training under Mr. Holly Pendleton, they had the chance to put their schooling to use. Twice a week, Blubaugh, Gangel and Wolfe would go to the elementary school, and provide technical assistance and support to the computer users there.