Down Memory Lane for Dec. 13

March 9, 1972

A long era of “petticoat rule” will come to an end in the town of Washington when the election of city officials takes place in May. Tuesday, the deadline for candidates to file for the election, found a male candidate for the mayor’s seat and one man filed for a council seat.

The Lady Mayor and all-woman council have been ruling the roost since 1950, and this is the first time since that any men have been considered for the position. Mrs. Dorothy Davis has served as the mayor of the town except for two terms since the initial landslide election which put the ladies in power. She has declined to run this time.

Seeking the mayor’s position is Andrew Kozik, a resident of the town for the past couple of years.

Bonnie Lillard, a senior at Rappahannock County High School, received the title of Sweetheart of 1972 at the Sweetheart Dance Friday night at the school. She received her tiara from Bill Kilby, president of the school SCA.

George Beahm of Washington bagged two bobcats in Gid Brown Hollow near his home on Tuesday. The larger one weighed about 18 pounds. Beahm lives near the park’s edge.

Feb. 26, 1981

Carson Johnson applied last Wednesday to the Rappahannock County Planning Commission for a public hearing in the first step of approvals required for a proposed 10-lot subdivision on land belonging to John Kalas.

As trustee, Johnson is seeking to have 144 acres on Route 600 near Sperryville rezoned from agricultural to residential subdivision. According to plats filed with the commission, plans call for the property to be divided into ten lots, ranging in size from five to 25 acres.

Group Commander Greg Swaim led Randolph-Macon Academy’s Parade Unit to first place in the junior military competition in Alexandria’s Annual George Washington’s Birthday Parade on Feb. 16. Swaim, a cadet first lieutenant at R-MA in Front Royal, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Swaim of Flint Hill.

Paula Butler, a senior at Rappahannock County High School, has been given the “Good Citizenship” award by the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Paula was chosen for the award by her classmates and the RCHS faculty on the basis of her qualities of leadership, dependability, service and patriotism.

Feb. 20, 1992

No doubt you’ve seen her, Jurisprudence, the black and white cat that has long been a fixture around the county courthouse in Washington.

Prudence, as she’s sometimes called, underwent surgery for a cancerous tumor at Blue Ridge Animal Hospital in Culpeper last week, and donations are being sought to defray her medical bills. Dr. John Fabish performed the operation, and it was said to be successful.

Prudence doesn’t really have an owner, but in recent years the staff at the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office have taken to feeding her, according to Beverly Atkins. At various times, Prudence has made the jail, the courthouse and the commissioner’s office her main hang-out. “She’s been known to waltz into the courtroom during a trial, or show up during church and sit in the center aisle watching things,” said Atkins. She has even caught movies at the Theatre at Washington.

According to Atkins, about $200 has been collected toward Prudence’s $274 vet bill.