About the name Rudy's: Revised from a writing by John Harrigan
From settlement times onward there have always been sporting camps on Clarksville Pond. Before the Second World War, a local boy put aside enough money to buy 2 cabins and a parcel of land on the shoreline. He was only 16 years old and his name was Rudy Shatney. Even at that early age Rudy was an expert woodsman and guide and later on a legend in his own time.
With the call of duty for WWII Rudy enlisted in the Army and served under General Gerheart as an army scout. He did his basic training in England where he met his future bride Joan Jerome. He participated in the European Campaign and received 2 Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for actions above and beyond the call of duty. When the war ended and he knew he was coming home he asked his beloved Joan's hand in marriage. Rudy came back from the war ready to continue on with his live long dream of sports camp owner and guide. He and his war-bride Joan improved the camps, provided rustic accommodations, and home-cooked meals and offered a Big Woods tenting experience and excellent trout fishing just as the postwar generation was ready to hit the outdoor scene with paid vacations and the means to get there.
The Shatney family has always been dedicated to preserving Clarksville Pond's beauty and natural environment. In recent years, some of the bodies of water in the area have started to feel the effects of encroching development. The Shatney family felt so strongly about Clarksville Pond always remaining undeveloped, that they contacted the Society For the Protection of NH Lake and Forest and placed the shoreline of the pond in a development easement. This easement insures that Clarksville Pond's shoreline will always remain wild and natural just like it is now.
Kathleen and John along with other environmentally conscious individuals have formed The Clarksville Pond Association. This Group is working hard with private and state entities to ensure that Clarksville Pond's water quality does not decline and the shoreline remains wild and natural. Their mission is to insure that the pond will always be a desirable location for future generations to enjoy what the land has to offer.
Rudy became a legend in his own time justifiably famed for his ability to run down deer, find game when nobody else could, throw knives and hatchets with unerring accuracy and stand on the gunwales of a canoe to cast 75 feet to a rising trout. He knew how the animals thought, smelled, their travel patterns and how to call to them in their own language. A man of medium stature but amazing strength and agility, he could stand on one hand and out-Indian-wrestle anyone he ever locked hands with. He could beat just about anybody at just about anything he ever tried, but always with a smile and never with a mean bone in his body.
Rudy was a dead-reckoning navigator of the woods who thought nothing of traveling through the wilds from Clarksville to his father's in Roxbury, Maine eating and living off the land as he went. His woodman skills were so respected that NH Wardens would call on him to find lost hunters if inclement weather was expected or that the lost hunter was injured. He helped with Hunter Safety Courses and was more than willing to share his knowledge with anyone who was interested in learning. Many of us benefited from knowing and learning from Rudy Shatney.
There was never one like him before and there will never be one like him again. Rudy Shatney died in 1992, but his legend, spirit and mark on the people who loved him live on.
Rudy's Cabins and Campground,LLC was founded by a 16 y/o boy named Rudy Shatney in 1938. (At that time named Rudy's Log Cabins) Rudy, at a young age was a very experienced woodsman and guide, and even though he passed away 20 plus years ago his army heroism and woodsman skills live on here in the North Country.
Rudy was a decorated soldier of WWII and when he came back to this area to run his business, he brought with him a new British wife named Joan. Together with hard work and perserverance they were able to keep the business running and growing. Eventually, Rudy and Joan managed to purchase approximately 100 acres which included 99% of the shoreline of Clarksville Pond.
Rudy and Joan are both gone now, but their daughter Kathleen and her husband John now run the family business trying hard to maintain the rural, rustic flavor with some modern conveniences slipped in, such as 3-way hookups on all RV sites and site-to-trail ATV access.