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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 29

April 12, 1979: L. V. Merrill, owner and operator of Merrill Motor Company, can qualify as an historical monument in the town of Washington. His business at the corner in the center of town has been around for as long as most of the under-50 generation can remember. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 15

March 8, 1979: Electoral Board members, county government employees and friends feted Mrs. Mary Cleverley with a retirement party in the Health Department offices last week. Jack Carney on behalf of the electoral Board presented her with a pendant engraved with her initials and on the reverse “Registrar 3-1-71 to 2-28-79.” […]

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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 1

Feb. 15, 1979: “It was just such weather as this, only worse. You’ve heard of the blizzard of 1899, that’s the year I was born. Father sent for the doctor who rode horseback cross country over the fences where the drifts were so high,” said Miss Annie Miller Almond, who celebrated her eightieth birthday Monday. […]

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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 1

June 22, 1978: Heavy rains, hail and a twister assaulted the Amissville area Monday afternoon resulting in damage to buildings and trees and cutting off electric service for five hours. The first storm occurred about 3 p.m. with heavy rain and winds. Shortly after 4 a howling twister blew in. […]

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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. 11

May 11, 1978: There is a brand new trophy in the trophy case at RCHS. It has a statue of a girl running on it and it says “Skyline District Champions 1978.” The Rappahannock Varsity girls track team brought good news back with them from JMU. […]

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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. 27

Nov. 17, 1966: The annual awards dinner sponsored by the Culpeper Soil Conservation District was held Monday evening at Graves Lodge in Syria. A. Y. Stokes of Sperryville was the Rappahannock farmer recognized as the Conservation Farmer of the Year. […]

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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. 30

Feb. 16, 1978: A new ambulance has been purchased by the Sperryville Rescue Squad. The vehicle is a 1977 Dodge chassis with a Maxi Van body by Wheeled Coach Corp of Florida and was secured from Hearse and Ambulance sales in Richmond. […]

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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. […]