Down Memory Lane for Sept. 12

Jan. 11, 1973

Miss Linda Ralls of Washington has been named the DAR Good Citizen from Rappahannock County High School for 1973. The recipient of this award is a senior girl who has displayed “leadership, dependability, service and patriotism.” The senior class votes on this and from the top three selected by the class, one is chosen by the school faculty. Miss Ralls is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ike Ralls. She is co-editor of the school yearbook, a member of the National Honor Society and a library aide.

George L. Taylor, a  member of Washington Masonic Lodge No. 78 AF and AM, has been presented a 50 year pin. Mr. Taylor, for many years a resident of Sperryville, now resides in Culpeper. He was a past master of Sperryville Lodge which consolidated in 1957 with the Washington Lodge. Presentation was made by the Worshipful Master Edward R. Saunders.

At the age of 83, Mrs. Minnie Mitchell is a freshman at the Community College in Wise County. This active, enthusiastic senior citizen is an inspiration to her fellow 18-year-old classmates; in fact, an inspiration to all who know her, and her family is extremely proud of her. One of her daughters, Mrs. Helen Kilby of Sperryville, reports that her mother has completed the first semester at the college and is now enrolled and has begun the second one.

Dec. 3, 1981

The impetus for the birth of Rush River, Rappahannock’s showcase for art and crafts, grew out of one man’s struggle to sell his wares. “It was an idea I had before I moved here from New York,” explained furniture maker Peter Kramer. “It’s difficult for a craftsman to wholesale his work and make any money at it. To earn a living, a craftsperson must also be a retailer and that takes so much time that they don’t have any time left for their craft!”

As Peter labored to create a market for his handcrafted replicas of furniture from America’s past, he tried to figure out a better way. He came up with an idea for a cooperative that would be part showroom and part workshop. But New York City was no place to bring this concept of an artists’ cooperative to life. Kramer’s plan was pushed to the far away, maybe someday future, that cubbyhole where so many dreams gather dust.

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, the State Corporation Commission holds its public hearing in Richmond on a rate increase application from Central Telephone Company (Cen Tel). Commonwealth’s Attorney Douglas Baumgardner will appear at the hearing on behalf of the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors to oppose the rate hike unless it is tied to a provision for better service.

Festivities planned for Charlie Gasch Appreciation Day this Saturday, Dec. 5, in Castleton include a turkey shoot, dinner and auction in the fire hall that Gasch helped build. Charlie Gasch Appreciation Day is the community’s way of saying thanks to the man who was the force behind the Castleton Fire and Rescue Association and a good neighbor to all who knew him. Gasch died in a Maryland hospital on Nov. 5. Proceeds from the day’s events will go to his widow.

Oct. 8, 1992

Scott, Justin and Katie Updike, members of the Rappahannock 4-H Livestock Club, entered lambs and swine at the Virginia State Fair in Richmond Oct. 3 and 4. Katie won the Grand Champion Market Hog and will receive a 4-H Scholarship as part of her award; Justin receive a 4-H Scholarship in the Market Lamb category. “There were over 400 lambs from all over Virginia entered in the State Fair Competition,” commented Randall Updike, parent and 4-H leader.

“Alcohol is the most abused drug,” Jeff Brown from the Sheriff’s office told parents at last Tuesday’s program at the Washington Fire Hall sponsored by Concerned Citizens Working for Healthy Youth (CCWHY). “In 20 years in law enforcement, I’ve seen a lot of problems caused by alcohol . . . We see wrecks, family fights, broken homes, vandalism, thefts, even murders,” said Capt. Brown. Although .1 percent alcohol in the blood is considered evidence of driving under the influence, the average charge in Rappahannock is for those who test .17.

“Our society has pretty much accepted alcohol and alcohol abuse, “ he continued. “Many times people drink a six pack on the way home from work. By the time they get to Rappahannock they are over the limit. They have another six pack at home. The kids see their role models under the influence.” He added that the number of alcohol-related accidents was down last year in Virginia. “We’re hoping that is a clear sign that alcohol awareness is working and not just an indication that in a recession people are driving less,” he added.