Down Memory Lane for Sept. 24

April 21, 1977

“In the spring of the year 1824 Elder William F. Broadus, being solicited by a number of brethren residing in this vicinity to preach at a meeting house nearly built, consented. In a very short time the congregation became large and attentive, and a prospect opened for much good.” This is from an account written by John Fletcher, first secretary of Mt. Salem Church near Washington.

The church was first established in an old schoolhouse and as it grew in membership the present building was constructed. It flourished and eventually had over 300 members, then in 1949 with dwindling membership the church closed, and fell to the hands of vandals.

The building is presently being restored as funds become available and plans have been made to have a painting day Saturday, April 23, beginning at 7 p.m.

The restoration began in 1976. Windows have been replaced, shutters are being repaired, the grounds cleaned up, floors fixed, etc.

There will be a regular worship service at Mt. Salem on Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m.

The Rev. B. G. Titchenell of Woodville was the speaker for the reopening ceremony at Mt. Salem Baptist Church on Easter Sunday and delivered the afternoon worship service.

Harry Allen Newlin, newly assigned Trooper for Rappahannock, assumed his duty here Monday and was shown around the county by Rappahannock Trooper R. A. Baines and Sgt. H.D. Brown of Luray. He met and chatted with Rappahannock Sheriff W. A. Buntin. Fifty-nine troopers graduated from the school in Richmond Friday and assumed their duty posts Monday. Virginia has 820 Troopers, not including the uniformed supervisory personnel. Col. D. M. Slane addressed the graduates.

Mrs. Mary Quaintance of Sperryville, who will retire as principal of Rappahannock County Elementary School, and O. A. Norton, retiring superintendent of schools in Rappahannock, were honored by the local Education Association with a Dutch treat dinner at Panorama Friday evening. Mrs. Quaintance was given a replica of her school paddle as a memento for her 50 years in the field of education.

Aug. 8, 1985

A secretary to the Rappahannock County zoning administrator has this week been named deputy administrator. Sandra Brown was appointed by the Rappahannock County Supervisors Monday.

The position was established to fill a vacancy created when Building Inspector Emiel Smet, who accepted the additional job as zoning administrator, left for vacation. In that time, the county has no authorized official to act in that capacity, delaying some local land transfers.

“Apparently, there are some people who are pretty upset,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Peter Luke told the Board of Supervisors. Luke said the county could be held legally accountable if landowners missed a closing deadline because of the vacancy. Supervisor Lane suggested the county hire a full-time zoning administrator.

“I think that planning is critical to Rappahannock,” he said.

Paul McFarlane, former news editor at the Shenandoah Valley-Herald in Woodstock, was this week named editor of the Rappahannock News.

McFarlane, 28, is a 1979 graduate of James Madison University and has been with the Valley-Herald for the last six years. McFarlane replaces Jon Klaverkamp who has served as editor of the Rappahannock News since January. McFarlane is single and is currently commuting from Woodstock but plans to moves to Rappahannock County.

The Rappahannock County government is insured to the teeth. At least temporarily.

County Supervisors Monday found little relief in their effort to buy a single policy for all their coverage, despite hiring a Richmond consultant to do just that.

At their regular monthly meeting at the courthouse Monday, Supervisors were again left carrying two policies, one from the Clement Insurance Agency of Culpeper and one through the Virginia Municipal League. Neither policy is exactly what the county wanted, apparently.

However, Alan Thornton, a consultant with the Industrial Insurance Management Corporation of Richmond, told Supervisors on Monday that he has been given a verbal commitment that Clement can supply a policy. None, however, was set in writing.

So, in the meantime, the county is paying for two policies.

March 1, 1995

Dennis Store in Scrabble is a tiny building at the junction of routes 626 and 680.

It is a family-run business, begun by Clifford R. Dennis 70 years ago. His son Robert Dennis Sr. and his wife Doris have run the store half of that time, since 1960. Robert Dennis a native of Rappahannock County and his wife was raised in Culpeper.

Proudly displayed is a painting of the store by local artist Maggi Morris, who lives right down the street with her husband Andy and son Eston. She said that she feels like part of the family when she goes in Dennis Store, and that, like parents, the Dennises are always concerned about what is going on in her life. Also, if she needs an item which is not on the shelf in the store, the Dennises will order it for her.

Mr. Dennis also drives a school bus for Rappahannock County, and comes in to take over the store duties from his wife when he finishes his day on the road. The store offers a selection of microwave sandwiches and a coffee machine for visitors who would like to stay awhile, and the front porch offers an inviting view of the countryside

Cabin Fever Books and the Rush River Gallery are carrying a new set of small books, the Virginia Heritage series. Two books are available so far. The first, written by the Warrenton publisher of the series, Walter Nicklin, is on the Rappahannock River.

The books, compact enough to put in a pocketbook or jacket pocket, are stuffed with information. “The Rappahannock River” includes everything from the history of the river to the best methods for catching rockfish.

A second book in the series is “Virginia’s Civil War Battlefields” by Peter Lockwood, a retired British military officer currently living in Front Royal.

“These are in-depth little books,” Mr. Nicklin said. “They will tell tourists or anyone who is interested where to go, how to get there and what went on there. They are handy for trips and to keep on your bookshelves.” He is at work on a third book in the series, on Virginia’s haunted houses.

After a distinguished law career of 47 years, A. Burke Hertz of Flint Hill will be retiring on April 30 from the 20th Judicial District as a judge in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Judge Hertz has sat on the bench since 1980, when he replaced Judge Moffett, who retired.