Down Memory Lane for May 9

August 3, 1972

Mrs. Irene Frazier was hostess to a picnic supper, Saturday, July 29 at her home in Sperryville in honor of her son Wade Frazier who leaves Aug. 3 for Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.

Those attending were Wade Frazier’s fiancee, Miss Rosie Thomas, Eddie Frazier, Charlie, Jerry, Ann and Linda Thomas, Johnny Alther, Lonnie and Steve Clatterbuck, all of Sperryville; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smoot and Charles Jr., Mrs. Steve Hunter, Penny and Charles Ricketts, all of Washington.

Miss Betty Lee of Flint Hill has accepted a position as secretary at the local high school, from which she was graduated in June. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Lee, and succeeds Mrs. Brenda Settle Payne who held the position last year.

Rappahannock County High School cheerleaders Susan Latham and Angela Dennis have been busy working on the “pillow project” initiated by the group to raise funds for uniforms and traveling expenses. The young ladies are selling advertising for stadium pillows, which in turn will be sold.

July 23, 1981

Steve Crossman of Sperryville has been charged with arson as the result of a fire which badly damaged his Ford pickup truck. Crossman, then a deputy with the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office, reported the truck fire which occurred May 26 to the state police as possible arson.

Trooper C. A. Moore called in William P. Schultze of the state police’s special arson unit in Culpeper for the investigation. Crossman was charged last Thursday and released Friday on $1,000 bond. He has tendered his resignation from the Sheriff’s department effective July 16.

Mention cooking or gardening to anyone in Rappahannock County and the same name keeps popping up: Mrs. Mattie Ball Fletcher of Little Washington. This amazing woman gardens extensively, cans, pickles and freezes enough to last through the winter, and cooks with such attention and imagination that Gourmet magazine visited her for lunch several years ago. “They called me silver-haired,” she chuckled. “Well, I am old, so I don’t tell my age. Everyone knows I’m old, and that’s enough.” She has been gardening for so long that she can’t remember just when she started but she remembers having a garden at Thornton Hill, where she lived for 50 years, and has kept a garden in Little Washington for 15 years.

A large, old Bible, the original Bible of the Forest Grove Baptist church at Viewtown, has been taken from the church and a reward has been offered for its return, according to a church spokesman. In addition, windows, including a stained glass one, have been broken and other devastations have occurred. The church property is now posted as well as the old Forest Grove school property and it is unlawful to trespass on church property after dark for any reason, whether the land is posted or not. The name or names of informers will be kept confidential and information should be given to Sheriff W. A. Buntin.

June 18, 1992

Sperryville has a mini-mall offering items for sale that are far more unusual than those found in the malls of Northern Virginia. Roberta Gray brought her “Antique Mall and Folk Handcrafts” business from Luray to Sperryville in time for the Memorial Day weekend festival. She was busy settling in that weekend and now is really looking forward to the Apple Festival in the fall. The shop, in a former general store building on Main Street across from the Appetite Repair Shop, includes consignments from 16 dealers in one building.

Two young girls have been charged with making a telephone bomb threat at Rappahannock County High School June 8, according to Sheriff John Henry Woodward. He said the two girls, ages 15 and 16, were charged last Thursday in connection with the threatening call, which emptied the school just before exams were scheduled to begin and delayed their start. A search for the building revealed no bomb, the sheriff said.