Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
November 3, 1960

Rena Mae Pullen, 19-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Pullen of Washington, won the Cherry Pie Contest held at Clarke County High School in Berryville. By baking the best cherry pie in the competition she will represent Virginia at the National Contest in Chicago on Feb. 22. The winner will go to Washington D.C. and New York City for an educational sight-seeing trip.

The Rappahannock 4-H Livestock Judging Team won first place at Hillcrest Farm’s “Round Up Sale” at Delaplane Va., on Oct. 29. The judging contest was held before the sale with 4-H members competing. Francis Updike, Glen Updike and Harrison Powers were members of the first place team and winners of the first place prize of $21.

Mrs. Allen Stokes entertained the Sperryville Bridge Club at her home Friday evening. Those playing were Mrs. Mary Quaintance, Miss Belle Strother, Mrs. I. O. Wolf, Mrs. Irvin Kilby, Mrs. L. J. Kilby, and Mrs. P. Lee Thornton.

25 years ago
October 17, 1985

Mired in debate, the Washington Town Council postponed a decision to ban helicopter landings in town, a proposed ordinance some say is directed solely at the activities of a local restaurant. Mayor Peter Kramer told the council he would approach the owners of the local restaurant to hammer out a compromise. His suggestion was made after the council heard disagreement over the value and legality of such an ordinance.

Emiel Smet, who since March 1 has served as interim county zoning administrator, reiterated his desire to make the job interim.
Smet submitted a letter of resignation as administrator to the county’s board of supervisors Oct. 7. In his letter, which was accepted by the board, Smet said he would stay on as zoning administrator until Jan. 1, or earlier, if the county can name a replacement. Smet, who agreed to fill the vacancy in March, will continue his duties as the county building inspector.

On Sept. 26, Ricky Jenkins, a Rappahannock County High School student, received ninth place honors at the State Fair in Richmond. Jenkins represented Piedmont VICA in the nail driving contest along with 33 other contestants from 17 schools throughout Virginia.

10 years ago
October 25, 2000

The Second of RAAC’s new Friday at the Library series is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. and will feature two individuals who have spent a great deal of time capturing and recording Rappahannock County history and stories. Wayne Baldwin is a Rappahannock native who has collected a wealth of stories through oral history, genealogical research, and a personal crusade to preserve local family cemeteries. Laura Matthews, author of “Rappahannock,” is “a professional editor and writing consultant, who moved to Amissville in 1991.

Patton Wilson of Sperryville was one of 16 artists selected to participate in an extraordinary painting opportunity. Last summer, his group went to Trinchara Ranch in Colorado all expenses paid for a week courtesy of Forbes Inc. The group created art based on their experiences. He has won numerous awards in such shows as the American Artists Professional League, The Baltimore Watercolor Society, The Allied Artists of American, The Salmagundi Club, Audubon Artists, The National Arts Club, and the Parkersburg Art Center.

Two conservation easements recently recorded give additional protection to two of the county’s scenic and recreational attractions. Alan and Susan Dranitzke donated an easement covering 20 acres adjacent to Shenandoah National Park in Gid Brown Hollow. Roger and Jane Batchelder granted to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation an easement protecting 118 acres, including almost 3,000 feet of frontage on the Rappahannock State Scenic River.