Down Memory Lane for Nov. 29

Feb. 17, 1972

Rudasill’s Mill, once a thriving business establishment, like many “old times” concerns, is slowly disintegrating and will soon collapse, like the nearby bridge which was taken down this week. Flour was milled from the local farmers’ wheat and their corn was ground into fine yellow and white cornmeal to sustain families and farmhands. The mill was even used for Sunday School classes, according to Ashby Butler of Woodville, who was reminiscing Tuesday while debris from the bridge was being cleared from the river. R.L. Rudasill was proprietor of the business and Mrs. Rudasill lives with her son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. J.M. O’Bannon.

The possibility of securing a doctor to locate in Rappahannock County was explored by a group of citizens and department heads Wednesday morning. Al Salzar of the National Health Service Corporation and Paul Kosco of H.E.W. discussed the situation with E.M. Jones, Supervisors Miller, Latham and Wood, Mrs. Frances Thornton of the Health Department, the Rev. W.M. Hargett, Mrs. Elizabeth Buntin, Superintendent of Welfare and others. A report from the group will be forthcoming.

A sewing class begins March 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church Parish Hall. The class is for all persons interested in learning to sew with all types of knit fabrics. Other class periods will be set up that night for the convenience of the participants. All ages are invited to attend, provided they have a basic knowledge of machine sewing.        

Feb. 12, 1981

Mrs. Virginia Miller Lindstrom resigned last week from the Board of the Rappahannock County Library after being involved since its establishment in 1963. Mrs. Miller was one of a small group of women who planted the seed of an idea for a library more than two decades ago and she’s been involved ever since in tending the “garden” of books as treasurer for the library’s  board of trustees.

As a member of the trustee board, Virginia Lindstrom helped usher the red brick building through its transformation into one of Rappahannock’s showcases. Few communities with a population as small and scattered as Rappahannock’s can boast of a public library at all, much less one housed in so impressive a structure.

A table was dragged from the jury room to add to the seating space normally provided lawyers in front of the bench at the Rappahannock courthouse as the latest round in legalities over the estate of Virginia Fletcher Wood and Robert Eugene Wood got underway on Monday.

At issue is $1,610,718 – excluding real estate – left by Virginia Wood and $153,116 left by Robert Eugene Wood. In addition, Mrs. Wood owned 10.49 acres at Fletcher’s Mill with a large main house, guest cottage, garage and five smaller outbuildings. The couple died on Aug. 28, 1979, when flood waters swept them from a bridge a few hundred yards from their home.

Working in the most difficult and demanding of mediums, Natalie Thebaud Lewis has filled her house north of Flint Hill with wild cats and house cats caught in moments of graceful rest, baboons frozen in a tender second at the end of a jungle day, and porpoises swimming forever with their sweet, goofy grins.

Sculpture is a demanding art, sometimes dirty and grueling. The completion of a piece takes many months, and it’s not the type of thing you can work on by the fire at night or take with you. Lewis likes to use contrasts in her work; rough textures against smooth, hard, straight lines against round curves.

Lewis is a sculptor, and to her the transition from dead stone to living form seems natural. Most of her figures appear at rest, but it’s not as though they’re frozen or even sleeping. Under the graceful shapes is a tension that reminds you that the cats might spring or the frog might jump off his lily pad and back into the pond.

February 13, 1992

A longtime stalwart of the Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, Paul Poling, was presented with the Chief Robert W. Little Jr. Humanitarian Award by the International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation in Hampton last weekend during the mid-winter Fire Chiefs Conference. Mr. Poling was presented the award for “his commitment, dedication and lifelong service to the state and the community,” according to the plaque. He was also given a $1,000 check.

Four members of the Rappahannock News staff were honored at the Virginia Press Association (VPA) annual awards banquet in Richmond last weekend. Photographer Cindy Mahan, reporter Sharon Kilpatrick, former editor Lou Hatter and editor Mark Scolforo received awards in the VPA’s annual writing, design and photography competitions.

Evelyn Dellinger has brought a new talent to Rappahannock County. A newcomer to the Castleton area, Mrs. Dellinger and her husband moved to the county in 1989.

Making the wedding perfect, Mrs. Dellinger creates the perfect cake complete with her own round table and lace cloth. Besides making the cake and bringing the table for it to stand upon, she delivers the masterpiece, sets it up and stays to serve the guests.

Mrs. Dellinger has been making cakes since her two grown children were just boys. It was not until 1974 that she really got serious.