DOWN MEM­ORY LANE

Rappahannock News - - COMMENT - From Back Is­sues of the Rap­pa­han­nock News • Com­piled by JAN CLATTERBUCK

Dec. 9, 1998

It’s pos­si­ble Gene Scheel has walked and seen more of Rap­pa­han­nock County than any­one in a long, long time. The noted map maker and his­to­rian painstak­ingly field checks every fea­ture on his beau­ti­ful, hand drawn his­tor­i­cal maps. Chances are you've seen his dis­tinc­tively de­tailed work some­where: the his­tor­i­cal maps of Culpeper and Fauquier coun­ties, the Mosby Her­itage Area Map — over 50 in all, mainly of the Vir­ginia Pied­mont, Tide­wa­ter and Up­per Shenan­doah Val­ley. What you haven’t seen is such a map of Rap­pa­han­nock. Un­til now!

After years of wish­ing for such a map, the Rap­pa­han­nock His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety re­ceived a grant from the Hamp­ton Foun­da­tion a year ago, and Gene was off and run­ning (okay, walk­ing). And when I caught up with him in Novem­ber he was still go­ing at it. When does he de­cide to stop? “When I start loos­ing ma­te­rial,” he said.

I fol­lowed Gene to a house near View­town. “Stay in the car,” he said, “I’ve never met this guy.” Well, Mr. Levi Atkins Jr. didn’t mind the His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety tag­ging along. After re­turn­ing to U. S. 211 we turned onto a pri­vate lane, un­latched a few chained fences, and drove along a dirt road through the “Big woods,” emerg­ing in fields west of Poe Moun­tain.

After about an hour’s dis­cus­sion of the pro­posed amend­ments to the zon­ing reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing fam­ily apart­ments, the board of su­per­vi­sors made some changes in that pro­posal from the plan­ning com­mis­sion.

They left the stan­dard as to how far an apart­ment can be from the main dwelling at 50 feet. They left as is the stan­dard which says the apart­ment must be oc­cu­pied by a fam­ily mem­ber for two years and after that my be rented. They did away with the stan­dard which says a fam­ily apart­ment may not be oc­cu­pied by more than three peo­ple and they adopted a new stan­dard which says there shall be no more than one fam­ily apart­ment per sep­a­rated par­cel of land.

Al­though not all the cit­i­zens who at­tended the pub­lic hear­ing agreed with the last stan­dard, there was a gen­eral feel­ing of agree­ment that the or­di­nance had been made much more palat­able to res­i­dents.

June 3, 1976

Bill Bai­ley “went or­ganic” in his gar­den­ing when he moved to Amissville five years ago. He took ad­van­tage of Johns Hop­kins’s early re­tire­ment pol­icy and left his po­si­tion there to build a house in Rap­pa­han­nock County. “At 65,

I can hon­estly say that the last five years of my life have been the best. Ju­lia (Mrs Bai­ley) and I have talked about it and we de­cided that our five years here have been the most en­joy­able.”

Bill’s gar­den is pic­ture per­fect. The plants are large and healthy and there’s not a sign of a weed or a bug any­where. The cab­bage is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive, and he vol­un­teered that it had been doused with noth­ing more that old dish wa­ter.

Bill also be­lieves that big is not nec­es­sar­ily bet­ter, es­pe­cially when it comes to gardens. “A lady called me, said she’d heard about my gar­den­ing and asked me to come over and see hers. She had a whole field plowed up! I told her she’d have to hire a man to take care of it for her.”

Bill’s gar­den is small but every inch of space is uti­lized and when one crop is pulled, an­other takes its place. Bill and Ju­lia sell the pro­duce that they don’t eat, pre­serve or give away, at the War­ren­ton Farm­ers Mar­ket.

Edgar F. Puryear, Jr., of Madison has an­nounced his as­so­ci­a­tion with Dou­glas K. Baum­gard­ner of Rap­pa­han­nock County for the gen­eral prac­tice of law.

Baum­gard­ner, a 1976 grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia Law School, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fan­ning M. Baum­gard­ner of Wash­ing­ton. While in law school he served as direc­tor of the Vir­ginia Leg­isla­tive Ser­vice, as the law school rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Ju­di­ciary com­mit­tee for the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia, and as clerk and re­search as­sis­tant to Judge Rayner V. Snead of the twen­ti­eth ju­di­cial cir­cuit of Vir­ginia. Also he served on the edi­to­rial staff of Vir­ginia “Law Weekly” and as leg­isla­tive as­sis­tant to Del­e­gate D. French Slaugh­ter, Jr. of Culpeper for the 1975 ses­sion of the Vir­ginia Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

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