‘A Great Place to Come Home To’: Alice Malloy Ruud

Taylor Schoenberg interviews Alice Malloy Ruud. (Provided photo)

Taylor Schoenberg interviews Alice Malloy Ruud. (Provided photo)


This is the ninth of a series of profiles inspired by the sixth annual NCW Community Success Summit, held Nov. 12 in Waterville. This year’s event, organized by IRIS (Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship), featured the theme “A Great Place to Come Home To,” celebrating the return of people from multi-generational families to the community as well as the contributions and successes of more recent arrivals who have chosen to make their home here. For more information about IRIS, visit www.irisncw.org. To sample more stories about Waterville and other NCW communities, visit the Listening Post Network.


By Taylor Schoenberg

Alice Malloy Ruud graduated from Waterville High School in 1948 with 17 other students. Her grandparents on her father’s side moved and settled in Waterville and ever since, she and her family have lived here.

One aspect about the community Alice enjoys is that “you go to the store and they know who you are, you go to the library and they check out a book they know you like.” Also there has never been a feeling of danger or being worried.

One thing Alice would share with outsiders is that “you have a lot neat people and (you) care for your neighbor.” As a whole, we “get together when someone needs help.”

High school in the late 1940s was amazing after hearing what Alice had to say. She mentioned that sports were challenging because the gym was in the basement and had a low ceiling. “The boys had to learn how to throw the ball low. When the visiting team came, they threw the ball high allowing us to win more games.”

When Alice went to school, you walked if you lived in town and rode the bus or drove if you were a country kid.