"Where is Ruttermolen?" Rutten pokers with Lauw and ... wins a mill.
Every Lauwenaar will have wondered why the border of Lauw stops at the Daelemolen and not just further on the Hoeise Kassei. That would have been more plausible geologically and in the past it would have been so.
However, those van Rutten needed a mill at the time, a banal mill where the farmers could have their grain grinded. In this way, the chapter leaders of Rutten could also insure an extra income.
Very quickly they found a suitable place on the other side of the old Roman Heirbaan, on the territory of Lauw.
This of course aroused a heated discussion: those of Lauw claimed that those barges belonged to Lauw and those of Rutten were, of necessity, of a different opinion.
It therefore inevitably came to a trial for the Schout. Both mayors claimed that the disputed land was their territory, so the judge decided to investigate the matter on the spot.
Once there, the call to the party continued and no solution could be found. The judge then decided to demand the two burgomasters to "take the oath of truth". This was an oath that was often demanded in the Middle Ages and where the sworn fact was assumed true. The disadvantage was that when it later turned out that people had lied, they also shot their lives with it. That is why people did not like taking this oath.
Those from Lauw knew that there was a document somewhere where the boundaries were clearly indicated. If one could find that, the matter was solved. The conscious document was not found and so on that particular day the mayors and the whole population of both villages stood where the mill was going to come.
The judge asked sternly: "Who dares to take the oath of truth?"
Immediately the mayor of Rutten stepped forward and said "I swear by my creator, who is here with me, that I stand by Rutten."
The same did not dare to swear the mayor of Lauw, thinking that those of Rutten did have a proof that the border of Rutten came to that. Withered, those of Lauw declined.
Immediately the work started and the mill was built. Those from Lauw, however, went in search of the document and .... they also liked it.
Immediately they went to the government, which of course called the mayor of Rutten on the carpet in connection with his perjury and to make him a little smaller. However, he remained calm, saying "I did not commit perjury, I swore by my creator who was with me (he wore a hat under which he had hidden a spoon (creator)) and in my clogs I had done some ground from Rutten, so stood I am on the ground of Rutten. "
The judge thought it was such a wonderful explanation that he decided not to revoke his decision. The mill stayed with Rutten. So it is that that piece of land from Lauw is now from Rutten.
De Ruttermolen is a water mill on the Jeker and was mentioned for the first time in 1360. De
owner was Mr. Van Hamel named after the then village. Mr. van Hamel was actually
one Willem De Rijke.
From 1549 to 1577, he is called the mills of Soest at Rutten and belonged to the
lord of this village. In 1599 this was Renaat van Châlon, count of Nassau. He was a member of the House
of Orange. The then mulder (miller) was called Andreas Engelborghs, whose descendants
have rented this mill for centuries.
In 1749 the mill was partially destroyed during the Battle of Lafelt
The inside, and the mill equipment, was thoroughly dealt with afterwards. That's how the Ruttermill was
1846 the first to get permission to install a turbine. This experiment, however, was disappointing,
and after a while they switched back to the original wheel. The metal undergraduate
dates from the beginning of the 20th century. At full capacity, 1000 kg of grain can be ground per hour
Around 1967 the Rutter mill was put to a halt. In the years 1970-1980 the mill threatened to fall dry,
through the Jeker's planned straight line, and there were demolition plans. Since 11 April 1984 the
Ruttermill, however, protected as a monument, which saved him from destruction.
In 1995 to 1998 the mill was regrettably restored, and since 2002 you can stay in the beautiful
outbuildings. The previous owners Vanherf-Racquet family were the executors of these works.
In the end, this mill has already survived 2 world wars and several generations.