Down Memory Lane for Oct. 25 

Jan. 13, 1972

An automobile stolen on Jan. 4 was recovered Tuesday in Chillum, Md. The 1963 Chevrolet, owned by James Menefee of Washington, was parked in front of Washington Baptist church while Mr. Menefee was working inside the building. The ignition keys were in Menefee’s pocket, but the doors of the white, two-door coupe were not locked. According to investigating trooper R. A. Baines, a small vehicle bearing Maryland license plates had been seen earlier in the area.

Robert T. Dennis, executive director of Central Atlantic Environment Service since its founding, has resigned to assume another assignment. He will oversee a study of the National Park Service Program for the Conservation Foundation. He will remain available as a consultant and advisor to the Central Atlantic Service. Dennis is a landowner in Rappahannock and has taken an active part in conservation measures here.

Jan. 8, 1981

At 1981’s first meeting, the Rappahannock supervisors tackled a piece of very old business – the lack of a second-floor fire escape from the courthouse, a fire code violation first cited by the State Fire Marshall in November of 1977.

“There are things we need to smooth out in 1981 and the fire escape is one of them,” announced chairman E. P. Luke.

Mrs. Pipsie Bischoff, known to most Rappahannock residents for her prowess as a tennis player, is also a recognized appraiser of silver with special emphasis on antique work.

Bischoff finds silver appraisal a challenging field, time-consuming but rewarding. She related one incident in which she copied the marks from some Spanish colonial silver and sent the reproduction to Christie’s for an expert opinion on its value. Their judgement was that while it was unusual, there was no demand for the old silver and therefore, it was worth little more than its meltdown value.

Jan. 9, 1992

The Rappahannock County High School varsity basketball team finished fourth among eight teams in the Northern Virginia Daily Christmas tournament last week, beating AA Courtland 51-48 in the opener before dropping the next two games. According to coach Gary Leake, the Panthers improved their defense, cut opponents’ scoring, increased their own shooting percentage and reduced turnovers, all team goals for the tournament.