Down Memory Lane for Jan. 23

June 7, 1973

A tractor-trailer rig ran off U.S. 522, south of Flint Hill, and turned over on its side down an embankment early in the morning of May 31. Damage was extensive, but no injuries resulted. Melvin Keith Nottingham of Mineral was driving the 1972 Mack tractor, pulling a trailer loaded with wooden pallets. Investigating Trooper W. A. Buntin said Nottingham didn’t know what happened.

Officers elected recently to head the Rappahannock Women’s Club for the year include Mrs. Jeanie NcNear, president; Mrs. Aney Massie, treasurer; Mrs. Judy Harrison, vice president; and Mrs. Pat Giles, secretary. The present project of the club is the upcoming day for youngsters of the county which is scheduled for June 18-22.

Presidential Physical Fitness awards have been distributed at Rappahannock County Elementary School after conclusive testing in physical ability. Standards set by the Presidential Council on Physical Fitness have been met or surpassed by those receiving awards. Categories included in the program were standing broad jump, pull-ups, sit-ups, shuttle run, 50-yard dash, softball throw and 600 yard walk-run. Three students have qualified for two years straight: Perry Breeden, Laura Pendleton and Roger Smoot.

April 15, 1982

A crowd of about 200 parents, teachers and students packed the elementary school library and spilled out into the hall at Tuesday’s school board meeting, the overwhelming majority there in support of embattled high school principal Dennis Wingfield. But the backing from the public wasn’t enough to dissuade school board members, who voted unanimously on returning to open session at 12:40 a.m. to reassign the 16-year veteran as a classroom teacher. Deputy Mark Witt attended the meeting in response to a request for police presence made by the board Tuesday afternoon to Sheriff W.A. Buntin. Despite the emotion focused on Wingfield’s reappointment, however, comment was orderly and in accordance with rules set out by board chairman Beverly Massie.

The Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a breaking and entering and grand larceny which took place at the home of Mrs. Sarah Latham in Amissville. The offenses occurred on Thursday, April 8, between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Persons who saw anyone at the Latham residence during those hours, or with any additional information on the robbery, are requested to call the sheriff’s office. A reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Each fall, when the grass on the Serengeti plains in Tanzania is short enough for wildlife to be observed, Jon and Hazel Rood and their daughter Josephine board a plane to London, then one to Kilimanjaro and from there on to Tanzania. A day’s trip over land takes them to their home in the Serengeti Wildlife Research Center where they spend the winter surrounded by lions, zebras, elephants and other African native animals including the main object of Jon’s study — the mongoose. In the spring and summer, the Roods fit quietly into the pattern of life in Rappahannock. They garden at their home near Sperryville, Josephine attends high school, Jon writes up the results of his season’s research and commutes occasionally to the Conservation Center in Front Royal to use its library. They have been making the Rappahannock-Dulles-London-Tanzania trip for the two years they’ve lived in the county, but their double life has gone for more than 12 years.

Feb. 10, 1993

Troy Boyce talks and walks the way he directs his business: High speed all the time. He and his family have been running Mid-State Electric motors for the past eight years. After six to seven years in Warrenton they have moved everything out to Rappahannock County. Their office is in the old Hampton Inn on U.S. 211 near the Farmers’ Co-op and the shop is inside the new, blue Butler Building behind the former restaurant. Mid-State repairs electric motors — big electric motors. These motors run large cranes, industrial pumps, newspaper presses and the like. He can’t help you if the motor in your electric drill burns out. The firm serves customers from Maryland to Southside Virginia. In the shop, motors are opened up, checked over and repaired. Some only need new shaft bearings and brushes. Others need to be stripped down to the shell and completely rebuilt.

Camille Harris and Patrick Foster, former owners of the Foster-Harris House Bed and Breakfast in Washington and their two children, Ariele and Elise Foster, have relocated in Richmond. Camille recently completed the Masters in Social Work program at Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently Director of Refugee and Immigration Services for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Patrick has reestablished his painting contractor business, Fantastic Finishes, in Richmond. He specializes in faux painting and works in many of Richmond’s historic residential and commercial districts.