Down Memory Lane/Out of the Attic

In a photo taken by J.J. Hitchcock on the Kite farm near Viewtown in 1902, members of the Smith and Kite families and others pose at the steam traction engine owned by Enoch Kite and son John, the first traction engine (it moved about under its own power) in Rappahannock County. Besides being used to run the sawmill, it was used to operate a threshing machine. Photo courtesy of Mrs. Gladys Kite.

50 years ago
June 15, 1961

Five hundred members of the Virginia Association, Future Homemakers of America Chapters in Virginia high schools will meet in Roanoke at Hotel Roanoke on June 19 for their Sixteenth Annual State Convention. Representing the Rappahannock Chapter will be Sue Many, Bonnie Brown, Mary Frances Pullen and Mrs. Glenna Bennett, home Economics teacher at Rappahannock County High School.

The Woodville Home Demonstration Club had Mr. George H. Davis, Jr. as their guest speaker at their meeting held June 9. Mr. Davis spoke to the group on Wills and Deeds, the topic selected for June Meetings. He explained the value of a will and the way it should be written. He also explained some of the false ideas people often have about wills and deeds.

M. G. Watts of Washington, Va., will open a new barbershop in Flint Hill on July 1st. It will be located in the bottom of the Flint Hill fire house. The shop will be open each day except Thursday from 8 a.m., to 8 p.m.; closed all day Thursday.

25 years ago
April 17, 1986

A fashion show entitled Tally Ho! Will be presented Sunday, April 20, at 2 p.m., at the Rappahannock Elementary School.
The show is sponsored by the Rappahannock Women’s club and will benefit the club scholarship fund and the Rappahannock County 4-H Day Camp. According to Birgitt Thornhill, the 4-H camp is a week-long experience for youth ages 6-12 years old. Youngsters over 13 work as teen counselors.

About 4.5 miles of Route 211 between Washington, Va., and Sperryville needs to be widened, according to Rappahannock Supervisor Charles Estes. The two-Lane highway is the “main artery” between the two towns and can’t handle the large amount of traffic currently using it, he told highway officials at a public haring Friday in Culpeper. Mr. Estes requested funds for the project be included in the highway department’s six-year plan.

Julie Payne won first place in the tiny-tot category of the beauty pageant Friday, April 4, at the Rappahannock Elementary School. Candy Dennis was second runner-up and Angela Reid won third place. The event is sponsored annually by the Sperryville Rescue Squad.

10 years ago
April 4, 2001

Sperryville Fire Department and Rescue Squad held an awards ceremony on March 31. Francis “Buck” Payne President of the Rescue Squad, and Richie Burke, Chief of Sperryville Fire Company presented the awards. Mr. Burke has been Fire Chief for seven years.

Alex Sharp, Will Miller and Conner Miller are winding down a successful season with the Culpeper Cobras Wrestling Club. The three local boys participated in the Eastern District Wrestling Tournament on March 17. The Eastern District is one of the toughest tournaments in this area of the country. The Eastern District draws wrestlers from Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina.

The Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors had their first opportunity, at their April meeting, to review the sludge ordinance drafted to bring the County into compliance with the State law that forbids any local jurisdiction from prohibiting the land application of biosolids. The draft ordinance, crafted by County Attorney Peter Luke, replaces the existing Rappahannock County ban with an ordinance that “takes a caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) approach” by requiring that such application of biosolids be registered with the County Administrator and on relevant land records.