Down Memory Lane for May 17

50 years ago
September 6, 1962

A new administration went into office in Washington – Virginia, that is – on Sept. 1. It was an all-lady government as has been the case since Sept. 1, 1950. The ladies were elected in June on a write-in ballot which seems to be the rule in the county seat rather than exception. Those who qualified were Mrs. Dorothy C. Davis, mayor, and for Council members: Mrs. Virginia G. Miller, Mrs. Bertha E. Armel, Mrs. Dorothy B. Hawkins, Mrs. Edna H. Wayland, Mrs. Peontine Carr and Mrs. Mary H. Lea.

Milton C. Gore, county ASC office manager, announced his resignation after 10½ years of service. His present plans are to return to private business in Rappahannock County, farming in Gid Brown Hollow.

25 years ago
April 16, 1987

With his report to Council that the Town of Washington has $1,000 in each of its savings, checking and water authority accounts, Treasurer Brad Fisher added that water problems continue to bleed the town’s funds.

“Leaks are running about $700 a month in repairs,” he told Council.

Total water usage by the town’s residents last month was 459,670 gallons, just above the monthly average of 457,173 gallons.

Following the naming of the Fodderstack Classic to Running Times magazine’s list of the top 75 road races in the country, entries are running well ahead of last year, according to the race’s organizers. Entries have come from as far as New York, Texas, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, as well as D.C. and West Virginia.

Dennis Wingfield, RCHS teacher and veteran Fodderstack competitor, this year will run to raise money for a TV and VCR for the high school library. He said that the school is in need of the equipment to view the growing variety of educational material available on video tapes.

10 years ago
Dec. 26, 2001

Dave Cole, with support from landscape architect Peter O’Shea and architect Tim Mohr of William McDonough and Partners of Charlottesville, presented the Planning Commission with preliminary plans for “a non-profit educational facility and a country inn with a cooking school.” Mr. Cole explained that the educational facility would be part of the Sunnyside Institute, which is a program of the non-profit Cole Family Foundation.

Following his graduation in May 2001 from the College of William and Mary, Jason Knight decided to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. He has completed his six  month journey and returned home just in time for the holidays. The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a public footpath across 2,155 miles from Maine to Georgia. Jason is the son of Jeff and Regina Knight of Washington and  even through they proud of his perseverance, they are delighted that he returned home.

Pete Estes is, and is most deservedly so, Rappahannock News’ Citizen of the Year for 2001.

He is Citizen of the Year for the work that he has done and continues to do, and in recognition of his service to Rappahannock County, its resident, and to its visitors – a service that will pay benefits now and for years and years to come. Pete Estes is a man who knows right from wrong, who stands up for what he believes in, and who never compromises his values. He is respected by both those who agree and disagree with him, by those who work and have worked along side of him and, especially, by family and friends.