Down Memory Lane for Aug. 22

Dec. 14, 1972

Joel L. Jenkins of Flint Hill has retired from the position of Star Route mail carrier after a 39-year career. Since 1933 he has taken the mail from Front Royal to Culpeper by way of Flint Hill, Washington and Sperryville. For a number of years he worked under a contract awarded by W.B. Jenkins, but in later years has handled the contract himself. Only a couple of times has he been off because of sickness in these many years. In addition to carrying the mail, Mr. Jenkins has been a delivery man and errand “boy” for a host of local residents.

A 1961 Plymouth operated by Francis Hogan of Washington went out of control and crashed into a bridge abutment on U.S. 522 north of Flint Hill Saturday evening. According to Trooper W. A. Buntin, a ball joint broke on the right front wheel and the vehicle careened into the bridge. Hogan was treated for lacerations of the head at Warren Memorial Hospital and released. His wife, Rosetta Hogan, sustained a fractured left arm, possible concussion, lacerations of the head, nose and chin and was hospitalized overnight.

A check for Rappahannock’s portion of Federal “revenue-sharing” for the first six months of 1972 arrived this week; the amount was $25,900. The check has been deposited with Treasurer Robert L. Brown, according to clerk E. M. Jones, who said, “no guidelines for the disbursement of the money have been received.” A comment by a patron in the Clerk’s office Wednesday morning was: “You can bet there are some strings attached.” Some counties and cities have been disappointed in the amount meted them, for they had been expecting much, much more. Loudoun County received only $27,212 and had expected some $500,000, while Fauquier was given $113,579. First reports had it that Fauquier would receive a total of $403,000.

Nov. 12, 1981

He was the handsome, imposing actor with the firm jaw and booming voice. She was the beautiful young musical comedy star — at 30 an old-timer already in the New York theater. Still together more than 50 years after they met, Edward and Helen Pawley have starred in every kind of dramatic production available in the pre-television years of their careers. For the past 30 years, the Pawleys have made their home in Rappahannock County and have lent their grace and vitality to the roles they have played here. Their home now is at Rock Mills, the juncture of the Thornton and Rush rivers, a once-bustling commercial crossroads serving farms along both rivers.  

In a letter to the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors dated Nov. 10, Alexander Sharp announced his resignation from the joint position of zoning administrator and building official. “I was hoping that this job would be compatible with farming but I find that not to be the case,” Sharp wrote, noting that he could not continue farming on his present scale and adequately serve the county at the same time. He concluded his letter of resignation by apologizing for any inconvenience he may have caused the board. Sharp was hired as zoning administrator-building official in September but didn’t take over the slot until mid-October in order to complete the apple harvest at two orchards he manages.

Sept. 17, 1992

Spring Mountain School on Mt. Salem Avenue in Washington was granted a new special-use permit by the town council at last week’s meeting. The school had asked to increase the number of children in attendance during normal school hours from 20 to 40. In addition, the school requested that it would be allowed to rent classroom space to outside groups or organization. Bethany Craig is the director of Spring Mountain School. Ms. Craig was granted the use of two classrooms instead of two, however she does not have rights to the auditorium. Ms. Craig will also be allowed to rent classroom space after school hours to certain groups with certain stipulations.

Louise and Thomas L. Eastham have sued the county over their assessments. A petition filed by attorney Douglas Baumgardner on behalf of the Easthams asks that the assessments be set at the level set by the Board of Assessors, not the level set by the Board of Equalization. Mrs. Eastham owns the 2,497.5 acres Ben Venue Farm. Mr. Eastham owns 296.1 acres nearby. The Board of Assessors set the assessment on Ben Venue at $4.7 million and the assessment on Mr. Eastham’s land at $938,100. The assessment on the Eastham properties will not affect the real estate tax they pay since the land is assessed for tax purposes at its land use value rather than “fair market value.”