Down Memory Lane for March 3

Jan. 19, 1950

The anniversary sale at Lea Brothers Store will mark two milestones. The sale begins on a date denoting the first opening of the store and will continue to include the date of the opening of the new store building on “Groundhog Day, 1934,” to quote T. C. Lea.   

Storekeeping is a family failing, says Mr. Lea, for his father, J. P. Lea and his two uncles, W. B. Lea and L. L. Lea, were in the mercantile business. Where there used to be five stores in the family, there are now two: T. C. Lea’s store in Washington and his brother’s store at Massie’s Mill in Nelson County.

From 1938 to 1941 Mr. Lea served as fire chief of the Rappahannock Volunteer Fire Department. In 1942 he served as chairman of the Panel War Price and Ration Board of the county, and since 1944 he has served on the school board. Mr. Lea began the Rappahannock Insurance Agency in 1941 by purchasing the Rappahannock Realty Company. He served on the town council of Washington for a number of years, and is treasurer of Rappahannock Red Cross.

Mrs. W. C. Campbell brought to Rappahannock News office a copy of the famous cook book entitled “Rare Rappahannock Recipes,” following the publication of a plea for a copy.

This volume — minus cover — states that it was compiled by the Woman’s Missionary Society of Woodville Baptist Church in 1928. Those serving on the committee to compile the book were the late Mrs. J. Hill O’Bannon, chairman; Miss Ethel Long, and Miss Julia Quaintance (Mrs. H. B. Wood).

The little book is charmingly decorated with poems and pithy sayings, and of its value as to the recipes:  that is vouched for by many who state that their copies are badly worn from use.

At the 11 o’clock service, Sunday morning, January 22, the Flint Hill Baptist Church will make financial plans for the year. The financial committee of the church will propose a Unified Budget of $3,000 for the year 1950. For the first time all the church funds will be placed in one treasury. In this way the financial program of the church is unified. It contemplates one offering from each member each week to be divided among the causes fostered by the church. It facilitates accurate bookkeeping, complete records, monthly reports, and periodical audits. It will picture the church’s entire program of service.

The new budget will be divided into three divisions, local expenses, $2,090; missions $719; building fund $200. The finance committee is composed of David Corbin, church treasurer; B. J. Wood, and Dick Latham.    

May 5, 1983

Agent Rapp Owings has retired after 14 years at Rappahannock’s VPI Extension office.

John Huddleston, Extension Service Director announced Owings’ retirement  to the county supervisors at Monday’s board meeting.

“There’s a rumor that you’re going to close the office.” said Chairman J. R. Latham. “Can you dispel that?”

The office will remain open but Owings will not be replaced until July 1, Huddleston said. There is a freeze on vacancies due to state-ordered budget reductions, he explained.

For the county’s one-third share of an agent’s salary (grade 11 on the state pay scale), $6,900 has been requested for 1983-84, Huddleston said. “We want to get a qualified person but we want to get one as cheaply as we can,” he noted. Huddleston indicated that the $6,900 share should cover salary for a new agent who has recently graduated from VPI, adding that if the supervisors want a more experienced person, they must be prepared to pay for that experience.

Alice Pullen, Flint Hill, is one of the volunteers who received special thanks from Carolyn Szabad, Retired Senior Volunteer Program Coordinator, for her help three times a week at the Trinity Church, Washington.

“We appreciate our thirty-five Rappahannock volunteers,” said Carolyn. “These are the people who assist seniors in grocery shopping, who take pictures for the Senior ID Program, cartoon our brochures and transport patients to and from the Mental Health Clinic.”

All the happy endings aren’t in fairy tales. Every now and then, there’s  a real life story with an “and they lived happily ever after’ conclusion.

Patty Alexander and her Arab mare D’Arcy have one of those stories. It began as a tragedy. It began with a broken leg, almost inevitably a death sentence for a horse. It ended happily two weeks ago when D’Arcy’s x-rays showed that the fracture had healed — just eight days after she gave birth to a beautiful little bay filly.

Oct. 30, 1996

Dawn Havstad has chosen a major project to complete to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.

She is cleaning up a family cemetery on the Havstad property in Old Hollow. She and her mom, Sally Havstad, came up with the idea last fall. So far, Dawn has spent over 30 hours cleaning away 30 years worth of bush and overgrowth.

Part of the project includes getting other people involved in helping her with the clean-up. She has had lots of help from some of her Girl Scout friends, including Kylene Wolfe and Sarah Gentry.

Now a senior at RCHS, Dawn has been a Girl Scout since the third grade. To apply for the Gold Award, she was required to write a paper discussing how her project would benefit the community. She is required to keep a log of her hours and must write a final report on the project.

It has been more than a month since volunteers spent a day working at the old Washington School preparing it to be used as a senior center and site for the nutrition program operated by the Community Services Board, but the seniors have yet to be allowed to move into their center.

They have been using the First Baptist Church on the Fodderstack Road as a temporary site waiting for the move. This week the church needed the building in order to get ready for a revival, and the nutrition site has had to go on the road.

Sam Snead of Sam Snead Realty  recently was awarded the nationally recognized Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager (CRB) designation by the Real Estate Brokerage managers Council.

The CRB designation is the highest award real estate brokerage managers can receive. Established in 1968, the CRB is awarded only to managers who have met stringent management experience and educational coursework  prerequisites.

Mr. Snead is a real estate brokerage manager for Sam Snead Realty at 437-A South Royal Avenue in Front Royal. A member of the Blue Ridge and Greater Piedmont Associations of Realtors and the Virginia Association of Realtors.