Down Memory Lane for Jan. 26

50 years ago
April 12, 1962

The town of Washington has equipped a playground in the lot behind the post office for the children of the area. Swings, seesaws and sliding-board have been erected for their use.

This equipment has been carefully installed and situated as safely as possible, however, the town assumes no responsibility for any accidents.

A Rappahannock family narrowly escaped death early Sunday morning when they awoke to find their house ablaze. Mr. and Mrs. Shelton Grimsley and their two children who lived between Flint Hill and Amissville, fled from the roaring inferno of their frame house with only the clothes which they wore and a pet rabbit.

Carson Johnson of Sperryville has qualified and been appointed a Justice of the Peace by Judge R.V. Snead. Mr. Johnson will serve that area for issuing warrants.

25 years ago
Jan. 1, 1987

By majority vote on the first order of business at Monday’s board meeting, Al Henry was appointed as Supervisor from Jackson District. Mr. Henry will fill the year remaining in the term of J.R. Latham, who died suddenly last month. In a split decision, Supervisors Nelson Lane, Newbill Miller and Charles Estes chose Mr. Henry over two other candidates seeking the position.

Competing in the nationwide Coca-Cola Junior NASTAR ski racing program, Phelps Lane of Sperryville placed second in Virginia in the five and six-year old category. He recorded a season-best 55 handicap in competition at Bryce Resort to earn the second-place finish. Phelps is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Phelps Lane of Woodville.

Hill Atkins of Sperryville retired Dec. 31 from the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation. Mr. Atkins had been employed at the Rappahannock County Area Headquarters as a Class A Operator for the past 12 and a half years. Before being transferred to the Rappahannock area, he had worked as a member of a sign crew at the Culpeper Area Headquarters for more than four years.

10 years ago
Oct. 24, 2001

Brandy Clark of Peregrine Farm in Amissville has donated a beautiful horse that will be offered at the CCLC Fall Auction and Party on Nov. 10 – at the Washington School on Mt. Salem Avenue.  Willow’s Image is a loving big 16-hands, 10-year-old dark brown thoroughbred mare. Great for the training.

The Rappahannock County 4-H Dog Club enjoyed learning about search and rescue dogs at their first 4-H meeting of the year. The search and rescue team, Carrie and Eric Mowatt-Larssen, brought their two dogs, April and Jemma. The dogs and the handlers gave wonderful demonstration of how the search and resuce works.

An automobile collision on U.S. 211 in front of Hackley’s Store in Amissville Monday afternoon claimed the life of well-known Rappahannock citizen and longtime storekeeper Emmett Graham Hackley, 85.