Dudley and Rexrode Family Papers, 1873-2005

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Dudley and Rexrode families
Title:
Dudley and Rexrode Family Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0213
Date:
1873-2005
Extent:
4 boxes, 1.26 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
Personal papers and ledgers relating to the Dudley and Rexrode families of Augusta County, Virginia. Included in this collection are the receipts, invoices, and tax documents of Edward Alexander Dudley; ledgers from the practice and pharmacy of Dr. Charles Pinkey Rexrode; ledgers from the agricultural business of Arthur B. Dudley; family photographs; and documents from the Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church in Mt. Solon, Virginia.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], Dudley and Rexrode Family Papers, SC 0213, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

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Bio/Historical Note

The papers were acquired from the estate of Marshall Dudley Rexrode (1905-2006). Rexrode graduated from Bridgewater College and attended Virginia Tech. He was a prominent farmer and member of the community in Mt. Solon, Virginia. He was a charter member of the North River Ruritan Club and served as their treasurer for 45 years. Rexrode was an elder, deacon, and chairman of the board of trustees for Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church (a historic church established in 1768 in Augusta County). Rexrode was also the secretary-treasurer of the Rockingham County Land Bank Association and assistant secretary-treasurer of Staunton Production Credit Association. He served on the Augusta County Planning Commission three times. Additionally, he was director and president of the Augusta County Farm Bureau Federation, as well as director and president of the Augusta County Petroleum Co-op. His work on various boards, social organizations, and church related activities is evidence of his active community involvement.

Marshall Dudley Rexrode was in possession of his family's papers including those of his father, Dr. Charles Pinkey Rexrode (1871-1929), and his maternal grandfather, Edward Alexander Dudley (1850-1927), and Arthur B. Dudley (1870-1946). Charles P. Rexrode, M.D. was a physician and pharmacist in Crab Bottom, Highland County, Virginia (now Blue Grass, Virginia). The Highland Recorder contains references to Dr. Rexrode treating patients and making house calls during times of emergency. Edward A. Dudley was a prominent farmer and cattle raiser in Highland County and Augusta County, Virginia. Dudley was living in the Churchville area of Augusta County at the time of his death in May 1927.

Also included in this collection are photographs and correspondence relating to Marshall Dudley Rexrode's aunt, Mary Alberta Dudley Brand (1894-1973). Brand and her husband Dr. Louis Christian Brand were Presbyterian Missionaries in Korea from 1924-1938, during the time that Korea was occupied by Japan. Dr. Brand was a physician and third director of the Ellen-Lavine Graham Hospital (now the Kwangju Christian Hospital) in Kwangju, Korea, where he was devoted to the elimination of tuberculosis. The Brand's daughter, Mary Alice Brand Boyle 1924-2006), and son-in-law, Lewis Venable Boyle (1923-2005), are also documented in this collection.

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Scope and Content

The Dudley and Rexrode Family Papers contain personal and financial records, photographs, and ephemera related to the Dudely and Rexrode families of Augusta County, Virginia, as well as the related Brand and Boyle families. Tax records, insurance records, and ledgers of family businesses, including C.P. Rexrode's medical practice and A.B and E.A. Dudley's agricultural business, are present. This collection also includes Rexrode, Dudley, and Brand family photographs including photographs of Virginia Tech and the Dudley-Brand family in Korea in the 1930s. Many are unidentified or presumed to be identified. Additionally, the collection contains documents related to community organizations including local ruritan clubs and the Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church in Mt. Solon, Virginia where M. Dudley Rexrode served as a deacon and elder. Printed ephemera in the collection includes a postcard with the label "The summer resort of foreigner at Katsuma Peninsula (Korea)," newspaper clippings of local interest articles and obituaries, and ticket stubs for Magic Kingdom and Disney World.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series:

Series 1: Family Papers, 1873-1984

Sub-Series 1.1: Edward Alexander Dudley Papers, 1873-1920

Sub-Series 1.2: Charles Pinkey Rexrode Papers, 1902-1959

Sub-Series 1.3: Arthur B. Dudley Papers, 1914-1961

Sub-Series 1.4: Marshall Dudley Rexrode Papers, 1936-1980

Series 2: Photographs, 1923-1969

Series 3: Community Organizations and Events, 1939-1998

Series 4: Ephemera, 1913-2005

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collection Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection were purchased by Special Collections at the March 24, 2008 estate sale of Marshall Dudley Rexrode. The sale took place in Mt. Solon, Virginia and was auctioneered by Charley Whetzel.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5039. During this time, the collection was minimally reprocessed in order to simplify the arrangement and description, and rehoused to remove unnecessary oversize boxes. The collection was originally processed in 2012 and described in minute detail, often at the item-level (e.g. obituaries). Some of this description was retained. Description that was deemed irrelevant or superfluous was not retained during reprocessing. Photographs were grouped according to identifications made by the original processor and were housed in plastic sleeves. During reprocessing in 2019, the photographs were removed and housed in archival folders.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Genre and Form

  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Letters (correspondence)

Subject

  • Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church (Mr. Solon, Va.) -- Records and correspondence
  • Physicians -- Virginia -- Records and correspondence
  • Merchants -- Virginia -- Records and correspondence
  • Business records -- Virginia -- Sources
  • Rockingham County (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Highland County (Va.) -- History -- Sources
  • Virginia -- History, Local -- Sources

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Bibliography

"Attempted Suicide" Highland Recorder. 1903 December 18. p.3.

Blair, Charles William. A History of Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church. Bridgewater Beacon Printing, Inc. Bridgewater, VA. 2000.

"Edward A. Dudley" Staunton News Leader. 1927 May 31. p.4.

"History" Kwangju Christian Hospital Website. Accessed 2012 Dec. 5. http://kch.or.kr/eng/history.html.

"M.Dudley Rexrode" Daily News-Record. 2006 January 30. p.10.

"Nonagenarian Rexrode is Ruritans' Citizen of Year." Daily News-Record. 1995 October 23. p.16

"Staunton Man Dies in Korea" Daily News-Record. 1938 March 2. p.8.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Family Papers, 1873-1984

Sub-Series 1.1: Edward Alexander Dudley Papers, 1873-1920

Title/Description Instances
Land deeds, 1873-1904 box 1 folder 1
Invoices and receipts, 1876-1915 box 1 folder 2
Promissory notes, 1884-1912 box 1 folder 3
Tax payments, 1887-1912 box 1 folder 4
Mutual Insurance Company, 1888-1897 box 1 folder 5
Correspondence, 1908, 1920 box 1 folder 6

Sub-Series 1.2: Charles Pinkey Rexrode Papers, 1902-1959

Title/Description Instances
Invoices and receipts, 1902-1959 box 1 folder 7
Ledger, 1909-1913 box 1 folder 8
Ledger, 1912-1913 box 1 folder 9
Ledger, 1913-1918 box 1 folder 10
Ledger, 1922-1924 box 2
Medical advertisements, 1924 box 1 folder 11
Ledger, 1924-1928 box 1 folder 12

Sub-Series 1.3: Arthur B. Dudley Papers, 1914-1961

Title/Description Instances
Ledger, 1914-1930 box 3 folder 1
Financial documents, 1916-1917 box 3 folder 2
Ledger, 1921-1922 box 3 folder 3
Ledger, 1925-1927 box 3 folder 4
Ledger, 1957-1961 box 3 folder 5

Sub-Series 1.4: Marshall Dudley Rexrode Papers, 1936-1980

Title/Description Instances
Diary, 1936 box 3 folder 6
Financial documents, 1936, 1962 box 3 folder 7
Farm operations novebook, 1946 box 3 folder 8
Ledger - personal finances, 1963-1980 box 3 folder 9
Assorted Dudley/Rexrode/Boyle family correspondence, 1935-1984, undated box 4 folder 1

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Series 2: Photographs, 1923-1969

Title/Description Instances
Virginia Tech, undated box 4 folder 2
Agriculture, 1926, undated box 4 folder 3
Possibly Charles Pinkey Rexrode family, undated box 4 folder 4
Mountain retreat, undated box 4 folder 5
Possibly Agnes Rexrode, undated box 4 folder 6
Possibly Agnes Rexrode and Margaret Dudley Rexrode, undated box 4 folder 7
Possibly Margaret Dudley Rexrode, undated box 4 folder 8
Rexrode family with possible identification, 1969, undated box 4 folder 9
Possibly identified, undated box 4 folder 10
Unidentified, 1923, undated box 4 folder 11
Possibly at Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church, Mt. Solon, Virginia, undated box 4 folder 12
Negatives, undated box 4 folder 13
Dr. Louis Brand and Alberta Dudley Brand hand-colored photographs taken in Korea, ca. 1927-1934 box 4 folder 14
Alice Brand and Martha Brand, ca. 1928 box 4 folder 15
Brand family in Korea, ca. 1928-1938 box 4 folder 16
Brand family in Virginia, ca. 1942 box 4 folder 17

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Series 3: Community Organizations and Events, 1939-1998

Title/Description Instances
North River District Fair and Horse Show, October 11, 1939 box 4 folder 18
Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church (Mt. Solon) documents, 1952-1993 box 4 folder 19
Mossy Creek Presbyterian Church (Mt. Solon), 200th Anniversary Celebrations, 1968 box 4 folder 20
Woodrow Wilson District Ruritan Convention and North River Ruritan Club Handbook, October 28, 1995; 1998 box 4 folder 21
Certificate of Incorporation of the North River Telephone Cooperative, undated box 4 folder 22

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Series 4: Ephemera, 1913-2005

Title/Description Instances
Assorted printed ephemera, 1913-1970, undated box 4 folder 23
Funeral memory books, 1947-1998

Luther Charles Fultz, 1947; J. Wayne Fairburn, January 1993; Agnes Rexrode, October 1993 (2 copies); Maggie Elizabeth Props, 1995; Richard Craig Dudley, 1998

box 4 folder 24
Newspaper clippings - local interest articles, 1948-1984, undated box 4 folder 25
Newspaper clippings - wedding announcements, 1950, undated box 4 folder 26
Newspaper clippings - obituaries, 1985-2005

John H. Earhart (undated), Mabel Rexrode, 1986 March 23; Earl J. Shiflet, 1995 December 14; S. Newton Karicofe, 1996 March 5; Earl T. Swink, 1996 September 10; Clarence E. May, 1997 April 15; Kathleen C. McFall, 1997 December 7; Richard C. Dudley, 1998 May 23; Nancy R. Lewis, 1998 August 25; Garland Miller, 1998 September 7; Rudolph B. Alexander, 1999 June 6; William A. Brooks, 1999 November 16; Francis Dudley, 2000 April 8; Hiram C. Arey, 2000 April 30; Hiwana C. Crompton, 2000 May 4; Richard J. Hevener, 2000 June 12; Roy R. Smith, 2000 November 28 (2); Arthur V. Bartenslayer, 2002 August 11; William J. Moffett Jr., 2002 August 20; Dr. John H. Guss, 2004 September 28; John A. Horn, 2005 May 15

box 4 folder 27

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