Down Memory Lane for March 15

50 years ago
June 7, 1962

Barney Pauze and Bonnie Brown are top honor students of the graduating class of Rappahannock County High School. They had exactly the same scholastic average for their four years of high school. Commencement exercise will be held Friday evening, June 8 at eight o’clock in the school auditorium. Other graduates of the class are Alice Anderson, Mary Ellen Atkins, Lillian Alice Dodson, Ruth Frazier, Judith Latham, Beth Ann Longstaff, Sue Many, Dorothy Moore, Virginia (Ginger) Russell, Betty Tapp Kritz, Frances Mae Weakley, Betty Jo Weaver, Judy Williams, Nancy Wood and Peggy Jean Wharton.

The clatter of bulldozers is audible as you near the site of the Aileen Manufacturing plant, located near Flint Hill. Grading operations began Monday. The Industrial Development Committee went $3,000 over the goal for pledges to construct the building for Rappahannock’s first industry.

Mrs. Paul Nichols gave a recital for her piano students at her home May 28. Those presenting selections were Doris Dodson, Lois Yates, Carolyn Tholalnd, Jean Carter Moffett, Diana Carr, Linda Carr, Janet Yates, Barbara Clatterbuck, Charlotte Moore, Karl Burke, Dannie Lillard, Nancy Buntin, Gayle Updike, Judy Lillard, Amy Palmer, Kaye Johnston and Dana Snead.

Parents and friends attend the recital and a social hour followed the musical program.

25 years ago
Feb. 19, 1987

Wolves are on the prowl and lonely hearts lurk in the forests of Rappahannock County, according to a privately published manual written by longtime Rappahannock forester Lyt Wood.

A “wolf,” Mr. Wood explains in “Forestry Basics,” is a large old tree with a far-spreadling crown. “Lonely hearts” is forester’s talk, and refers not to gentle souls overlooked by romance, but to trees left standing after a clear timber cut.

Rappahannock County High School senior Jonathan Watson, son of Holly and Diane Pendleton of Sperryville, has received an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. he was nominated to the Academy by Senator Paul Trible of Virginia. Jonathan does not have the 20/20 vision which is required for flight training. He would therefore become part of the one-third of the class which is granted a waiver.

Zoning administrator John McCarthy reported on Tuesday that preliminary testing conducted on the Stover property near Amissville indicates that it may be suitable for a landfill. Geo-seismic tests run Monday on the 100-acre tract off Route 639 showed “pretty good depth to bedrock,” Mr. McCarthy said. “We still don’t know what type of soil is there and we won’t know until we drill test holes. . . The top is clay, not great clay but clay. Underneath, it might be great clay or it might be sand.”

10 years ago
Nov. 14, 2001

In a prepared statement, Michael Leake, executive vice president and CEO of the Rappahannock National Bank, announced that the bank had identified a suitable location in one of the county’s designated commercial areas and would there construct a new banking facility that will “clearly define our commitment to our customers, employees and community . . .” He noted that the bank will be celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2002, and the statement implied that the new facility will be ready for service at that time.

Halfway through the Child Care and Learning Center auction on Saturday night, John Kiser took the stage to announce his plan to help raise funds to renovate the bathrooms a the Washington School. Emerging from an outhouse onstage, he talked about the importance of decent bathrooms for the children of CCLC as well as for community citizens who attend functions at this building.