Down Memory Lane for July 3

Dec. 20, 1973

The new bridge at Laurel Mills was opened to traffic last week, replacing the old overhead steel span. The prospects of a new bridge and straightened road caused considerable controversy in the Laurel Mills community when it was proposed by the Highway Department.

Beating the energy crisis are the Dixon children of Viewtown. Using the ponies and sleigh eliminates the need for gasoline and provides a lot of fun for Greg, Patty and Cathy Dixon riding the sleigh while Bobby Dixon rides the pony. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. John Dixon of Echo Farm, in Viewtown.

Frank Huff, captain of the Flint Hill Rescue Squad, was named outstanding rescue squad’s man of 1973 and received a trophy given by the Rappahannock County Fire Association. Mr. Huff has been active in rescue work for more than 20 years and refers to himself as “the last of the over-the-hill gang.” He was instrumental in the establishment of the first volunteer rescue squad in the county (at Washington) and one of the few charter members who remains involved in this work in the county. Being somewhat retired with a military service disability, he is almost always available for this service and is well schooled and experienced in procedures. He will keep the trophy for a year and then it will be given the next outstanding man. He will receive a smaller trophy to keep permanently.

Oct. 14, 1982

At Friday’s meeting of the Rappahannock Board of Zoning Appeals, Sam Snead unveiled plans for a 120-bed adult home which is scheduled to be build in two years at the Harris Hollow ski area, providing that funding can be secured. Appearing on behalf of the Group Home Partnership, Snead explained that a special-use permit was being sought for a licensed adult home as opposed to a nursing home. “I think of a nursing home as a place older folks go to spend their last days,” a place that provides medical care for the chronically ill, he said. The Group Home Partnership proposes instead a “sort of halfway house” for the mentally ill and elderly people who are ambulatory but no longer able to live alone without assistance, said Snead.

The Rappahannock Health Department has employed its first full-time dentist: Dr. Edward Hughes, a recent graduate of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Hughes is on assignment for the National Health Service, paying back a scholarship that calls for four years of service at a public health facility. “I hope to conduct oral cancer screenings at least every other year,” he said. “This early detection procedure is something that provides a real health service for everyone.”

The walls went up on the Rappahannock News building in 1949 with Paul Walker handling construction under the direction of owner-editor Catherine Bowie. This month, the news office will see its first outside changes in 33 years. Renovations will include a new pitched roof and stuccoed exterior.

Aug. 6, 1992

Six-year-old Teresa Weakley, daughter of Mary Jane Weakley of Etlan, was riding her bike in a field close to her home when she spotted a ring sticking up out of the ground. Closer inspection proved it to be a 1967 Rappahannock County High School class ring belonging to Catherine Jenkins Fincham of Castleton, who, when contacted, said she had lost the ring 22 years before in the field when she was feeding her pigs. Ms. Fincham, who had originally lived at the Etlan property, said she had made every effort to find the ring and was delighted to have it returned to her.

Some might view her as radical, others as an individual who shakes up the status quo. However she is perceived, Carla Theodore is most definitely a person who has been breaking down society’s barriers all of her life. Unusual achievements appear to be normal for Ms. Theodore and most recently she, at 69 years of age, became Rabbi Theodore as the culmination of one of the more exceptional achievements of her life. Rabbi Theodore, or Rabbi Carla as she would rather be called, has just returned to her mountain home in Woodville after a seven-year study program in New York City and Israel at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was ordained as a rabbi in May.

Marine Sgt. Douglas Butler doesn’t consider himself a hero, but thousands of Korean War veterans all across the country do. Sgt. Butler, who grew up in Warrenton, and two fellow Marines have just completed a 3,000-mile trip, on bicycles, to raise both money and awareness for the Korean War Memorial under construction in Washington D.C.  Sgt. Butler’s father and mother, Stevens and Rebecca Butler, reside in Boston, Va., where they have lived for the last nine years. Sgt. Butler graduated from Culpeper High School. Sore muscles and hunger have not daunted him, “I’d do it again,” he said.