Down Memory Lane for Dec. 6

Feb. 24, 1972

A near-tragic incident in the recent snowstorm involved a 15-year old boy, Thomas Menis of Gaithersburg, Md., a hiker on the Appalachian Trail.

He passed through Chester Gap late Saturday afternoon, and followed the trail into the Shenandoah National Park for about two miles before making camp and retiring for the night in his sleeping bag. When he awoke Sunday morning, he was buried under two feet of snow and the snow was still falling.

His shoes and outer garments were wet, stiff and hard to manage. In the midst of the heavy snow, minus shoes and other clothes, with frozen feet and a shivering, half-clad body, he found his way to the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. Scheidegger on Route 610, where he arrived about 9 a.m. to ask for help.

The Scheideggers gave first aid, supplied dry clothing and food, and phone service to the boy’s parents. Because of the deep drifting snow and closed roads down the mountain, there was a problem about getting him to medical aid. However, further help was obtained from Albert Wines, who made a path up the road with his bulldozer, and Billy Wines, who supplied his International Travelall to carry the suffering youth down to Route 522.

The annual membership dinner meeting of the Rappahannock Farmers’ Co-operative, Sperryville, was held last Thursday evening at Panorama. The dinner was followed by a report of the progress and finances of the Co-op for the past year; a 10-year comparison was also shown. The Sperryville store is a subsidiary of the parent plant, Culpeper Farmers’ Cooperative, and other retail stores are located in Warrenton and Remington.

According to the report by manager Gordon Thornhill, total sales for 1971 were $703,525.68, an increase over the previous year of $101,721.31. This included feed, seed, fertilizer, farm supplies, lime and delivery.

Feb. 19, 1981

Fire razed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Jenkins on Fodderstack Road at Washington Friday morning, destroying the structure and most their possessions. Smoke and water damage ruined many of the things that the fire did not. The family has found a house to rent in Flint Hill while they rebuild. The fire possibly started from an electrical malfunction.

Sean Wayland, a member of the Amissville Webelo Pack, received the Arrow of Light at the Feb. 17 Blue and Gold Banquet of the Pack. This is the highest award in Cub Scouting. At Tuesday’s pack meeting, Sean went from Webelos to the Boy Scout Troop and was welcomed by Scoutmaster Scott Zeimer.

Feb. 13, 1992

A longtime stalwart of the Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, Paul Poling, was presented with the Chief Robert W. Little Jr. Humanitarian Award by the International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation in Hampton last weekend during the midwinter Fire Chiefs Conference. Mr. Poling was presented the award for “his commitment, dedication and lifelong service to the state and the community,” according to the plaque. He was also given a $1,000 check.

Four members of the Rappahannock News staff were honored at the Virginia Press Association (VPA) annual awards banquet in Richmond last weekend. Photographer Cindy Mahan, reporter Sharon Kilpatrick, former editor Lou Hatter and editor Mark Scolforo received awards in the VPA’s annual writing, design and photography competitions.

Evelyn Dellinger has brought a new talent to Rappahannock County. A newcomer to the Castleton area, Mrs. Dellinger and her husband moved to the county in 1989. Mrs. Dellinger has been making cakes since her two grown children were just boys. It was not until 1974 that she really got serious.

Making the wedding perfect, Mrs. Dellinger creates the perfect cake complete with her own round table and lace cloth. Besides making the cake and bringing the table for it to stand upon, she delivers the masterpiece, sets it up and stays to serve the guests.