Down Memory Lane for May 8

Nov. 1, 1973

The building trades class at Rappahannock County High School has undertaken and completed a building project which includes a storage building and a number of dog houses. The work is under the instruction of Mr. Stoltzfus and class members are Donald Compton, James Freeman, Charles Grigsby, Roger Hitt, Barry Hudson, Earl Lilly, Jeff Scroggins, William Smoot, William Southard, Alan Vest and Andy Dwyer. The class wishes to sell the building and dog houses at cost and reinvest the money in more trade projects.

The Rappahannock varsity girls basketball team, the Pantherettes, were victorious in Monday night’s game with William Monroe in Green County. High scorer for the locals was Sharon Foster with Mollie Dennis tossing in six. Cheryl Poling added two and Rosa Jordan clinched the game with a foul shot. The final score was 16-13.

Classes in defensive driving will be held Nov. 5-9 in the parish hall of Trinity Episcopal Church, in Washington. The classes will consist of two hours each night from 7 to 9 p.m. Ottie Ralls of Warrenton will be the instructor. The classes are sponsored by the Safety Committee of the Rappahannock Lions Club and are for licensed drivers only.

Aug. 12, 1982

Until 1963, black children in this area attended a school located on Piedmont Avenue. The still-standing school is now owned by Ed Bailey of Washington and provides two large apartments. Mrs. Lilly Peyton of Washington occupies one of these, and she remember when she started in school there. In spite of the hard times, Peyton said that the children had fun in school: “We had May Day, with games and singing, we played ball there. Most of us had work to do at home, but we always tried to do our homework. I remember my school days well,” Peyton said. “Those were happy days for me. Of course, I never ever thought then that I’d be living here.”

In spite of frosts late last spring that virtually wiped out peach crops further south, Rappahannock County peach growers report satisfactory yields from local orchards. “We’re not seeing huge peach crops in the county,” said Rappahannock County extension agent Rap Owings. “But growers are picking good-quality peaches and the failure of  southern peach crops means that local fruit should command a good price.” Owings said that peach orchards in Rappahannock are mostly small commercial concerns without the large-scale packing and shipping of the later apple harvest.

The Louis Moore family of Flint Hill also grows peaches, harvesting “10 or 11 varieties,” according to Mrs. Moore. The Moores market their peaches locally but do not offer a pick-your-own service. Some varieties available are Georgia belle, Madison and sun bright, as well as red haven. Mrs. Moore said that they also have plums for sale. She said that the peach harvest is “not as heavy as last year, but they have done all right.”

June 18, 1992

The county library has a new computer for public use. It was provided by the Virginia Extension Service and is on loan for at least six months. Librarian Nikki Lynch hopes use of the computer will help older patrons overcome their fears of computers. She said children are already comfortable with it. Mrs. Lynch hopes having patrons comfortable with computers will help when the library has its public access catalogue. The library learned last month that it had been awarded a $23,850 grant from the state library to develop a computerized catalogue for public use, with a copy of the information going to the state library.

Sperryville has a mini-mall offering items for sale that are far more unusual than those found in the malls of Northern Virginia. Roberta Gray brought her “Antique Mall and Folk Handicrafts” business from Luray to Sperryville in time for the Memorial Day weekend festival. She was busy settling in that weekend and now is really looking forward to the apple festival in the fall. The shop, in a former general store building on Main Street across from the Appetite Repair Shop, includes consignments from 16 dealers in one building.

This spring, Joe Dunagan set a very ambitious goal for himself: To raise $3,600 so he could spend five weeks this summer in Russia in an exchange program with Youth for Understanding (YFU). He put in money he had earned at his part time job, doing yard and construction work for Helen and Howard Holschuh at their home near Rock Mills. He got a scholarship from YFU, and had funds from the program for gifted and talented students in the schools and from the education foundation. The Rappahannock News matched the funds from other sources.