Down Memory Lane for July 26

50 years ago
November 1, 1962

Mrs. W. H. Moffett was hostess to the Washington Bridge Club and additional guests at her home Thursday evening. Those playing were Mrs. Harry Lee Smith, Mrs. T. C. Lea, Mrs. Rayner Snead, Mrs. George H. Davis, Jr., Mrs. W. H. Moffett, Jr., Mrs. Charles Bruce, Mrs. Wade H. Massie, Jr., Mrs. Charles Palmer, Mrs. R. L. Cheatham, Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Miller and Mrs. Henry Keyser. Prizes were awarded to Mrs. Bruce, Mrs. Cheatham and Mrs. Keyser.

Homer Fincham, who lives in Gid Brown Hollow, was badly bitten last Wednesday by a fox. Laboratory examination for rabies proved positive and Mr. Fincham is being given the Pasteur treatment.

Old prints and historical stories make you aware of the coach dog that traveled beside a stage coach. Several weeks ago there appeared in the Town of Washington a small white dog with brown and white spots who stays by and travels with the white station wagon that belongs to the George H. Davis family, wherever it goes. Great care has apparently been used in training this dog as it will follow no other car, stays out of the path of other cars, will not ride in the station wagon and will not go into a house. The dog’s behavior has created much interest among adults and is a constant source of amusement of children. Unless the owner claims the dog soon, the Davises will be faced with an expense not usually associated with owning an automobile – buying a dog tag for the station wagon dog.

25 years ago
June 11, 1987

“I have the unpleasant duty of reporting that Mr. Campbell will not accept the superintendency,” announced Chairman Beverly Massie as the Rappahannock School Board ended a long executive session on Tuesday night. Apparently, most of the three hours spent behind closed doors were devoted to trying to persuade Tom Campbell to accept the post which will be vacated by Robert Estabrook on Aug. 1. But Rappahannock’s assistant superintendent stuck by the choice he made last month to accept an administrative position in neighboring Orange County’s school system.

Cathy Ann Atkins of Flint Hill is one of the 312 Longwood College students named to its Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement during the second semester of 1986-87. Miss Atkins was among the 64 Longwood students who made 4.0 or all A’s this semester.

10 years ago
Jan. 30, 2002

More than 80 Cub Scouts, family members and friends gathered at the Washington fire hall this past Saturday for Pack 123’s 2002 Pinewood Derby Races. The 40-foot track was scraped, sanded and painted brilliant red by the Pack 123 “track crew,” Bryant Lee, Robin Lee, Opie Crawford, Doug Bywaters and David Woodard.

After three hours of racing it was time to find out which car was the fastest in the Pack. The winner of the third-place trophy with the blue and gold racer was K.T. Milam Jr., the second place trophy was awarded to Sean Michael Knick who “drove” a sleek white car and the number one car in the Pack was owned and driven by Tiger Club’s Case Kramer who was awarded the first place trophy. Kramer’s car won every race, finishing the day with a perfect record.

The Rappahannock County Science Fair was held on Jan. 24 and 25. Close to 300 projects from students in grades eight through 12 were exhibited in the Rappahannock County Elementary multipurpose room. Students spend incredible amounts of time planning, researching, performing and analyzing their special experiments to arrive at their conclusions and present their findings. Both junior and senior division winners were also last year’s winners.

Congratulations to two fine young scientists. Jenkins Dove, son of Dr. and Mrs. Scott Dove, won the honors in the junior division with his project entitled “Energizer-Hot versus Cold.” Sean Robertson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Robertson, won the senior division with his project entitled “A Tale of Two Cells.”