Down Memory Lane for Oct. 18

Jan. 6, 1972

Officials for Rappahannock County elected in November have been sworn in and assumed duties, as of the first day of the year. The Board of Supervisors will hold its first meeting of the new year today (Thursday). Mrs. Virginia D. Smith, newly elected to the post of Commissioner of the Revenue, has selected Mrs. Merle Scoggin as her deputy. Everett Estes of Washington has been selected by incoming Sheriff John Walker Jenkins as his deputy; Jonas Alther Sr. will remain as Jail Custodian for the county. Ray Jackson remains as an unpaid deputy.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Bailey of Washington were honored with a dinner Jan. 31, in celebration of their fortieth anniversary. The dinner, given by their children, was held at their home in Washington. The former Miss Ethel Virginia Timbers and Edward H. Bailey were married in Washington, Va., Dec. 28, 1931, by the Rev. Luther Banks.

Jan. 1, 1981

A fire on Christmas night, Dec. 25, left the Ketchem family homeless and without clothing or home furnishings when the house they rented on Route 729 near Ben Venue burned to the ground. The house was owned by Robert Walter of Charlottesville. The Ketchems and their three children were away from home visiting Terry Ketchem’s mother, Mrs. Marjorie J. Ketchem in Woodstock when the tragedy occurred.

A large woman with a big smile and an even bigger heart, Rachel Aylor moves around quietly on the county’s backstage, lending a hand wherever she’s needed. Black or white, rich or poor, anyone who needs help needs only to ask Rachel. With everything she does, there’s little chance she’ll rust away and she gives no sign of wearing out. “I just do things. I don’t think about them. If I do something for somebody else, maybe when I’m old, somebody will give me some help if I need it,” Rachel said. Another love that goes back to Rachel’s childhood is the church. As a youngster, she joined Macedonia Baptist Church in Flint Hill, where she still sings in the senior choir.

Jan. 2, 1992

The Mobil Travel guide announced last week in USA Today that the Inn at Little Washington again earned the guide’s highest awards – Five Stars for both its restaurant and accommodations. The Inn once again becomes the only establishment in Mobil’s history to ever receive two Five Star ratings. Eleven restaurants and only eight hotels in America received Five Star designations this year.

After deciding to make a slew of changes to the Washington Historic District Ordinance two weeks ago, the town’s Planning Commission and Architectural Review Board scheduled one more work session on the controversial legislation. The most contentious issues that the group addressed dealt with ARB membership, special meetings, the two districts within the town, regulations governing paint colors and the difference between renovation and demolition.