Down Memory Lane for Feb. 12

Jan. 9, 1975

The Rappahannock Medical Clinic opened Monday under the direction of Dr. Jerry Martin of Flint Hill and Dr. Werner Krebser of Huntly. The clinic is located in Washington, in a new brick building, which was designed for the specific needs of a clinic.

The doctors have issued an invitation to the public for open house this Saturday, Jan. 11.

Dr. Krebser says there will be a dentist’s office in the building along with a pharmacy and x-ray facilities in addition to examination rooms.

He says they will practice preventive medicine and will work by appointments, however, emergency service will be available too.

Mrs. William E. Lynn of Huntly presented a portrait of her late husband, Dr. William Lynn, to the Lynn Care Center of Warren Memorial Hospital, Front Royal, on Dec. 29. The old portrait was painted by Miss Jan Adams of Front Royal, and was accepted by the hospital administrator, John C. Blankenbecker, on behalf of the trustees of the institution.

Elmer Jenkins’s request to rezone two lots on the Amissville area from agriculture to business was approved by Rappahannock’s supervisors at their meeting last Thursday. A majority of persons attending the crowded public hearing seemed to be in favor of the rezoning, but Jenkins’s request brought strong opposition from Mrs. Sarah Latham, an adjoining landowners, and her daughters.

Mrs. Latham opposed the rezoning because it would devalue her property, she said. When the highway commission claimed her house along Route 211, she built a new house on property she bought next to the lots where Jenkins wants to build his new station. She had bought the land with the understanding that it and the land around it was zoned for agriculture. She said she had invested $60,000 in her new house and land around it.

Aug. 25, 1983

Nethers Mill served the community on the road to Old Rag Mountain, grinding feed and cornmeal for families of Nethers, Hudsons, Lillards, Jones and Jenkins who lived there at the turn of the century, and for the Weakleys, Nichols and Dotsons who lived farther on up the mountain in Weakley and Nichols Hollows and the Hazel.

Nelson Nethers grew up in the small hill community, where Nelson’s father,William Clifton Nethers ran the grist mill and the store. As in most rural communities of the early 1900’s a lot of the social life and entertainment centered around the country store. People would gather there to pitch horseshoes and play marbles. It wasn’t until the 1920s that automobile traffic started appearing around the Nethers area, so local people patronized the Nethers Mill. In those days there were mills every few miles within easy reach of those traveling on foot or by horse or mule.

An old ledger book tells the story of long ago transactions at Fletcher’s Mill, the most important of the county’s mill. Local lore has it that the road from Page to Rappahannock was built so that folks could reach the mill on the Thornton River between the villages of Sperryville and Woodville. According to the courthouse records in Orange, the mill was used by George Washington as a survey point.

The mill, originally known as Pass Mill and later as Temperance, was built before 1740, at least a quarter of a century before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, probably with slave labor.

The mill serving Washington was located just east of the town on the Rush River and was named to the Virginia Historic Landmarks register in 1980. It ground out flour, meal and feed from the beginning until the end of the 19th century. It is reported to have served as a neutral bartering place between Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War.

July 21, 1993

Virginia State Police Sgt. Gregory A. Morris is in serious condition in the intensive care unit of Fairfax Hospital, two days after he was accidentally shot during a training exercise in Rappahannock County. State Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said Morris, 40, the leader of the Second Division tactical team, was struck by a bullet about 3:40 p.m. Monday as the team practiced room entries at an abandoned two story house on a 300-acre farm outside Chester Gap.

The Rev. Nancy B. White, the pastor at Amissville Methodist Church, conducted her first service here recently. The church has an enrollment of about 250. She was a minister at the Culpeper Circuit for two years before moving to Amissville. Rev. White recently ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church at their annual conference in Hampton.

The Washington Town Council approved budgets for the town and the water works at their monthly meeting last week at the county courthouse.

The council voted to start meeting at the Town Hall and appropriated money for chairs. They also discussed fire department finances, water sampling and testing, dogs, street plats, cable TV and street lights. A budget of $98,450 for the town and $39,435 for the waterworks was approved unanimously.

Treasurer Brad Fisher noted that the position for an administrative assistant was removed from the budget, so it may be necessary to hire a contract administrative person for temporary work.