Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
September 15, 1960

Open house at Rappahannock County High School will be held Sunday, Sept. 18 from 2 until 6 p.m. Everyone interested in bring shown through the building is invited to come. Teachers and some pupils will conduct visitors through the school. Refreshments will be served, with Mrs. Glenna Bennett, Home Economics instructor, acting as hostess.

Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors met Wednesday, Sept. 7 in the court house at Washington. Mr. Q. D. Gasque, Superintendent of Public Schools in Rappahannock, came before the board to discuss the erection of a gymnasium at George Washington Carver School at Rapidan, built and maintained by Orange, Madison, Culpeper and Rappahannock counties. Funds are already available and the supervisors agreed to the building Action has to be taken by all four county boards.

The regular monthly meeting of the Rappahannock Garden Club will be held at the home of Mrs. E. M. Jones, Washington, on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. Mrs R. V. Snead, program chairman, will introduce a guest speaker whose subject will be clinic; use of accessories. Members are asked to bring flower container and accessory.

25 years ago
August 29, 1985

Mary Tauss has lived with her family in Rappahannock for the past eight years and has worked for various offices and community groups during that time. On Sept. 3, she will drop some of her activities and take on her duties as executive director of the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC).

John Gaines is one of a fading breed. He calls his business custom woodworking. But the rarity of it is that he cuts his own wood from standing trees. He admits it would be a lot easier to buy the wood, but, he says, “There’s just something about it. I don’t know, it;s just not the same” to buy. Gaines works in a shed near the house in Amissville, he shares with his wife of some 47 years, Kathryn Gaines, “but everybody knows her as Kitty, ” the name she signs to her painting, says her husband.

An estimated 2,500 persons participated in the first truck and tractor pull in Rappahannock County Saturday, a benefit for the Amissville Fire Department. Some 1,500 people paid their way into the carnival grounds-children were admitted free- and another 1,000 or so people were on hand either as pullers or family or friends of the Old Dominion Tractor Pull, the sponsoring company.
“I think it was real good turnout for the first time,” said fire department treasurer Diane Morris.

10 years ago
September 6, 2000

Taking a cue from The Washington Post, that last spring published a map of Rappahannock County farms and orchards, Hal and Beverly Hunter of Amissville have initiated the idea of creating a computer-generated map of these county resources. The map file can then be used to print copies for distribution and for uploading to websites in “clickable” form, Mr. Hunter said. The Hunters will provide their assistance and produce the map file as yet another act of community support and goodwill.

Appalachia Antiques & Gallery tells a different story. Owners Diane Noble and John Jenkins don’t just buy and sell collectibles and antediluvian chattel — they apply the skills of artisan and artist to eroding objects to create often fanciful ornamentation that carries the mood of and pays homage to our forebears. It has been only five months since they established their business in Tom Taylor’s 200 year old chestnut log cabin on US 211 in Sperryville.

Jill Atkin from Eugene, Ore., is now exhibiting paintings and pastels at the R. H. Ballard Fine Art Gallery in Washington. Here traditional but lively still life works feature such objects as fruit, flowers, oriental rugs as a backdrop.