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Memories of the Rus-Mar Inn

Gloucester Court House resident Mary Elizabeth Savage enjoys helping her friends and neighbors. A Mathews native, she  married a Gloucester World War II Navy man, Emerson Savage, in 1948 and has lived in the Court House ever since.

Following marriage, Mary Elizabeth Savage worked with her in-laws Russell and Martha Williams who once operated the Rus-Mar Inn on Gloucester Court Circle. “We served lunch and dinner made up of simple meals but good ones. But when they decided to add the cleaning business, “Williams the Tailor,” to the back of the restaurant business and our home, my mother-in-law got busy with the new business helping and especially with deliveries. That’s when I took the job of feeding people who came in. She would always fix it before she left and then I could serve it and cook what became necessary when it was ordered.”

Mary said there were certain ways they always did things, such as toasting their hamburger buns. “Now anyone ...

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