Down Memory Lane for July 5

50 years ago
October 11, 1962

James M. Settle of Flint Hill has tendered his resignation as Clerk of the Circuit Court of Rappahannock, effective December 32, 1962, after 40 years of faithful service in this office. Mr. Settle was first appointed clerk by Judge George Latham Fletcher to fill the unexpired term of William Armstrong upon his retirement in 1922. Since his appointment Mr. Settle has been elected to the office every term without opposition. Miss Ruth Stevens, Flint Hill, is deputy Clerk and has held this position since April 16, 1935.

The behavior of a vehicle belonging to Mrs. R. V. Snead proved much more exciting than the Junior Varsity football game at Randolph Macon Academy in Front Royal on Friday when Clarke County downed a Randolph-Macon team 34-7. Judge and Mrs. Snead attended the one-sided 8th- and 9th-graders game to see their son Sam participate. According to an eyewitness, it was most interesting to see Clark County’s junior varsity score almost at will but this was remedied when the Ford Falcon rolled down the hill into the bleachers with a loud crash of splintering wood. When the excitement had died down, it was found that no one had been hurt and the damage done to the stands and the car was minor.

Harrison Powers of the Rappahannock County Chapter was elected President of the Northern Triangle Federation of Future Farmers of America in a lively election October 8 at the Clarke County High School. Northern Triangle Federation is composed of FFA chapters of Loudoun, Clarke, Frederick, Warren and Rappahannock counties and is organized to further the activities of FFA in the area.

25 years ago
May 21, 1987

Bill Harrison has taken up the duties of Rappahannock County’s Building inspector, succeeding Emiel Smit, who resigned May 1. Mr. Harrison comes to the position with experience as an industrial arts teacher at RCHS, as well as many years as a carpenter and woodworker. Mr. Harrison will be working out of the county’s Building and Zoning office, located on Main Street in Washington.

“Wagon one is now in service.” With those words, the Washington Volunteer Fire Department recently added a new piece of equipment to its inventory: a 1969 American La France fire truck. It replaces the department’s aging 1946 Mack, which was taken out of service. The truck was purchased from a department in Plainview, N.Y., according to Roger Roach, chief of Company 1. Chief Roach said that the new truck, although 18 years old, “is very up to date and comparable to new equipment being purchased now.”

As Martin and Cheri Woodard reflected on the 10 years since they opened Faith Mountain, they noted the changes they’ve seen mounted. The original idea when they bought the old house on Main Street in Sperryville, Cheri explained, was that it was large enough to live in the back and have a small shop in the front. Their son Adam was about five at the time, and Cheri was looking for a business which would allow her to stay at home with him. Now their mail-order catalog business allows everyone else to stay at home and shop, but the business has grown so big that they no longer live in the back of their store. And, it has expanded into areas other than their living space. Faith Mountain Herbs and Antiques has become The Faith Mountain Company, with a new logo to accompany the new name.

10 years ago
Jan. 23, 2002

The construction of the concrete dugouts for the Rappahannock County High School softball teams has commenced. With local construction expert Peter Kreyling of Kreyling Construction Company at the helm, the footers were dug and concrete poured this past week.

Mr. Andy Baldwin has been a godsend to the recent construction activity that has been initiated within the High School’s Athletic Department. In addition to providing his backhoe and time, in support of the wrestling room construction behind the high school, Mr. Baldwin has dug the footers this week for the new dugouts. All this labor and time has been provided at no cost to the school or the athletic programs.

David Lillard and his wife, Mary Lillard, recently opened the Flint Hill Country Mart, formerly Flint Hill Store. Hours are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lillards plan to specialize in deli sandwiches, as well as hot sandwiches, gourmet coffee, morning pastries, fresh baked breads, fresh produce, a grocery line and a line of gifts and accessories.