The Progress-Index (Petersburg, Virginia) 6 September 1953 Page 14

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The Progress-Index
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14 The Pyoc^ea»-Index t Petersburg, Va., Sunday, Sept., 6, 1953 Va, "Pa/ace" Is Home To Walter Russell (Continued From Page One) of a few months were living in a two-room studio In New York, and apparently not living too well. The reason seemed to be that Russell h a d / p r e t t y much forsaken the painting and sculpturing which had gained' him considerable renown and-many friends among the great of 30 to 50 .years ago. Just prior to the Spanish-American Spanish-American .War he was art editor of a national national magazine. Then he went off to .War as a magazine illustrator and writer, and b e c'a m e close friends with Richard Harding Davis- Davis- and Jack L o n d o n , in those years. Later he knew Thomas Edison Edison and Mark Twain and did busts of them. President Teddy Roosevelt Roosevelt commissioned him to paint the Roosevelt children. He s e t - u p studios in Paris and London and became pretty well known on the Continent. King Alphonso Alphonso gave him a medal. He knew Rudyard Kipling and still has some letters from him. Back in this country he was commissioned commissioned by a magazine to paint "the 12 most beautiful children in America," America," which produced something of a sensation in the publishing field. But somewhere along about this time Russell began to spread himself himself a little thin, artistically speak ing. He composed some music and began writing on his philosophy of life and things spiritual. He even went into architecture. This didn't seem to pay off too well, particularly the writing. Bui the writing brought something else Get Your Instrument ON A MOUNTAINTOP IN VIRGINIA, artist Walter Russell's 52-room marble "palace" regally 'in the midst oi 629 acres of formal gardens, stables, guest cottages,- and bridle --a wife. Attracted by what she ad read of his works, Lao Stebbing Stebbing arranged to meet Russell.. 'ive years ago they were married. People around here have gotten .he impression that Russell's wife las a fair-sized private income, ut neighbors farther clown the nountain say Mrs. Russell did an 'enormous amount of work with icr own hands" when they arrived iere--helping patch roofs, scrubbing scrubbing the great marble floors and ceilings, dusting out'the, cobwebs. Swannanoa was''built back in t912 by a Major James Dooley, 'abulously wealthy former mayor of Richmond, Va., for his- wife, who loved swans. Mrs. Dooley died several'years later and the place went to pot. Some Richmonders got together and made a country club of it. That folded in 1929. The understanding is that the Russells now lease it from its owners, a group' of Charlottesville Charlottesville business men. But the Russells are by no means alone these days in their mountaintop mountaintop wonderland. Thousands of people people come every year, at 50 cents a head, to peer through the fabulous palace and grounds, at the T fany-made stained glass window at the head of the marble staircase as the astonishing view stretching lown and away for miles and miles n all directions. ! Others, mostly ·women, can be een sitting on stone benches and taxing fixedly off towards a t,all vhite statue" of Christ, c a l l e d 'Christ of the Blue Ridge," which sSell carved and sec up in the gardens behind the palace. Most of "the women are among Russell's "slurients," who come 'rom all over the country to study under him and meditate in an atmosphere atmosphere most conducive to mediation. mediation. The Russells live a simple, but fairly opulent life now. The place is beautifully furnished. They have about 12 servants, including seasonal seasonal gardeners. You w o n d where all the money comes from-, but that is one of those tilings simply don't ask your hosts. Richard 'Harding Davis would probably ask. And so would Jack London. Not me. Ulysses a tanner S. Grant's father and the boy who was was 19 become president started as apprentice in the family tannery. Sunday's Radio-Television WSSV -- 1240 K MBS Omtlet WKNL, -- 9 1 0 ft ABC Oaclet W R V A --1140 f t CBS Outlet WMBG -- 1X80 K NBC O«tlet S:00 Parade of S:15 Bands; Newi 8:30 Farasle 8:45 of Bands Harmonizing Four Lights « and Lite News; Sunshln* Hour Renfro Valley Healing Water* Grove Av«. Baptist Church 9:00 Church of God 9:15 In Christ 9:30 Southland 9:-!5 Serenade News; Weather Prophecy Speaki Voice of Prophecy Sunday Gathering News E. Power Biggs News Roundup Christian Sci«nc« Eternal Light 10:00 Jackson's ChorlsteriSundav 10:15 Bethesda Church Prelud* 10:30 Osborne 10:45 Bailey Portrait Music; New» Episcopal Hour Church of the Air National Radio Pulpit Here's to Veterani Ser. In Blue 11:00 West End 11:15 11:30 11:45 Baptist Church Servict First Baptist Church Services River . Boad Baptist Church Grace Baptist Church Servlc«» 12:00 Waltx Time 12:15 Waltz Tim* 12:30 Waltz Tim* 12:45 Waltz Time News, Wsather Magic Touch News; Piano Playhouse N'tw» Song Folio Salt Lake City Tabernacle New* Songi of Filth Five Kings Chosen Peopl*

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