Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
June 16, 1960

Cadet Francis Marion Bruce of Sperryville was among the 177 Virginia Military Institute first classmates who graduated from the Institute in exercises held there June 14. Cadet Bruce, an electrical engineering major, graduated with a bachelor of science degree and will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve. Cadet Bruce is the son of Mrs. Helen B. Bruce of Sperryville. He is a 1956 graduate of Rappahannock County High School.

Noah Williams of Chester Gap was honored at a surprise party Sunday in celebration of his 71st birthday. About 50 relatives and friends were present, including all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Williams received many useful gifts.

Rappahannock County Incentive Awards were presented to four students of the 1960 graduating class of Rappahannock County High School and to five past graduates of the school at the commencement exercises held June 6. Those of the 1960 class receiving awards were Jean Lillard, Lee Roy Jenkins, Shirley Burke, and Elizabeth Latham. Past graduates receiving scholarships were Carol Rowzie, Thelma Hawkins, Galley Smith III, Glen Updike and Jackie Sisk.

25 years ago
June 6, 1985

In 1979 Paul and Joan St. Clair bought the Old Lake Motel in Washington and converted it into the Black Kettle Motel and Restaurant. Their main interest was in starting a restaurant since the entire family is interested in food preparation. More specifically, though, Paul loves to cook and has had a lifelong ambition to become a chef.

When Lyle Atkins was 10 years old, he thought that he could sell apples if he sat beside the dirt road that connected Luray to Rappahannock. “I used to bring a bushel of apples and make a day out of selling them for 25 cents a piece, ” Lyle said. “I just thought I could sell them so I started and it went on from there.” What it went on to was a fruit stand that has been operating for 50 years. “Mine was about the first stand on the highway,” Lyle said, “I used to not be able to keep the stuff I had for sale.”

Receiving the King and Queen title on Sunday, May 26, at Promise Land Baptist Church, Washington, were Lillian Aylor and Larry Glasker. The honored couple raised $1,142.70 and the proceeds will benefit the church’s building fund. The other contestant, Vivian Gatewood raised $994.95.

10 years ago
June 14, 2000

Last Saturday the Flatwood Refuse and Recycling Center on Rock Mills Road opened its doors to the public and provided Rappahannock a more secure alternative to the Scrabble and Huntly dumpster sites. Controlled access to the site will enable attendants Jerry Burke and David Alther to observe those seeking to use the facility and to turn away out-of-county residents, and should provide better control on the dumping of unacceptable trash.

Cadet Jason S. Brown was among 220 cadets who received degrees May 20 at Virginia Military Institute’s commencement exercises.
Cadet Brown, received a BS degree in civil engineering. While at VMI he was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and The Big Red Club. Upon graduation, he will be project manager with Anderson Company. He is a graduate of Rappahannock County High School.

Books by local authors will be featured in the Ki Theater on July 4 and will include Carl Coon’s “Culture Wars and the Global Village,” just released. His book is neither large nor ponderous but it is certainly scholarly. Retired Ambassador Coon is an ardent humanist who evolved his theories during a long career in the Foreign Service. He writes he was influenced by his anthropologist father but even more by the people of different cultures that he met.