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October 16, 2014 / Joanne Yeck

Buckingham County: Williams Mill, Part Two

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 Williams Mills, c. 2000, Photo Courtesy Alice Scott

Circa 1950, Vallie Booth wrote about Williams Mill and its long-time owner Roy Gormus:

Meet Roy Gormus . . . Versatile Miller

Do you want some corn meal ground? Call Roy Gormus. Need any logs sawed? Call Gormus. Desire the services of a blacksmith?  Call Gormus.  Fresh out of supplies at the country store?  Call Gormus.  J. Roy Gormus is a mighty important man in his neck of the woods. He operates a general store, sawmill and grist mill.

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 Roy Gormus (1878—1965), Photo by William Edwin Booth

Roy Gormus was the epitome of a useful man in Buckingham County. He told Vallie Booth:

“Specialize? Not me! I like to keep busy all the time.  By doing a bit of everything. I help more people. They just come to me, and chances are that because I generalize I’m their man.  It gives a guy a feeling the he is a useful man in the community.”

Special thanks to Alice Scott for sharing her family history.


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  1. alanpellcrawford / Oct 17 2014 1:04 am

    Need legal representation? Call Gormus. Losing your hair? Call Gormus. Constipated? Call Gormus. Piano need tuning? Call Gormus. Can’t get that soufflé to rise? Gormus. Need to murder your mother-in-law? Gormus is your man. Dog got fleas? You know know what to do.

    Sent from my iPhone


    • Joanne Yeck / Oct 17 2014 7:11 am

      Alan, You’ve got the rhythm. Roy Gormus undoubtedly also had a sense of humor!

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