Milford Rudd was a tobacco farmer who also raised dairy cattle. He cared for both is morther and father into their 80's or 90's at their Lunenburg County farm. That farm, known as Chaptico, was located where there once had been a central garage for a narrow guage railroad that carried timber from the rural parts of Lunenburg and Mecklenburg County to South Hill, where it was transfered to a regular guage railroad.
Milford loved to play "practical jokes" especially on his nieces and nephews. These "jokes" are legendary, including the time he invited the author (then about 5 and dressed in his Sunday best) to "pull the calf's tail..." and not to dare let-go. Milford also provided this author's first experience with chewing tobacco (not a pleasent one, we might add).
When Milford's father was in his 90's, and suffering from poor eyesight, he was taking a basket of corn to feed some of the catle. A bull attacked him and broke his collar bone and caused other injuries. Mr. Rudd never fully recovered. Milford took a gun and went out in the field and shot the bull.
After the death of his wife, Elizabeth; he moved to South Hill and invited his widdowed sister Hettie Spencer (RIN #00204) to live with him. She stayed till her death. The a second sister, Lillie Ey (RIN #00383) moved in till his death.