Down Memory Lane for Jan. 9

May 24, 1973

Douglas K. Baumgardner was among the 200 graduates of Virginia Military Institute who received diplomas at commencement May 20. Cadet Baumgardner of Washington, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Baumgardner, received a B.A. in economics and a reserve commission as second lieutenant in the United States Army. After graduation from VMI, Baumgardner will enter law school at the University of Virginia.

The streets of Little Washington will come alive again this year on Wednesday, the Fourth of July, with the Rappahannock Library’s “Super Flea Market.” Preparations are in full swing, and every Saturday at 10 a.m. two reception centers for contributions of sales items will be open: one at Col. Holmes’ Washington house — just off the four-lane U.S. 211-522; the other in the empty store across Gay Street from the county agent.

Charla Ann Sisk of Sperryville was named “Miss Rappahannock” in the annual Jaycee sponsored beauty pageant held Friday evening. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sisk and a senior at Rappahannock County High School. She receives her banner from retiring title holder Cil Davis. Runners up were Robin Estes and Betty Jane Stringfellow.

April 1, 1982

At a special meeting on Monday, a quorum of the Rappahannock supervisors — Clarence Baldwin, Charles Estes and chairman J.R. Latham — voted unanimously to include $7,031 in the 1982-83 budget for a 1982 Plymouth Fury to replace one of the sheriff’s department vehicles. But word received last week that Fauquier County will not accept prisoners from Rappahannock after March 31 made the supervisors leery of committing additional funds when they may be required to expend money to reopen a jail here. “This is not the year to ask for a whole lot,” maintained Estes. “We have no idea what the impact of all these agricultural districts (with use value taxation) will be and we may have to add on to the jail. The judges can order that it be improved and then we’d be in serious trouble (financially),” he said.

William F. Moffett, former commonwealth’s attorney for Rappahannock and juvenile and domestic judge of the 20th judicial district, “knew and loved the law, but the guiding points in his life were Rappahannock County and his friends,” his son Page Moffett told a crowd at the courthouse on Friday. Those friends who meant so much to Billy Moffett gathered last week to pay tribute to their old comrade as his portrait was hung in the courthouse where he had argued and deliberated for almost 30 years.

Another super salesman of Girl Scout cookies is Sandy Dodson, a seven-year old brownie scout who sold 325 boxes of cookies. Sandy is in the second grade at Rappahannock Elementary School and said that the shortbread cookies are her best sellers.

Jan. 27, 1993

Andrea Logan and Mike Tupper’s high school special education students are learning capitalism first hand. They have parlayed a $250 investment in a machine for making bows for packages into a business printing cards, notepads and decorated cocktail napkins. The bow maker was purchased with funds for instructional supplies. Several of the students learned to make the bows, but Tony Brady was an especially enthusiastic bow maker. The students sold the bows during the Christmas season for $2 for a package of eight.

Twin ships will soon be launched to take Rappahannock’s children on voyages of discovery. At the elementary school, the keel is ready to be laid for a pirate ship that will ease the overcrowding on the playground’s swings, basketball courts and the wooden play and climbing structure that the kids have dubbed the castle. Designed by Peter Kreyling, who drew the plans for the castle at the county park, it has a crow’s nest and cargo net for climbing, a plank for walking, a quarter deck for directing and an oversized tire for swinging suspended from one end. Kaye and Rick Kohler are captains of a second ship-building venture, this one at the county park. When the park’s castle was constructed seven years ago, a pirate ship was envisioned as phase two of the project. “It’s taken a while, but we’re ready now,” said Mrs. Kohler, who is leading the effort under the auspices of the Rappahannock Recreation Authority. “This will be a huge community effort. Lots of people want to see it happen.”

In a very short meeting, the planning commission recommended approval for a subdivision. J. Newbill Miller and Carol Miller asked to subdivide 19.8 acres from a parcel of approximately 158 acres just west of Baldwin’s Grocery. Mr. Miller said he wanted to build a house on the property when his house in town is sold and to deed the remaining 140 acres to his sons. He noted that the property is divided by Big Branch and that he was using the natural dividing line of the branch to mark the new property line. “This is a continuation of our estate plan,” he said. He said this subdivision would allow his sons to continue using the bulk of the property for agriculture “if they can afford it.”