Down Memory Lane for June 25

Feb. 5, 1976

Grand opening for an auction house and furniture store in the “Lea Building” in Washington is scheduled Saturday, February 7, by the proprietor, John Walker Jenkins of Sperryville. Mr. Jenkins has been an auctioneer for many years and formerly had an auction house in Sperryville. He will hold the open house beginning at 10 o’clock with an auction following at 1 p.m. A snack bar will be open daily as the store will be. Auctions will be scheduled for every other Thursday night at 7 p.m. beginning February 12.

The old Amissville fire house will come tumbling down under the watchful eye of Cletus Printz who is dismantling the structure for his son William Printz. He purchased the building from the Virginia Department of Highways who have secured the right-of-way for dual laning Route 211 when funds are available. Mr. Printz had some help with the roof trusses which blew over in the gusty winds over the weekend. A new firehouse has been constructed and is in use at the carnival grounds property.

The first grade class at Rappahannock County Elementary School which is instructed by Mrs Cathy Arn and Mrs. Gracie Calliandro sent a birthday card to the President of the United States wishing the nation a happy 200th birthday. Last week the class received an acknowledgement of the card from President Ford which said, “I warmly commend all who participated in plans for the celebration of our National Bicentennial. Your efforts are symbolic of your deep sense of Patriotism and civic pride. They also reflect the vitality and spirit of American. I wholeheartedly welcome your commitment to help make our Nation’s two hundredth birthday a fitting and memorable occasion for all of us.”

Jan. 17, 1985

Rappahannock has many traditions of beauty, but one of the most beautiful is being carried on by Lillie Pullen in Old Hollow. She continues a craft she began 30 years ago that is the answer for people who long for the days when products were handmade and lasted for a lifetime or longer. Pullen makes braided rugs of swirling colors that she guarantees will never come apart. She began making rugs when she and her husband Clyde were raising their six children, and she also worked at Aileen Inc. Pullen had to quit her job at the Aileen plant 10 years ago when Clyde had a stroke, and she now remains at home with him and makes her rugs and quilts

Over the years, Pullen’s rugs have helped the family when extra cash was needed. “I made enough out of the rugs to buy the plyboard for the rooms of this house,” said Pullen.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Peter Luke has requested payment for services that he performs as “County Attorney.” Specifically, Luke wants a retroactive payment of $8,000 for work done in 1984 and, starting with 1985, he “would like to bill the county on an hourly basic at $50.00 per hour.” The Board of Supervisors, at its January 7 meeting, discussed a three-page letter from Luke that detailed the reasons for this request. Luke begins his letter by noting that “because of the size of Rappahannock County [less than 15,000 population] the State law provides that the Commonwealth’s Attorney shall also serve as County Attorney unless the County elects to hire its own County Attorney.”

Then Luke writes, “My salary to perform duties as Commonwealth’s Attorney, that is the prosecution of criminal offenses, is paid by the State. I am currently paid nothing by the State, or County, for the work I perform as County Attorney.”

Washington’s Town Council recently completed work on a new town charter, and since Washington has not had a charter drawn up since 1894, the historical significance of the new charter is evident. The town’s boundaries are also being slightly modified in conjunction with the charter, and to put the changes in perspective requires a look back to Washington’s beginnings. If some people question whether or not George Washington did survey the town, there is no such room for doubt on the matter of which town of Washington in the United States was the first to claim the name. Washington, Va. was established as a township by the General Assembly in November of 1796, and is recognised as the first of about 28 other towns in the United States named Washington.

In 1796, the town was made up of 25 acres of land owned by John Calvert, James Jett Jr. and James Wheeler. The trustees of the town were John Strother, James Green, Edward Pendleton, Charles Browning and John Jett. The reason for the 47-year delay in establishing Washington as a town was that the law at the time required a population of at least 200 people before a town could be formed.

Aug. 17, 1994

“We are just like family, and it really hurts.”

That was just one employee’s reaction to the announcement at the Aileen sewing plant in Flint Hill last Thursday. Bob Fadely, vice president of manufacturing for Aileen, broke the bad news to employees that the plant would definitely be closing on Oct. 12. Many left work early on Friday to begin searching for a new job. Some have applied for similar work in Winchester or Culpeper, and others have applied to be grocery clerks.

According to plant manager Ellen Jordan, the reason for the closure is that the manufacturing costs are too high. Aileen already has two plants operating in the Dominican Republic, where, according to Flint Hill employees, workers are paid from 80 to 90 cents per hour. The Flint Hill plant would have celebrated its 32nd anniversary in October.

Joyce and Albert Wharton of Sperryville have opened two new businesses on U.S. 211 in Sperryville.

Mrs. Wharton is running the Christmas Cabin, located near the Country Elegance Store near the western end of Sperryville. She opened the shop on July 4, and has filled it with all kinds of Christmas goodies. Further up the road, toward downtown Sperryville, Mrs. Wharton’s husband Albert runs Wharton’s Gift and Produce. It is located in the one-story aqua building with pink trim, not far from Estes Mill on U.S. 211. Mr. Wharton purchases most of the items locally, especially the produce, and hopes to have the store open year round. Outside, the stands are filled with peaches, apples, cider, preserves and more. Inside, many crafts are for sale, along with children’s books, porcelain dolls, furniture, cotton afghans, pillow, and stuffed animals.

Seventeen rescue personnel from Amissville performed a daring water rescue last Thursday night. According to two who responded to a call for chest pains at Cross Creek on U.S. 211, Chief J.B. Carter Jr. and Robert Crofton, U.S. 211 was blocked when they arrived at the scene due to water across the road.

Chief Carter said that this was the second time this year that the water had crested above U.S. 211 and flooded the low-lying areas near Cross Creek. He said the last time flooding had occurred in the same area was during Hurricane Agnes in 1972, when a 4-year-old boy drowned at the site.