Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
November 10, 1960

The Virginia Teachers Association Convention closed its 79th annual session in Richmond on Friday. Rev. Martin Luther King of Alabama closed the Friday session with an address. Mrs. Julia Boddie was a delegate from Rappahannock County Teachers Association to the convention. Also from Rappahannock were the following teachers who attended the closing meeting Friday: Mrs. Dorothy C. Butler, Mrs. Mildred Collins and Mrs. Beatrice B. Austin.

The ladies of Bromfield Parish were very successful again this year with the House Tour and Dried Flower Sale held recently, through they report that the tour was not quite as well attended at last year. At the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Johnson in Sperryville a sales room was established and many beautiful dried arrangements were to be had. Mrs. Johnson also had in the backyard a number of necessary items for preserving apples. A huge copper apple butter kettle hung there and there was even a little keg which could be used for something.

The regular monthly meeting of the Rappahannock Garden Club will be held at the home of Mrs. Bradley H. Patterson in Woodville on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Miss Annie Stephenson will be co-hostess. Mrs. E.M. Jones will speak on scented leaved geraniums. Exhibits will consist of arrangements using geraniums, flowers or foliage.

25 years ago
October 24, 1985

The American textile industry is fighting back against low-price imports. And in Rappahannock County, that struggle cannot be closer to home. Wayne Walker, for 20 years the manager of the Flint Hill Aileen, Inc. plant, said this week the 300 employees there are in no danger of losing their jobs, despite rumors to the contrary. “I see nothing to indicate” the complete shutdown of the plant, Walker said Monday. The rumor is “totally false, at least from the information I have.”

“The ground has sunk 10 inches from the weight of all these people out here.” Jesse Pond, a Sperryville resident and wagon-maker, was selling his wares when he made that observation last weekend. The Sperryville Apple Harvest Celebration, the first-ever of its kind, drew “thousands” of people to the southern end of Rappahannock County. It was estimated that as many as 80,000 visitors would come to the county for three main attractions: the Sperryville celebration, the Annual House Tour and Dried Flower Sale and the autumn colors in the Blue Ridge, all available on the same weekend this year.

It took three days of rain — Sunday through Tuesday — to drop more inches on Rappahannock County than had fallen in nearly the previous three months. In a 55-day period ending Saturday, Sperryville weather watcher Dennis Wingfield recorded 1.54 inches of rainfall.