Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
October 20, 1960

Mr. “Buck” Brown of the Lee Highway Garage, has made and donated to Rappahannock County High School, three volleyball net supports. These supports are constructed of used automobile wheels complete with inflated tires. They hold the uprights, which in turn hold the nets. The three heavy durable fixtures will support two nets on the gymnasium floor and will be used during physical education periods.

The Washington 4-H Club was organized Monday, Oct. 17 and the following officers elected: President, Linda Silvey; Vice-president, Beverly Woodward; Secretary-Treasure, Jean Carter Moffett; Devotions Leader, Janet Hackley; Song Leaders, Nancy Corder and Elizabeth Stringfellow; Reporter, Jeanette Myrick. The club selected as its project for the coming year “So You’d Like to Sew.”

On Oct. 4, a group of 28 boys, age 15 and older, from Rappahannock County High School, accompanied by Charles B. Palmer, Vo-Ag instructor, met similar groups from Madison and Greene counties at Banco for a day training in fire detection, fire laws, uses of wood, pulpwood, insects and diseases water conservation, safety and KVG.

25 years ago
October 3, 1985

The Friends of the Rappahannock County Library have launched their 10th annual fund drive.
The circulation of books, materials and cassettes reached an all-time high last year, and attendance at library functions for both children and adults were said to be at capacity. Contributions of any size will be accepted and can be brought by the library in Washington or mailed to Mrs. Issac L. Parrish, treasure of “The Friends, “Washington.

Faith Mountain Country Fare of Sperryville, owned and operated by Martin and Cherri Woodard, was one of 12 exhibitors at “An Afternoon in the Country,” a benefit for wildflower research. The benefit for Lady Bird Johnson’s National Wildflower Research Center near Austin included guests Gov. Robb, Sen John Warner, Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole and Luci Johnson, was held at Willow Oaks, the home of former Gov. and Mrs. Averell Harriman located just outside Middleburg.

Robert Estabrook, Rappahannock County public school superintendent, was recently named vice-chairman of the Lord Fairfax Community College Board for the 1985-86 school year. Estabrook lives in Sperryville.

10 years ago
October 11, 2000

A successful first year for Jen Cable and John Hallberg’s Smokehouse Winery has led to their Second Annual Harvest Celebration, scheduled for this coming weekend – Oct 14 and 15 from noon till 5 p.m., each day. The event is a celebration indeed: of harvest time in Rappahannock, and of the spectacular honey wines, ciders, and other Old World beverages created by master vintner Hallberg.

A sometimes fractious October School Board meeting followed a smooth presentation, by founding chairman Paul Gall, about the newly formed Rappahannock County School Sports Association (RCSSA). The organization’s mission, said Mr. Gall, is “to benefit our youth by energizing and engaging the entire community in the promotion and ultimate success of our school system’s athletic program.”

The RCHS Cross Country team was in action on Wednesday, Oct. 4 for their third home meet at the Bleu Rock Inn course.
The Clarke Country Cross Country team came to the county with a very strong boys team. The Clarke boys’ team won the contest 17-45, but the Panthers had some standouts. Phillip Thomas led the RCHS runners with a time of 20:28 which placed him fourth among the boys. Chris Graves also finished in the top ten with a 22:33 minute run that put him in eight place overall. John Sheffield and Jason Gainer also finished for RCHS and broke 30 minutes.