Down Memory Lane for July 31

Jan. 24, 1974

Robert Anderson of Woodville has been named a director for the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District. He fills the position held by H.L. Manwaring who resigned for health reasons. Rappahannock County, along with Culpeper, Madison and Orange counties, comprises the district. Mr. Anderson, an airlines pilot, raises purebred cattle on his farm.

Tourist traffic is getting scarce on U.S. 211 as it winds along the south fork of the Thornton River through Sperryville and climbs the mountain up to Panorama. And storekeepers along the route say the gas “crisis” is taking a toll on their sales. Elmer Atkins’ 66 and Antiques has also felt the pinch. “Sure, you look for the winter to be tough. But before, you always did business!” He shook his head. Atkins has owned his antique shop eight years. “I could feel this thing coming on back before they started talking about closing on Sunday. Things had dropped off by Nov. 1.” Atkins kept his Phillips 66 station closed the first few Sundays after Nixon’s request, but now he says, “if I’ve got it, I’m going to go ahead and sell it.

At the January meeting of the Washington Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue squad the following officers were elected: Jennings Hobson, president; Edward Bailey, vice-president; Ruth Clark, secretary and treasurer; Steve Bailey, chief; Edward Clark, assistant chief; W.L. Estes, captain. The directors are Paul Walker, Charlie Jenkins and Kermith Weakley.

Nov. 11, 1982

Old Rappahannock neighbors pass Carol Campbell on the street and don’t recognize her. But Carol isn’t offended. After years of unsuccessful effort, the svelte and slender woman hiding inside the 100-plus pounds of excess fat that she carried around finally broke free. Carol found the inspiration she needed in Conway Diet Insitute classes, the same classes she now conducts as a lecturer. The turning point came when a high school friend, a woman the same age and not nearly as overweight, suffered a series of heart attacks. Carol was literally scared skinny. At 249 pounds, she wore a size 44. For Carol, the Conway approach worked. She reached her goal of 149 pounds in August 1982, and she has lost an additional 2.5 pounds for a safety margin since. With her waist measurement down from 44 to 28 inches, she now shops in the misses department instead of the queen-sized section.

Mary S. Priest from the Amissville Homemakers Club was awarded Homemaker of the Year honors at the Rappahannock Extension Homemakers achievement night held last Monday at the Amissville Baptist Church. Mary, county homemaker of the year, has been a charter member of the Amissville club for 19 years. Mary has done judging of 4-H crafts at the Page County Fair and 4-H sewing at the Culpeper County Fair. She’s also an active member of the Amissville Baptist Church where she arranges flowers for services four months of the year. For the past 10 years, she has designed and handled the printing of the weekly church bulletin. She’s given her time and energies to other organizations as well.

Mrs. Pat Atkins Grigsby of Castleton was honored with a stork shower on Sunday, Nov. 7, at the home of Mrs. Barbara Gore in Sperryville. The shower was hosted by the choir members of Thornton’s Gap Baptist Church.

Sept. 3, 1992

Kinsey M. Wharton, of Amissville, was recently recognized for 20 years of service with the Virginia Department of Transportation. His service certificate was presented by Warrenton resident engineer Bob Moore during a special meeting held in the Culpeper district auditorium. Mr. Wharton is a mechanic at the Warrenton residency shop. During his VDOT career, Mr. Wharton has been recognized for his safety and work record.

Jim Eastham joined the management team of Sperryville Faith Mountain Co. as vice-president of finance and operations on Sept. 1. In addition to Mr. Eastham, the Faith Mountain Co. has recently hired Melanie Kopjanski as human resources coordinator and Tina Dunn as marketing assistant.

Patrick O’Connell, a member of the Architectural Review Board, moved to the other side of the table at the ARB meeting last Thursday to submit a request that the Inn at Little Washington, of which he is a co-owner with partner Reinhardt Lynch, be allowed to choose from two types of streetlights to be erected on its property at the restaurant’s expense. Mr. O’Connell said that the Inn had chosen the Acorn Globe fixture, “Victorian III, which has recently been put up near the Trinity Episcopal Church and is approved by the town council as a contender for the final streetlight chosen for the town, and the New Oxford fixture, which has not been erected in the town and has not been approved by the town council.” Board member Ed Barton suggested that the board defer action on Mr. O’Connell’s request until the Sept. 9 public hearing on the streetlight situation. “It wouldn’t make sense for the Inn to erect its streetlights if they turn out to be different from what the town ultimately chooses,” said Mr. Barton.