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Down Memory Lane for July 21 

Old Mt. Salem, the Mother Church of all the Baptist Churches in Rappahannock, may soon become the county’s newest historical landmark and learn more about the Sperryville Corner store.
Down Memory Lane for July 14 

Haywood Johnson of Washington, D.C., comes from his home about every three weeks to get water from the mountain spring near Panorama to take home. He used to buy distilled water for 99 cents a gallon to avoid consuming the…
Down Memory Lane for July 7 

May 30, 1963 John Warner, principal of Washington Elementary School, has submitted his resignation to Rappahannock County School Board effective June 7. Mr. Warner has been principal here for the past two years. He will teach at the Patrick Henry Elementary…
Down Memory Lane for June 30

Feb. 7, 1963 After over 22 years service Guy Burke resigned Jan. 31, 1963 as custodian of Rappahannock County Jail. Mr. Burke became jailer May 1, 1940. For these many years he and Mrs. Burke have lived at the jail,…
Down Memory Lane for June 23

Nov. 2, 1950 This is the first birthday anniversary of Rappahannock News. The first issue of Rappahannock’s own county newspaper was published just a year ago — November 3, 1949. The top of the first page bears the notation: Vol.…
Down Memory Lane for June 16

Oct. 5, 1950 Mrs. P. Lee Thornton is commuting daily to Warrenton where she is serving on a temporary appointment as public health nurse in Fauquier County. Mrs. Thornton did public welfare work in Rappahannock county during the summer of…
Down Memory Lane for June 9

Sept. 28, 1950 A caution light has been installed on the corner of Main and Middle streets in Washington. This light has been badly needed for years, as this is one of the most dangerous corners in town. The former…
Down Memory Lane for June 2

Sept. 14, 1950 A number of copies of old papers of the county have been brought to the News office. Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Cary lent a number of copies of issues of the Blue Ridge Guide, published when…
Down Memory Lane for May 26

July 27, 1950 Mrs. Ashby Jenkins is recovering at her home at Nethers Mill, after being bitten on the ankle by a snake while in her garden Saturday afternoon. The snake is thought to have been a copperhead, which Mrs.…
Down Memory Lane for May 19

June 29, 1950 Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Jenkins will open their new restaurant and pool room, “Washington Cafe,” Saturday morning, July 1, in Washington, across Main Street from the post office. The Cafe, completely redecorated, will be open daily to…
Down Memory Lane for May 12

June 22, 1950 There’s been much fanfare over the ladies of Washington, who are taking over the town’s government, but for the past 14 years a lady of the town has filled a responsible job and no one thinks it…
Down Memory Lane for May 5

June 15, 1950 Washington — Virginia — yes, sir — er, I mean, “yes, ma’am” — is so puffed up with all this publicity about the election that one will have to forgive the town if it doesn’t get back…