Down Memory Lane for Nov. 22

Feb. 10, 1972

It all began with a phone call from Alexandria. “Hey, mom, okay if I bring a few boys home for the weekend to go skiing?” This query was put to his mother by Bill Snead, a student at Episcopal High School. With an affirmative reply, Bill and his friends packed up and headed for the wide open spaces of Rappahannock.

They arrived – all 20 of them – late Saturday afternoon (they attend school on Saturday) in a small bus provided by the father of one of the boys. Though a little dazed at the extent of their son’s “few friends,” Judge and Mrs. R. V. Snead rallied to the occasion.

With school on Saturday, Episcopal students have Sunday and Monday as their weekend, so they spent these two days with the Sneads and at Big Devil Ski Area, which they declared had provided excellent skiing on the man-made snow.

As the young men headed toward the bus for the trip back to school, Bill suggested to his parents that they should do this again sometime soon. Emphatically, his mother replied: “This is definitely a once-a-year thing!

Mary L. Payne of Amissville, a long time employee of Rappahannock National Bank, Washington, has been named cashier of the firm, following Monday’s meeting of the directors. H. Lee Payne, who has served in this position for a year, resigned, returning to a former position in Christiansburg. Mrs. Payne joins the ranks with numerous other lady officials in Rappahannock.

Feb. 5, 1981

The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of 101 old silver quarters which were taken from the home of Harvey Gordon near Sperryville on Jan. 28.

C.E. “Ned” Johnson, Jr., prominent Rappahannock orchardist and livestock producer, has long been interested in local history. Recently with the help of his wife Elisabeth, Johnson has turned his talents to historical research, digging into the county’s past for a book he’s writing on Rappahannock.

Born and raised in Rappahannock, Johnson’s forebearers formerly held title to Red Oak Mountain in Woodville. His family married into the Wood family who owned the Sperryville farm where Ned and his wife Elisabeth reside.

February 6, 1992

The Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC) in Washington is debt free following the opening of sealed bids on a modular home donated to the center by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bull.

The sale netted CCLC $16,326, more than enough to pay off the remaining $13,300 of the mortgage taken out to finance its pavilion, which cost a total of $35,000 according to CCLC director Rose Ann Sharp.

Mountainside Market means more than just health food to the Rappahannock community. In addition to such esoteric grocery items as organic beef, bulk bulgur and tie-dye clothing, Mountainside also purveys local concert tickets, alcoholic beverage and perhaps most important, information on a variety of health, family and community topics.

According to founder and co-owner Rae Ross, Mountainside origins go back to the Rush River Company building more than ten years ago, when she shared retail space for a cooperative store with a dulcimer maker and antique collector.

February marks the 10th anniversary of The Conyers House, the first bed and breakfast in Rappahannock County. The opening of The Conyers House spawned a hospitality industry that now makes Rappahannock the B&B capital of Virginia with, by far, the highest number of B&B’s per capita among any county in the nation.