Archive for the ‘Rumor control’ Category

May 1, 2015 •
…And no, she isn’t “all of us” or some similar sentiment. She was real, and she lived in Deepwell, and I know almost all of the story. Grab a cup of tea or some popcorn, and settle in; it’s storytime.

Honestly, I had given up. Padma and I hit a brick wall in our database inquiries a few years ago, and with all the other things going on in town and my PODCare commitments, I just didn’t have the time or the energy to push further. I knew Ruby must be an alias, or a nom de plume, but I wasn’t getting any hits on that name. Then Nora went to France with her French class for their new Study and Care Abroad program. She came back with a charming accent and an iPod full of French music, among other things. The evening she returned home, she hung out in the kitchen with Brian and me, chattering away about the Louvre, and volunteering at l’hôpital, and plugged her iPod into the dock so she could set the mood. While we made supper (bouillabaisse, in Nora’s honor) we listened to Charles Aznavour, and Edith Piaf, and even some Maurice Chevalier. Then the song, “Puits profond de mon coeur,” poured into the room, with a smoky, sad voice. It’s been a long time since my one year of high school French, but even I could recognize the words “deep” and “well.” Oh yeah, Nora exclaimed, I thought that was cool, a French song with “deep well” in the title. It’s by an old singer named Rubi du Bois. I dropped my ladle in shock. It couldn’t be a coincidence!

So now I had a name and a place. Rubi du Bois in Paris, circa 1970, the year the song came out.  Was this really our Ruby?  I learned everything I could about her, depending on Nora and Google to translate as most of the material I found was in French.  The best I could piece together was that Rubi had moved to Paris in the 60s, and, most important, there was a mention of a sister named Evelyn who lived in Chicago.  I knew I was on the right track.  Evelyn must have lived in Deepwell at some point.

There haven’t been that many Evelyns in Deepwell over the years, which helped.  If you’ve lived in Deepwell for as long as MeelieSue and Brian’s parents and a few others have, you may have heard the sad story of Richard and Evelyn Broward.  That family was in the newspaper quite a few times over the years, none of it good.  Out of respect for the family, I’ll not repeat the stories here, but the curious can come down to the library and read the microfiche just like I did.  Just keep in mind that this is someone’s personal history, and there is still a lot of pain out there.

So things being what they are, I have put faces to those long-ago names and I know something that Etta doesn’t, for probably the first time since we both moved to Deepwell, heh. Ruby was originally Rosemary, and she is Etta’s aunt.

Rosemary Alice Carr, aka Rubi du Bois, aka Ruby Wood, died September 12, 2009 in Paris, and was cremated and interred there, the only place she truly felt at home.  Her gift to Deepwell was her attempt to reconcile with her past, and give hope for the future.  There is one other person who plays a part in this story, but I think she needs to tell her side of things for herself.  And no, it’s not Etta.  Although I’m sure Etta has a few questions of her own.

R, if you’re out there and you’re reading this, please speak up.

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Mar 6, 2010 • Ruby is not, repeat NOT related to the Jacksons. I’ve gone back through five generations and there is no Ruby Wood anywhere in there. The closest thing I could find was a Ruletta back on Chance Jackson’s side, but no Ruby. RULETTA not RUBY.

So Tubby, you can take a breather.

Next theory?

Oh, and Padma has too many hits for “Wood” on her dbs so that avenue is going to take a little longer to go through. I am helping her narrow her results.

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Feb 21, 2010 • So what I ended up doing is inviting Keith over for a free trim, which I gave him this afternoon. Keith, if you’re reading this, I said it to you and I’ll say it to anyone, you are a fine man and a good conversationalist, just a bit excitable is all.
So we just chatted for about an hour and yes, it was a challenge for me because Keith only have about hair on one sixth of his head, so to make his trim last an hour was a challenge I only undertook because I love this town so much. But in the end he was able to talk calmly about that awful lawyer woman and this is what we are pretty sure she said:

The first part of the will is going to be opened and read on March 9.

This is what we now think she didn’t say:

There are legal reasons why you can’t see the will/ can’t protest the will/ can’t get any money.

We’re not sure what she did say, but I’m guessing it was just some standard legal flapjaw and Keith kinda mortared in the gaps of his limited understanding himself.

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Feb 18, 2010 • I’ve been combing through the town records when I get a few minutes, but there’s nothing about a Ruby Wood living anywhere in town in the most recent census. I’m starting to dig deeper into the historical records, but it’s slow work since nothing is computerized, so if anyone has a few minutes come stop by the library and grab a book or two. I am getting asthma from the dust! Also, I have a sister-in-law who works at the university library in the city–I’ll ask her to look too. Heaven knows she has access to more databases than I do here.

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Jan 8, 2010 • Several people called to report this “sighting” as if he were an alien scout and the mothership was hovering just behind Hawk Hill. False alarm? He was just visiting the Andertons, he’s a friend of Perla’s from State. I repeat, just a friend.

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Jan 3, 2010 • Keith Eccles is our town clark (clerk), which is why he got the phone call from the lawyer woman. It’s actually as simple as that, people – sorry, this isn’t the Lost X-Files or whatever. And no, Keith cannot appoint you to be “acting town clark” so that you can have your turn talking with the lawyer if she calls, so stop asking.

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