Down Memory Lane for Nov. 7

March 22, 1973

Dealer L.V. Merrill of Merrill Motor Company received a pin and a special commendation from James P. Arritt, Ford Division Washington (D.C.) district sales manager, in honor of his firm’s 42nd anniversary as a Ford dealership. The dealership was one of 47 recently cited in the Washington, D.C. sales district for 25 or more years’ community service in representing Ford. Mr. Arritt congratulated the dealership, “Both for the fine representation you’ve given Ford division in the automotive marketplace and for your record as an outstanding member of your business community.”

Trooper W.A. Buntin investigated a two-car collision which occurred Saturday at Huntly involving a 1973 Mercury Capri driven by Mary Patricia Bozell of Huntly and a 1961 Chevrolet operated by Joe Lee Lewis of Washington. The Bozell car pulled into the highway from Huntly post office in the path of the approaching Lewis vehicle. Mrs. Bozell was cited for failing to yield the right of way. She had a possible concussion and was treated at Warren Memorial Hospital and released. Lewis escaped injury but two passengers with him were injured. Georgia Newman sustained lacerations and abrasions of face and legs and had a back injury; Betty Hogan received lacerations of the forehead and abrasions of her legs. Both Washington residents were treated at Warren Memorial and released.

There is no doubt about it — David Greer was carried away. Whether it was the wild beauty of the Rappahannock country, the outgoing freedom of the people or just the emotion of the tributes to the “living spirit of Helen Fuller” — Greer was swept along beyond his judgement. It was at an auction last September of the estate of Helen M. Fuller, a former editor of the New Republic who had become a resident of Rappahannock, that Greer, of the Greer Gallery in New York, bid on a painting by Mexican artist Diego Rivera for $15,500. Greer also bought other paintings, but it was the Rivera picture of two women that was the talk of the auction, and Greer had been bidding against two other dealers.

Feb. 4, 1982

Robin Cooper has been selected as Rappahannock County High School’s recipient of the good citizenship award presented by the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution. A senior, Robin is active in the Student Council Association, plays basketball and serves as treasurer of the senior class. She received preliminary acceptance at Virginia Tech last week, where she plans to major in the fields of health and nutrition. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ludwick of Castleton, she received her award at a DAR meeting held Jan. 12 in Culpeper.

A private residential alcoholism treatment center serving the Fauquier area opened its doors Monday. The facility is just off Route 229 near Rixeyville. With a 30-bed capacity, Primavera will accept walk-in patients as well as referrals from physicians, families and hospitals. All applications for admittance will be evaluated by a screening committee, however. Dr. Werner Krebser and Dr. Jerry Martin from the Rappahannock Medical Center will be medical directors for the treatment center. Executive director is Jack Ortega and the clinical director is Herb Cofer. The staff includes four alcoholism counselors and nurses on duty 24 hours a day.

Representatives from the Rappahannock board of supervisors, sheriff’s department and fire and rescue units will try once again this year to persuade the state compensation board to pay staffing expenses of a county’s dispatch center. Gene Leggett, from the county’s fire and rescue association, told the supervisors that equipment costs will be covered by the $11,600 matching grant awarded by the Virginia Rescue Squad Assistance Fund, plus $5,000 committed by the board. “The really big problem is personnel,” he said. “There’s been some progress, or at least clarification, in that area.”

Dec. 2, 1992

Several merchants report that last weekend’s Blue Ridge Christmas in Sperryville was a success. Jimmy Swindler Jr. of Country Manor, who is head of the Sperryville Business Council, said that merchants he talked to were very pleased about the weekend, especially the crowds Friday and Saturday. Swindler noted that the Friday after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year nationally. Sperryville merchants want to attract some of those crowds, he said.

Betty Pullen at The Faith Mountain Company said they had had a “super” weekend. She said Friday was the busiest day, “but a ton of people went through Saturday. It looked like the economy is coming out of the recession here.” She said Faith Mountain had done a lot of advertising and sent out postcards to regular customers advertising sales for the weekend. “I feel like that all paid off,” she said. Even merchants outside Sperryville benefitted from the weekend. Fanning Baumgardner, who sells cut-your-own Christmas trees across from the high school said, “We didn’t expect to sell many, but we sold more than we expected.” He said he had sold more than 20 trees over the weekend.

Nov. 7 was the day the earth opened up its big, black mouth and yawned. Dale Bartles’ chimney, furnace and whole basement floor fell into that cavernous mouth, like crumbs sucked off the lips of a sleeping giant. Since then, the sinkhole that opened up directly under Bartles’ home here has whetted its appetite with a few assorted pieces of furniture; Monday’s main course consisted of the rambler’s first floor and the upstairs walls. The sinkhole continues to grow at an alarming rate, and all signs indicate that eventually the entire house may slide into depths unknown.