Down Memory Lane

50 years ago
November 24, 1960

Thirty deer have been checked in at game checking stations in Rappahannock County since Monday morning when the hunting season opened. At Payne’s Garage in Washington the following deer were reported: Robert M. Collier, Falls Church, 9 pt.; Charles F. Baldwin, Washington, 8 pt.; Roy W. Clatterbuck, Washington, 9 pt.; Herbert D. Smoot, Washington, 7 pt.; Warren Settle, Washington, 2 pt.

The 1960 Home Demonstration Achievement Program was held Friday, Nov. 18 at Washington Baptist Church, beginning at 1 p.m.
Mrs. Madeline Myers presented an interesting program on Christmas decorations. She displayed many articles which can be made for decorations in the home.

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Durden of Sperryville entertained with a dinner Wednesday evening, Nov. 22, honoring the 57th wedding anniversary of Eld. and Mrs. J. Harvey Daily. Eld. Daily has been a prominent minister of the Primitive Baptists for more than 60 years.

25 years ago
November 7, 1985

A Scrabble landowner intends to formally protest a building permit issued to the Rappahannock County board of supervisors to construct an animal shelter near the abandoned Scrabble School. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde E. Dellinger, absentee landowners of property on Va. 626 across the road from the site, have decided to fight the board’s Sept. 9 decision to build a shelter at the school.

The back hallway walls at Rappahannock County Elementary School are filled with posters drawn by students in grades one through seven to illustrate the dangers of forest fires. The students are participating in the 34th Annual Keep Virginia Green Poster Contest sponsored by the Virginia Forestry Association. Two RCES students, Jennifer Graham and Jesse Reynolds, each received honorable mentions in last year’s competition. The posters will be submitted by Nov. 15 for judging.

Beginning on Halloween night, more than 11 inches of rain fell during a six-day period, with the threat of even more lingering on Tuesday afternoon. Sperryville weather watcher, Dennis Wingfield reported that October and the first five days of November provided more rain to Rappahannock than had been recorded during the period from January to June.

10 years ago
November 15, 2000

At last week’s Washington Town Council meeting, Mayor Stewart Willis announced that Mrs. David Fairbanks, Sr. and Jr. had offered the town a bronze bust of George Washington, cast from the work of their father and grandfather, Avard Tennyson Fairbanks. The Fairbanks family seeks to honor Avard by donating a George Washington bust to every Washington town in the United States.

The Rappahannock 4-H Junior Garden Club visited the farm of Mel Naumann in Flint Hill recently. Naumann shared his knowledge of the 300 varieties of apples he grows in his orchard. Club members also learned how he grafts apple trees.

The first ever girls basketball recreation league kicked off the season at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The 30 girls from grades six through 10 that showed up to play were organized into teams of seven or eight players each. The league commissioner, Mrs. Cathy Kreyling, along with assistants Tom Maloney and Cindy Thornhill, structured the league to play two games every Saturday from now until the championship is decided on Jan. 15.