Down Memory Lane for March 8

50 years ago
May 31, 1962

It was a grand night for singing Friday when the Glee Club of Rappahannock High School presented its Spring Concert. The 36-member chorus sang religious, patriotic and light selections before a background of roses with stars shining overhead. A double duet composed of Dana Snead, Kaye Johnston, Sally Latham and Tish Kilby warned the audience of “The Love Bug.”

Mrs. B.M. Miller bought a house trailer and when she had it moved to the lot back of her house they encountered trouble. The lane intersected the street at an angle so the trailer got hung between her garage and fence. Sheriff C.K. Estes came and solved the problem by jacking the back end around so it could enter the lane straight. Water has been installed and it will soon be ready for occupancy.

The regular meeting of Woodville Home Demonstration Club was held at the home of Mrs. B.G. Titchenell last Tuesday evening with the program on “Creative Crafts for Children,” presented by Miss Barbara Jones, Home Agent. Present were Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Johnson, Miss Mattie Rector, Mrs. Quainstance, Mrs. Sam Barber, Mrs. Iris Brooke, Mrs. Doris Burke, Mrs. James Falls, Mrs. Titchenell and Miss Jones.

25 years ago
Feb. 12, 1987

Bill Payne of Amissville was named 1987 Rookie Auctioneer of the Year at the recent Virginia Auctioneers Association convention in Harrisonburg. Auctioneers with less than a year’s experience were eligible to compete in the rookie contest which was judged by National Auctioneers Association President Dean Parker of Logan, Utah, NAA Director. Don Faison of Zebulon, N.C. and past VAA President Vince Kopek of Virginia Beach.

Mr. Payne is a graduate of Mendenhall Auction School, High Point, N.C. and operates a business conducting estate, farm, equine and general auction sales.

In a peculiar overnight flip-flop, the House of Delegates on Sunday narrowly defeated a bill that would have required hunters to wear blaze-orange clothing. After lengthy debate Saturday afternoon, the House passed the controversial bill, 49-47. But on Sunday, it reversed itself and defeated the measure 49-47 after a delegate asked that the previous day’s vote be reconsidered. Two attempts were made to excuse those hunting on their own property from having to wear the bright clothing, but the amendment was defeated.

With no quorum for last Thursday’s meeting of the Water and Sewer Authority, Martin Woodard and Carson Johnson settled for a short work session with Bill Strider, the executive director of the Rappahannock-Rapidan Planning District Commission who has been administering the federal and state grants for construction of Sperryville’s sewer system. “Let’s strive to get this thing finalized and nailed down,” said WSA chairman Woodard, asking that Mr. Strider put out “extra effort” to have both contracts ready for WSA approval “in the next couple of days.”