Down Memory Lane for Feb. 28

May 25, 1972

Patricia Saltonstall, owner of a farm near Massie’s Corner, received her bass fingerlings from the hatchery specialist. Saltonstall is one of 23 new pond owners who received the final shipment of fish for their ponds. Ponds are stocked with bluegill, redear sunfish and channel catfish for the fall by the Soil Conservation Service, who orders the fish from the National Hatchery for pond owners.

Richard E. McNear, of Rappahannock County, has been appointed to serve Fauquier County in a capacity that apparently will be something like a director of public works, or county engineer. McNear is married to the former Nancy Jean Beeghly, of Poland, Ohio. They have an 18-month old daughter, Jennifer Jo, and live at Greenwood Farms in Washington.

Sperryville’s Nina Metzinger earned a reserve championship ribbon in the pleasure horse classes at the 4-H horse show held recently at Blue Rock Farm. She was riding Cracker Jack, owned by her brother, Tim. These youngsters are the children of Col. and Mrs. Dale Metzinger of Roundabout Farm.

May 14, 1981

Charles Tompkins proves that photography is an art form with the exhibit opening this Sunday at Liz Dubenetz’s Fifth Street Gallery and Frame Shoppe in Warrenton. His photographs illustrate the natural beauty of Fauquier County, his childhood home, and Rappahannock County, where he now lives. Thompkins started fooling around with photography as a kid, working on the school newspaper and yearbook at St. Paul’s in Maryland and Hun School in Princeton, N.J.

For 40 years, Haywood Pullen has been keeping bees in back of his home at Rose Hill Farm. Before that, he lived just down the road at the old toll gate house where his grandfather, Rob Brady, collected tolls for wagons and horses traveling on the old road. His reason for keeping bees is simple: He likes honey. He gets about 25 dozen quarts a year from his 80 hives and sells them from his home in late summer. “I don’t know that much about bees,” Pullen said, “just what I’ve picked up over the years.”

April 16, 1992

Over the course of its 13-year history, the Fodderstack 10K classic race, which covers 6.2 miles of countryside between Flint Hill and Washington, has had its moments. The idea for the race came from Eva L. Smith, whose son ran from Flint Hill to the Rappahannock Courthouse one day, where Mrs. Smith was employed as deputy clerk. He suggested that Fodderstack Road would make an excellent race course, and Mrs. Smith set about organizing it. Mrs. Smith passed away after only one of the races had been run, but the awards presented every year to the top male and female winners from Rappahannock are done so in her name.

David Davis, van operator for Crowder Transfer and Storage in Alexandria, has received the Safe Driving Award from United Van Lines. Mr. Davis has been with Crowder for the past 31 years. He has been a warehouse foreman, a dispatcher and is currently a van operator.

During his tenure, he has received the Van Operator of the Month Award from United in December 1986 and February 1987. He was Crowder’s Driver of the Year in 1986 and co-winner of Driver of the Year in 1987. He lives in Washington, with wife Marie and three daughters.

Barbara Slater could create your interiors just as you imagine them. Ms. Slater can bring your ideas to reality from floor to ceiling and all places in between, working from her home-based office, Bit O’Green Interiors, in Castleton.

A financial planner by trade, Ms. Slater said she “just really did not like” her career of managing and making money for other people. Her passion is decorating. Originally from Williamsburg, Ms. Slater moved to the area last summer, bringing with her the colors and fabric necessary to start a new business. Over the years, Ms. Slater has taken several classes in interior design, becoming certified.