Down Memory Lane for June 13

Sept. 21, 1972

Maurice L. Butler, a member of the D.C. Fire Department assigned to a Georgetown engine company, received the Kiwanis International Distinguished Service Award for “unusual courage and rescue coordination in life-saving.” The award was presented in recognition and appreciation of his feat in rescuing a mother and three-year-old daughter trapped in the upper floor of a burning building. Private Butler was one of several firemen dispatched to an early-morning alarm where the building was engulfed in flames and smoke. He climbed a porch railing and went from window to window until he could reach the victims. Taking the child, he returned with her to the porch by swinging from the windows. He then helped a member of his crew bridge an areaway and rescue the mother.

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Butler Sr. of Boston.

Herbert Foster is the supervisor his fellow supervisors look to every time a question involving money is involved, and he seldom disappoints them. A case in point occurred at the September meeting. Mrs. Virginia Smith, Rappahannock revenue commissioner, appeared before the board to say she’d like to attend an educational meeting of revenue commissioners Oct. 5-6 in Williamsburg.

There was a general indication of agreement among the supervisors, but – as usual – there was a pause, and the members turned toward Foster. The moment of silence lengthened into maybe two moments of silence. Finally, Foster said: “I’ll go along with it – if it’s not too much.” He was told the charge would be $23 a night. “And all the steak you can eat?” he retorted, his eyes widening.

Charles Manuel Campbell was convicted of first degree murder in Prince William Circuit Court on Friday (Sept. 8) and sentenced to life in prison. A few weeks earlier he had been found guilty on four charges, including murder, in Rappahannock County Circuit Court and received a sentence of 51 years. Campbell had been charged with the shooting of Charlie Enoch Womach, Jr. of Delapine on Nov. 1, 1970 near Manassas. Ernest Moffett Smith was also charged with the crimes in Manassas and in Rappahannock, but died of leukemia in the Virginia State Prison Hospital in Richmond while awaiting trial. Both men were originally from Amissville and Rappahannock.

Aug. 27, 1981

Mrs. Elizabeth Buntin will retire the end of this month after 35 years as superintendent of public welfare in Rappahannock. Buntin was honored Saturday evening with a dinner at Airlie near Warrenton. About 75 friends and co-workers joined Mrs. Buntin and her family for the occasion. The dinner was followed by a short program with Mrs. Aline Johnson of Sperryville, a member of the welfare board as emcee, who made a few remarks before introducing Ms. Mona Hurst, director of the Northern Virginia Regional Office in Falls Church.

Jane Kidwell and Kim Helmer, both of Castleton, were among the 23 cadette and senior Girl Scouts from Virginia who attended the Wyoming Trek from July 31-Aug. 16. Jane is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Kidwell Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Helmer are Kim’s parents.

The town of Washington rigged up a temporary solution to its water problem Tuesday by pumping water from the new well by the firehouse to the town reservoir. The present water problem is the third major shortage this year. The new town well just west of town has more than ample water for the town, but problems negotiating a right-of-way had stalled the permanent hook-up to the town’s water system. The problem of the right-of-way has apparently been solved, said Mayor Newbill Miller. Miller said that the papers granting the town access through the Clopton property on Blue Ridge Avenue just outside of the town limits have been signed and were to be mailed to the town.

July 16, 1992

Charles Allen Brown remained free Wednesday, three days after the 27-year-old Sperryville man overpowered a guard and escaped from the Rappahannock County Jail. The sheriff said a group of prisoners were taken out into the jail’s exercise yard at 4:20 p.m. July 12. As deputy W. D. Dodson let himself out of the yard through a gate to the outside, Brown hit him from behind and knocked him down, then rushed through the gate. “As far as we know he’s not armed now,” Sheriff Woodward said late Tuesday afternoon. “I feel like he’s probably still in the Sperryville area, and I don’t think that he’s a threat to anyone physically.”

Rappahannock Water and Sewer Authority secretary-treasurer Jimmy Swindler announced last Thursday that Sperryville sewer plant operator Tim Falls had been placed on paid administrative leave until a final decision is reached on his employment status. Kathleen O’Connell, with the SWCB Richmond office, said that an inspection of the plant in May showed a “violation of the total suspended solids effluent limit. The plant was not being supervised or operated in a manner that would have prevented the unusual discharge.” “The solids were discharged haphazardly because the plant was not setup to operate correctly. If the valves are not set properly or adjusted properly, sewage runs straight through without treatment. That was happening that day when the plant was visited,” said O’Connell.