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By Roberta Patton Hodgers MR PAUL R. LILLY ON AND A PRAYER TO FREEDOM RING" Paul R. Lilly arrived on "a a prayer" (as the old quote to the "Let Freedom Ring" and dedication Sunday in the New Lebanon at Pickaway -- halfway Ronceverte and Union. I'm r Lilly was surprised and de- at the method of saying He was not exactly on the blessed part was the Prior to his arrival. One lady told me twice "don't about it, if he said he will he will be there." Also Mr if he said he and his fife and drum corps will they will!" Could any "thank you" and honest said of public people who show examples of their and trust? Mr Lilly, who by the way, is of the Sons of the Revo- a knowledgeable man of Stopped his car in the road that beautiful and well-kept Place) stepped out in his and big hat, I said "There next to me said '1 he was a sheriff!" After and an introduction Mr heard to say "Well, here the rest of the production," Mr Schoonmaker and his er Williamsburg Fife and They filed out of the their regalia -- dark suits, and matching caps. ig out their wrinkles, they up their instruments, and fell without much hullabaloo. their eyes on Mr Schoon- in a matching outfit. They Doodle and It's A Flag, followed by the sa- flag led by Mr Lilly and joining in. Most folk were Some were on tour Cemetery, led by Mr Patton, out of sight. Some Iking lemonade and touring Church. Some were buffet dinner prepared by for "the kids" (50 any other folk attending She prepares all the are some who want to but she won't hear to Among those fortunate enough to be in attendance were: Mr and Mrs William Patton, of Spencer; Rever- end and Mrs Harold Zicafoose of Lewisburg; Susan Ryan of Gap Mills (whose students wrote the Tristram Patton Edition of their school news- paper); Cynthia Patton; an honored guest, Tristram Patton, aged 10 and his sister, Shasha of Lewisburg; Anna Romine, Hampton, Virginia; Elizabeth Sizemore, Sinks Grove; Richee Patton Rodgers and Jordan Bray, Roanoke, Virginia; Ginger Campbell and mother, Clifton Forge, Virginia; James Hake of the WSLW crew, White Sulphur Springs; Art Baker, dismantling the tent loaned by Greenbrier memorial Vault: Mr and Mrs George Wagner (who helped so much of Lebanon). Three cars containing late arri- vals, brought John and Robert Rodgers, assisting with the old bro- ken tombstone; Creigh and Marie Nickell and Mr and Mrs GIover of Ronceverte and Fairlea. In the distance drifting away, was Don Dransfield in his Scottish rega- lia and with his bag pipes, playing the ever-touching "Amazing Grace, How Sweet the Sound" -- memories of Jackie Goodall singing so beauti- fully "God Bless America" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" for an estimated crowd of approximately 200 (attending in body, mind, and spirit). I especially noticed Valarie O'Brien, Ronceverte librarian, who has restored the old Charles Patton home at Sulphur Springs. Sulphur Springs was a favorite picnic spot for the graduates in years past. Let Freedom Ring to Mr Paul R. Lilly, to Tristram Patton (Continental Guard to General George Washing- ton), who chose this area in which to make his home and thus receive this honor. All present enjoyed seeing the 40 colorful American flags annually placed, honoring Veterans of all wars ! Visualize white snowballs, red geraniums, and blue wild flowers as decorations by Gaye and Beth Sizemore of Sinks Grove, Cynthia Patton of Lewisburg, and Tim Work- man of Ronceverte. P.S. Eloise Sibold was hostess at the Pickaway United Methodist Church. Virginia's State Fair of People and Pride" at the 66th annual State Virginia. The theme for the tradition of the State's country fair dating of proportions" was held in } during the mid-nineteen ; Which produced "Trav- General Robert E. war horse. The Civil the fair. Not until Great Greenbrier Val- ~merge from the Shorthorn of 1917-1920. In Legislature desig- fair as "The State Fair of to be interrupted rs by World War II. The of the fair has been ~Vent since 1946. fair will offer the tra- entertainment of horse ~rts and crafts demonstra- racing, 4-H and FFA 'aft horse pulling, exhibits dairy products, and to name a few. Along with the fair will offer new With the Chinese Golden Better Homes and Contest, Amazing and Reithoffer me Aristocrats of Show ' Who will produce the ~d most spectacular mid- Seen at the State Fair of West Virginia. The State Fair will host Lionel Cartwright and The Van-Dells Au- gust 10; Alabama, August 11; Reba McEntire, August 12; Garth Brooks and Wild Rose, August 13; Charlie Daniels, August 14; Randy Travis, August 15; Fabian, The Coasters, and The Shirelles, August 16; George Jones and Johnny Cash, August 17; Stivie B. and the Cover Girls and Willie Nelson, August 18. "Grandstand tickets will be avail- able starting Monday, June 11, at 8 a.m. Walk-up orders and mail orders only will be accepted June 11. No telephone orders will be accepted until June 12, at 9 a.m. Walk-up or-. ders will be processed before mail orders. All mail and telephone or- ders postmarked or received after August 4 will be held at the "will call" window located at the grandstand ticket office behind the grandstand," according to the Fair's publicist Lynne R. Smith. "Entries for exhibitors will close earlier this year on July 25. The State Fair has a tradition of exhibit- ing the many talents and work of pride of the people it serves. The State Fair of West Virginia invites everyone to enjoy the tradition of our fine fair. For further information, please call 645-1090," Ms Smith said. Conte To Be Of Historical Society Conte, historian at The since 1978, will be at the June 2 Greenbrier Historical for 1 p.m. at the )unty Library Annex in meeting time is a the usual time. All society are open to Will speak about his re- book, The History America's Re- e hardback publi- the resort's develop- Changes in fashion- the years. It on the impact of war on the resort, particularly the Civil War and World War II. Dr Conte established the ar- chives of The Greenbrier and serves as curator of the Presidents' Cottage Museum. He is a native of San Jos6, California, earned an under- graduate degree in history at Santa Clara University, and received a doctorate's degree in American Studies from Case Western Reserve University. Before taking the post at The Greenbrier, he worked at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and the Western Reserve His- torical Society in Cleveland, Ohio. He serves on the Board of Directors of the West Virginia Humanities Foundation. LOok For The Mountain Messenger Every Thursday Blayne Oleson (left), Gordon Greene, Jack Stites, and Rik Yoshizawa ) Korean War Vets Ride Bikes To Raise Memorial Funds By Jonathan Wright Two Korean War veterans bi- cycled through Greenbrier County May 10 and 11 as part of a 2,800- mile trek across the United States. Rik Yoshizawa and Gordon Greene pedaled into White Sulphur Springs May 10 after beginning their trip May 7 in Washington, D. C. The two spent the previous nights in Win- chester, Harrisonburg, and Lexing- ton, Virginia. Mr Gordon said the Virginia-West Virginia leg of the trip offered the roughest terrain. "It's a beautiful area here, though," he said. "It's a good thing my wife isn't with me, or she wouldn't want to leave this area!" After staying in White Sulphur lute the men and women from 22 Springs May 10 and Rainlie May nations who served and died under 11, Mr Yoshizawa and Mr Greene continued their trip roughly along the the United ,Nations banner to pre- serve freedom in South Korea," ac- thirty-eighth parallel of latitude, on which the border of Nor[h and South cording to a press release from the veterans' organization. The trip also Korea lies. They plan t3 )each San commemorates the fortieth anniver- Pedro, California, June 2_4. Although they traveled alone through Green- sary of the war's beginning on June brier County, other bikers are ex- 25, 1950. A peace treaty ended the pected to join them along the way at war July 27, 1953. various points across the continent. Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 4482 in White Sulphur Springs and Post 4484 in Rainelle hosted the bikers and paid for their accom- modations for the night in each town. The trip is sponsored by the International Korean War Veterans Memorial Committee in Los Angeles to raise funds and increase public awareness for a $5 million Korean War Veterans Memorial to be built in San Pedro. Target date for comple- tion of the monument is November 1991. Approximately $1.25 million has already been raised, according to Mr Greene. "The memorial will sa- Local Logs Go TO Philippi Bridge Three tractor trailer loads of yel- low poplar logs were recently do- nated by the Monoqgahela National Forest for the resto)ation of the burned Philippi Bridge, .according to Forest Supervisor Jim Page. The wood, 18,O00 board feet, was marked on the Cheat Ranger District in the panther Run area by Forest employees. West Virginia's 1989 A bronze model of the memorial is being displayed at each stop on the 49-day trip. Once built, the monument will be 25 feet high and contain figures one-and-a -half times life-size. It will be located on three- and-a-half acres of Fort MacArthur, an old army fort used during World Wars I and II near Los Angeles Accompanying the cyclists across the country are Jack Stites and Blayne Oleson, members of the organization who are helping pro- vide transportation for equipment. "Logger of the Year" Bil! Hauser ............. ....... and Mike Sisler hauled the logs to the Dingess Lumber Company in Belington where they were milled. Seventy-five columns were milled, along with assorted lumber. The wood was then bundled and shipped to the bridge site, where it will replace columns damaged by the fire of February 2, 1989. Supervisor Page notes that the Forest is especially pleased to be taking part in the co6perative effort to restore the bridge. Although it lies outside the Forest boundary, the bridge is recognized by Forest em- ployees as being an outstanding example of wooden bridges. "We are honored that we can join with other groups to help restore this landmark" said Mr Page. "The Monongahela Forest and its staff will continue to help any way we can with the restoration efforts." Route 219 May Be Widened Surveyors from the Department of Highways (DOH) state office in Charleston have completed several days of work in preparation for the planned widening of U. S. 219 north between Lee Street and Interstate 64 in Lewisburg. A center left-turn lane will be added to the nearly one mite of roadway at a cost of $1.3 million next year, according to John Welch of the DOH's project control division. Mr Welch said bids will likely be taken early next year, and construc- tion should begin in early spring. Charles Strickland, head of roadway design for the DOH, said, "Our engi- neers are now looking at what they feel can be accomplished. Our goal is to add the turn lane within the ex- isting right-of-way, but that remains to be seen." -,q HELP WANTED Private Physicians Office Opportunity available for Experienced RN,LPN, or N.A. Part time position 12 noon to 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Applicant must possess positive attitude and good communica- tion skills. Competitive salary. Send resum6 to: Resum6 #2 Mountain Messenger 122 N. Court St. Lewisburg, WV 24901 k,,_ The Mountain Messenger,,Thursday, May 31, 1990 11A Gravestones Are Passion For Paul By Jonathan Wright Paul Lilly has a passion for the past. The Iongtime Greenbrier County resident has been research- ing local history for years and is in- volved in a personal campaign to mark the graves of Revolutionary War soldiers throughout the Green- brier and Kanawha valleys. With the help of the Veterans' Administration, which supplies the grave markers, Mr Lilly has marked over a dozen grave sites in the past ten years. The work has not been easy, either. "You have to get all kinds of documentation," he says "You need the person's date of birth, date of death, the outfit in which he served, his military record, where he served, where he settled, the ceme- tery where he's buried. It's a lot of work, but I feel it's important." The project is an extension of Mr Lilly's lifelong fascination with the mountains and people of West Vir- ginia. For years he has delved into the history and often little-known facts about the area. He laughs and says, "My mother, Anna Popp Lilly, told me once, 'If you look up one more thing in that courthouse, I'm going to shoot you!'" In one of Mr Lilly's most recent grave stone placements, he met with several descendants of Augus- tus Comer, a Revolutionary War sol- dier who lived from 1757 to 1824. His grave is in a remote, wooded cemetery between Greenville and Lindside. The process involves dig- ging a hole at the head of the grave, placing the grave stone, and pouring cement into the hole to secure the stone. According to Mr Lilly, the Veter- ans' Administration furnishes the markers free of charge to any per- son who supplies the required docu- mentation. "Each one would nor- mally cost $400 to $500 if you had to buy it yourself," he says. "They cost the Veterans' Administration about $250 to manufacture." Mr Lilly says he has completed most of the marker placements with little or no help from the public. Nearly all expenses for travel, re- search, and concrete he has pro- vided himself. "This is important to me anyway, because I feel we need to remember how our country got started. Learning about the history of our area, and some of its prob- lems, is satisfaction enougt~ for me. Mr Lilly is quick to point out his lack of patience with those not inter- ested in their past. "One thlng t hate with a purple-eyed passion is ignc- rance," he says. "You don't know how many people whose ancestor's graves I have pointed out to them. and they say, "Well, I didr~t know that!'" Each marker takes approximately three months to be made and shipped. Marble from quarries in Georgia, Tennessee, and Vermont is used to make the stones. Mr Lilly is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, an or- ganization of descendants of Revo- lutionary War soldiers. ountain essenger CLASSIFI CALL TODAY! 647-5724 The cheapest widely distributed classifieds in town .. now reach 21,948 households for only ..... a word When Accompanied by payment. 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