Down Memory Lane for Dec. 3

March 30, 1972

For the second time in the past few months Castleton firemen have been called on to locate missing elderly persons. The group banded together at the request of the county sheriff to find an 84-year-old man who was reported lost. Sixteen men spread out to cover the area in which C. Bandila was last seen and located him unharmed.

W.R. Settle will open a garage, service station and store in Flint Hill in the building formerly occupied by Russell Brothers. He has previously operated a business at Ben Venue and will continue to operate a store at Laurel Mills. Settle has scheduled his opening in Flint Hill for Saturday, April 1, and will offer complete automotive repair service, gas, oil, tires, batteries and groceries at his new location.

Ray T. Cannon of El Rancho Grande Farm in Castleton has received the Virginia BCIA bull testing station get-of-sire award for the second consecutive year. To be eligible for this award, it is necessary to have at least four bulls by the same sire on a rate of performance test at the Culpeper or Dublin testing station. The animal with the highest average 365-day weight gain receives the award.

March 19, 1981

When Patrick O’Connell and Reinhart Lynch opened their French country restaurant, the Inn at Little Washington, three years ago, they put Rappahannock on the culinary map. Local folks doubted that the fancy venture would be a success. One local businessman said it all by addressing his bill to “The End of Little Washington.” But from the start, the Inn has been a gourmet mecca.

The partners’ goal with their plans for a French country inn was to “create something that looked like it had always been there.”

Spring seems to bring out the worst in some people, and is the season for the con-artist and flim-flammer. Already they have begun to crawl out from under their rocks and infest the county and the area. Two young men posing as carpet salesmen called Monday at the home of two elderly sisters in Rappahannock. While one gave his sales pitch in the kitchen, the other first entered the bedroom of one woman and lifted $1,300 from her purse, then the bedroom of the other, where he made off with her purse containing $1,000, all in cash, according to Sheriff W. A. Buntin.

March 5, 1992

Sycamore Hill House & Gardens, a Rappahannock bed and breakfast operated by Kerri and Stephen Wagner, is featured in the current March-April 1992 issue of “Country Inns Bed & Breakfast” magazine, one of the few magazines that focuses exclusively on the guest industry.

Nine full-color photographs of the spectacular gardens at Sycamore Hill atop Menefee Mountain (on U.S. 211 above the library at Washington) were included in a new regular feature on the magazine called “The Garden Gate.”

The photographs, all taken by innkeeper Mrs. Wagner, reflect the Wagners’ devotion to gardening, and include shots of the native spring flowering Virginia dogwood and redbud trees, as well as many lovely gardens throughout the 52-acre estate.

Interim headmistress Pamela Lynn surprised the Wakefield Country Day School community by presenting librarian Grace White a check for $15,000 donated to the school library by Clifford H. Brandt of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Brandt is the grandfather of three WCDS students; two, Caroline, a senior, and David, an eighth-grader, are presently at the school, while Clifford Brandt Jr., in whose name the gift was given, graduated from the Huntly location last year.

Herbert M. Reynolds, 44, of Oak Park in Madison County, has replaced Tippy Jenkins at the Virginia Department of Forestry’s Madison-Rappahannock office. Mr. Reynolds took over Jan. 1 from Mr. Jenkins, who retired.