DOWN MEM­ORY LANE

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

June 22, 1978

Heavy rains, hail and a twister as­saulted the Amissville area Mon­day af­ter­noon re­sult­ing in dam­age to build­ings and trees and cut­ting off elec­tric ser­vice for five hours. The first storm oc­curred about 3 p.m. with heavy rain and winds. Shortly after 4 a howl­ing twister blew in.

A portion of the Amissville Methodist Church roof was ripped off by the twister, wrapped around a tree. A barn on the Lewie Smith prop­erty lost its roof, while trees were up­rooted in E. G. Hack­ley’s yard, that of Capt. L. B. Stu­art and many oth­ers, in­clud­ing the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Paul, where the roof was crushed. A trailer hous­ing the of­fice of a con­struc­tion com­pany build­ing the new high­way was swept from the cin­der block supports and over­turned about 15 feet away.

The Amissville Baptist Church was dam­aged and a sign at Bel Air Restau­rant was splin­tered. Amissville res­i­dents all agreed that it was a har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and they would not like a sec­ond per­for­mance.

Mean­while, the Rap­pa­han­nock County School Trustee Elec­toral Board unan­i­mously re-ap­pointed Wal­ter Master­son to a four-year term on the School Board. About 100 per­sons at­tended the meeting in the el­e­men­tary school au­di­to­rium with sup­port di­vided be­tween Master­son, Irvin Kenyon and Sharon Kil­patrick.

Be­fore the trustees opened the floor to state­ments from the au­di­ence, chair­man E. E. “Ned” John­son in­vited School Board chair­man Bev­erly Massie to ad­dress the group. Prefac­ing her re­marks by not­ing that she wasn’t so­lic­it­ing sup­port for any par­tic­u­lar can­di­date, Mrs. Massie asked the com­mu­nity to stand be­hind Rap­pa­han­nock’s school sys­tem.

Ac­knowl­edg­ing that the schools had prob­lems, she said the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the schools and the com­mu­nity was sim­i­lar to the re­la­tion­ship be­tween two peo­ple in mar­riage — “you need your part­ner in good times as well as in bad.”

Feb. 8, 1979

The lit­tle busi­ness on the cor­ner of Route 211 and the Old Hol­low road has a new look, a new name and new own­ers.

Don Keith­ley was in the mar­ket for a small busi­ness here in Rap­pa­han­nock when he no­ticed the “for sale” sign on Atkins’ ser­vice sta­tion and fruit stand. “He’d been look­ing for quite a few years, not nec­es­sar­ily for a gro­cery store but for any small shop,” said Ar­lene Keith­ley.

The Keith­ley’s pur­chased the busi­ness and went to work on the main build­ing. They added a shelf is­land in the mid­dle, shelves in the back, dairy cases, soda cool­ers and an ice cream case and then re­opened last fall as Old Hol­low Gro­cery and Gift Shop.

The new sign across the front of the store cap­tures the spirit of the county with a paint­ing of Rap­pa­han­nock’s moun­tains. The art­work wasn’t re­ally planned. Mrs. Keith­ley said some­thing was needed to cover up the Co­caCola em­blems at each end of the sign. “We thought it might be nice to do mountain scenes,” she ex­plained.

Old Hol­low Gro­cery is a three gen­er­a­tion fam­ily op­er­a­tion.

Per­son­nel changes in county of­fices in­clude a new Deputy Clerk and new Deputy Trea­surer.

Karen L. Bear of Washington has ac­cepted a po­si­tion in the Rap­pa­han­nock County Clerk’s Of­fice as Deputy to

Clerk Di­ane Bruce. She fills the po­si­tion re­cently va­cated by the re­tire­ment of Eva L. Smith of Flint Hill.

Karen, a na­tive of Her­shey, Pa., whose fam­ily moved to Washington, D.C. and then to Fair­fax County when she was 2, at­tended and grad­u­ated from Fair­fax County High School. She was em­ployed in a sec­re­tar­ial po­si­tion with the U.S. government and also in pri­vate in­dus­try be­fore com­ing to Rap­pa­han­nock County in 1968 with her hus­band Wil­liam, and chil­dren Chad 9 and Eric 13. They lived near Amissville and then pur­chased a home on Fod­der­stack Road in Washington.

Su­san Cur­tis Collins of Washington fills the po­si­tion of Deputy in the of­fice of Frances Foster, Trea­surer of Rap­pa­han­nock. She is the daugh­ter of Mr. and Mrs. Wil­liam Cur­tis and grand­daugh­ter of Hugh Jack Racer, all of Washington.

Su­san is a na­tive of Washington, D.C. who at­tended Sur­rattsville High School in Clin­ton, Md., and the Univer­sity of Mary­land in Col­lege Park. She was for­merly em­ployed with Mu­tual of New York as an ad­min­is­tra­tive as­sis­tant.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.