Down Memory Lane

Down Memory Lane for May 14

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May 14

Nov. 27, 1975 A familiar scene in Rappahannock for the past few weeks has been great trailers loaded with tall pine trees lumbering along the highways. The delicate long-needled branches blowing in the wind appear to be waving a farewell, and indeed they are, as they make their way to a new home. These...
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Down Memory Lane for May 7

Oct. 9, 1975 The Woodville General Store, known for the past 30 some years as Burke’s Grocery, will continue to be operated by the new proprietors. The Falls have been in charge of the store since the death of Mrs. Fall’s mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Burke, in September. Myrtle and Jimmy Falls aren’t lacking experience in the...
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Down Memory Lane for April 30

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April 30

Oct. 2, 1975 At breakfast, lunch and dinner time both sides of Route 522 through Flint Hill are lined with cars. The reason for all the activity is the new Bradford’s Restaurant, an extension of Bradford’s General Store. Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Bradford say they’d been wanting to open a restaurant for several years,...
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Down Memory Lane for April 23

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April 23

Aug. 14, 1975 O.A. Norton continues in the capacity of Superintendent of Schools for Rappahannock County, working solely with this county, rather than with both Rappahannock and Warren as he did previously. The School office has been established in the former Lee Highway Hotel building in Sperryville and Mr. Norton has T.A. Fleetwood as assistant...
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Down Memory Lane for April 9

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April 16

July 31, 1975 In early 1973, the National Zoo bought 2,800 acres of the former U.S. Army Remount Station, which had been established in 1909 as a place to breed horses and mules for the cavalry and was then later converted, in 1948, into a beef cattle research center, operated by the Department of...
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Down Memory Lane for April 9

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April 9

July 3, 1975 Rear admiral John L. Marocchi, United States Navy, retired June 30 and will make his home in Rappahannock near Sperryville. He is a native of Bologna, Italy, and a 1938 appointee to the U.S.  Naval Academy from Tennessee. A member of the class of 1942, he graduated and was commissioned in December 1941,...
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Down Memory Lane for April 2

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April 2

June 26, 1975 “Now , I don’t know if I ought to say it for the paper or not, but they tell me that if a man chews ginseng he can take care of his wife, his mistress and another woman, too!” Rappahannock ginseng hunter, Burnam Atkins, looked a bit sheepish. He’d just disclosed...
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Down Memory Lane for March 26

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March 26

June 19, 1975 Charles Moore has been assigned to Rappahannock County as a trooper with the Virginia Department of State Police. His assignment followed the retirement June 1 of W. A. Buntin. Moore is a native of Winchester, Frederick County but came here from Prince William, where he has been an officer for a year....
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Down Memory Lane for March 19

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March 19

April 10, 1975 The projection screen at Hillsdale Drive-In Theatre on Route 211 east of Washington was downed by last week’s heavy winds. TV antennas, trees and roofs sustained heavy damage and one farmer said it would take him a week to get his farm straight again. Highway crews were kept busy clearing debris...
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Down Memory Lane for March 12

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March 12

April 3, 1975 Mrs. Mabel P. Lillard has been appointed postmaster of the Flint Hill Post Office, it has been announced by Francis X. Biglin, Regional Postmaster General for the Eastern Region of the U.S. Postal Service. Mrs. Lillard was one of 21 postmasters appointed in the Eastern Region States of Maryland, New Jersey,...
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Down Memory Lane for March 5

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March 5

Feb. 20, 1975 L.V. Merrill and Mrs. Bertha Armel are honorary life members of the Washington Fire Company and Rescue Squad. Both have been active members for many years and have served the county and community diligently. Washington was the first fire company organized in Rappahannock and the only one for a long, long...
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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 26

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Feb. 26

Feb. 6, 1975 Delegate D. French Slaughter Jr. has announced the appointment of Douglas K. Baumgardner of Washington as his administrative assistant for the current session of the General Assembly. Baumgardner, a 1973 graduate of Virginia Military Institute and a second year law student at the University of Virginia, will be employed by Slaughter on a...
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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 19

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Feb. 19

Jan. 16, 1975 When trustees of the Rappahannock Library assume charge of the Helen Fuller estate in March, they will receive less than half of what they had originally expected. Receipts from a public auction of Miss Fuller’s personal belongings amounted to $28,000 in October of 1972, when the sale was held. But that was...
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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 12

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Feb. 12

Jan. 9, 1975 The Rappahannock Medical Clinic opened Monday under the direction of Dr. Jerry Martin of Flint Hill and Dr. Werner Krebser of Huntly. The clinic is located in Washington, in a new brick building, which was designed for the specific needs of a clinic. The doctors have issued an invitation to the public...
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Down Memory Lane for Feb. 5

Nov. 28, 1974 A wing on the end of the house of Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Parrish near Viewtown burned Friday. Four rooms were gutted and smoke and water damage took their toll. A faulty electrical wire was believed to be the cause of the fire. Fortunately the family was home, discovered it soon...
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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 29

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Jan. 29

Nov. 21, 1974 Skipper Giles rings up a sale, by hand crank, on his 1912 vintage cash register, at his Washington Cash Store. Giles has operated the Cash Store in Rappahannock county since 1936, but the big, ornate cash register has been in continuous operation at the store since the year it was made...
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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 22

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Jan. 22

Sept. 26, 1974 “We’ve got a co-op that co-ops,”grinned Lucio Kilby, waving a hand that encompassed a beehive of activities at the apple packing shed at Sperryville. “All the other co-ops in Rappahannock didn’t co-ops, and now we’re the only big operation left.” A large packing shed at Flint Hill, and another one on...
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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 15 

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Jan. 15

Aug. 22, 1974 A 450-pound bear was killed last week by Cliff Fincham at his home near Peola Mills, just over the line in Madison County. The bear killed eight shoats and three dogs before being downed with a shotgun. The bear attempted to climb a tree in the back yard and the dogs attacked...
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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 8

Aug. 15, 1974 Peter Kramer, recently elected to the town council of Washington, was elected by his fellow members to the seat of vice mayor at the Tuesday evening meeting of the council. A proposal was made for the purchase of new street signs for the town and Mr. Kramer agreed to check on these....
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Down Memory Lane for Dec. 31

Aug. 1, 1974 Joyce Ann Pullen of Washington, Va., declares that the next foggy morning she is going to stay home from her work at the Aileen plant near Flint Hill. For the second time since she has worked there she has encountered a deer in exactly the same location. The most recent was 6:30...
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Down Memory Lane for Dec. 18

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Dec. 18, 2014

July 25, 1974 The Town of Washington will be 225 years old on Sunday, Aug. 4, according to the Virginia Conservation Marker. A town meeting on the courthouse lawn at 7:30 p.m. with refreshments will commemorate the occasion. Honored guests at the meeting will be local residents who are descendants of George Washington, the...
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Down Memory Lane for Dec. 11

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Dec. 11, 2014

July 18, 1974 A sudden wind storm last Wednesday evening tossed and twirled tree limbs, porch furniture and TV antennas in the Washington area. Hail pelted the town, electricity failed in some places and trees were uprooted. Mrs. Bobbi Critzer was hard hit, and she said she expected the house to go any minute in...
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Down Memory Lane for Dec. 4

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Dec. 4, 2014

July 11, 1974 The Rev. B. Gale Titchenell of Woodville, an 11th- and 12th-grade government and U.S. history teacher and chairman of the social studies department at Rappahannock County High School, is among 76 teachers attending a graduate course on “preservation of the Principles of Freedom” at the national headquarters of Freedoms Foundation at...
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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 27

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Nov. 27, 2014

July 4, 1974 Cotton Miller just hung out her shingle last month, but she’s been busy doing picture framing, flower drying and decoupage were more than 10 years. One room in her basement workshop is full of the things she’s done, dried flower arrangements pressed under glass against a velvet background, bright colored tole paintings...
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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 20

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Nov. 20, 2014

June 27, 1974 Ian Pryde of Washington, Pat Biggs, Flint Hill, and Jack Atkins, Amissville, have completed a 40-hour instructor’s EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) course at Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown. They are among the approximately 25 people in Virginia qualified to teach the EMT courses. They, along with about 10 other county residents, had previously...
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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 13

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Nov. 13, 2014

June 20, 1974 Dr. Jerry Martin and Dr. Werner Krebser plan to open a full-time medical clinic in Rappahannock’s seat in Washington. If their request for a use permit is approved by the Town Council next month, which seems likely, construction on the new building will begin about the middle of July. The doctors hope the...
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Down Memory Lane for Nov. 6

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Nov. 6, 2014

June 13, 1974 When Pat and Ginger Biggs move into the new “Dutch colonial” house they’re building atop a knoll near Flint Hill, they’ll have no trouble furnishing it. Pat Biggs makes furniture when he’s not busy with his duties as a science and physics teacher at the intermediate school in Front Royal. But now,...
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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 30

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Oct. 30, 2014

May 30, 1974 “It’s is my pleasure,” said Lile Sisk as she loaded down a  guest with dilled turnips and carrots and green beans and suggested that some of her carrot cake or black walnut cake, sweet and sour onions, pickled squash, beet wine or damson cordial would be good to try, too. Mrs. Sisk...
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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 23

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Oct. 23, 2014

May 16, 1974 Robert W. Smith of Utica, Mich., and his wife were overnight visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Nethers of Sperryville. The two men were Army buddies in 1945 on Company E., 175th Regiment of the 29th Division. They had not seen each other since mustering out of the Army. They reminisced about days...
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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 16

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Oct. 16, 2014

May 9, 1974: Mrs. Alice Verner of Washington has received a 50-year pin as a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was initiated into the order in Charleston, W. Va., in March 1924. A member of the Tiskelwah Chapter No. 45, Mrs. Verner graduated from Sperryville High School.
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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 9

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Oct. 9, 2014

May 2, 1974: Dick Dost, from the Vienna-based equipment firm of Needham and Dost, is overseeing the logging operation. He estimated that it’ll take two and a half months for his 12-man team to complete chipping the 200 acres assigned to them on the property of the late Frank McGee.
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Down Memory Lane for Oct. 2

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Oct. 2, 2014

April 25, 1974: Clarence Baldwin, of Washington, has been appointed by Judge Rayner V. Snead to Rappahannock County’s Board of Supervisors. Baldwin will represent Hampton district, filling the seat vacated by J. Newbill Miller.
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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 25

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Sept. 25, 2014

April 4, 1974: The old school on Mt. Salem Avenue in Washington is being transformed into a residence “in the Southern tradition,” which, among other things, means installing a soaring portico with six 20-foot high pillars and an elaborate interior redecoration.
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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 18

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Sept. 18, 2014

March 28, 1974: Bomb threats Sunday night and early Monday morning kept several hundred Aileen Inc. employes away from their jobs at Flint Hill. Sheriff John Walker Jenkins and chief deputy Everett Estes checked the plant.
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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 11

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Sept. 11, 2014

March 21, 1974: Ukrainian Easter eggs will be the center of attention at free demonstrations by Linda Gruber Saturday, April 6 at the Country Store of Washington.
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Down Memory Lane for Sept. 4

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Sept. 4, 2014

March 7, 1974: James E. Ellmore of Amissville transported the mail from Warrenton to Washington by way of Amissville and back again on Friday for the last time on a regular schedule, one month shy of 26 years.
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 28

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Aug. 28, 2014

Feb. 28, 1974: Approximately 80 five-year old children will enroll in Rappahannock’s first kindergarten program in September , 1976, according to a report submitted by the County School Board to the State Department of Education.
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Down Memory Lane for Aug. 21

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Aug. 21, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2014

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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