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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 18

May 25, 1978: Mt. Salem’s church pews came home on Sunday. After months of work by the Restoration Association and Commonwealth Attorney George Davis, the 154-year old benches were returned from a church near Virginia Beach where they had been “on loan” for almost eight years. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 4

May 4, 1978: On a summer afternoon in 1969, Greg Bright celebrated Christmas in August by tossing a glass bottle with a message sealed inside into the Thornton River at Sperryville. Nine Years and 100 miles later, Greg’s message reached its destination. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 13

Sept. 8, 1966: Dry weather still prevails in Rappahnanock and the situation is acute. Thornton Gap River, where it passes under a bridge on Route 211 just east of Sperryville, is bone dry. This river comes from the Old Hollow and at the highway location not a drop of water is to be found. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 6

Sept. 1, 1966: Rappahannock’s generally quiet Harris Hollow echoed with shouts of glee and vibrated with music Saturday as 47 handicapped youngsters of the Metropolitan area frolicked on the hillsides at an all-day outing sponsored by the Downtown Jaycee Chapter of Washington D.C. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 23

June 23, 1966: Dame Fortune smiled on Mrs. Dorothy Davis of Washington on Friday, when she was awarded a check for $20,000, first prize in a national contest sponsored by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in connection with their diet drink, Tab. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 9

Dec. 2, 1998: Although Sheriff Gary Settle has announced his resignation and a new sheriff will come on board in the next year, Lt. Larry Sherertz joined the sheriff’s office here just a few months shy of 24 years spent with Fairfax County Police. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 2

Nov. 25, 1998: Alice King’s apartment on Main Street in Washington has a large welcome mat at the front door. Numerous photographs of family and friends decorate the walls and tabletops, and a comfortable sofa and chairs circle around a plush Chinese rug in her sunny warm living room. […]

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Down Memory Lane for July 26

Nov. 11, 1998: Smiling comes easy in to Patricia Bartholomew, and she said she likes making others smile. It obviously is one reason why she opened Mazie’s Daisies. The full-service florist shop that opened its door for business in early October is located at 311J Gay Street, Washington, next to the lower level of Elaine Kramer’s Talk of the Town gift shop. […]

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Down Memory Lane for July 19

Feb. 17, 1966: Meadowbrook Hall, a palatial estate home near Huntly, was destroyed by fire Saturday night. The huge dwelling, unoccupied at the time, was owned by Dr. and Mrs. Werner Krebser of McLean, who had just recently purchased the 740-acre estate. […]

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Down Memory Lane for July 12

Jan. 20, 1966: Many interesting stories are coming to light through the study of old records, wills, artifacts, letters and reports. A good start has been made on counting, identifying and locating on a master map all the old cemeteries under the chairmanship of Dr. William Wake. […]

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Down Memory Lane for July 5

Jan. 13, 1966
Wade Wallihan Massie, an eighth grade student at Rappahannock County High School, has been selected to serve as a page in the Virginia House of Delegates for the 1966 session of the General Assembly. […]

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Down Memory Lane for June 28

Dec. 23, 1965: W. A. Miller will retire from the position of Postmaster of the Washington Post Office, effective December 30. He has served in this capacity for 31 years, taking office in 1934 after his appointment by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. […]

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Down Memory Lane for June 7

July 29, 1965: The relocated Post Office at Flint Hill was officially dedicated in a ceremony held Saturday afternoon with U.S. Postal, state and federal officials and a large number of friends present. The ceremony was opened by Mrs. Barbara Gentry, Postmaster of Flint Hill. […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 31

May 6, 1998: At a meeting on April 28, the county school board appointed Aline B. Johnson of Sperryville to fill the Piedmont District post that became vacant when Dennis Wingfield resigned April 1. The county will hold a special election later this year to fill the remainder of Wingfield’s term. […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 24

Dec. 27, 1990: When Frances Thornton became Rappahannock County’s first public health nurse in 1950, she faced a county filled with people who in too many cases were unaware of the importance of proper medical care, especially for children. […]

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Down Memory Lane for May 17

March 4, 1998
“It’s a situation of trying to get more services and products to the community that as a stand alone community bank we would not be able to deliver,” said John R. Conry, Jr., CEO of Rappahannock National Bank, of the bank’s agreement to join Union Bankshares Corporation. […]