Down Memory Lane for April 3

Sept. 13, 1973

The latest looks in fall and winter fashions will be featured at the second annual Fall Harvest Fashion Show at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 22, at Rappahannock County Elementary School. Co-hosting the show are Southern Department Store of Warrenton and the Rappahannock County Women’s Club. WFTR Radio’s Bob Traister, along with Women’s Club president Jean McNear, will emcee the affair. Proceeds of the show will be used to blacktop the playground at the elementary school.

Two "fashionable flappers" pose on the bumper of one of the town's first cars in front of the future Inn at Little Washington.
Two “fashionable flappers” pose on the bumper of one of the town’s first cars in front of the future Inn at Little Washington. Courtesy photo

Postmasters of the Culpeper Section Center region held their quarterly dinner meeting Monday evening at the parish hall in Washington. The tasty old Virginia ham dinner and accompanying vegetables, dessert and beverage was prepared and served by the ladies of the Washington Fire Company. Among those present were William O. Hill Jr., of Brandy; Bob Dwyer, Remington; Newbill Miller and Mrs. Carol Miller, postmaster at Washington; Mrs. Dwyer and Charles Marsh, Culpeper, who was the speaker for the business meeting; and Mrs. Hill.

Wakefield Country Day School at Huntly, established by William E. Lynn, was dedicated at a ceremony Saturday evening followed by an open house. The school bell rang Monday as classes began for the 1973-74 session.

July 1, 1982

The street corner in the center of  town was a hub of activity when John Edward Thornton owned Washington House. He built a garage across the street, the beginning of the structure that now houses The Inn at Little Washington. “Initially, it was going to be just a garage,” Mrs. Walker recalled. But his wife objected so to the partying, dancing and card playing going on in the old ordinary that Thornton added a second level. The story goes that Blanche Thornton hated the carryings on so much that when she caught a group of her husband’s friends playing cards in one of her back rooms, she went after them with a kettle of hot water and they all had to jump out of the upstairs window to escape.

The highlight of the Fauquier Foxes 4-H horse and pony show last week at Casanova was the special cake walk won by Marion Eastham of Red Hill Farm near Amissville. Marion and her companion, Urge For Gold, took home a magnificent, custom-decorated butter cream frosted lemon yellow horse shoe as their prize. The duo also took a third place in the green horse hack class.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Eldred, owners of Washington House of Reproductions in Washington, have contracted to do the reproduction of lighting fixtures at Oklahoma State University. The restored fixtures will be placed in the original University building, Old Central. The Eldreds will be doing 35 fixtures that are the gas type. The fixtures will be completed in August and sent to the university to be installed.

May 12, 1993

Bruce Sloane of Sperryville has been named editor of the Rappahannock News. Sloane recently retired from Digital Equipment Corporation in New Hampshire where he was employed as a consultant, technical writer and editor for the last 12 years. He is the author of two books, “Cavers, Caves and Caving” and “New Hampshire’s Parklands.” He was the copyeditor for the book, “The History of Luray Caverns, Virginia,” which is sold at the caverns. Sloane succeeds M. Sean Kilpatrick, who resigned last month.

On April 15, at the Culpeper Country Club, the Piedmont Association of Realtors held its annual awards luncheon. Real Estate III was recognized at “Top Selling Agency for 1992” in the four country Association, and from our Washington Office, Mitzie Young was recognized for “$1 Million in Sales Volume for 1992.”