Down Memory Lane for May 16

Aug. 10, 1972

Charles Manuel Campbell, 32 of Alexandria and Amissville, was convicted on four charges, including first degree murder, in Rappahannock County Circuit Court Friday following a day and a half of testimony by a dozen witnesses. The 12-person jury recommended a total of 51 years in a penal institution for the crimes.

The defendant was found guilty on the four charges and punishment totaling 51 years was set as follows: murder, 30 years; robbery, 10 years; statutory burglary, 10 years; and one year for grand larceny. The charges stemmed from the killing of John Swan Sutton on Sept. 20, 1970 in Amissville.

Lisa Day and Kathy Dwyer, both of Sperryville, competed in the All-Comers field and track meet Saturday in Winchester. The two accounted for six first place awards and one second in a total of six events. Kathy held the lead for a victory in the 440-yard dash and later placed second in the 220-yard run. Lisa threw, jumped and ran to victories in the discus throw, high jump and hurdles. The girls joined two other girls at the meet to make a winning combination in the 880-yard relay. Ribbons were awarded for their success.

John Jackson, a grave digger by profession, has received widespread national and international acclaim for his traditional blues singing accompanied by the folk guitar or banjo. He has performed at numerous folk festivals, released several record albums and taken annual performing tours in Europe. An article featuring his life and contributions to the field appears in the current issue of Sing Out!, the nation’s best known folk music periodical.

July 30, 1981

Donald B. Gore, assistant resident engineer at the Dillwyn residency, has been transferred to a similar post at Warrenton, according to the Virginia Department of Highways and Transportation. He was a construction inspector at Warrenton until he advanced to project engineer at Luray in 1974. He also served as project engineer at the Lexington residency in 1976 and 1977 before returning to Luray. Gore and his wife, the former Doris Ann Dodson, are natives of Sperryville. They have a daughter, Donna, 18.

Everette Kline is the new forester for Rappahannock County, replacing Lyt Wood, who resigned earlier this summer. Kline is a native of Timberville and currently resides at Syria in Madison County. As forester for Rappahannock, Madison and Greene, his duties include assisting landowners with reforestation and timber management, providing timberland examinations, meeting with high school and civic groups in public relations efforts and helping with fire fighting.

June 25, 1992

When Marti Cannon closes the Castleton Post Office in the basement of her home at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, an era will come to an end. Since March 1914, a Cannon has been postmaster at Castleton. Now it appears there may not even be a post office at Castleton. Mrs. Cannon has resigned from the post office after deciding to return to teaching. Ray Cannon also hopes a way can be found to keep a post office in Castleton, but after nearly 100 years, he says his family is through running it.

Jurisprudence, the courthouse cat, age unknown but at least 10 years old, of Washington, died Thursday, June 18 at her home after a short illness. Upon being assured that her children were taken care of, Prudy, as she was fondly called by her loyal friends, adopted Ruth Blackwell, clerk of the general district court. There she lived a luxurious and pampered lifestyle, indulging in delicacies such as Whiska Lickins and Moist Meals.

Upon Ms. Blackwell’s retirement in 1987, Prudy adopted Ruth Kilby, Rappahannock County’s General Registrar, where she continued her renowned lifestyle and conducted business in the usual fashion, specifically sleeping on a stack of papers in the middle of Ruth’s desk.

The Rush River Company, a long-time friend in Rappahannock, has reorganized its methods for doing business. Once a cooperative-type market for artists, the store, which dates back to the last century, now sells on commission under the direction of its owner, Mary Simmons. Mrs. Simmons displays over 50 artists, nearly all from the area, and she said, “The shop has done very well, without exception. We have done better than the month before since we opened.”