DOWN ME­MORY LANE

Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION - COM­PILED BY JAN CLATTERBUC­K

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.

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