Down Memory Lane for June 21

50 years ago
September 27, 1962

The Rural Area Development Committee of Rappahannock County met Friday, Sept. 2, at the local high school at Washington. The brochure, “Resort To Rappahannock,” publicizing the county, was presented to members at the meeting and is now ready for wide distribution.

Ed Harris was elected as chairman of the Markets and Public Relations Committee, following the resignation of John Cargill, who has moved to Richmond.

The Aileen manufacturing plant at Flint Hill nears completion. Floors have been tiled and electrical work is being finished. Machinery will soon be moved in. According to officials of the company, the local labor supply seems adequate. Mr. Wade Pullen, an employee on the building construction, reported that on Sunday about 95 people visited the plant.

C. G. Reid, Jr., son of Mrs. Charles Garrison  Reid of Washington, has been promoted to Captain in the Merchant Marines. Captain Reid is serving with the Moore McCormack Lines on the USS Moore McOak. He is one of the youngest men serving in this capacity. Captain and Mrs. Reid live in Jackson Heights, N.Y.

25 years ago
May 7, 1987

The in-fighting – if there was any – came at last Wednesday night’s work session, because at Monday’s board meeting, the supervisors presented a united front at they trimmed $213,235 from the proposed 1987-88 school budget. The reduction leaves projected school spending with a modest five percent increase over the current year or about seven cents more on the real estate levy.

Chairman Hubert Gilkey reported that the board had decided “by consensus” to approve school spending by categories to show “the places we would like to see the School Board make the cuts.” (The supervisors also have the option of approving simply a total figure for educational programs, which would leave the School Board free to transfer money between categories, the only restriction being that spending must stay within the bottom line.).

After listening to hours of testimony at Monday’s public hearing, the supervisors issued a special exception permit to Alex Sharp and Roseann Sharp for an expansion of their migrant workers’ camp in Harris Hollow. But the conditions and restrictions added by the board fell far short of the limits sought by neighboring landowners, Meredith and Henry Gorfein.

The Sharps, who farm about 400 acres of orchards, most rented, also own and operate the apple packing house in Sperryville. “We’re probably the second largest employer of local people in the county,” Mr. Sharp said, adding that he employs up to 40 men and women at the packing house and orchards in the fall. Mr. Sharp acknowledged that terms of an earlier special use permit for the migrant worker camp in Harris Hollow had been violated, by (1) housing more than 10 laborers and (2) using the facility beyond the harvest season to lodge pruning crews.

Airman Larry W. Sisk, son of William E. and Jayne T. Sisk of Sperryville, has graduated from the U.S. Air Force ground communications radio specialist course at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Graduates of the course learned to install and maintain high-powered ground communications equipment, and earned credits toward an associate degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force. Airman Sisk is a 1983 graduate of Rappahannock County High School. He is married to the former Tina Wines of Locust Grove.

10 years ago
Jan. 16, 2002

Danny and Gail Stanley of Amissville recently returned to their home following a successful Caribou hunt in Canada. Mirage Outfitters arranged the hunt and the limit was two each. Mr. and Mrs. Stanley each bagged their limit.

Members of the Rappahannock Band Boosters were busy with their fruit sales during December. The three top sales people at Rappahannock Elementary School were Stevie Ross with $224; Rebecca Tupper, $622 and Caroline Massie, $260. Top sales positions for the high school were Brian Taylor with sales of $2,019; Kayla Hill, $1,000; and Holly Long, $631. The proceeds from the fruit sales will help  the RCHS band go to a national competition in April, as well as purchase new music stands for the elementary band and instruments for elementary and high school bands.