Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
July 28, 1960

Mrs. Thelma D. Russell, daughter of Mrs. P. D. Dennis and the late Mr. Dennis of Flint Hill, received her diploma from the Winchester Memorial Hospital School of Nursing on Wednesday, July 20, 1960 at the 8 p.m. graduation exercises held in the Presbyterian Church on London Street in Winchester. Mrs. Russell was a graduate of Rappahannock High School at Washington.

The new roof on the Rappahannock Library has been completed and folks are happy to see the bright red paint shining in the sun these days. Mrs. C. E. Johnson, Jr., chairman of the board of trustees for the library, says this is only the first step in the restoration of the building to make it usable as a public library. Funds must be found to improve the building with heat, plumbing, electric wiring, new flooring, etc. An estimated $10,000 is needed to complete the job and this week the Friends of the Library start their drive to raise the funds.

Mrs. Myrtle North was honored on her 63rd birthday Sunday with a picnic on the lawn of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Williams at Chester Gap. Among guests present were Mr. and Mrs. Luther North, Mr. and Mrs. Jack North and family, Mr. and Mrs. Dalton Williams and Mary Lou Williams, John Williams and son, Buddy Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Williams and children, Miss Barbara Burdette and Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Greeley.

25 years ago
July 18, 1985

Construction and renovation are giving the Town of Washington a new look. The following can be expected soon: Dr. and Mrs. Krebser of Huntley are building an art gallery on Main Street that will specialize in European art dating from the 17th to the 19th century. It will also include some art from the early 20th century. The gallery will be name La Gallerie DesBeaux-Arts. Construction will be completed in the fall.

Paul Baldwin, owner of Baldwin’s Grocery on Main Street, has announced that he will undertake a complete renovation of the store in two phases. During the first phase, due for completion this December, the store will be enlarged and a new floor will be laid. During the second phase, which will begin next spring, the store’s exterior will be renovated. Baldwin said it will get an “older look.”

The Washington Town Council adopted a dog ordinance during its meeting on Wednesday, July 10, designed to alleviate the town’s problems with roaming or stray dogs. Owners are required to keep their dogs on their property or on a leash of six and a half feet, or less, in length. Dogs found in violation of the ordinance will be picked up by the county dog warden, Jack Bruce, when impounding facilities are available in the county.

10 years ago
July 26, 2000

Michael T. Leake, executive vice president and chief executive officer of Rappahannock National Bank, is pleased to announce that Georgia A. Gilpin has been elected to the office of assistant vice president and named branch manager of the bank. Gilpin, a resident of Rappahannock County, has been employed by Rappahannock National Bank in various capacities since April of 1990.

The process of selecting a temporary replacement for the Jackson District School Board seat vacated by Rebecca Cordani came to an end at Tuesday night’s school board meeting. By a vote of three to one, the board chose to appoint Wesley Mills over Ron Makela, who had served on the previous school board but failed to win re-election last year. There appeared to be a great reluctance by the board to make any selection. Aileen Johnson said that it was hard decision and “that I could work with either one.

Frank Moffett visiting his daughter, Mrs. Brian Fritschle, who is attending a week’s conference on criminal investigation. Holly Fritschle has recently been appointed a criminal investigator at the Crime Lab near Salt Lake City. She was one of 200 applicants who received this honor.