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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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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 24

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Oct. 24, 2013

March 8, 1973 Mrs. Frances Foster of Washington, appointed Treasurer of Rappahannock County to fill the unexpired term of Robert L. Brown, assumed duties March 1 after taking the oath of office as administered by E. M. Jones, clerk. Deputy Treasurer is Mrs. Judy Armentrout Black of Woodville, who fills the vacancy created when Mrs. Foster...
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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 17

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Oct. 17, 2013

Feb. 22, 1973 Commissioner Vern L. Hill, of the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles, has announced the appointment of Mrs. Cecil B. Baldwin as the Sperryville license agent, effective Feb. 12. The location of the new license agency is at the Shell Station, west of Sperryville. All types of Virginia license plates and titles will...
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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 10

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Oct. 10, 2013
The old apple packing shed.

Feb. 15, 1973 The old apple packing house in the Town of Washington, which has been purchased by Peter Kramer of Amissville, will undergo some renovation and be used as a business office and shop for his building company. His company specializes in renovation and restoration, refinishing furniture and intricate repair work. Peter appeared at...
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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 3

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Oct. 3, 2013

Feb. 8, 1973 Mrs. Frances Foster of Washington has been appointed to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of treasurer Robert L. Brown of Woodville. His resignation becomes effective Feb. 28. The appointment was made by Circuit Court Judge R. V. Snead. Named to the position of deputy treasurer is Mrs. Judy Black Armentrout, who will...
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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 26

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Sept. 26, 2013

Feb. 1, 1973 C. E. Johnson Jr. of Sperryville, who resigned as chairman of the board of directors of Rappahannock National Bank after numerous years of service, was feted with a dinner Thursday evening at Hampton Inn. A delightful dinner was enjoyed by bank directors, personnel, friends and Mr. Johnson’s family. Howard Amos Clark of Amissville...
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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 19

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Sept. 19, 2013

Jan. 18, 1973 Four Castleton landowners, who had joined in constructing an air strip on their property, planned to form an Air Rescue Society. They made application to the Rappahannock County Board of Zoning Appeals for a special use permit, which created concern among neighbors. A meeting of adjoining landowners and interested parties was...
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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 12

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Sept. 12, 2013

Jan. 11, 1973 Miss Linda Ralls of Washington has been named the DAR Good Citizen from Rappahannock County High School for 1973. The recipient of this award is a senior girl who has displayed “leadership, dependability, service and patriotism.” The senior class votes on this and from the top three selected by the class, one...
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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 5

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Sept. 5, 2013

Jan. 4, 1973 After almost seven years of spending four hours a day commuting back and forth between Washington, D. C., and Amissville, Mrs. Marjorie Vetter finally called it quits. This winter she is among those hearing about traffic jams, not being a part of them. For, after 20 years of working for the U.S....
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 29

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Aug. 29, 2013

Dec. 21, 1972 House movers became bogged down in their work two weeks ago when they encountered mechanical difficulties in moving a house for William Magee in Amissville. The house, formerly owned by Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Riley, was being moved to the Magee property when a wheel proved mechanically unsound. Since that time,...
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 22

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Aug. 22, 2013

Dec. 14, 1972 Joel L. Jenkins of Flint Hill has retired from the position of Star Route mail carrier after a 39-year career. Since 1933 he has taken the mail from Front Royal to Culpeper by way of Flint Hill, Washington and Sperryville. For a number of years he worked under a contract awarded by...
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 15

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Aug. 15, 2013

Dec. 7, 1972 Capt. and Mrs. L.B. Stuart of Washington arose Sunday morning to find a wrecked vehicle reposing on their front lawn and about 14 panels of white board fencing strewn about. The Stuarts had not heard the crash of a 1964 Ford Falcon driven by William H. Lawson of Rixeyville as it careened through...
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 8

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Aug. 8, 2013

Nov. 23, 1972 Dr. William H. Young, Jr., of Alexandria and Castleton in Rappahannock County, recently reappointed by Gov. Holton to the Professional Advisory Board on Mental Health and Mental Retardation, has been elected chairman of the board as of Jan. 1, 1973. Dr. Young was formerly psychiatrist-director of the Alexandria Mental Hygiene Clinic (now...
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 1

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Aug. 1, 2013

Nov. 16, 1972 The home of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Priest at Amissville was gutted by a fire Sunday evening. The Priests left home about 5:30 p.m. to spend a week with their daughter and family in Woodbridge and at 7 p.m. neighbors, the Carl Weaver family, discovered the blaze. The Amissville Fire Company responded to...
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Down Memory Lane for July 25

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July 25, 2013

Nov. 9, 1972 After some further hesitation about being asked to sign a “blank check,” Rappahannock’s supervisors agreed at their Nov. 2 meeting to include the county in a new mental health care regional alignment. The Rev.William Hargett and Mrs. Marilyn Lancaster, of the mental health staff, appeared to explain what was involved and to...
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Down Memory Lane for July 18

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July 18, 2013

Nov. 2, 1972 The Crazy Quilt project undertaken by the Rappahannock Arts and Crafts troupe raised over $1,700 and a check for $283.50 was sent to each of the six rescue units in the county. Mrs. W.H. Lyne of Washington was the winner of the quilt, which was given away Oct. 22. The group expressed...
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Down Memory Lane for July 11

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July 11, 2013

Oct. 26, 1972 A foxhound from Red Oak Kennels in Woodville was declared the 1972 champion of the Virginia Field Trials, held Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Boston, Va. Red Oak Scout collected the most points in speed and drive, trailing, hunting and endurance to capture the title during the 50th anniversary meet of...
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Down Memory Lane for July 4

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July 4, 2013

Oct. 19, 1972 Randy Smith, the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Everette Smith of Amissville, was the winner of the annual fox horn blowing competition held in Fredericksburg. The contest was held in conjunction with the dog mart on Saturday; this was Randy’s eighth victory. For the first time, he participated in the mixed...
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