Down Memory Lane for Feb. 23

50 years ago
May 17, 1962

The books have about been closed on pledges for the construction of the Aileen Manufacturing Plant near Flint Hill. The Aileen Company has exercised their option and the land surveyed. Steel has been ordered for the building.  Actual construction of the building is expected to start by June 1. The long sought industry for this country is now steadily becoming a reality and will aid the economy of Rappahannock by a great degree.

Mrs. John Cargill of Washington entertained at a theatre party Thursday in Front Royal. She was assisted by Mrs. T. C. Lea, Jr. Guests attending the film “Pinocchio” were Bill Snead, Cil Davis, Nancy, Jay and Billy Cargill and Cary Carr.

Boy Scout Troop #36 of Flint Hill will sponsor a Magic Show Saturday, May 19 at the Flint Hill Fire Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Edwin Smith, “The Little Professor,” of Luray will be the magician. He has been heartily received by other local organizations. Mr. Smith is Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #7 in Luray and a teacher of Indian Craft which has won approval in many areas. Admission to the show is 50 cent and all proceeds will go toward sending scouts to Camp Rock Enon for a week. Refreshments will be on sale.

25 years ago
Jan. 29, 1987

Not since 1966 have two back-to-back winter storms battered the Mid-Atlantic region like the ones which dumped more than two feet of snow on Rappahannock last week. According to Sperryville weather-watcher Dennis Wingfield, last Thursday’s storm dropped 13 inches of snow on the county. Just as residents were beginning to get dug out from that major snowfall, the deepest in four years, a second front swept through the region on Sunday, depositing an additional 12 and a half inches before ending Monday morning.

The Flint Hill Post Office is getting ready to move to its new location on Main Street at the new Flint Hill Square building adjacent to the Corner Post Restaurant. The first day of business at the new location will be Monday, Feb. 2. According to Flint Hill Hill Postmaster Mary Curtis, the office will maintain its regular buisiness hours this week: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Hours will remain the same at the new location, she added.

Five employees of Rappahannock Fruit and Produce Co. in Sperryville were treated at Culpeper Memorial Hospital after becoming ill at the plant on Dec. 17. According to Sheriff John Henry Woodward, the employees were working inside the building, where Belgian endive is grown, when they complained of dizziness and nausea. Sperryville Rescue Co. 7 was called to the plant, located on Rt. 1003 beside the Sperryville Antique Market, at about 11 a.m. Squad members transported several of the workers to Culpeper hospital, and several others went in their automobiles. According to hospital spokesman Charlotte Cannon, none of the workers appeared to have suffered any lasting effect from what appeared at the time to be a gas leak of some type.