Down Memory Lane / Out of the Attic

OUT OF THE ATTIC: Avon Hall is the backdrop for the choral group performing at the Independence Day celebration in Washington. Photo was taken July 4, 1987. Courtesy Rappahannock Historical Society.

50 years ago
June 30, 1960

The National Apple Institute has expanded its name to The National Apple Institute, the Apple Growers of American.
E. M. “Ned” Jones of Washington, Va., head of the Virginia State Apple Commission, was elected president of the Institute, which wound up its annual meeting on June 24. A budget of $130,000 for the coming year was adopted.

Randall Updike received recognition in the June issue of Livestock Breeder Journal. To quote from this nationally circulated publication: “Judges Joe Graham of the Virginia Division of Markets and Turner Gilmer, Jr., president of the Virginia Beef Cattle Association, picked Randall Updike of Washington, Va., as the top sheep showman of the day. Randall had first place in both the Dorset and Southdown classes.”

When Bishop Paul Neff Garber announced the pastoral appointments at the recent session of the Virginia Annual Conference of the Methodist Church, Rappahannock Charge was among those to receive a new minister. The Reverend and Mrs. William A. Jester moved into the parsonage located at Flint Hill, Virginia, last Thursday, June 23.

25 years ago
June 20, 1985

When the consolidated elementary school in Rappahannock opened its doors in 1968, Eleanor Cordle was there as a teacher’s aide to greet the second graders. In the 17 years since, Eleanor has changed jobs a few times and has seen many changes at the school.
Although she intends to enjoy her retirement and relax more, Eleanor will always be ready to work with children. “I think that working with children will keep you young when you have the chance to see their little active minds turning over,” Eleanor said.

The United States Achievement Academy announced recently that Skip Giles has been named a 1985 United States National Award winner in History and Government. Skip will appear in the United States Achievement Academy Official Yearbook, published nationally. Skip is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Giles, Jr. of Washington. His grandmother is Mrs. Jean McDonald of Front Royal.

John and Mary DeFries proprietors of the Little Italian Bakery in Culpeper, took over the snack bar at the Sperryville Antique Market. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The arrangement is not permanent, however. The DeFries opened their Bakery-Deli-Subshop at the market in May and will close it at the end of October. After that, the DeFries hope to open a permanent Little Italian Bakery somewhere in Sperryville. They believe a market exists in Rappahannock County for their unique fare.

10 years ago
June 28, 2000

Ashley Corbin of Sperryville and David Massie of Amissville received their Bronze Congressional Medal Awards at at ceremony in Washington D.C. The ceremony was held in The Senate Caucus Room of the Capitol. Miss Corbin earned her award by volunteering with 4-H at equestrian events, at camp and in the 4-H office. She improved her horsemanship skills and basketball skills and participated in a camping trip. Massie earned his award volunteering in the elementary and high school libraries, putting books on tape for a remedial reading class, improving his knowledge of agriculture, reducing his mile run time and completing a camping/canoe trip.

The Class of 1935 held their 65th reunion on Friday evening at the Flint Hill Public House. Six classmates along with guests attended the dinner. Jack DeBergh, Mrs. Lula Gentry Clemens, Mrs. Mable Pullen Lillard, Rayner Snead, Franklin Boldridge and Robert Cook. The six remaining classmates certainly led active lives.

Robert L. Weinberg, a member of the Rappahannock County Boards of Zoning Appeals, was among the graduating class of the 16th Virginia Certified Boards of Zoning Appeals Program on June 2. The certification program is an educational effort designed to provide new and veteran Boards of Zoning Appeals members with a comprehensive introduction to zoning practices and the critical responsibilities borne by members of local Boards of Zoning Appeals (BZA).