Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic for March 3

From the Rappahannock News of March 6, 1986: Gary Lee Wharton slides down a snowy hill after getting a push from Lisa Ann Wharton. Photo by Greg Turner.

50 years ago
March 23, 1961

The Merrill Motor Company, Washington, has given to the schools of Rappahannock a map that shows Civil War battlefields and historic shrines. The map is about 40 by 20 inches in size. The map was given to the Rappahannock High School library where it has been viewed by students, according to Mrs. Jean B. Moffett, librarian.

Eva Drake Grimsley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Shelton Grimsley of Flint Hill, was christened Sunday, March 19 at Trinity Episcopal Church by Rev. Dabney Carr. Godparents are Mrs. R. V. Snead, Mrs. Fred Schaefer and D. D. Miller.

On Saturday, March 18, the 4-H Girls Demonstration Contest was held at the parish hall in Washington. The girls gave demonstrations of their 4-H projects. The senior winner will go to the district contest in Madison on April 15. Judy Lillard, Flint Hill senior club member, won a blue award for her demonstration of canning apples and a blue award for converting an oil lamp.

25 years ago
February 20, 1986

Rappahannock Supervisor Nelson Lane has reported that negotiations with authorities of another county, who had been considering accepting Rappahannock’s trash, have broken down. According to Mr. Lane, citizens in that county became upset when an attempt was made by a private firm to locate a waste facility there. Mr. Lane said that he had minimal information concerning the recent developments in that country regarding their decision to not accept Rappahannock’s refuse.

At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Rappahannock County School Board, which was open to the public for its input concerning the upcoming budget, teachers voiced their strong disapproval of current salaries being paid to county teachers. Teachers who spoke painted a bleak picture of life under the present salary levels. From a prepared speech, mathematics teacher Helen LaCava gave an impassioned appeal to school board members to increase the current new teacher starting salary from the present rate of $13,618 to one of $15,897 per year.

At the regular monthly meeting of the Washington town council which was held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, members voted to have records of the meeting kept at the Town Clerk’s Office. Members of the town council were in agreement that the records of the meeting should be available to townspeople on request. Town council member Evelyn Willis volunteered to take charge of future Christmas decorations in the town. She said that she hopes to get town citizens involved.

10 years ago
February 14, 2001

At a meeting last week at the high school, founding board members Laurie Marshall, Carol Lucking, Alex Sharp, and Jerry Ochs launched the Rappahannock Bazaar, a non-profit company founded to serve the county’s children and youth adults. The bazaar will establish and operate an indoor market in the apple cold storage facility in Sperryville, and the net pr0ceeds from market operations will be used to fund the development and operation of KidSpace in the same building.

Rappahannock resident, Colonel John R. Bourgeois, USMC (retired) was inducted into the National Band Association’s Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors at Troy State University in Troy, Ala. on Feb. 3. Col. Bourgeois was the director of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band for more than 17 years until his retirement in 1996. He served under nine presidents, from Eisenhower to Clinton.

Though it may take some time to ascertain the educational philosophy of new School Board Chair Wesley Mills, he wasted no time at all in imprinting his management style on school board meetings. By limiting the duration and directing the tone of public comment and staff reports, he managed a meeting that lasted not quite two hours in lieu of the four- hour marathon that has typified board meetings over the past few years.