Letter: ‘Thanks for reawakening those memories’

My wife and I and our girls were delighted to see Chris Doxzen’s recent Sperryville column about Loring Anderson. The picture she painted of him is so accurate, of a unique, independent and self-sufficient man with the kind of loyalty and readiness to help friends and neighbors that you just don’t see so much anymore.

We were so lucky to have our cabin next door for the last years of his life. He shared many insights on country living, including how to deal with varmints (of whatever variety, two- or four-footed). He added zest to hunting season, holding court and telling tall tales. He gave our kids, when they were little, priceless insights on the beautiful landscape of Rappahannock County, the local history before there was a national park, and the array of creatures and plants on his place. Thanks for reawakening those memories!

Matt and Deb Van Hook

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