Down Memory Lane for April 7

50 years ago
May 25, 1961

A helicopter demonstrating aerial spraying before a large group of Rappahannock County apple growers crashed yesterday morning about 11 in the orchard of H. B. Winfrey at Woodville. The plane crashed about 300 feet up the slope from highway 522 and wreckage was strewn over a large area with fragments of metal, canvas and wood lying all around. A large portion of the propeller shaft was found 200 feet down hill from the copter in a cabbage patch.

Dr. Howard Berger of Arlington and Washington, Va. has established a dental office in the basement of Washington Elementary School. He donated the office equipment to the county to aid in the County Dental Clinic, which has enabled many children to have corrections made. Most of these students would not have otherwise had this service.

The Rev. Dabney J. Carr, who has been deacon-in-charge of Bromfield Parish, Rappahannock County since last July, will be ordained as a priest on Saturday, May 27 by the Rt. Rev. Samuel B. Chilton, Suffragan Bishop of Virginia.

25 years ago
March 27, 1986

If Supervisor Nelson Lane has his way, “slob hunters” in Rappahannock County will face road blocks in the form of new local ordinances when deer season returns this fall. Mr. Lane was in Richmond last Friday for the game commission’s hearing on the “slob hunter” problem. After telling the commissioners of a 60-year-old widow who was shot by thugs who were hunting illegally, he ticked off a list of complaints.

James D. Russell of Sperryville was preparing his garden for spring planting. He started a fire in a barrel in his garden and then went to work. According to James, “I turned around and the fire had gotten away and was spreading fast. I tried to stop it but it just got out of control.” He left the scene and headed for Baldwin’s West End Shell Station to call the Sperryville Fire Department.

The Rappahannock County Garden Club met Wednesday, March 19, at the home of Mrs. John Hooff. Hostesses were Mrs. Hooff, Mrs. Robert Brents and Mrs. T. J. Pillar. Mrs. George H. Sharp, president, presided. Ribbons were awarded to Class I: blue, Mrs. Albert Doub; red, Mrs. Andrew Pennington, and yellow, Mrs. John Kreamer.

10 years ago
March 14, 2001

Fourteen Rappahannock County Public School teachers received good news recently when they learned they had been awarded grant funding from Headwaters, the Rappahannock County Public Education Foundation.
Art teacher Laurie Marshall, who will use her grant for a school and countywide combined mural project. Susan Fox and Janet Long for team building day T-shirts during the SCA May Fest.

As you travel west from Sperryville on U.S. 211 going to Luray before the park was established, there were homes and businesses on each side of the road from Beech Spring Church to Turn Bridge. This is the first sharp turn to the left as you start up the mountain. This was known as Atkins town. You would never realize this had been an active community when you travel the road today, but if you look closely with the leaves off, you can see some remnants of homes and stone fences. There were two churches, Beech Spring which is the Baptist Church outside the park and is still active today. Rev. Warren Corbin was the preacher there for many years. The Dunkard Church was close to the road and was a small church that met the needs for those who lived close by.

Rappahannock County High School (RCHS) student Aaron Price helps with the Native Plant Sanctuary behind the elementary school. The Sanctuary project was developed by RCHS parent Lorinda Bosch, and funded last February by a Headwaters mini-grant.