OUT OF THE PAST

50 Years Ago

June 24, 1970

The need for rain was critical in Rockbridge County. Some areas had not seen rain since the first week in May.

Two rising first-classmen at Virginia Military Institute were killed in a car-truck collision on the Washington Capital Beltway. Adolphus G. Bradshaw and Michael Gary Martin were both on their way to Pennsylvania for summer military training at Indiantown Gap Military Reservation.

Mrs. Westbrook Barritt, an elder at Lexington Presbyterian Church, was one of nine women among the 447 commissioners at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church meeting in Memphis, Tenn. Mrs. Barritt said she didn’t not feel any sense of resentment from the mostly male commissioners, but did admit there were “lingering traces of discrimination against women in the affairs of the church.”

25 Years Ago

June 28, 1995

The area saw its worst flooding since 1985. Both the county and Buena Vista made local declarations of disaster. The flood damage was estimated at $5 million.

Robin and Linda Williams took the stage at Lime Kiln. The popular duo wrote the score for Lime Kiln’s signature musical, “Stonewall Country.”

A piano belonging to Matthew Fontaine Maury was returned to VMI and placed in the commandant’s quarters after a lengthy restoration. The piano had been stored in a dry area under a porch for 35 years.

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