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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Controversy at Fort Pillow

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April 17
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Heavy spring rains fell on most of Virginia at the end of the second week of April, 1864, washing out or damaging a number of bridges and keeping military operations at bay. Farther southwest, in Louisiana, Maj. Gen. Nathaniel Banks pulled his Union forces on the Red River back towards Grand Ecore.
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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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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Mother knows best

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April 3

Richard Brady supposes — and hopes — everyone has a warm place in their heart for their mother, or for the memories of her. The extent of the influence his mother had on him is hard to comprehend, even as these years later.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Major confrontations north and south

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About 100 Copperheads vented long pent-up feelings by attacking Union soldiers at home on furlough in Charleston. The fighting was quelled by troop reinforcements, leaving five men dead and more than 20 injured. It was the worst anti-war outbreak since the New York City draft riots in July 1863.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Two intense (snowball) fights

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March 27
The Great Snowball Battle near Fredericksburg in February 1863.

On the high seas on Sunday, March 20, the Confederate raider Alabama arrived at Cape Town, South Africa, on a respite from attacking Union commerce and warships. In Louisiana, the Red River campaign was well underway; at Bayou Rapides, Union and Confederate troops clashed.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: This too shall pass

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March 20

Even those of us who like snow have probably gotten a belly full of it by now. Richard Brady has enjoyed it all his life, probably because of the enjoyable times he had as a kid when it snowed.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: The Red River campaign

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March 20
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President Abraham Lincoln received word from Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler at his headquarters on the Peninsula below Richmond that two ladies had appeared there with a request to pass through the Union lines and go to southern Maryland.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Grant assumes command

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March 13
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On the last day of February, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln approved the congressional act reviving the grade of lieutenant general in the army — the highest rank since George Washington.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: ‘Jefferson Davis must be killed.’

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Following his meeting in Washington with President Abraham Lincoln two weeks before, Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick had returned to his headquarters at Rose Hill and begun laying plans for a raid on Richmond to free the Union prisoners of war in the lightly defended Confederate capital.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Major battle in Florida

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Before the First Congress of the Confederate States adjourned its fourth session, it suspended the writ of habeas corpus until Aug. 2 to meet resistance to the conscription laws and other disloyal activities.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Meridian falls and Hunley sinks

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On Friday, Feb. 12, President Jefferson Davis advised Gen. Joseph Johnston that the Federal advance in Mississippi “should be met before he reaches the Gulf and establishes a base by which supplies and reinforcements may be sent by sea.”
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Sperryville column for Feb. 13

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Feb. 13
Loring Anderson, a Rappahannock mountain man without compare, used to "walk" his rattlers on baling twine-leashes.

Recalling the life and times of Loring Anderson in this week's Sperryville column.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Lincoln signs his death warrant?

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Federal forces commanded by Maj. Gen. William Sherman left Mississippi’s capital city at Jackson on Saturday, Feb. 6, and headed east toward their objective: The important railroad center at Meridian.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Mississippi again a battleground

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Acting under the congressional conscription act, President Abraham Lincoln ordered that 500,000 men be drafted on March 10 to serve for three years or the duration of the war. Further, the president ordered Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to send a transport to Ile a Vache.
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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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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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150 Years Ago This Week: The Confederacy begins to unravel

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Union forces under Maj. Gen. John Parke advanced on Dandridge, Tenn. on Saturday, Jan. 16, along the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad, forcing Confederate troops commanded by Lt. Gen. James Longstreet to withdraw.
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Down Memory Lane for Jan. 16

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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Federal troops protect a U.S. Consul

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On Saturday, Jan. 9, President Jefferson Davis warned his military commanders in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi of reports that Adm. David Farragut was preparing to attack Mobile and attempt to pass Fort Gaines and Fort Jackson at the mouth of Mobile Bay as he had done in New Orleans.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Armies at rest

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The Confederate Congress confirmed Sen. George Davis of North Carolina as Attorney General on Saturday, Jan. 2, 1864, allowing him to succeed Wade Keyes, who had served as interim Attorney General since September, 1863.
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Jackson’s anti-bank mandate

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Dec. 26, 2013
Andrew Jackson, portrayed in 1833 as King Andrew the First, dressed in ermine and trampling under his feet the Judiciary of the United States, the Constitution of the United States, Internal Improvements and the Bank of the United States.

Part two of Don Audette’s history of the year 1833, as Andrew Jackson wages a one-man war against the Second National Bank of the United States and its proprietor, Nicholas Biddle.
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Washington column for Dec. 26

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Dec. 26, 2013

Celebrate Christmas with your loved ones . . . and at R.H. Ballard with a holiday sale, and then come out Jan. 5 for Civil War stories with Kirsten Beachy in this week’s Washington column.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Spending the holidays at war

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Dec. 26, 2013
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On Saturday, Dec. 19, marking the beginning of the week before Christmas, several skirmishes in Virginia and West Virginia resulted from the long-continuing Federal cavalry raids on the railroads connecting southwest Virginia and West Virginia with the eastern seaboard.
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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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150 Years Ago This Week: Joseph E. Johnston takes command

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John A. Seddon, the Confederate Secretary of War, submitted his annual report to President Jefferson Davis on Saturday, Dec. 11. In it, he admitted serious military defeats and reduced military effectiveness.
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1833: One helluva year

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Dec. 12, 2013
Andrew Jackson, portrayed in 1833 as King Andrew the First, dressed in ermine and trampling under his feet the Judiciary of the United States, the Constitution of the United States, Internal Improvements and the Bank of the United States.

Part one of Don Audette’s history of 1833 — the year Rappahannock County was founded, and an all-around busy (and politically important) year.
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Science: Out of time — or not

"Time Reborn," by Lee Smolin

Physicist Lee Smolin is a revolutionary who wants to turn science, as it’s been practiced for the last 400 years, on its head. To this end he’s written an incendiary new book, “Time Reborn,” that tells his compatriots in the field they’ve got it all wrong.
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Clark Hollow Ramblings: Winter times a’coming

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Dec. 12, 2013

Some time for reflection, brought on by the winter and holiday seasons, in this week's Clark Hollow Ramblings.
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