Down Memory Lane for Feb. 16

50 years ago
May 10, 1962

Mr. E. M. Estes, merchant at Sperryville, has been appointed as agent for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Virginia, according to a recent announcement. Mr. Estes will operate the agency from his general store in Sperryville and succeeds Miss Fannie Hilton who resigned as of April 30, 1962.

At the May Day-Health Day program held Thursday and Friday at the Sperryville Elementary School, Ann Cannon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Cannon of Castleton, reigned as Queen with John Moore of Flint Hill, acting as King and escort. John is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Moore. The theme of the program was “Magic of Springtime,” and all of the signs of spring were woven into the program.

Bonnie Brown of the Rappahannock Chapter Future Homemakers of America will be awarded the State Homemakers Degree at the State FHA Convention when it is held at the Hotel Chamberlain, Fort Monroe, Va., Wednesday afternoon, June 13. Bonnie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown of Sperryville, Va., and is a member of the Senior Class at Rappahannock County High School.

25 years ago
Jan. 22, 1987

Rappahannock’s Water and Sewer Authority took the first step last week towards requiring the lone holdout to connect to the new Sperryville sewer system, requesting the Health Department to run a dye test to determine if Alson Atkins’ septic field is functioning properly. For at least two decades, malfunctioning septic fields in Sperryville’s flood plain soils dumped raw sewage into the Thornton River, which flows through the village’s backyards. The pollution led to Sperryville’s designation as the state’s fifth most serious health hazard and the concurrent award of $2 million in state and federal grants for construction of a sewer system to clean up the mess.

The Town of Washington Architectural Review Board’s recent decision against issuing a permit for the construction of a vinyl-covered chain-link fence between the rear parking lot of The Inn at Little Washington and Mrs. Irving Sisk’s house was affirmed by Town Council at its meeting last Wednesday evening.

Rappahannock Sheriff John Henry Woodward is requesting that Rappahannock County residents DO NOT use the “911” emergency number recently installed at the Culpeper and Warren County dispatch centers for those counties’ residents. Sheriff Woodward said that emergency responses to several recent calls in the county have been delayed because the call was made to the dispatch centers in Culpeper or Warren counties and had to be relayed to the Rappahannock dispatcher.

10 years ago
Nov. 7, 2001

On Oct. 29, Rappahannock National Bank, located in Washington, announced it is offering Internet Banking on its website, Internet Banking will allow the customers of Rappahannock National Bank the ability to access their accounts, transfer money between accounts, and pay their bills online.

Caitlin Murphy of Amissville has been selected to be included in the 2001 Babe Ruth Who’s Who Softball All Star Edition. She was nominated by Babe Ruth League officials upon the recommendations of league representatives. She participated in district competition and has been selected as a member of the “National” Babe Ruth Softball All-Star Team.

Rappahannock County 4-H members’ performance at the Virginia State Fair was excellent. Katie Updike won Champion Market Heifer, Champion Angus Cow/Calf Pair, Champion Commercial Heifer, and first place in the Angus Heifer Class.