Down Memory Lane

50 Years Ago
September 22, 1960

A 21 inch, 4 pound 7 ounce bass caught by Clyde Burkhart of Front Royal, Saturday, Sept. 10 in the South Fork of the Shenandoah River is to date the largest fish entered in the contest sponsored by Bill’s Sporting Goods Store in Front Royal. The fish, caught with a jitterbug, was one inch longer and one ounce heavier than a bass entered in the contest by Morgan Johnson of Washington, Va.

Mrs. Mary U. Cleverley of near Flint Hill and Washington D.C., was sworn in as assistant commissioner of housing for the Elderly Public Housing Administration at a ceremony at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C., at 2 p.m. Monday afternoon, Sept. 19.

The Rappahannock County High School High School Athletic Association is conducting a drive for funds to purchase new uniforms for basketball and baseball teams, according to Mr. Larry Bolyard, coach of the high school athletics.

25 years ago
September 5, 1985

Richie Eastham and his step-dad, Richard Simmons, were out for a drive and stopped on the side of the road to look at the scenery. As they stepped out of the truck, they spied a big snake lying in the sun. Richie quickly grabbed a big rock and hit the snake hard enough to stun it until he could get a tire iron to finish it off. After killing the snake, they brought it back home. It was a 46-inch long black timber rattler. It had nine buttons and a rattler that Richie Simmons kept for a souvenir. A neighbor boy Adam Clatterbuck, got the head and heart to take to school for science class. Bobby Brown got the meat to eat and Richie stretched the skin on a board to dry for further use.

Rafael Brand has spent the past two weeks getting used to the “wilderness” – Rappahannock County. Rappahannock may not seem like much of a wilderness to those who call this place home, but Rafael, whose home is in Switzerland, noticed the open spaces and distances between houses right from the start. Rafael will spend his junior year at Rappahannock County High School learning about American culture by experiencing it while he experiences American family life in the home of Richard and Pat Helmer.

The second annual reunion of the clan was held on Sept. 1 at the George W. Beahm and Nancy Bolen Beahm Rappahannock County Park. One hundred Beahm descendants enjoyed a rewarding day against the majestic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains renewing old acquaintances and making new friends.

10 years ago
September 13, 2000

Members of the Rappahannock County High School Class of 1960 held a reunion in June at the Flint Hill Fire Hall with dinner provided by the Country Cafe of Washington. Those attending included, Linda Dodson Peyton, Shirley Cloud Burke, Patricia Reeve Brown, Elizabeth Latham Streagle, Mary Williams Williams, Patsy Woodward Dennis, Margel Dulaney Fisher, Loretta Sutphn Lee and Jean Lillard, Judy Sisk Clift, Maurice Butler, Cecil Eugene Atkins, James Menefee, J. Granville Fox, James F. Bailey, Roy Lee Jenkins, Walter B. Kilby and Thomas B. Massie.

County Administrator John McCarthy reported that the Sprint/PCS cell tower application had been received and that it includes a request for seven towers, five of which are 199 footers – the maximum permitted by the County’s telecommunications ordinance without special approval. The proposed towers are to be located at the Amissville and Sperryville Fire Halls, H.B. Wood property east of Woodville, on Welch property at he the foot of Shootz Hollow in Huntly, on Massie property at Massies Corner on US 211, on Eastham property behind the Ben Venue store, and on Buckner property at Buckners Corner near Route 231 in F. T. Valley.

Brooke and Ann Miller of Washington and Newbill Miller, also of Washington own bulls listed in the 2000 Fall Sire Evaluation report published by the American Angus Association headquartered in St. Joseph, Mo. The Miller couple owns one bull and Newbill Miller owns ten bulls.