Down Memory Lane for Oct. 15

Feb. 7, 1980

The ski area in Harris Hollow is no longer for sale. According to Eric Adamson, Front Royal attorney and partner in the operation, the Rappahannock slopes will open December 1980 — “November, if there’s snow” — as a private club.

In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Adamson said that 1,400 memberships will be sold at $295 for the first in a family, $275 for the second and $255 for the third.

“Skiing has become no fun around here because of the crowds,” Adamson said. He estimated the number of skiers in the Washington D.C. area at over 100,000.

“About one out of every 10 belongs to a ski club and there are 10 clubs. The Washington Ski Club itself has 5,800 members,” he said.

In September, 1976, C. L. Goode applied to the Rappahannock County Planning Commission for approval of a 15-lot, five acre development located just outside Flint Hill.

Three and a half years later, on Jan. 24, 1980, Circuit Court Judge Carlton Penn of Leesburg signed an order that removed the final roadblock to Goode’s revised development plan.

Details of the agreement drawn up by attorneys representing the county and Goode remain secret. Judge Penn okayed the deal worked out by the lawyers but directed the decree sealed with “contents thereof not to be disclosed except by further order of this court.”

Goode’s subdivision application was turned down by Rappahannock ‘s zoning administrator, planning commission and board of supervisors in 1977, 1978 and 1979, primarily on grounds that each lot in the development did not contain five acres under 14 per cent slope as required by county ordinances.

Mrs. Becky Burke of Washington has been named chairman of the 1980 American Heart Association campaign for Rappahannock County and will coordinate local volunteers during the February residential campaign.

Oct. 24, 1985

The American textile industry is fighting back against low-priced imports. And in Rappahannock County, that struggle cannot be closer to home.

The textile industry may have taken its lumps from imports recently — much the way foreign car makers picked away at Detroit’s hold on the auto industry at the turn of this decade. Nonetheless, the fight being waged by the textile industry is not expected to cost local workers their jobs.

Wayne Walker, for 20 years the manager of the Flint Hill Aileen, Inc. plant, said this week the 300 employees there are in no danger of losing their jobs, despite rumors to the contrary.

“I see nothing to indicate” the complete shutdown of the plant, Walker said Monday. The rumor is “totally false, at least from the information I have.”

The attorney representing the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors and Board of Zoning Appeals filed a brief arguing that the Sperryville landowners suing the county have no legal right to do so.

According to the papers filed with the Circuit Court Monday by Washington attorney Peter Luke, Ivan N. and Hazel C. Hall, who filed suit to block construction of a new Sperryville Assembly of God Church and parsonage, are without precedent on which to base their suit.

In the suit, the Halls asked for a review of an April 24 BZA decision to grant a special use permit to the church. The permit would allow construction on a 12.8 acre lot located adjacent to the Halls’ property on Route 612.

In the brief, Luke cited state statutes supporting his contention that the only express right or standing granted by the Code of Virginia concerning subdivision is granted to subdividers and lot owners, and not to adjacent landowners.

March 29, 1995

Settle’s Grocery and Garage in Flint Hill is a business that has grown to include several members of one family.

Richard and Ester Settle bought building in November, 1973 and made it into a grocery store. Both had experience with other grocery stores. Mr. Settle worked previously at Ben Venue Store and Mrs. Settle had worked at Laurel Mills Store.

The Russell family were the original owners of the building, which was build by John G. Russell in 1938. He had a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership called Russell Motor Co., which he ran until he died in 1949.

Mr. and Mrs. Settle lived in the little house next to the store for 18 years, but not long ago moved to their farm on Route 637. “I love living in Flint Hill, “ she said.

Fourth grader Ralph Pace got to be Principal for a Day last Friday. He won the honor by selling the most magazine subscriptions in the recent magazine drive at the school. Ralph provided an extra recess period for his fellow fourth graders and a break for fourth grade teachers. Meanwhile Principal David Smith attended some of Ralph’s classes.

Twenty-five men of the 7th Tennessee A Company Civil War re-enactment group practiced in the hills of Flint Hill last weekend. They set up their camp Ken Gilpin’s front yard. He is one of the members. Everything about the group is authentic, down to the canteens and campfires.

The men marched on land adjoining Mr. Gilpin’s and practiced actual battlefield maneuvers, along with volley firing, when everyone shoots their weapons at once. They use only black powder, and the rifles are equipped with bayonets.