Down Memory Lane for Dec. 12

May 3, 1973

Both schools in Rappahannock County were burglarized Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The vandalism was discovered as school personnel arrived to begin their work. Alvin Atkins, custodian at the high school, found evidence of rummaging and ransacking when he arrived for work. Further investigation disclosed every nook and cranny had been poked into and every drawer had been opened. Coin boxes on vending machines had been pried open and the contents removed. Several locks were also destroyed, and a glass door had been broken to gain access to the building. An estimated $30 might have been garnered by the vandals from all sources, including $3 which science teacher Edward Gray had in his desk drawer.

A Cheyenne ceremonial dress won a blue ribbon in this year’s Woodlawn Plantation Needlework Exhibit in Alexandria. The dress was that of Dorothy Oldcrow Jenkins, a descendant of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indian Tribes. The dress was made completely by hand by Mrs. Jenkins, a descendant of the Jenkins’ grandmother, Eva Oldcrow of Thomas, Okla., who made the dress for her granddaughter for her first ceremonial dance as princess after she had been chosen by the Arapaho Tribe in 1960. She kept her title until her marriage to Charles Henry Jenkins, a Rappahannock County High School graduate and son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence W. Jenkins of Boston.

March 11, 1982

“If there’s anything that destroys human life that I see over and over in this court every week, it’s substance abuse — drugs and alcohol,” stated Circuit Court Judge Shore Robertson on Monday in sentencing Anthony Wayne Tyler to a total of 34 years for robberies in Old Hollow. Tyler’s court-appointed attorney David Konick maintained that Tyler was on drugs at the time the crimes were committed. He said his client, one of four individuals originally charged with the robberies, was “just along for the ride . . . not the mastermind. He just happened to be in the car.”

The Washington Cash Store, or Skippy’s, as it is more often called, has been the site of a store since    William M. Stuart, Sr. built it on his property to house his general merchandise operation and banking business. Before its construction, Stuart kept store at the site of the Rush River Company Building on Gay Street in Washington. The present ownership can be traced through the partnership of Clarence Giles, a young man who had worked as a grocer since he was a teenager, and Floyd Compton, a traveling salesman originally from Staunton. In the 1930s, Giles bought out his partner and became the sole proprietor of the Washington Cash Store at the corner of Blue Ridge Avenue and Main Street in the town of Washington. Until right before that time, Mr. Stuart, father of William “Billy” Stuart, also of Washington, had operated a bank in the back of the store, lending money, handling checking accounts and making investments in the 1920s.

Rappahannock’s inside threat on the courts in the 1981-82 basketball season, junior center Mike Leake, has been named to Skyline’s All-District team. Of the 10 players selected by the coaches for all-district, Leake tallied the second highest point total to qualify.

Jan. 6, 1993

The county has a contract to purchase a small garage from Mrs. Virginia Lindstrom for $12,500. The garage sits between the county jail and the first house on Mt. Salem Avenue, which is the rectory for Trinity Episcopal Church. County Administrator John McCarthy appeared before the planners in the town hall to explain the county’s need for office space within the courthouse. The property is an unimproved garage with a three-foot-wide strip of land around it, he said. It does have power but not water and sewer, he added. McCarthy said the supervisors would like to move the magistrates and the breathalyzer out of the courthouse. That would free up all the offices downstairs on the north side of the courthouse. The supervisors would also like to move the Registrar’s Office from the south side of the courthouse to a space in the back of the Commissioner of Revenue’s Office.

The costs, both short term and long term, of building a middle school or additions to both schools, dominated discussion at the supervisors’ meeting Monday. Superintendent David Gangel gave the supervisors draft estimates of the cost of the debt for each of the two approaches. Several of the members indicated clearly how they feel about the issue. Piedmont district representative Charles K. “Pete” Estes asked if the partitions currently dividing rooms at the elementary school would have to be removed if a middle school is built. Dr. Gangel said they would have to be removed for an addition at the elementary school, but not for a separate middle school. Hampton district representative Mike Massie preferred building the additions now. He said the county would be building a middle school 10 years before it is needed and that, in that time, an additional $1.5 million would be spent for staff that would only be needed because of an additional building, such as principals and additional librarian.