Down Memory Lane / Sept. 10

March 3, 1977

M. Jones of Delamore, Washington, will resign from the position of Clerk of Rappahannock County effective July 5, 1977. Mr. Jones was appointed to the office Feb. 1, 1963, and has subsequently been elected over the ensuing years. Applications for the office are being accepted by Circuit Court Judge Rayner V. Snead. The vacancy will be filed by appointment until the General Election in Nov. of 1978.

A program co-produced by Phil Irwin of Flint Hill has won the 1976 “Billboard” award for broadcast excellence. Through “The Breakfast Show,” beamed worldwide, both Irwin and co-producer Pat Gates have become . . . radio personalities well-known to listeners far beyond the borders of the United States. Their daily show is now in its 16th year and is believed to enjoy the largest audience in international broadcasting. It consists of news interviews, features and music reflecting the American scene and world developments

Mrs. M. Elizabeth Buntin has completed 30 years of service as the Superintendent of Welfare in Rappahannock County. She assumed duties in that capacity Feb. 1, 1947. Mrs. Buntin initially was the administrator and social worker combined, spending almost three quarters of her time with the social cases and only a fourth of it for administrative duties. However, with the addition of new programs and additional staff over the years, her time is consumed in the office. Mrs. Buntin is a native of Duchess County, New York. She came to Rappahannock in the summer of 1946 when her husband was assigned to Rappahannock County as a Trooper with the Virginia State Police.

July 18, 1985

There are no such things as menus at the Hampton Inn. Well, let’s just say I have never seen anybody use one there. For all I know, there may be a stack of menus hidden behind the counter. What I mean to say (in a whisper) is that only tourists look at the menus on the wall. The locals haven’t  done that in years. They don’t need a menu to order, they don’t even need to talk to order. All they have to do is walk in the door with expressions on their faces indicating how they want their eggs done: over easy or sunny-side up. The rest is taken care of by the Hampton Inns all-purpose staff: Mildred Cebula (owner), Elsie Barkley, and Louise Foster. Millie Cebula bought the Hampton Inn from Gib Horton in 1978. Horton, the original owner, had it for 32 years. When he build the structure that is now the Hampton Inn, he intended it to be a garage and a grease rack, which is was for some time. Horton planted the seed for a restaurant, though, when he began selling food out of a trailer beside the garage. Soon the trailer was scrapped and the garage was converted into a restaurant — The Hampton Inn.

Feb. 15, 1995

In a surprise move late Tuesday, Sen. Charles B. Hawkins withdrew the Senate bill 1088 — otherwise known as the sludge bill — from the House of Delegates Conservation and Natural Resources Subcommittee meeting while representatives of Rappahannock County government looked on. This bill would prohibit localities from restricting the use of sludge in agricultural applications, and the state health department would charged with regulating the process. The State Senate passed the bill Feb. 7.

In Senator Hawkins’ short address to the house subcommittee, he said sludge is a problem that will not go away, and if it isn’t dealt with today it will be tomorrow. He then withdrew the bill.Then Senator Hawkins walked out of the subcommittee meeting. Before the vote to dismiss, however, the subcommittee permitted those attending the meeting to speak to the group.

“I’m sorry that the senator left, because I really take exception to the word arbitrary,” said John McCarthy, Rappahannock county administrator. Mr. McCarthy said his county had done extensive research on the topic, and its decision for an outright ban on all use of sludge was based on those studies, not a decision arbitrarily reached.

It is with great pleasure that Hospice of the Rapidan announces its 1994 Volunteer of the Year, Mr. Sid Gottlieb. Sid has been involved with Hospice of the Rapidan for 11 years. In the capacity of volunteer, he has provided compassion and comfort to the dying and their families. Sid lives in Boston with his wife, Margaret. He is the proud father of four and the even prouder grandfather of eight. Asked why he joined the organization he said, “I was drawn to the work the minute I heard about it.. I don’t know why, but there was no question it was something I wanted to do.”

Nearly 150 years old, the Sperryville Corner Store is probably the oldest country store in Rappahannock County. During most of its earlier years, the store was known as the E. M. Schwartz Store. Owner Randolph Clater still keeps a lot of old mementos from the store, including old charge books from 1876. He proudly showed them , and all charges are written in the book beautiful calligraphy. Many of the names are familiar today: Fletcher, Rudasill and Miller. Mr. Clater said he remembers when the store sold live chickens, back in the ’50s. “We pulled down the chicken houses out back to build the parking lot,” he said.