Down Memory Lane for April 12

50 years ago
July 5, 1962

T. Carlyle Lea Jr., Washington, has been appointed as County Judge to succeed Judge B. M. Miller, who served the county for seventeen years. Judge R. V. Snead, of the circuit court, administered the oath of office to Mr. Lea Monday. Mr. Lea will preside as Trial Justice, Judge of Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Mr. Lea has recently opened a law office in Washington and was appointed Coordinator of Civil Defense for the county.

Rappahannock Rescue Squad will kick-off their 1962 fund campaign with a house to house canvas starting Friday, July 20. Captain of the squad for over ten years, Frank Huff is most optimistic about easily going over the $1,000 goal. He estimates that the Rescue Squad receives 25 calls to every one call that the fire company gets at the same telephone number. This canvas is the only means they have for fundraising during the year except the private voluntary donations.

Miss Amy Palmer, celebrated her 10th birthday Wednesday at her home, Scuffle Hill, having as her guests Linda Carr, Gail Updike, Betty Jenkins, Carty Moffett, Terry Kilby, Jane Kilby and Nancy Nethers.

25 years ago
March 5, 1987

The Rappahannock Cub Scout Pack 123 held their Blue and Gold banquet Feb. 27, when 80 scouts and parents shared a potluck dinner, received awards, enjoyed a skit by the Webelos, and participated in a Pinewood Derby. Cars were raced in groups of three. Starter Julian Brown placed the cars at the beginning of the track and Rufus Baines judged the winners as they reached the end of the 40-foot track constructed by Bert Gilkey.

A proposal from the Rappahannock County Courthouse restoration committee to install two lanterns at the front of the county courthouse in Washington was approved by the Town’s Architectural Review Board at its regular monthly meeting Feb. 19. Acting as the renovation committee’s agent, Evelyn Willis appeared before the ARB to explain the committee’s application for a Certificate of Appropriateness. Mrs. Willis, who is also a member of the ARB, disqualified herself from consideration of the committee’s application.

Charging “little or no support from the Board of Supervisors,” Building Inspector Emiel Smet has resigned, effective May 1. The announcement came at Monday’s board meeting following a two-hour executive session for consideration of employment, use of real property where the investing of public funds is involved, and consultation with legal counsel. According to administrative assistant John McCarthy, the board agreed during the executive session to advertise the job vacancy and interview candidates for the position at a special meeting on March 30.

10 years ago
Dec. 5, 2001

The village of Washington soon will turn into a Colonial Christmas festival as shopkeepers, craftsmen, festival as shopkeepers, craftsmen, Colonial dancers, town criers, Christmas play performers, churches, galleries, bed and breakfasts and inns come together to put on a spectacular celebration Dec. 7-9. A highlight during the weekend festivities is the grand opening on Saturday of the Inn at Little Washington’s newest gift shop, a restored 18th century residence that was once the home of the former Washington mayor, Dean Morehouse.

Jennifer Lee Anderson received her Ph.D from Ohio State in August of this year. Miss Anderson graduated from Wakefield School in 1989; she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Virginia Tech with a B.A. degree in history in 1993. She is the daughter of Robert and Roberta Anderson of Woodville.