Down Memory Lane for Sept. 19

Jan. 18, 1973

Four Castleton landowners, who had joined in constructing an air strip on their property, planned to form an Air Rescue Society. They made application to the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals for a special use permit, which created concern among neighbors. A meeting of adjoining landowners and interested parties was held Saturday afternoon prior to a hearing yesterday at the BZA meeting. At this time opposition was voiced primarily over the possibility of the air strip becoming commercial and expanding facilities beyond a private venture. The owners of the strip are Wiley Barrington, Henry Ozarko, Mrs. John Bishop and P.K. Platt.

Dr. John M. (Mort) Hughes of Richmond retired from his dental practice Dec. 31 after a career which spanned 64 years. He is 90 years old and had maintained a steady pace until his retirement. Dr. Hughes was a native of Rappahannock County and was reared in the Laurel Mills and Amissville areas. He has been a top horseman and avid fox hunter all of his life though he stopped riding when he was in his 80s. He does not intend to take it easy now for he plans to spend more time at his gardening and at his cattle ranch in Goochland County.

Members of Rappahannock’s State Champion cross country team received a reward from their coach John Toth for their fine efforts of the past season. Four of the young men, Morris Donaldson, Bill Taylor, Tom Taylor and Charles Thomas, accompanied by Coach Toth, attended the Sixth Annual Invitational Indoor Track Meet Friday at the University of Maryland.

Dec. 10, 1981

There was a time, not even a century ago, when the fire bell would ring and a horse drawn water cart would respond. If it took too long to find a horse in town, men would drag the cart, joining the line of men forming between the burning house and the nearest pond, creek or well to pass along pails of water in the old fashioned “bucket brigade.” The portable pump was a big breakthrough in fire fighting. So were lightweight, durable ladders and hoses. Even more important, research into the nature and causes of fires has lifted fire fighting out of the realm of blind defense into a science taking years to master.

Paul Poling, Amissville Fire Chief, is an instructor in Fauquier High School’s Fire Science Program, a yearlong curriculum requiring two hours a day of specific study. Built in 1965, the Amissville facility serves as a region-wide fire school once a year as well as a learning site for the high school fire science students. Its purpose is to imitate real-life fire and rescue emergencies.

John M. Baumgardner of Flint Hill has been promoted to operations engineer in the Strasburg Division of Columbia Gas Transmission Corp. He began his career with Columbia in 1979 as a field engineer technician. Baumgardner graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Thomas S. Campbell has assumed duties as assistant principal at Rappahannock County Elementary School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest and his Master’s from the University of Virginia. Campbell taught previously in Greene and Page counties.

Oct. 15, 1992

They aren’t exactly spring chickens, but there’s still spring in the steps of the folks in the Rappahannock-Rapidan Services Board’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Take Barbara Gentry of Flint Hill, who, at 79, is older than many of the senior citizens she helps as an RSVP member. Mrs. Gentry starts her day with a two-mile walk and then goes from one activity to another. At least once a week, Mrs. Gentry helps serve food to seniors at the Community Services Board’s Rappahannock County Nutrition Site in Washington.

Mrs. Gentry, who was Flint Hill’s postmaster for 21 years starting in 1953, taught in an elementary school for eight years before that. A mother of three (six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren), she is a former 4-H leader. She has been a volunteer worker for the Council on Alcoholism in Winchester. And she once taught an illiterate neighbor in her 20s to read. Why does she do all these things? “It seems right to me,” she said. “It’s just the way I live.”

Twelve Faith Mountain Company employees have just successfully completed a management course as part of the outgoing partnership between The Faith Mountain Company and Lord Fairfax Community College. Greg Dodson, Jean Dodson, Cindy Dwyer, Charlotte Jenkins, Billy Menefee, Wanda Snead, Betty Walter, Tammy Wayland, Cheri Woodard and Martin Woodard all attended the summer semester program of LFCC’s “Principles of Supervision” held at Rappahannock High School. The course was offered as part of The Faith Mountain Company’s continuing education program.