Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

Standing by a waterfall near Skyline Drive is Betty Jackson with a friend. Although the picture was taken close to 75 years ago, when this photo was first run in the Rappahannock News in February 1986, visitors could still collect spring water from this site. It was later sealed.

50 years ago
March 30, 1961

At the morning worship service Sunday, March 26 at Trinity Episcopal Church a new lectern Bible was dedicated in memory of Thurmond Carlyle Lea. The text of the newly published edition is the familiar and beautiful King James Version. It is bound in black morocco and the print is large enough to be read easily.

Boy Scout Troop 65 of Sperryville will set up a food stand in Old Hollow on Saturday, April 1 – the first day of fishing season. Fishermen will be able to buy sandwiches, hot dogs, coffee or Cokes for their lunch, eliminating the trouble of packing one or having to leave the river to go get lunch.

The Ned Johnsons again received national recognition, this time in the April issue of the Farm Journal. This time the article features the Johnson’s Angus cattle. Before it was the Johnson family themselves in the Progressive Farmer. The sequence couldn’t have been better; the people, the land, the cattle.

25 years ago
February 27, 1986

Walter Nicklin, founder and until recently, editor, publisher and president of Mid-Atlantic Country magazine, has formed Nicklin Publishing, which will specialize in new publishing ventures particularly in the Mid-Atlantic area. A former reporter/editor, Nicklin started the magazine in 1980 with a circulation of 20,000. He remained editor and publisher after selling the Alexandria-based magazine to the A.S. Abell Company (publisher of the Baltimore Sun) in 1982, guiding its growth to more than 100,000 paid circulation at the beginning of this year, when he resigned in order to undertake the new venture.

Since the beginning of February some classes from kindergarten through fourth grade have been making Friendship Bread in recognizing of International Friendship Month. The school starter dough originated from a kindergarten parent, Marti Cannon: “Betty Hitt of Amissville gave it to my mother-in-law and she gave it to me. One morning I remembered I needed to give a starter to someone. So I told my daughter Ashleigh to take it to her teacher, Miss Decker.”

Susan M. Taylor is the new director for the Hospice of the Rapidan. She is a native of Sperryville and has worked for six years with the mentally retarded adults in Alexandria. Susan has both direct care and administrative experience and has done volunteer work with the elderly. She also has worked as a counselor in the public school system in Fairfax County.

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 proceeds 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.