Down Memory Lane for April 25

July 20, 1972

A herd of black angus cattle owned by Washington residents D.D. Miller and son fared badly during the weekend. Four of the animals were injured or killed in three different crashes. An investigation disclosed a fence had been cut once and a gate left open by an apparent trespasser.

Wade Hampton Evans, of Warrenton, struck two angus cows on the Washington bypass at 9:30 p.m. Saturday (July 15) in his 1967 Chevrolet. Damage to his vehicle was estimated at $600.

Sunday night, Michael Paul Young, of Alexandria, struck and killed a heifer about 10 p.m. Damage to his 1965 Volkswagen car was set at $400. At 11:45 the same night, Arlington resident Cornelia Lee Martin, operating a 1972 Gremlin, struck a cow and damaged her vehicle in the amount of $300.

Sandra Kay Foster, a 1972 graduate of Longwood College, made the dean’s list for academic excellence during the spring semester. Sandra, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Foster of Flint Hill, is an elementary education major who plans to teach in the fall.

The house of Buddy King was moved about three miles east on U.S. 211 yesterday morning to make way for the eventual dual-laning of the highway. Loaded on a trailer pulled by a Mack tractor, the house moved gently down the road, disrupting traffic for only a short time. H. A. Beaver, of Mitchells, was the mover.

July 9, 1981

Charles K. Estes is the new Piedmont District representative on the Rappahannock Board of Supervisors, replacing E.P. Luke, who resigned last month. The new supervisor operates Charles K. Estes Truck Sales in Sperryville as well as Valley View Orchard. A native of Rappahannock, he went to public schools here for 10 years before graduating from Randolph-Macon Academy. Estes also attended VPI.

The Golden Panthers of Rappahannock completed their first season last week with a record of eight wins and four losses. Sponsored by Eldon Farms, the Golden Panthers are affiliated with the Rappahannock Athletic Association and played in the newly formed tri-county league organized by the RAA and groups from Madison and Greene counties.

The Panthers are coached by Gary Leake with assistance from Tim Williams and Roy Jenkins. From the opening day of  practice, Leake emphasized hard work, dedication, hustle and most of all, the will to win.

Washington doesn’t have its new well hooked up yet but their reservoir is full and tanker trucks that were hauling water to the town quit making trips last Tuesday. According to Mayor Newbill Miller, the basic electrical work for tying the new 150-gallons-per-minute well into the system has been completed. But the pump must still be installed, pipe laid and power turned on before water can begin to flow.

June 4, 1992

For Rappahannock’s two mail order houses a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week was welcome news indeed.

Martin Woodward of the Faith Mountain Company said, “This decision is the best thing that could happen to the catalog industry.” He noted that not only are there 50 states wanting to have mail order companies collect sales taxes, but some jurisdictions within these states want their taxes collected. He said that there were about 6,500 taxing jurisdictions all hoping to collect taxes from mail order companies.

Jimmy Swindler of Country Manor said he was “thrilled” by the court ruling. He said the company had been receiving correspondence from the state of Texas for two years asking that its sales tax be collected. Mr. Swindler said he hopes when the issue is finally resolved, the tax will be owed to the state where the order is filled.

The Sperryville High School class of 1942 recently held a reunion upstairs at Country Home Antiques. Present were Frankie Yowell McMillen and her husband Carl from Upper Marlboro, Md., Roger Woodard and his wife Alwilda of Alexandria, Ruth Dennis Beddingfield of Alexandria, Mary Edna Sisk Woodard of Front Royal, Grace Dwyer Gagner and her husband Harvey of Springfield, Jane Rudasill Hopkins of Norfolk, Florine Atkins Estes of Sperryville, Dorothy Jenkins, Annie Dwyer of Culpeper and Anne Wood Hilldrup of Spotsylvania. All were present except two.

Navy Petty Officer 3rd class Andrew K. Pratt, whose wife Betty, is the daughter of Martha and George E. Kidwell Jr., of Castleton, recently deployed aboard the destroyer USS Comte Grasse, homeported in Norfolk six months in the Mediterranean Sea. The 1989 graduate of Rappahannock County High School joined the Navy in August 1989.