Pieces of Our Past
This interview with Sheila Eddy Baker was conducted by Nancy Bruns in November 2008, and focuses on the time Mrs. Baker spent serving as a legislative aide to former State Senator John H. Chichester.
Interviewed 10 years ago in the first year of the Oral History project, Anne Wilson Rowe was a Fredericksburg native and well-known civic leader. Committee members had always planned to revisit some of the early participants to update and expand their observations, and Mrs. Rowe was asked to be the first in the revisiting series. Debra Nidel did the 1997 interview, and Jane Rasmussen is the February 5, 2008 interviewer.
This interview with Janet Marie Sullivan was conducted by Suzanne Willis in October 2008.
This interview was conducted at the home of Urla Row on Jackson Trail West in the summer and fall of 2008 by Patricia Weinhardt who has been her friend for some years.
Brother and sister, Herman Groves and Christine Wray Hopkins, talk about the Sylvania Plant during the Depression and afterward.
Mr. Holloway begins his history with rich stories of life in a doctor’s household in the days before World War II. The first interview is held at Flintshire Farm overlooking the Rappahannock River. Flintshire Farm - where Byrd once ran a tennis club - is part of the original land grant to Mr. Holloway’s ancestors.
D. P. Newton of White Oak, son of Elizabeth Sullivan Newton and the late Patrick Newton, was told by his parents’ generation to save everything that he could and then he would have a comfortable old age. He did that he said, then about 12 years ago he took his savings and put it into founding and establishing the White Oak Civil War Museum and Stafford Research Center.
A surveyor by profession, Gary Cooke, son of Virginia Fines Sullivan of White Oak, has devoted much of his adult life to researching his Indian background. Gary, 55, grew up in the White Oak area of Stafford County which is the recognized home of many of the local families who claim descent from the Patawomeck Indians.
Virginia Fines Sullivan of Belle Plains Road, White Oak, was born July 10, 1926, daughter of Leonard L. Fines, born 1892 in Stafford County, and Virginia Ann Newton, born 1903. Mr. Fines was the son of Elijah L. Fines and Sarah C. DeShazo. Virginia Newton Fines was the daughter of Willie Tobias Newton and Birdie Newton.