Down Memory Lane for Jan. 10

April 13, 1972

Circuit Court Judge Carleton Penn called a recess during Wednesday’s hearing in Leesburg that saw Robert M. Gamble, owner of the Big Devil Ski Area in Washington, attempting to stop foreclosure on the 370-acre property by alleging that the initial transaction that involved Gamble with Jenkins Mountains Associates was a case of misrepresentation.

The regular business of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors was conducted Thursday following the annual road hearing. The agenda included livestock claims, dumping and refuse, and additional personnel for the sheriff’s department.

A claim by Tom Lee for the loss of four sheep was approved by Dog Warden Bruce and the board with value of $25 each. The warden did not sanction a claim for sheep of Dabney Eastham. He said the sheep had no visible marks of injury by animals, but had died a day or so after they had been chased by dogs.

A fire causing nearly $35,000 in damage broke out April 1 in a tenant house on High Meadow Farm in Rappahannock County. The farm and tenant house are owned by Admiral Joseph Gardiner.

P.B. Biggs, one of the firemen who fought the blaze, said it appeared that the fire started in an oil stove in the living room. Flames gutted the main wing of the two-story house that included two upstairs bedrooms, a dining room and living room.

Admiral Gardiner said nearly all the loss was covered by insurance, estimating damage at nearly $35,000, including the house’s contents.

April 2, 1981

“Get a horse!”

The familiar shout that greeted the Model T Ford so many years ago is making a comeback. Horses and buggies may never reclaim the highways from Motor City, but draft horses, descendants of the magnificent beasts that carried knights in shining armor into battle, have returned to Virginia farms.

Tractor dealers aren’t going out of business under the advance of pounding hoofs. The gasoline engine is still the prime source of farm energy but teams of Percherons are replacing a John Deere here and an International there in helping the farmer plant and harvest.

Jackie Estes is in the forefront of the movement that’s hitching Old Bob back up to the plow. When she’s not sorting mail, Amissville’s postmaster is in the pasture across from Mills’ Store, bouncing around on a training sled behind Stinky and Kit, her two-year old draft horse fillies.

Trooper Rufus Baines of the Virginia State Police gave youngsters a friendly introduction to law enforcement at Career Day last Thursday at the elementary school. Local horseman Dunny Eastham had bridles, saddles, brushes, curry combs, books featuring colored pictures of different horse breeds and all other manner of horse paraphernalia.

Organised by Laurie Marshall, teacher for the gifted and talented program, Career Day offered youngsters in fourth through sixth grade an opportunity to talk with representatives from a wide range of job opportunities.

Amissville Ladies Auxiliary presented the fire department a check for $1,000 at the annual firemen’s banquet held Friday evening. Louise Smith made the presentation to Paul Poling. The fire company also received a check for $500 from the family of the late Braxton James in his memory and a fire helmet to be displayed in the trophy case in the firehouse. Amissville Fire and Rescue personnel, friends and guests enjoyed a sumptuous ham and turkey dinner and musical entertainment.