Down Memory Lane for June 19

Dec. 6, 1973

The 100th anniversary of the Washington Baptist Church was celebrated by its members Sunday, at which time a dedication service in recognition of several furnishings was conducted. A large group of members and friends attended the service conducted by Dr. Gary Gruber of Lancaster, Pa. Dr. Gruber recently served the church as pastor for a short time. Articles dedicated included two brass candelabra, given by the Jenkins family in memory of Walter B. Jenkins and a display case for the old communion silver in memory of Mrs. Frank D. Wood and Downing Wood.

Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Department confiscated illegal alcoholic beverages from a home in Sperryville Tuesday. According to Sheriff Jenkins, a complaint had been registered by a citizen, so an unidentified person was sent to make a purchase. This completed, a search warrant was secured.

A group of Amissville citizens, meeting with officials from the Virginia Department of Highways and Del. D. French Slaughter on Nov. 21 at Lombardy Restaurant, voiced protests concerning projected plans for dual-laning of U.S. 211. A number of the protesters has been to Charlottesville recently for a conference with Congressman Kenneth Robinson in regard to the road. It was noted that 20 families living on U.S. 211 between Routes 642 and 703 would have to drive an extra 1.2 miles every time they went to the post office, grocery store, fire house or any of the four churches in the area.

Sept. 23, 1982

Lakewood Stoves in Flint Hill has a model on display with a flue pipe that looks like a small snake swallowed a large rabbit. The section of the flue closest to the stove has been altered to provide room for a catalytic convertor that its manufacturer and engineer consider a breakthrough in wood burning technology. Actually, the manufacturer and engineer are the same person: John Lee of Flint Hill. He is also president and production manager for the damper company, as well as president of Lakewood Atlantine, Inc. of Flint Hill, manufacturer and distributor of Lakewood woodstoves.

Forty-seven years ago, W.R. Burke opened up Burke’s Store in Woodville, stocking items to fill most of the needs of local people. Country stores in those days were all rural people had for day-to-day shopping: No one in those thrifty post-depression years would think of driving 20 or 30 miles for a loaf of bread and a head of lettuce. Burke, who runs the store with his wife Jean, is not new to the grocery business. He’s been a storekeeper for 27 years and was formerly co-owner of the Sperryville Corner Store.

Mount Prospect II, one of the houses featured on the House Tour, is the home of Mrs. William Arthur Miller of Washington. Mrs. Miller moved in 1981 from her original home, Mount Prospect, which was built in the early 1800s to her new house on the same hill, overlooking the town of Washington. The house is built of stained board and batten, and the garage doors are old barn doors.  

July 23, 1992

After 26 years working with Rappahannock students, Lilo Foster has retired. For most of those years she has taught remedial reading. Without a college degree she could not be paid a teacher’s pay, but she did a teacher’s job. She started part-time as a substitute. One year, a teacher quit in September and Foster was hired to finish out the semester teaching seventh grade at the Washington Elementary School; she ended up finishing the entire year. With the new elementary school open, Mrs. Foster was hired to work as a teachers’ aid. She traveled from classroom to classroom, working with small groups of children who were behind in reading while the regular teacher worked with the rest of the class. For her last few years she had her own remedial lab.

Melanie Moffett, 14, of Washington, accepted a Take Pride in America Certificate of Recognition on behalf of the Rappahannock 4-H Teen Club from Elizabeth Haskell, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources in Richmond on April 16. The club was recognized for its efforts to help solicit community involvement for a recent water quality tracking project in Rappahannock and efforts to clean up the Washington business district. The Take Pride in America program is a national recognition program begun by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and rewards volunteers for outstanding work in preserving and protecting natural, historic and cultural resources.

The county planning commission voted to recommend denial of a resubdivision of 175 acres from three lots to five lots last Wednesday night. Strange Investors had applied to resubdivide the property based on acquiring a pipestem addition to the property. The three parcel subdivision had been granted administratively by County Administrator John McCarthy because all the lots were larger than 50 acres. It is served by a 15-foot wide deeded right-of-way to Route 642 near Amissville.