Down Memory Lane for April 5

50 years ago June 28, 1962

Mrs. Ethel Cooksey has retired from the position of Postmistress of the Amissville post office after serving there for over 28 years. Mrs. Cooksey was appointed acting postmistress on Nov. 20, 1933. At that time the post office was in Latham’s Store. About 1947 the post office was promoted to third class and moved to its present building.

Mrs. Alma Nethers of Amissville, who has been substitute and career clerk since 1944, has been given an in-service transfer and assumed the post mastership Friday, June 22 with a permanent status. This transfer was made on recommendation of three members of the Democratic Committee of Jackson District.

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Hall of Rose Hill near Washington, Va., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception Sunday afternoon. A hundred and forty friends and relatives gathered to extend congratulations and wish them well. Three of the Hall’s six grandchildren were present. They were L. T. Callahan, Jr., William Calaham and Philip Kuhn.

Hill Montague Walker, son of Mrs. Matilda Walker of Washington, Va., was among the spring 1962 graduates of Eastern Oregon College, La Grande, Ore. Walker, a secondary education major in humanities and social science, graduated with cum laude honors and was president of his senior class. In addition, he placed on the all-college honor roll of the Spring Term, an achievement he had made nine out of his twelve terms of attendance at the college.

25 years ago Feb. 26, 1987

At a joint public hearing last Wednesday, R. Glenn Frazier got the special exception he needed to gain title to the land on which his new house sits. “He’s the man in the middle,” noted Planning Commissioner Werner Krebser. The description fits literally and figuratively. According to accounts from zoning administrator John McCarthy and Mr. Frazier’s attorney, H. Ben Jones of Warrenton, Mr. Frazier applied in November, 1985, for a building permit to construct a dwelling on 115 acres near Flint Hill. Because the tract was owned by W. A. Gentry, the zoning administrator required written permission to build plat to subdivide “as soon as possible: for the 25 acres he’d reportedly purchased as a house lot.

The Rappahannock Extension Homemakers County Council and the Rappahannock-Rapidan Community Services Center are planning a “volunteer get-together dinner.” The dinner, which is being planned as a pot-luck affair, will be held on Tuesday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rappahannock County Elementary School cafeteria. According to Jeanie McNear, who with Sandra Richardson is coordinating plans for the event, the dinner is being planned to coincide with National Volunteer Week, which runs from April 26 through May 2.

10 years ago Nov. 28, 2001

Boy Scout Troop 1550 of Leesburg camped in the yard of Mrs. Jean B. Moffett in the town of Washington for the weekend of Nov. 16-18. The scouts climbed Old Rag Mountain on Saturday, enjoying beautiful weather and wonderful climbing conditions. Mrs. Moffett’s son, Page Moffett, is the ScoutMaster.

“Tidal Wave of Song,” the children’s music CD written by Rappahannock County Elementary School kids with songwriter Paul Reisler and recorded by over 30 of the county’s professional musicians, has been selling well at area retailers, according to Kid Pan Alley Project Coordinator Amy Silver.

The CD is also on sale at record stores in Northern Virginia, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg and Richmond. Plow & Hearth is carrying “Tidal Wave” at its retail store in the Charlottesville area, and sales have been reported as well by websites such as Amazon and CDBaby.