Down Memory Lane for June 27

Oct. 12, 1972

“We’ve got to have a stove at the jail,” Sheriff John Walker Jenkins informed the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors at their October meeting last Thursday. “The one we’ve got pops and carries on and puts out little heat.”

“Oh my goodness!” exclaimed supervisor Herbert Foster, who has earned a reputation as the board’s chief guardian of the purse strings. “Money, money, money!” The county borrowed it 12 to 15 years ago to finish out a winter, and it was never taken back. Jenkins thought a new one could be acquired from the Co-op for around $240.

C. E. Johnson, Sr., a Sperryville farmer and orchardist, has been named chairman of Rappahannock County Farmers for Robinson. The group is backing the re-election effort of Rep. J. Kenneth Robinson and is contacting farmers in the Rappahannock County area on his behalf. In accepting the appointment, Johnson said; “Just check his record and you will find that he is one of the best and soundest congressmen in Washington.” A graduate of VMI, Johnson is a member of the board of Rappahannock National Bank and Shenandoah Valley Meat Packers. He is also president of Rappahannock Home Mutual Fire Insurance Company.

Cheryl Poling of Amissville, a junior at Rappahannock County High School, was high salesman during the magazine campaign which ended Wednesday at the school. Her sales totaled over $180; one of the prizes which she will receive is a large stuffed animal.

Sept. 17, 1981

Red Oak Jill, a foxhound owned by Clifton Clark of Red Oak Kennels at Woodville, was awarded first place in all-age HGA after winning the Northern Virginia Foxhunters Field Trials held in Culpeper Sept. 9-12. The 17 judges declared Red Oak Jill the best out of a field of 218 hounds.

There won’t be a potato famine in Rappahannock County this season. The drought may have shriveled tomatoes, stunted corn and scorched hay crops, but weather conditions were just about perfect for spuds judging from the harvest dug up by local gardeners from Amissville to the F.T. Valley. While everyone’s crop was better than average, Frank Atkins has one for the record books from his garden plot in Old Hollow. He bought 50 pounds of Kennebec seed potatoes, gave some to his son and put the rest in the ground in March, planting by the moon signs as directed in the Hagerstown Almanac.

This month, he dug 30 bushels. With a bushel holding about 60 pounds, that gives Atkins an incredible 30-fold-plus yield on his harvest.

July 30, 1992

The fact that Ochs rhymes with box creates an interesting and clever aspect to one of Flint Hill’s newest businesses. Ochs Food, located in the back of the Flint Hill General Store, opened two months ago and was conceived of by owners Nicholas Ochs Raymond and long-time county resident Diane Waldron. With essentially the lunch crowd in mind, although they do catering as well, Raymond and Waldron are serving up some pretty delicious fare between 11 and 12:30. On top of that, and most importantly, with just a called-in order, they will deliver it to your door at no charge if you are in the Washington or Flint Hill areas.

The county Board of Zoning Appeals turned down a request for a variance from front and rear setback requirements at their meeting last Wednesday. Pamela and Barry Schiermeyer had a contract to purchase a 1.01 acre parcel in the Flint Hill area. The mostly rectangular parcel is about 147 feet wide by 288 feet long. A right-of-way serves the property along the front. The zoning ordinance requires that a residence be set back 75 feet from the front property line and 50 feet from the back line. This would allow a house on that property a little more than 22 feet wide.