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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 21

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Aug. 21

Feb. 21, 1974: Angela Dennis was named Sweetheart of 1974 at Rappahannock County High School and a coronation ceremony was held Friday night in conjunction with the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart dance.
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 14

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Aug. 14

Feb. 7, 1974: The Rappahannock Historical Society was reactivated Monday evening with a meeting and election of officers at the courthouse in Washington. New RHS president James F. Massie stated that henceforth meetings will be held three times a year.
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 7

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Aug. 7

Jan. 31, 1974: A resolution supporting “Line A” to just widen U.S. 211 through Sperryville, instead of building a bypass, was approved by the Rappahannock-Rapidan Planning District Commission last Thursday.
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Down Memory Lane for July 31

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July 31

Jan. 24, 1974: Robert Anderson of Woodville has been named a director for the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District. He fills the position held by H.L. Manwaring.
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Down Memory Lane for July 24

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July 24

Jan. 17, 1974: Harry Jordan topped 1,000 points in his career for the Rappahannock County High School basketball team Tuesday night. Rappahannock, the smallest school in the Skyline District, has had a rough time without a win this season.
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Down Memory Lane for July 17

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July 10

Mutt Atkins first drove a Rappahannock County school bus back in 1929, when “the mud in wintertime — let alone the snow — was so deep the bus had to have chains to get through.”
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Down Memory Lane for July 3

Dec. 20, 1973 The new bridge at Laurel Mills was opened to traffic last week, replacing the old overhead steel span. The prospects of a new bridge and straightened road caused considerable controversy in the Laurel Mills community when it was proposed by the Highway Department. Beating the energy crisis are the Dixon children...
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Down Memory Lane for June 26

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June 26

Dec. 13, 1973 The home of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Priest at Amissville was destroyed by fire a year ago in November and all of their furnishings and possessions were consumed in the inferno. This November, just over a year later, the Priest family moved into a newly constructed home, made possible through the efforts...
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Down Memory Lane for June 19

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June 19

Dec. 6, 1973 The 100th anniversary of the Washington Baptist Church was celebrated by its members Sunday, at which time a dedication service in recognition of several furnishings was conducted. A large group of members and friends attended the service conducted by Dr. Gary Gruber of Lancaster, Pa. Dr. Gruber recently served the church as...
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Down Memory Lane for June 12

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June 12

Nov. 29, 1973 The Town of Washington has a new mayor, and you guessed it — the mayor is a woman. Mrs. Virginia Miller was elected at the November meeting of the town council. Mrs. Christine Johnston, a council member for many years, was named treasurer to succeed Mrs. Miller. The election came about following the...
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Down Memory Lane for June 5

Nov. 22, 1973 A former Rappahannock boy, Jack Dabney, is Prince William County’s public relations director.  Dabney, the son of Jack and Reba Lawson Dabney, moved to Flint Hill in 1952, where he lived with his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Lawson. The Lawsons had lived in Flint Hill since she turn of...
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Down Memory Lane for May 29

Nov. 15, 1973 Deputy Sheriff Everett J. Estes of Washington has completed the Law Enforcement Officers Training Standards Commission, and received his certificate in a graduation exercise last Friday evening. This basic police training course was held at Blue Ridge Community College at Weyers Cave. The six-week course is required of law enforcement personnel within...
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Down Memory Lane for May 22

Nov. 8, 1973 Rappahannock County High School’s cross country team took the district championship Saturday at Stonewall Jackson High with a score of 16. A perfect score is 15. The local team is composed of Bill Taylor, captain and coach John Toth, John Summers, Ronnie Nicholson, Harry Jordan, Earl Lilly, Tom Taylor and Jerry Thomas....
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Down Memory Lane for May 8

Nov. 1, 1973 The building trades class at Rappahannock County High School has undertaken and completed a building project which includes a storage building and a number of dog houses. The work is under the instruction of Mr. Stoltzfus and class members are Donald Compton, James Freeman, Charles Grigsby, Roger Hitt, Barry Hudson, Earl Lilly,...
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Down Memory Lane for May 1

Oct. 18, 1973 A body, almost completely decomposed, was discovered by a hiker Monday at the edge of Shenandoah National Park above Sperryville. An examination indicated the person had been shot in the head; a pistol lay nearby. According to park officials, the body was taken from Bradley Funeral Home in Luray to the...
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Down Memory Lane for April 24

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April 24

Oct. 11, 1973 Rappahannock County was well represented at the conference held in Richmond last Friday under the sponsorship of the Conservation Council of Virginia, with assistance from the Central Atlantic Environment Center. Attending sessions on the topic — “Virginia’s Land: Exploitation or Conservation?” — were Roger Batchelder of Amissville, Fanning Baumgardner of the county zoning...
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Down Memory Lane for April 17

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April 17

Sept. 27, 1973 Stone House Hollow, the cozy stone house owned by Dr. and Mrs. R.B. Allen near Flint Hill, will be opened for the annual fall house tour and dried arrangement sale Oct. 20-21. This event is sponsored by the Episcopal Churchmen of Bromfield Parrish. The house has many interesting furnishings collected during extensive...
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Down Memory Lane for April 10

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April 10
Aney Melissa Massie, Sheri Kritz and Jennifer Eastham added their bit of glamour to the Women's Club Fashion Show.

Sept. 20, 1973 William Magee of Amissville and Eddie Sutphin of Washington spent a recent vacation in Acapulco, Mexico and while there tried their luck with a pole and line. William caught a nine-footer while Eddie hooked a shark, which bit the line in half and got away. Mr. and Mrs. Sutphin declared they had an...
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Down Memory Lane for April 3

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April 3
Two "fashionable flappers" pose on the bumper of one of the town's first cars in front of the future Inn at Little Washington.

Sept. 13, 1973 The latest looks in fall and winter fashions will be featured at the second annual Fall Harvest Fashion Show at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 22, at Rappahannock County Elementary School. Co-hosting the show are Southern Department Store of Warrenton and the Rappahannock County Women’s Club. WFTR Radio’s Bob Traister, along with...
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Down Memory Lane for March 27

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March 27

Sept. 6, 1973 A movie filmed in Rappahannock County and intended to show a gentler, more solid view of American life, especially Southern American life, will have its “world premiere” Sept. 14-16 at the Sperryville fire hall. The idea for the film grew out of visits to friends in Rappahannock, and especially from a...
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Down Memory Lane for March 20

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March 20

Aug. 23, 1973 Mrs. Bobby Williams relates the following occurrence at her home above Chester Gap, as witnessed by her father, Elias Wines. Hearing a commotion and the yowling of the family kitten outside her front door Monday morning, Mrs. Williams looked out in time to see a large hawk swooping down and picking up...
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Down Memory Lane for March 13

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March 13

Aug. 9, 1973 Mrs. Lorena Lillard Upham, originally from Washington, has retired after 24 years of service with the First Virginia Bank in Falls Church. With her husband Jack and her mother, Mrs. Cora P. Lillard, she is making her home in Bridgewater. Mrs. Upham completed her schooling in Rappahannock and was employed with the post...
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Down Memory Lane for March 6

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March 6

Aug. 2, 1973 While Rappahannock County remains primarily agricultural and recreational territory, light industry is filtering into several areas, with Sperryville receiving the most recent activity. Established by Witold Kuncewicz, the Virginia International Equipment Corporation has located in the building which formerly housed Blue Ridge Fruit Growers, next to the co-op. A native of...
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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 27

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Feb. 27

July 26, 1973 All buildings of the Amissville Fire Company were condemned this year to make way for the U.S. 211 dual-lane highway scheduled for construction in the future. After settlement of the property with the Virginia Department of Highways, construction on a new facility is about to begin. Wednesday morning the drilling of...
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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 20

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Feb. 20

July 19, 1973 Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Payne entertained with a family picnic Sunday at their home, Locust Shade, near Amissville, in honor of Mrs. Payne’s cousin Robert Anderson, his wife Jean and son Jimmy of Gaithersburg, Md. The Andersons will move soon to North Dakota, where he will be a pharmacist on an Indian reservation. E.N....
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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 13

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Feb. 13
From the Rappahannock News

July 12, 1973 Rappahannock’s Board of Supervisors voted last Thursday by a 3-2 margin to have one man work two days a week in the zoning office. The board, on a motion by Mrs. Betty Coates, voted to ask Col. Evan McNear, who now works one day a week for $105.50 a month, to...
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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 6

July 5, 1973 Trinity Episcopal Church in Washington has a new rector, Jennings Wise Hobson III, who has moved into the rectory with his wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Humphrey. Mr. Hobson says he is a native Virginian, though he was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, where his father was a missionary to the Indians...
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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 30

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Jan. 30
Lucy Catherine Bowie is flanked by her brother Bruce (left) and printer’s devil Jack Barber.

June 14, 1973 A dance hall near Amissville was raided about midnight Saturday by state investigators, troopers and ABC agents and resulted in the arrest of four people, one of whom was a juvenile. William I. Morgan, proprietor of Cross Creek Dance Hall, located on U.S. 211 east of Amissville, was charged with operating...
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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 23

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Jan. 23

June 7, 1973 A tractor-trailer rig ran off U.S. 522, south of Flint Hill, and turned over on its side down an embankment early in the morning of May 31. Damage was extensive, but no injuries resulted. Melvin Keith Nottingham of Mineral was driving the 1972 Mack tractor, pulling a trailer loaded with wooden pallets....
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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 16

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Jan. 16

May 31, 1973 A “cool” occurrence took place the evening of May 26 at Laurel Mills when a refrigerator struck a car. Floyd Thomas Alther of Castleton, operating a ’66 Ford pickup, lost control of the vehicle and plowed into the ditch on the right of the road. A refrigerator being transported in the truck...
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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 9

May 24, 1973 Douglas K. Baumgardner was among the 200 graduates of Virginia Military Institute who received diplomas at commencement May 20. Cadet Baumgardner of Washington, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Baumgardner, received a B.A. in economics and a reserve commission as second lieutenant in the United States Army. After graduation from VMI, Baumgardner...
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Down Memory Lane for Dec. 26

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Dec. 26, 2013

May 17, 1973 A single car crash near Flint Hill severely injured one man, two collisions occurred involving animals and a minor crash happened in the past week, according to police reports. Saturday night on U.S. 522, a 1968 Chevrolet operated by Joe Lewis of Washington went out of control and struck a tree, totalling...
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Down Memory Lane for Dec. 19

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Dec. 19, 2013
Damage to both vehicles was extensive.

May 10, 1973 Rappahannock is being plagued with burglaries and break-ins in all areas of the county. Friday night or early Saturday morning a small house, Millie’s Cabin, on the J.W. Fletcher property, was burglarized and an estimated $1,500 or more in dishes, furnishings and more was taken. A weekend home near Sperryville in Old...
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Down Memory Lane for Dec. 12

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Dec. 12, 2013

May 3, 1973 Both schools in Rappahannock County were burglarized Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. The vandalism was discovered as school personnel arrived to begin their work. Alvin Atkins, custodian at the high school, found evidence of rummaging and ransacking when he arrived for work. Further investigation disclosed every nook and cranny had...
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Down Memory Lane for Dec. 5

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Dec. 5, 2013
Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Zinn and their grandson.

April 26, 1973 April showers bring May flowers — and tomatoes, peppers, cabbage and many other plants. Busy in their greenhouse near Amissville are Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Zinn and grandson Brett Nicholas, who are planting, transplanting and making extra efforts to keep abreast of orders constantly coming in each day. The Zinns developed the...
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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 28

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Nov. 28, 2013

April 19, 1973 Truck loads of trash were picked up along Rappahannock County roadside during Saturday’s concentrated clean up effort. The trash detail in the town of Washington produced youngsters with a sack almost as large as themselves. Jill Kramer, Jessica Plotnick and Packy Kramer trudged along the streets doing their bit for the county’s spring...
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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 21

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Nov. 21, 2013

April 5, 1973 A 1963 Pontiac sedan, driven by Cover Floyd Baker of Front Royal, crashed into a 1971 Oldsmobile station wagon Sunday morning, flipped the station wagon upside down, continued down the highway and plunged into the living room of Mrs. Laura Fiddler and her son Earl Williams, on U.S. 522 just south of Chester...
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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 14

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Nov. 14, 2013

March 29, 1973 The Flint Hill Fire Department has purchased a field and brush truck which will also double as an emergency vehicle for wrecks. The unit contains a 300-gallon water tank with a 350 gpm pumper and pto pump. The truck carries two 2.5 inch discharges on it; one 1.5 inch preconnect 150-foot...
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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 7

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Nov. 7, 2013

March 22, 1973 Dealer L.V. Merrill of Merrill Motor Company received a pin and a special commendation from James P. Arritt, Ford Division Washington (D.C.) district sales manager, in honor of his firm’s 42nd anniversary as a Ford dealership. The dealership was one of 47 recently cited in the Washington, D.C. sales district for 25...
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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 31

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Oct. 31, 2013

March 15, 1973 Maureen Day, a sophomore at Rappahannock County High School, has been notified that a forthcoming publication by Scott Foresman will contain one of her original poems. She submitted her work as a project from an English class instructed by Mrs. Linda Toth, and was one of several thousands of entries. Maureen will...
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