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Eldon Dean Rudd was born in Yavapai County, Arizona, on 15th July, 1920. After graduating from the University of Arizona he joined the United States Marines Corps (1942-1946). He worked as a lawyer before becoming a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. As a FBI agent he took part in the investigation of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

A member of the Republican Party, Rudd was elected to the 95th Congress and took his seat in January, 1977. At this time Thomas N. Downing began campaigning for a new investigation into the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Downing said he was certain that Kennedy had been killed as a result of a conspiracy. He believed that the recent deaths of Sam Giancana and Johnny Roselli were highly significant. He also believed that the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation had withheld important information from the Warren Commission. Downing was not alone in taking this view. In 1976, a Detroit News poll indicated that 87% of the American population did not believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman who killed Kennedy.

Thomas N. Downing named Richard Sprague as chief counsel of the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Gaeton Fonzi was to later say: "Sprague was known as tough, tenacious and independent. There was absolutely no doubt in my mind when I heard of Sprague's appointment that the Kennedy assassination would finally get what it needed: a no-holds-barred, honest investigation. Which just goes to show how ignorant of the ways of Washington both Sprague and I were".

Sprague quickly assembled a staff of 170 lawyers, investigators and researchers. On 8th December, 1976, Sprague submitted a 1977 budget of $6.5 million. Frank Thompson, Chairman of the House Administration Committee made it clear he opposed the idea of so much money being spent on the investigation.

Smear stories against Sprague began appearing in the press. David B. Burnham of The New York Times reported that Sprague had mishandled a homicide case involving the son of a friend. Members of Congress joined in the attacks and Robert E. Bauman of Maryland claimed that Sprague had a "checkered career" and was not to be trusted. Richard Kelly of Florida called the House Select Committee on Assassinations a "multimillion-dollar fishing expedition for the benefit of a bunch of publicity seekers."

Rudd was also opposed to the investigation. He declared the Committee had "already fanned the flames of rumour, distortion and unwanted distrust of law inforcement agencies." However, Walter E. Fauntroy defended the work of Sprague: "threshold inquiries by a thoroughly professional staff... in the last three months have produced literally a thousand questions unanswered by the investigations of record."

On 2nd February, 1978, Henry Gonzalez replaced Thomas N. Downing as chairman of the House Select Committee on Assassinations. Gonzalez immediately sacked Richard Sprague as chief counsel. Sprague claimed that only the fill committee had the power to dismiss him. Walter E. Fauntroy agreed with Sprague and launched a campaign to keep him as chief counsel. On 1st March, Gonzalez resigned describing Sprague as "an unconscionable scoundrel"

Rudd retired from Congress in January, 1987.

Eldon Dean Rudd died in Scottsdale, Arizona, on 8th February, 2002.

What did your Rudd ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Rudd. 9% of Rudd men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Rudd women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rudd were Farmer and Unpaid Domestic .

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Berry Bros & Rudd: a brand history

From supplying New York’s underworld to dreaming of distilling its own spirits, the world’s oldest drinks merchant, Berry Bros & Rudd, has come a long way since it was founded in 1698.

*This feature was originally published in the October 2019 issue of The Spirits Business

Jack ‘Legs’ Diamond was not exactly your typical Berry Bros customer. Of those who bought their Port and claret from this venerable wine and spirits merchant at No.3 St James’s St, London, few, if any, had a quashed conviction for one homicide, let alone five. And it’s safe to assume that none met the same fate as Diamond. After a career as a mobster and bootlegger during US Prohibition, he was snuffed out in his silk undies in a New York boarding house in 1931.

Whether he came in person to collect an order for 300 cases of ‘Scotch’ a decade earlier is unclear, but Berry Bros & Rudd’s (BBR) chairman, Lizzy Rudd, says American gangsters did pitch up in search of a lighter style of whisky. They came to St James’s, having been told it was the centre of the drinks trade. Sadly, the details are hazy, for as Ronnie Cox, brands heritage director, spirits, says: “I don’t think any minutes were taken of that particular meeting.”

What is clear is that Francis Berry, one of the three partners, had spotted the pent‐up demand for Scotch on previous trips to the US. In 1923, he, his brother, Walter, and Rudd’s grandfather, Hugh Rudd, cooked up a new whisky called Cutty Sark, named after the last of the great tea clippers. The blend was smoke‐free, without any peated malt, and as pale as Cognac with no spirit caramel added.

The artist James McBey sketched the label it was meant to be in the company’s typical beige but returned from the printers a bright canary yellow, which looked stunning on its green glass bottle.


Production was left to Glasgow’s Robertson & Baxter, which eventually became the Edrington Group, and Rudd remembers seeing a letter to them written by her grandfather in the 1940s. “It was terribly polite but desperate to have more whisky because we simply couldn’t get enough,” she says. US sales boomed after Prohibition and by 1960 Cutty Sark claimed pole position in what was the world’s biggest whisky market.

How did a small, family‐run business founded in 1698 beat rivals as powerful as Diageo’s predecessor, DCL (Distillers Company Limited)? “Relationships,” declares Rudd. “It was all about building relationships with the right people.” In the US, that meant the Buckingham Corporation, which was established to distribute the brand in 1933 when Prohibition ended. Cutty Sark’s pale colour later caught the wave for lighter spirits in the US.

Pane sailing: the exterior of No.3 St James’s St

By the 1990s it had become a big blend in Spain and Greece, though it barely existed in the UK, where most people believed Berry Bros was simply a wine merchant. As to its importance to the firm, Rudd is adamant. “It was everything. It really was the business,” she says. When sold back to Edrington in 2010, she says her father, John Rudd, himself a long‐standing chairman, told her it was like selling off one of his children. However, “it was absolutely the right decision”, she insists. Competing with the corporate giants was getting ever harder and the value of blended Scotch had imploded. Cox says a bottle cost the average farm worker three days’ pay in 1960 compared with just two hours in 2010.

In return for losing Cutty Sark, BBR gained single malt The Glenrothes, which it had distributed for years, launching it as a ‘vintage malt’ in 1994. The notion that whisky consumers could cope with vintage variations like wine drinkers was radical stuff when the Scotch industry was wedded to absolute consistency. As Johnny Roberts, managing director of BBR’s brands division, says: “Yes, there’s a huge amount of history, heritage and tradition in BBR, but it’s always been an innovative business as well.” Other examples of this include the firm’s early move into gin and its embrace of craft spirits by buying a majority share in its US importer in San Francisco, Hotaling & Co, formerly Anchor Distilling.

BBR sold spirits long before Cutty Sark, and Roberts says: “We believe we may be the oldest independent bottler of Scotch whisky still operating.” Only recently, in a meeting room, Cox unearthed a dusty bottle from around 1858. Its spirit shied clear of mentioning brands, however, with whisky listed in a pre‐First World War catalogue as simply ‘Scottish’ or ‘Irish’, and priced at 36 shillings a case. It cost the same as ‘ordinary champagne’, ‘superior sherry’ and ‘second quality port’, but twice the price of ‘Spanish port – for parish and charitable use only’.

“Our brand was always Berry Bros & Rudd,” says Lizzie Rudd who describes Cutty Sark, and now No.3 Gin, as “offshoots to the parent brand”. The recently repackaged gin, launched in 2010, is now Berry’s top‐selling spirit, and features a key to the parlour, or inner sanctum of No.3 St James’s Street, not that it will actually unlock the door. The recipe took two years to perfect under Dr David Clutton, who possesses the world’s only PhD in gin. In addition are BBR’s own bottlings of spirits and brands such as Penny Blue rum from Mauritius. A new expression, Spice Hunter, is being tested, and aims “to be the boldest spiced rum in the world, with much more of a clove and nutmeg flavour”, says Roberts.


“We’re very much focused on a spirits division that fits better within the overall BBR business,” he continues. Cutty Sark, the brand that kept the firm afloat for so long, last year sailed off to the French group La Martiniquaise‐Bardinet.

Meanwhile, BBR sold The Glenrothes brand back to Edrington in 2017. What remains of its spirits division is a fraction of its former scale, but arguably one that’s better integrated, more niche and upmarket than ever before. And one day it may even include a boutique distillery. “I’d love to do that,” says Rudd. “It would be great fun. It’s definitely an aspiration to go into production of some sort.”

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Rudd Family Members

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Most Common First Names

  • William 3.4%
  • John 3.0%
  • James 2.9%
  • Robert 1.7%
  • Mary 1.7%
  • Charles 1.6%
  • George 1.2%
  • Thomas 1.1%
  • Joseph 1.1%
  • Rudd 0.9%
  • Arthur 0.7%
  • Henry 0.7%
  • Edward 0.7%
  • Dorothy 0.6%
  • Margaret 0.6%
  • Albert 0.6%
  • Richard 0.5%
  • David 0.5%
  • Elizabeth 0.5%
  • Alice 0.5%

A History of Innovation

The Rudd family traces its roots in the alcohol industry to Colorado where they were original manufacturers of wood cooperage for the Coors Brewery of Golden, Colorado. Upon graduating from the University of Denver in 1935, Sam Rudd moved to Wichita, Kansas. Sam and his wife Elenore, began Standard Mercantile in a small warehouse (5,000 sf) and primarily serviced the Wichita market.

In 1948, Kansas prohibition laws were repealed by the voters of Kansas. Seeing an opportunity, Sam Rudd established, applied for, and received the third alcohol wholesale license by the State of Kansas that same year. Through Sam and his family’s tireless efforts and commitment to their customers, the business grew rapidly. The name of the company was changed to Standard Liquor Corporation (SLC) and in the 1950’s, SLC opened branch facilities in Lawrence and Great Bend. In 1959 SLC moved into a significantly larger (40,000 sf) facility in Wichita.

In 1965, Leslie Rudd (Sam and Elenore’s son), who had grown up in the business, joined SLC as a sales representative following his time as a student at Wichita State University. Following the principles of success established by his father: professional service, customer-focused marketing, and close partnerships with suppliers, Leslie quickly moved up in the company. In 1969, he became Vice President and led the most significant increase in market share of any Kansas alcohol wholesaler (over the next several years). Leslie advanced accordingly and was named President in 1974.

Through foresight and careful monitoring of changes in the business, Leslie positioned the company to become a statewide wholesaler when brand franchising, a concept he was instrumental in implementing, replaced open wholesaling in Kansas in 1979. Since that time, many other significant market changes have occurred in the state’s legislative framework including price decontrol, legalized advertising, and liquor by the drink. Shortly after the turn of the new century, the name of the company was changed again to Standard Beverage Corporation (SBC).

Since then, the company has attempted to reinforce and expand upon the key business concepts that Sam and Leslie Rudd established, including a strong focus on growing our market share, our people and our reputation through the following:

  • Delivering on our commitments,
  • Driving performance management,
  • Developing meaningful customer relationships,
  • Developing our capabilities,
  • Partnering with our suppliers, and
  • Spending / investing prudently.

A key element of this is that the company has continued to evolve and succeed in an ever-changing industry (and state of Kansas) environment by embracing change as a positive ally.

While the business itself has evolved, The Rudd family’s ownership has remained as a constant through the decades. In 2015, Darrell Swank was named President of Standard Beverage and has worked together with the entire SBC leadership team (including Chief Operating Officer Ryan Thurlow and Chief Financial Officer Angie Wilhelm) to maintain the company’s standing as the premier distributor in Kansas. In his role, Darrell works closely with the Rudd family on SBC and also with other Rudd family businesses, real estate assets and numerous other investments, through Darrell’s dual role as President – LRIco Services (the Rudd family’s investment office).

From the Rudd family’s and company’s humble beginnings, Standard Beverage has now grown to become the state’s largest and most progressive full-product line alcohol distributor of spirits, wine and beer. We truly believe our greatest asset is our people and are pleased that our company has grown to include approximately 400+ team members. At Standard Beverage, we are honored to have served customers in the state of Kansas for the past 70 years and look forward to many decades more!

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We operate out of a central facility in Lawrence, Kansas, originally built in 1989, with 88,000 square feet of warehouse space and 12,000 square feet of office space. It was expanded by 40,000 square feet in 1995 and an additional 90,000 square foot expansion was completed in August 1998. Wichita, Kansas is home to our Southern Sales Office and we also maintain a 35,000 square foot warehouse. Our warehousing facilities have state of the art material handling capabilities and in excess of 15,000 square feet of climate controlled storage. Lenexa, Kansas, a suburb of greater Kansas City, is home to our northeast Kansas sales office. This modern, 50,000 square foot facility was completed in May of 1999.


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Eldon Rudd - History

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The Acacia Tree is a native to Africa, it is mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Exodus and in the Book of Isaiah. The wood of the tree was used to build the Ark of the Covenant. It is mentioned in Isaiah as a sign of the Messianic restoration in Israel. The Acacia Tree has deep roots, and survives through drought, dryness and famine. It is a strong tree which provides shelter for wild animals from the soaring heat of the sun and it also provides food and nourishment. Since biblical times, the Acacia Tree has been a symbol of stability and resilience. The tree is still found in many areas of Africa and has been a symbol of that land.

Rudd was a strong believer in
African American agency. As
he viewed the challenges
facing blacks in the U.S. he
communicated his desire to
see people of color tackle these
same issues. He established the
Colored Catholic Congress
Movement to bring together
delegates from around the
country, both to help in the
evangelization of the race, but
also to map out plans to
remove barriers blocking the
success of blacks.

Five congresses were held in the nineteenth century from 1889-1894. Many concerns were taken up, the education of black students, the quality of available rental properties, the desire to open economic opportunities for African Americans, the quest to see persons of color admitted into labor unions and the African Slave trade, to name but a few. Rudd subsequently penned a book about the first three congresses in which he took a major leadership role. Three Catholic Afro-American Congresses was published in 1893. Over time, it appears the congresses became more and more critical of the record of the church. Instances of racism within Catholic institutions and parishes were investigated. This bold repudiation of racism within the church likely contributed to the reluctance of some leaders to support future congresses.

Not much is known of Rudd’s life after the discontinuation of his newspaper. He lived in Bolivar County, Mississippi, where he managed a lumber mill. He then went to work for Scott Bond, Arkansas’s first black millionaire. While in Bond’s employ, Rudd penned his second book. He coauthored a biography of Bond, From Slavery to Wealth: The Life of Scott Bond, published in 1917. Rudd remained a Catholic throughout his life, and is buried in St. Joseph cemetery in Bardstown.

Rudd’s story is an inspiring one. His work in the Catholic Church is starting to be recognized by individuals beyond the black Catholic Community. Next Year, Liturgical Press is set to release a biography of Rudd in its popular People of God Series. Rudd’s inclusion in this series places him in exclusive company. His inclusion will make him the first person of African- American heritage to be included. He is deserving of such recognition. His “cry for justice” yet echoes among those who carry his work forward.
​[1] The Kentucky Soldier, quoted “A Good Joke,” ACT, 17 May 1890, 3.
[2] Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., The History of Black Catholics in the United States (New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1990), 214.

​​ ​ Bishop Roy E. Campbell, Jr.
President ​

Echoing A “Cry for Justice”: Daniel A. Rudd, his Life and Legacy
By Gary Agee, Daniel Rudd Biographer

Kevin Rudd's national apology to Stolen Generations

KEVIN Rudd has offered a broad apology to all Aborigines and the Stolen Generations for their &quotprofound grief, suffering and loss&quot in a carefully.

PM moves to heal the nation

KEVIN Rudd has offered a broad apology to all Aborigines and the Stolen Generations for their "profound grief, suffering and loss" in a carefully worded statement that was greeted by a standing ovation today .

Thousands of Aboriginal Australians gathered in Canberra to watch the historic apology, which was televised around the nation and shown at special outdoor settings in remote indigenous communities.

Many of those watching had personal experience of the forcible removal of Aboriginal people, and there were emotional scenes as the apology was delivered.

The Prime Minister used the word "sorry" three times in the 360 word statement read to parliament this morning.

He said there came a time in history when people had to reconcile the past with their future.

"Our nation Australia has reached such a time and that is why the parliament is today here assembled,&apos&apos he said. "To deal with this unfinished business of the nation.

"To remove a great stain from the nation&aposs soul and in the true spirit of reconciliation to open a new chapter in the history of this great land Australia.&apos&apos

&aposWe apologise&apos

"We apologise for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians," the apology read.

"We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.

"For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.

"To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.

"And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry."

Pain is searing

Mr Rudd told the story of an elderly indigenous woman, part of the stolen generations, who he visited a few days ago. Her family tried to hide her from the "welfare men" by digging holes in the ground. But she was found and removed from her crying mother at the age of four.

"There is something terribly primal about these first-hand accounts, the pain is searing, it screams from the pages, the hurt the humiliation, the degradation and the sheer brutality of the act of physically separating a mother from her children is a deep assault on our senses and on our most elemental humanity,&apos&apos he said.

Mr Rudd said the stories "cry out&apos&apos to be heard and "cry out&apos&apos for an apology.

Time for action

The apology also looked forward, heralding a renewed and united effort to close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in "life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity".

Mr Rudd pledged action as well as words, calling for the equivalent a war cabinet to tackled indigenous issues.

"I therefore propose a joint policy commission to be led by the Leader of the Opposition and myself," he said.

The Prime Minister said the commission would first develop and implement an effective housing strategy for remote communities during the next five years.

If that was successful the commission would then work on the constitutional recognition of first Australians.

Protesters turn backs on Nelson

In contrast to Rudd&aposs standing ovation, Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson&aposs speech in support of the apology was met by protests.

As Dr Nelson began speaking some people turned their backs on the large screen on which the speech was being televised.

They began clapping and yelling "shame", and some started to walk out.

Dr Nelson called on Australians to focus on the contemporary problems of their indigenous counterparts.

"Spare a thought for the real, immediate, seemingly intractable and disgraceful circumstances in which many indigenous Australians find themselves today," he said.

While the Opposition supported the apology, a number of Liberal MP&aposs chose to boycott the historic session of parliament.

The father of reconciliation, Pat Dodson, described the apology as a "seminal moment in the nation&aposs history".

Mr Dodson said the apology was a courageous statement after a decade of denial by the government of John Howard and went "beyond what I thought they might say".

But Stolen Generations member John Moriarty criticised the Government for failing to go far enough.

"It doesn&apost tell what the Stolen Generation really is," he said.

"I&aposm questioning the cultural genocide aspect. I think it&aposs an appeasement in the sense that it&aposs saying sorry, but it doesn&apost get down to the real crux of the issue, in my view, that people like me were taken away from their full-blooded mothers to breed out the culture. It doesn&apost come to that. It doesn&apost hit home with me."

Some indigenous leaders feared the apology would mean an end to claims for compensation for Aboriginal children removed from their homes under previous government policies.

Others argued that Mr Rudd had left the door open to payments for past injustices.

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