Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

Elizabeth Taylor, the award-winning actress who passed away last week, is pictured here at the Rappahannock Point-to-Point Races on the Fletchers' Thornton Hill Farm in the spring of 1976. This was the year that her new husband John Warner, standing beside her here, won his first election as the U.S. Senator from Virginia. Others in the picture are then-familiar faces from Rappahannock and surrounding counties. Photo courtesy of Douglas Baumgardner.

50 years ago
May 18, 1961

Mary Frances Pullen, 18- year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Pullen of Flint Hill, has been named State Homemaker Degree winner. Notification of this week from Mrs. Eliza H. Trainham, area FHA adviser. The State Homemaker Degree is awarded to FHA members in recognition of their contribution to better family living in their own homes and in the community by the Virginia State Association of the Future Homemakers of America.

Bill Lyne’s Harry placed second in the field and second in the male hound class on the bench thereby winning the Combination Trophy at the Maryland Sate Fox Hunters’ night trials held on Kent Island May 4, 5 and 6.

The Chi Sigma Youth Group was entertained Sunday night at the home of Miss Segar Jones. The group of 35 teenagers was served barbecued hamburgers in “do-it-yourself” fashion, with all the trimmings. The affair was chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Jones, Rev. Dabney Carr and Rev. Warren Wilbur.

25 years ago
March 20, 1986

Sherry Weakley, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Weakley of Sperryville, was winner in the 1985-86 Young
Writers Contest. She attends Rappahannock County Elementary School. Sherry’s winning entry will be published in April in “The Rainbow Collection: Stories and Poetry by Young People,” along with 106 other winning poems and stories. Nearly 8,000 entries were received from students in all 50 states.

Rappahannock’s old-fashioned point-to-point is a race on the move. After three years at John Lyke’s Ben Venue Farm, the race will move to a new location this year that officials hope will attract a greater variety of entries and give fox hunters and non-thoroughbreds a better chance of winning. The race’s new location will be Natalie Emery’s Emery Hall, located just past the hunt’s old kennels on Rt. 620 near Sperryville.

Black Oak Regular Baptist Church, on Route 729, held an Appreciation Day for Pastor Wayne Richards and his wife Louise Richards on Jan. 26, 1986. The occasion honored Pastor Richards for his 20 years of service. Mr. Richards became pastor at Black Oak in January 1966.

10 years ago
March 7, 2001

The Starfish Mentoring Program got a big boost Feb. 15 when Ellen Neill-Dore agreed to become our Program Coordinator. Starfish is completing its third year of operation in Rappahannock County, and until now, has been run completely by volunteers. Our new Program Coordinator will oversee the program, which will allow the volunteers to concentrate on mentoring our youth.

Members of the Rappahannock Loan Closet recently moved to Sperryville from Washington. Their new location is in front of the Rappahannock Farm Bureau Insurance office on Lee Highway. Anyone needing a hospital bed, wheelchair or other convalescent equipment should call one of the members.

The Fire Levy reimbursement request presented to the Board of Supervisors at their February meeting led to an approval, and a request by the Board for explanations of both apparently high cell phone charges by the Castleton department and an expenditure of $4200 for a computer and software by Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue. Supervisor Roger Welch questioned the price tag for the computer and asked for a letter from Chief Roger Roach justifying the cost.

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