Down Memory Lane for May 2

July 27, 1972

Mrs. James F. Massie of Amissville has been named to represent the Jackson District on the Rappahannock County School Board. She was selected to serve a four-year term and takes the seat formerly held by Ralph H. Rowzie, who has served since 1947.

Mrs. Massie, in addition to being a full time farmer’s wife and mother of two, has an avid interest in civic and school affairs. She served as president of the PTA of Washington Elementary School and was the first PTA president of the present consolidated facility. She is treasurer of the Rappahannock Unit of the American Cancer Society, secretary of the Rappahannock Mental Health Chapter and has resided in Rappahannock for 19 years.

Representatives of the senior class of Rappahannock County High School have been participating in classroom Kwiz on TV station WSVA, Harrisonburg, channel 3. The group defeated the Broadway Science Club in competition last night and will reappear on the program next Wednesday night. Next week’s program Rappahannock will compete with a Broadway National Honor Society panel. Students on the local panel are Charla Sisk, Cil Davis, Mauri Raney, David Cordle, Wendy Brown and Billy Payne.

July 16, 1981

Ted Triplett, an orchardist and cattle producer all his life, has long been an advocate of selling directly to the consumer as an escape from the price-cost squeeze choking American farmers. But his was a “do as I say,” not “do as I do” approach.

When his sermons on direct marking attracted few disciples, he decided to practice what he preached. After adding up the dollars and cents from the start of a season of selling at farmers markets in Washington, D.C. and Culpeper, he still believes that direct marketing pays.

Thieves broke into Rappahannock County High School last weekend and stole items that included two televisions, three typewriters and a new floor buffer that was delivered to the school just a week ago.

According to trooper R. A. Baines, the break-in occurred sometime between 4 p.m. on Friday, July 10 and 7 a.m. on Monday, July 13. The intruders entered through a window in the guidance office to the library where they took a typewriter, then to the hall where they found another typewriter and to the teachers lounge where a third machine was taken. All three typewriters were manual models, according to high school principal Dennis Wingfield.

Legal guns were reloaded last Friday for the latest round in the continuing legal battle over the estate of Virginia Fletcher and Robert Eugene Wood. At issue in the fight between heirs-at-law and various charitable institutions is $1,610,718, excluding real estate, left by Virginia Wood and $1,53,116 left by Robert Wood.

In addition, 10.49 acres at Fletcher’s Mill with main house and outbuildings owned by Mrs. Wood were sold at auction in May for $127,000 which was added to her estate. The couple died in the August 1979 Sperryville flood when they were swept from a bridge just a few hundred yards from their home.

June 11, 1992

The high school received a bomb threat Monday just as students were preparing to go into class for a study session before their afternoon exams.

Principal John Toth said an office secretary received the call. Toth said the caller sounded like a young female. The caller told the secretary, according to Toth, that there was a bomb in the school, and hung up.

Earl F. Clanagan has been a construction worker all of his adult life. He now has something to show for it. The Rappahannock County native just completed 520 hours of structured training to certify as a pipe layer-drainage worker. He currently works for L.F. Franklin and Sons Inc., of Stephenson, as a construction worker on the U.S. 211 widening project west of Washington. Construction work is a way of life that Mr. Clanagan enjoys. He says, “I’ve always done construction work, and I like what I do.” Before his layoff by a Northern Virginia contractor, Mr. Clanagan was commuting to Chantilly each day. Now the distance to work is measured in minutes instead of hours.

Rappahannock High School Valedictorian Amy Kellert and Salutatorian Chris Stone were exempt from taking final exams this week, but they do have final academic chores – writing speeches for graduation. Kellert’s high school years have been full. She has been a cheerleader for five years, regularly recognized as being the “most spirited” cheerleader on the squad. Next year she will be attending the University of Virginia.

Stone attended Rappahannock through seventh grade, but was in Fresta Valley Christian School in Marshall from eighth through eleventh grades. He returned to public schools this year for his senior year because Fresta Valley doesn’t offer classes in physics and calculus. He will attend David Lipscomb University in Nashville next year and plans to study accounting.