Down Memory Lane for March 13

Aug. 9, 1973

Mrs. Lorena Lillard Upham, originally from Washington, has retired after 24 years of service with the First Virginia Bank in Falls Church. With her husband Jack and her mother, Mrs. Cora P. Lillard, she is making her home in Bridgewater. Mrs. Upham completed her schooling in Rappahannock and was employed with the post office in Washington prior to embarking on a banking career.

David Thornhill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Thornhill, made a clean sweep of the swine show. David exhibited the grand champion single, reserve champion single, grand champion pen of three, champion boar and won the senior fitting and showing contest. David sold his six market hogs for a total of $1,002 to the Culpeper Farmers Co-op, Culpeper National Bank and the Shen-Valley Meat Packers.

Donna Cannon of Castleton has spent a busy summer showing her prize Angus stock. She showed the champion Angus heifer last week at the Culpeper Area Farm Show, competing with others from Culpeper, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties. The animal was born and raised on El Rancho Grande Farm, owned by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Ray T. Cannon. In other competition, her heifer was champion at the Glenwood Park Show where 11 northern Virginia counties were represented. She had the first place winner in her class at the Virginia Junior Breeders Show last week and placed fifth at the Eastern Division Junior Heifer Show in a field of 240 heifers, some from as far away as Oklahoma.

June 3, 1982

In an order dated April 1982, Circuit Court Judge Shore Robertson set aside a portion of Virginia Fletcher Wood’s will and directed that half of her estate — valued at approximately $850,000 — go to heirs-at-law rather than to heart research. The estates of Virginia Fletcher and Robert Eugene Wood have been a battleground since the couple was swept from the bridge at Fletcher’s Mill by flood waters on Aug. 28, 1979. They left behind no children or other close relatives and two holographic wills, dated 1948.

Bob Haase brought the championship trophy from the 10th annual Charles City Invitational Horseshoe Tournament back to Rappahannock after tossing his way to victory during the two-day competition held May 14-15 near Richmond. Haase, one of the tournament’s founding fathers, has tried for the title seven times previously. The competition was single elimination, with 128 contestants split into two brackets. It took eight matches to win. For the victory, Haase was awarded a case of beer, a set of horseshoes and a beautiful hand-turned wooden urn.

Three Rappahannock students were among the 13 graduates who recently completed the approved basic geriatric nursing assistant training program at Piedmont Technical Education Center. Annemarie Arndt of Castleton, along with Carolyn Beahm and Carolyn Pulle, both of Washington, finished the 80-hour course which deals with aspects of natural aging and gives special emphasis to increasing health needs of elderly persons. They are now prepared to be valuable assistants in hospitals, nursing homes and in private health care situations.

April 21, 1993

Three Rappahannock athletes, Todd Smoot, Jamie Whitlatch and Tony Brady, participated in the Special Olympics at Woodberry Forest on April 17. Each brought home numerous ribbons, including at least one first place.

“The 1993 Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock Farm Show catalogs are now available, and we’re pleased to announce that Carrie Baldwin, a resident of Rappahannock County, had her design selected for the cover,” stated extension agent Helen Smith. Carrie is the 12-year daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Baldwin of Washington.

The Washington Volunteer Fire Department is producing an anniversary/birthday calendar for the community as a fundraising activity. These calendars allow you to give the special gift of listing a loved one’s birthday or anniversary with the additional gift of a useful calendar noting community activities and special events. Calendars may be ordered and will be one sale for $5 each at the Fourth of July celebration.