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Page, Dr. Ludolphus Graham

Page, Dr. Ludolphus Graham

Male 1902 - 1970  (68 years)

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  • Name Page, Ludolphus Graham  [1, 2
    Title Dr. 
    Birth 16 Apr 1902  Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Dentist 
    Reference Number 7859 
    Death 6 Nov 1970  Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Burial Prospect United Methodist Church, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7734  Caswell County
    Last Modified 13 Oct 2023 

    Father Page, Ludolphus Brown,   b. 15 Jul 1866, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 7 Mar 1940 (Age 73 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Hodnett, Parthenia Phillip,   b. 1 Oct 1873, Gretna, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 17 Feb 1940 (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Marriage 6 May 1894  [2
    Reference Number 54616 
    Family ID F4145  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Allison, Clyde Carrithers,   b. 24 Sep 1907   d. 2 Jan 1999 (Age 91 years) 
    Reference Number 54663 
    +1. Page, Dr. Graham Allison,   b. 24 Mar 1936, Danville, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 19 Oct 2020, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 84 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +2. Page, John Paschall,   b. 1938, Pittsylvania County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 29 Jan 2005, Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 67 years)  [Father: natural]  [Mother: natural]
    +3. Living
    +4. Living
    Family ID F4148  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 13 Oct 2023 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 16 Apr 1902 - Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 6 Nov 1970 - Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Prospect United Methodist Church, Caswell County, North Carolina Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    Dr. Ludolphus Graham Page, D.D.S. Portrait Detail
    Dr. Ludolphus Graham Page Portrait
    Dr. Ludolphus Graham Page, D.D.S. Portrait Retouched
    Dr. Ludolphus Page and Sidney B. Law 11 July 1964
    Dr. Ludolphus Graham Page and His Propeller-Powered Bicycle
    Yanceyville Rotary Club
    Dr. Ludolphus Graham Page at Work
    Ludolphus Graham Page Young Age
    Dr. Ludolphus Graham Page, D.D.S.
    Dr. Malloy-Dr. Page Dental Drill

    Dr.Ludolphus Graham Page DDS
    Dr.Ludolphus Graham Page DDS

  • Notes 
    • Ludolphus Graham Page (1902-1970)

      Rotary Club Photo-Identification

      Yanceyville Rotary Club Members

      Dr. Graham Page and Sidney B. Law 11 July 1964

      Ludolphus Graham Page (1902-1970)

      Dr L. Graham Page Funeral 8 Nov 1970 Danville Register

      Dr. Ludolphous Graham Page

      (click on photograph for larger image)

      Third photograph (left to right): Dr. Ludolphus Graham Page, D.D.S. and Sidney B. Law. Kinston, North Carolina, at the cake cutting the night before the wedding of Dr. Page's son, Graham Allison Page to Dorothy Nell Harris.

      For a mini-biography published by the Rotary Club of Yanceyville in 1942 see Wheel Tracks

      When Dr. Page returned to Yanceyville in 1929, North Carolina, to practice dentistry his first office was on the second floor of the Bank of Yanceyville building. His second office was in a cabin beside the Ernest Frederick Upchurch house on West Main Street.

      "Don't recall having asked the question but did bring to mind the picture of 1940 snow with Miss Patty Gunn, Ann Gunn Everett and Mrs. Annie Gunn - the house is the background was a log cabin next door to Mr. Frederick Upchurch's home. When my Dad moved his office from the bank, he moved into that same log cabin (long since gone) - all this across from the Dr. Allen Gunn, Jones, Terrell house." Source: Nancy Page Dunn Comment Posted to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page 24 January 2014.

      "My Daddy's first dental office was on the second floor. He opened for business in August 1929; alas, stock market crash came in October. Frequently paid with farm products which kept him afloat. This told to me my his nibs himself." Source: Nancy Page Dunn Comment Posted to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page 5 December 2019.

      Not only was Dr. Ludolphus Graham Page (1902-1970) a much-loved and respected Caswell County dentist, he was a pilot who had an airport in his backyard and an inventor. He designed and built a propeller-powered bicycle and proved it operational. On his property Dr. Page also constructed a fall-out shelter and an underground hangar for his airplane. (Courtesy Dr. Graham Allison Page.)

      Sequence of Dr. Page's Offices

      1. Bank of Yanceyville
      2. Log building on West Main Street
      3. Giles Mebane/Houston Gwynn/Library building
      4. Purpose-built building in West Yanceyville

      "Daddy had at least 3 Lincoln's - 39 (this is the one in which I learned to drive), a 1948, a 1950 and his last one, 1960 Lincoln Premiere. It was not the last car he had - Mr. Clyde Cole finally talked him in an Oldsmobile Toranado with front wheel drive." Source: Nancy Jean Page Dunn 9 December 2019 Post to the Caswell County Historical Association Facebook Page.

      Yanceyville, Jan. 21 [1954] -- Dr. L. G. Page [D.D.S.] was informed this week the U.S. Patent Office in Washington has accepted and registered a patent on his design for a new type small airplane. This design was worked out sometime ago."

      The Herald-Sun (Durham, North Carolina), 22 January 1954, Friday, Page 14.

      1930 US Census
      Name: L Graham Page
      Age: 25
      Estimated birth year: abt 1905
      Relation to head-of-house: Son
      Father's Name: Adolphus B Page
      Mother's Name: Parthenia Page
      Home in 1930: Yanceyville, Caswell, North Carolina
      Occupation: Dentist

      Airplanes Over Yanceyville

      Caswell Airpark

      Dr. Page's Fallout Shelter

      Fallout Shelter Is Sign of the Times
      The Caswell Messenger
      By Angela Evans
      Mar 10, 2009 - 07:38:38 pm CDT Managing Editor

      Peace. Free love. Woodstock. Cold War.

      Memories of the 1960s hold a plethora of images for those who lived them; but for a local dentist, a physical reminder of the times lies just yards from his home and business. Dr. G. Allison Page, who practiced dentistry in Caswell for nearly 41 years, has one of few remaining examples of a 1960s fallout shelter on his property off U.S. 158 in Yanceyville. Page's father, Dr. L.G. Page, also a dentist, built the 1,500-square-feet fully furnished shelter, which once boasted a host of amenities including two bedrooms, full working kitchen and bath with shower, air-conditioning, electricity, even television with reception underground. "It's just an old hole in the ground," Page said on a recent showing of the deteriorating underground home. "It used to be furnished, but it's not anymore. Needless to say there's not any electricity in here now." The shelter was completed while Page was away in dentistry school at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1961.

      "I know I had a professor that gave me a bunch of lip and static about it when I was in school," Page remembers. "The year I graduated, I had him up here. I told Daddy, 'I want to get Dr. Lister and Dr. Holland to come up here and see this thing they are always teasing me about." Saying his dad was a "character," Page explains that the shelter was built, for the most part, on a whim. "He said, 'If I ever build me a house, I'm going to build one under ground. It'd be easier to heat; you wouldn't have to cool it,'" Page said. "Then, in the late 50s and early 60s, when we were in a Cold War with Russia, and they were talking about fallout shelters everywhere - that was the spark." Backhoes were brought in to remove the dirt from the hillside and dig out walls.

      "When they put the top on, they bound it with dirt and black plastic," Page said. Then the dirt was hauled out and a concrete floor, walls and ceiling were poured over metal rebar. The shelter had a periscope through a hole in the ceiling that rotated above ground, allowing those inside to see what was happening in the woods around them. "You could turn it around and look at the house; you could look up the road," Page said. The TV antenna wire ran through the same hole. When asked where his father learned how to build the shelter, Page replied, "You just had to know my dad." "He also had a patent for an airplane. He was quite an eclectic person," Page said. "If he thought it would work he would do it." L.G. Page's father certainly hadn't taught him any engineering skills.

      "His dad was what we used to call a yeoman farmer; and what that is, he makes enough dadgum stuff to eat and make clothes out of and survive," Page said of his grandfather. Page's father didn't use the place much, but when he did it was memorable. "He had his buddies up. And I remember one time we had supper and he was cooking coon in a pressure cooker; and the top blew off and there was coon all over the ceiling," Page says laughing. "He had his parties here and all that kind of stuff." L.G. must have had no intentions of ever having a lengthy stay in the shelter, as Page says no supplies were kept there, just basic condiments. The fully furnished underground apartment was advertised for rent; but with a younger brother and two sisters, the youngest in high school, it became more of a party place.

      "The only time it really was used, my sister and some of them would come here and stay here rather than at the house," Page said. However, the house didn't go without renters altogether, as a high profile Guilford County murder case came to trial here in the 1970s. When Greensboro florist Gloyd Vestal killed his business partner, Angelo Pinnisi, so much publicity followed the case the proceedings had to be moved to Caswell; and for Vestal's safety, his attorneys rented the underground shelter, where armed guards watched over Vestal during the trial. "They were afraid to drive back and forth the distance; and they wanted a place closer by so they rented this and they had body guards in here at night," Page remembers. That same year, 1970, Page's father died of cancer.

      "After my dad died, the furnishings and everything were in here but it was such a headache to keep everything from mildewing," Page said, pointing out that high humidity and water leaks had begun to cause damage to the interior wooden structures. "Mama tried to keep it up after daddy died; and you had to come over here and empty the dehumidifier - sometimes more than once," Page said. "It got to be a headache for her so she took all the furniture out." Page doesn't have any plans for restoring or using the space, but he says it's sure to be around for a long time to come. "Unless somebody comes in here with some awful explosive stuff, or an earthquake," he said.

      The shelter will live on in history as well, having been featured in the August 1963 edition "The State" magazine and recently on WRAL's Tarheel Traveler. Frank Blazich, who was working on his master's degree in history at N.C. State University, brought the shelter attention when he began work on his thesis on Civil Defense. Blazich asked that his research be mentioned in a column in the News and Observer to help him find interviews. The request brought numerous emails - one in particular about the 1963 article on the Pages. Blazich came to Yanceyville and was followed shortly thereafter by Tarheel Traveler's Scott Mason. The video feature that ensued can still be viewed at Blazich's thesis can be seen at: ted/etd.pdf. The North Carolina Historical Review published Blazich's chapter on the Cuban Missile Crisis in the February issue and a picture of Page's shelter entrance is on the cover.

      As for the cave-like home never having fulfilled its original purpose, Page says his dad would have used it as a bomb shelter, "if we'd been attacked," pointing out that it is still well-suited for the job, since nothing is visible from above ground. And when asked about the door - which might have been the only way the shelter was found - did Page have a plan for covering it? "I would have covered it with a machine gun," he says laughing.

      Dental Drill (late 19th Century)

      This photograph shows a foot-pedal-operated (treadle) dental drill used by Dr. Stephen Arnold Malloy, M.D. (1872-1944).* Yes, Dr. Malloy performed dental work as he made his rounds. It also is called a "spinning wheel drill" for the large "spinning" wheel at the bottom (that was attached to the smaller wheel at the top by a belt).

      The drill in the photograph and other medical supplies were carried by Dr. Malloy in his horse-drawn buggy, often accompanied by Dr. Ludolphus Graham Page, D.D.S. (1902-1970).

      According, to Dr. Page's daughter, Susan Creed Percy, Dr. Malloy was the primary inspiration for Dr. Page's pursuing a career of relieving pain. In 1929, when Dr. Page opened his dental practice in Yanceyville, Dr. Malloy gave Dr. Page the dental drill device.
      * Manufactured by the S. S. White Dental Manufacturing Company, founded in 1844 by Philadelphia dentist Samuel Stockton White (1822-1879).

      Photograph courtesy Mary Susan Page Creed Percy.

      I'm in my family room where Dr. Malloy's foot pedal dental drill/brush apparatus stands. He also did dental work on his rounds, made in the early years in a buggy where he carried the drill and other medical supplies. He often let Daddy go with him.

      Dr. Malloy was Daddy's primary inspiration toward relieving people of pain. Dr. Malloy eventually gave daddy the dental drill when he (daddy) opened his dental practice in Yanceyville. Source: Susan Creed Percy October 2021 Post to RSF Facebook Page.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Wheel Tracks: Biographical Sketches (1942-1943), Service Publication of the Yanceyville North Carolina Rotary Club (1943).

    2. Details: The Heritage of Caswell County, North Carolina, Jeannine D. Whitlow, Editor (1985) at 418 (Article #541, "Ludolphus and Parthenia Hodnett Page" by Mr. Wilbur J. Page).