Down Memory Lane for Dec. 8

Jan. 24, 1963

Sperryville has no public library, but it does have a modern barber shop, owned and operated by John Eubank.

As in all barber shops, John’s customers frequently must wait for their turn. While waiting they look around for something to read to pass the time away. Usually they pick up a newspaper or a magazine. In most barber shops waiting customers find a variety of paper and magazines — spread on chairs, sometimes lying on the floor. These are not always chosen with care. John decided recently that his customers deserved a better atmosphere and service. He determined to give them reading matter of value beyond killing time and a more pleasant atmosphere — more like a library — in which to wait and read thus stimulating good reading.

To make this possible he had a table built into the corner of his shop, placing standard magazines around a potted plant and reading lamp.

John and his helper find it more pleasant to work in a “library atmosphere” and he believes that his customers will appreciate and approve of the change.

Mrs. C. T. Bruce, representing the Washington Ladies Auxiliary, presented a check for $600 to Gibson Wharton, chief of the Washington Fire Company, at the dinner meeting held last Wednesday night at Hampton Inn. The Chief turned the check over to Newbill Miller, who is company treasurer. At the informal meeting of auxiliary members, fire company and rescue squad officers, and interested people in the community, plans were discussed for the future of the company and fund raising activities for the organizations.

Dec. 27, 1984

Mr. and Mrs. James P. Jamieson are the kind of people who just never stop working. According to friends and associates, the Jamiesons are people who pick up on a project and roll with it to fruition. Fortunately for Rappahannock County, their labor often begins here.

For 1984, Mary and James Jamieson are the Rappahannock News Citizens of the Year, selected by the news staff for their role in the betterment of Rappahannock County.

Mrs. Jamieson’s work at the Rappahannock County Library has touched every resident who’s ever walked through the door. During the 12 years she served as chairman of the library’s board of trustees, from April 22, 1970 to April 22, 1982, the library was transformed from a less than parttime operation to a more than full-time one, offering educational and recreational programs well beyond normal operating hours.

Mr. Jamieson was instrumental in establishing Friends of the Rappahannock County Library, Inc., organized in 1974. Primarily, “Friends” provides financial assistance to the library, picking up the tab when funds coming to the library from the federal, state and county governments are depleted.

These stories made 1984 a most memorable year. But the significance of the following 10 news items practically begs front-page status, we believe, rightfully so.

To get this piece more out of the subjective and into the objective realm, the Rappahannock News staff didn’t pick and choose in a vacuum.  Rather, we solicited comments this month from citizens close to these events, allowing their insights to impact the numbers that precede the following paragraphs.

1 and 2: Public schools; Adult home; 3: Sperryville Sewer; 4: Proposed zoning ordinance; 5: County landfill, 6: Animal shelter; 7: Jail completion; 8: Rappahannock Humane Society; 9: Rappahannock Jaycees; 10: Homemaker of the Year.