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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, June 28,1990 Patriots and parade-lovers take heart -- "'West Virginia's largest Fourth of July Celebration" is coming up in the big little town of Alderson. You'll get a whole year's dose of ambulances, fire trucks, floats, horses, antique automobiles, ~ids, balloons, throw-away candy, and "... many more hems too numerous to mcntkm." White Sulphur Springs pulls out all the stops and launches a big parade down Main Street and the Lions Club roasts an ox. The flags fly and sirens wail. Martinton is in the midst of its :mnual celebration of Pioneer Days. Thousands throng the streets of the Pocahontas County Scat. There's pistol packin' fun with World Quick-Draw Champion Start Sweet and Old 'Yime Gostxfl Singing ...... ahmg with the other activites running now through July 7. Its time to put the watermehm on ice, make a big bowl of tx)tato salad, lry some chicken, fix the hotdogs, bake a pie or two, and have a great time with [amily and friends. While you're having all tiffs fun, lhink briefly about the revolution which re- suhed in the creation of this country. Also think about the fact wc are today the ninth largest debtor nation in the world. Quotable Quotes Department: Mark Itankins of Lcwisburg, a gentleman of ma- ture years, said his doctor grandfatiler "... told me when I was six or seven, to 'eat breakfast like a king, lunch like ;in aristocrat, and supper like a pauper.'" A fxmny for your thoughts. He'd steal the coppers off a dead m;m's eyes. Pennies from heaven. Take care of dm pcnmes ;rod the dollars will look alter themselves. Penny-ante. Penny loafers. A t~nny saved is a penny earned. All these sayings may become passe belk~rt" long. The govcrnraent is considering doing away wilt, the smallest modern coin -- the permy We'll bc expected to rourtd off prices to the nearest nickte if the penny is pitched. By Paul R. Lilly Recently Colonel (Rtd) John Ford, Major (Rtd) John Mcllhenny and I went searching for confeder- ate soldiers' graves. First we visited the graveyard on "The Greenbrier" grounds at White Sulphur Springs, [t is situated behind the clinic between the clinic and the tennis courts. The cemetery zs in bad shape when compared with the manicured lawns of the rest of the hotel Some well known people are buried here who were connected with this spa of the "Old South." When one goes through the gate. the first thing that is seen ts a marker which stated: In this area are buried 16 unknown confederate soldiers who died of wounds in the Battle of Dry Creek August 26-27, t863. 1 believe it is a Celtic Cross at the top of the marker. Also there are about 40 un- known grave markers which were placed in 1917_ I don't know who was responsible for setting these stones but they look like some have seen in national cemeteries. Next we drove to Blue Sulphur Springs. The only thing left of the hotel is the Spring House. I believe that the Confederate Daughters el America caused this stone at the road to be erected. An- other Celtic Cross at the top of this marker, Somebody had placed a confederate flag m front of the stone, We searched for some time to locate the graves. Miss Maggie Dietz of Saw Mill Hollow gave me quite a bit of information on the Blue Sulphur area. At one ~ime there was a fence aroand this cemetery, Miss Maggie said when she ~/isited there as a young girt the fehce was in good repair. When one visited the graves he had to climb the fence as there was no gate. One post is still standing and what is left of the wire fence is very brittle. Very unusual wire. instead of twisted woven w~re, there are brackets that hold the cross wlres in place. Fence perhaps put up in 1880s or 90s. The marker said 89 unknown Georgia Confeder- ate soldiers buried here. They died of disease winter of 1862-63. In the field next to the hotel, not in front, is where the army camped. It was known as the Brier Field. At one time there was a large metallic road sign, but someone stole it. This Con- federate Cemetery needs to be cleaned up and remarked. The "Old Spa" burned at the be- ginning of the War between the States. With a little digging, founda- tion can still be found. It had been used as a Baptist College. For what it's worth, cloth for southern soldiers was made at Pierc3,'s Mills and then taken to the hotel where the tadies sewed the cloth into uniforms. About three miles up Saw Mill Hollow from the old hotel there is a rock cliif and a ledge which extends out enough so several men could Sleel) under it without getting wet. This rock is known as Soldiers Rock. When the southern Army left there, several of the wounded and ill soldiers who were unable to travel, camp~ under this ledge. I have heard a tale and/or a leg- end that a bank in Tennessee had quite a sum of gold which the bank authorities wanted taken to Richmond by the Confederate Army. When this detachment of soldiers was passing through Blue Sulphur, they buried the gold somewhere in this area. This was to keep [he Yan- kees from securing it. Now this is just an unproven tale and nothing more, so don't anyone rush out and dig up Blue Sulphur Valley. Where the fork of the road is in front of the hotel site. there is a con- crete wall and what appears to me as a stile. This was in front of the Presbyterian Church. On one Sun- day in about 1917 during church services, the plaster started falling from the ceiling and plenty of dust was stirred up. There was quite a commotion among the congregation in exiting the building. No one was hurt. Church was abandoned and shortly thereafter torn down Across the road from the con- crete wall were several up-right grave markers. All are gone now. There are stilt two stone slabs for the Patterson family. Slaves were buried here also, The Patterson family was the first owner of the spring. At one t~me the water gushed our of the ground 10 or 12 feet high. The spring was dug out and filled with gravel. It now flows quietly through a culvert to the creek. Several of the cottages of the ho- tel stood until the sate 20s or early 30s: made of wood painted white and trimmed ~n blue. The Modern Woodsr~en of Amer- ica had a reunion or a picnic there right before World War One. A plat- form was built and a band played all afternoon for the occasion. Had a very large crowd for the time. Thanks again, Miss Maggie Dietz. Now for the Hamilton graveyard which overlooks this beautiful valley. Many members of the Buster and othe pioneer families are buried here. So are their slaves, A record has been made of all the graves. This from Mrs Charles Crawford- nee-Virginia Buster. Her grandfather was Captain Alexis Buster. C.S,A Alexis' grandfather. George Wash- ington Buster was the original owner and builder of the hotel. This Hamil- ton cemetery overlooks the field where Robert E. Lee's horse, Trav- eller, was foaled. Mrs Crawford of Alderson has in her possession a Bible of one branch of the Chitton family of the Kanawha Valley. Since I am related to the Chiltons Slaughters and Don- nally families, I'm most interested in seeing it. Thanks again Mrs Chartes Crawford. This old Hamilton Cemetery sure needs a fence around it Mr Lilly, a former educator and probation officer in Greenbrler County, lives in Lewisburg. He is known for his interest in local his- tory and politics. STAFF Chas. A, Goddard. Editor Doily Brackenrich. Office ManaRer "l'ro~/ Fon'en, Advert lsin~ Terri 13oone, Advertising Helen Searte. Atlvertisin~ Debbie McClttrtg, Ad Desig{n Betty Morgan. Ad Desig{n Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer la)tl Burroughs, q~pesetting Brenda Ghennan. Production 122 N. 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Material must be received in our office by: News Items: Fridays, Noon Display Advertising: Mondays, 2 p.m. Classified Advertising: Fridays, 10 a.m. SUBSCRIPTION I~TES: In State, $14.84 In State Senior Citizens $13.78 In State Students 11.13 ~ 9 mos., Out-of-State. $15.00 ill J i ~lIilllilillllli I III I III I I IIIIillll~j" H R' II II N The Mountain Messenger M II Ii II Is Not Indifferent I! II To Anything Which II II 11 II Influences II M Our Communities, State, Nation,World. " lI III N We Strive To Bring You I1 II II . The Best Country Newspaper . II II You'll Ever Need. . II II = We Rely on You So You Can N I1,, It Rely On Us! - [llIIlIlIIIlI IIIlm I Im III= IlIIIIlIlI~ Uear I am amazed to see the number of students and parents who do not reahze they have the fight to buy outside lhe school system. For years the selection of their pur- chases has been made by different methods, such as a si*n~llf commit- tee an individual decision, or a large group decision. The individual has been under the impression that his money had to be spent the way this selection was made. Wouldn't ~t be disappointing to have someone select our lunch for us each day, and we would find our- selves paying for a hamburger with mustard and omen when we really wanted a T-bone steak with a baked potato and salad? The only thing equally disappointing would De tf we only had enough change for a cancy bar and a glass of milk and some- one had already selected a full course mean for us. Next year's graduahng class -- Seniors 1991 -- you on have a choice. You do not have In buy within the school system. Your money is your money, and this is your graduation, after twelve years of accomplishment, climax it the way you desire, not by letting someone do your thinking for you. Sincerely Carolyn Phipps Rainelle Dear Editor: I look eagerly for the Messenger each week -- my only source of news from that area. where I lived eighteen years before mowng to Roanoke last November. In your column "For the Record" I miss the fiduciaries. I'd be happy if you'd include this I enjoy your Good Mornin' so much. Keep the good work up. You may remember me I was there in the beginning of Carnegie Hall, supported it and saw its prog- ress through the years. There are many such things here that I go to but I miss the old friends In Lewisburg. Very truly yours. Glema L. Auldridge Roanoke, Virginia Dear Editor: I write concerning recent remarks about the GOP -- The great old party -- the Republicans. Please allow me the opportunity to enlighten your mind with the bril- liant rays of truth that sh~ne forth on Democrats and Republicans alike. We are on the threshold of a new century, We live in a time of un- precedented technological, social, and cultural development, and a rapidly emerging global economy. This November's election will bring change. It m ust. The question before us is this. Will it be change and progress with new Republican ideas for a better West Virginia? Will it be change and chaos, with the same old Demo- cratic ideas? I believe West Virgini- ans are ready for new leadership that will direct the forces of change on their conservative, Christian, val- ues and terr~s. ~ ~ ,, lnitiat~e~ Referendum and Re- call offfe~'the" means for a new, dy- namm, partnership in progress which will allow them the freedom to become involved in that change for a oetter West Virgima. West Virgimans, as tn all but 13 states will have the freedom to place an fmportant issue -- like out- of-state garbage or nuclear waste on the ballot by their own petition. Through the use of Referendum We, The Peopte. will have the free- dom to make the Legislature ac- countable to the voters. Through Recall we will give the voters the right to remove the can- cer of corrupt political leaders from state government, without the ex- pense of impeachment F3roceedings and trials that drain state funds. Why would anyone fear giving people such freedom, unless they are guilty of rots-conduct in their du- ties? For 60 years the state has suf- fered under Democratic-dominated economics. These policies have ut- terly failed to address the real issues facing this state, Republicans believe in freedom and government that empowers people to solve their own problems and to have more choices in their hves. From freedom, comes oppor- tumty, from opportunity, comes growth from growth comes prog- ress. We are the party of the work- ing man. The greatest union leader to represent the working man in the coalfields was John L Lewis -- a Republican. Republicans believe n incentives to encourage business and industry to create good paying jobs. I am reminded of the words of a Democrat, John F. Kennedy, who said "Some men see things as they are and ask why? I dream of things that never were and ask why not?" As a Republican, I can say that we have a dream for a better West Virginia We dream of furniture manufacturing plants in Summers County. We dream of hydro-electric power generated from West Virginia rivers. We dream of coal gasification plants in Raletgh County. We dream of gasoline made from Monroe County_corn. We dream of merit pay for our teachers and the best educe- tion for our children. We dream of theme parks n every county and a West Virginia that is the number one tourist attraction in the East. In short, we dream of a West Vir- ginia that is second to none. I ask you, why not? Today is the day to lay the foundation for a better West Virginia, tomorrow. If not today, when? If not the Republican party, To the point By Jonathan Wri It had to happen sooner or later in my diversified life: I finally at- tended a "tea." Early last week Liz Scott called and invited me to a get-together at her house in honor of my aunt, Blon- del Miller, who was in town for about eight days. I was delighted to ac- cept, although I had some appre- hensions about attending what is of- ten looked upon as a women's func- tion. Aunt Blondel lived in the Lewis- burg area for many years. Since the 1985 death of her husband, Uncle John, she has lived year-round in Margate, Florida. Most summers she spends a week or two in Lewis- burg. As many of you who have lived elsewhere for many years know, it is frustrating to go back to that town and try to visit everybody you'd like to see. Time usually is not adequate to see everyone, and you risk hurt- ing the feelings of those you "slighted." More than once I have thought, "Wouldn't Jt make more sense for a good friend or family member to have a reception for the person at a given location, and have everyone who wants to see him/her come there?" That's what Liz did, and it was sincerely appreciated by many. The first thing I noticed when I entered the house was the obvious: the liv- ing room was filled with women--not one man was present "Oh. well," I thought. "Just caution to the wind and have a time!" After I chit-chatted briefl, Aunt Blondel, Liz took me the room and introduced me eryone. Then she led me to the freshments. One of the biggest surpril about my first tea was what the refreshment table--or what wasn't there: tea! The fered drink was a refreshin nana-flavored punch. Despite all geared up to sit around drinking my cup of hot tea, (with little finger extended gracefully, was instructed by friends went), I was not disappointed. punch was delicious, and I avoided spilling any on myself. About fifteen minutes after rived, Liz's husband Milch and I no longer felt cons the only man there. I talked few more people, snapped photos with Aunt Blondel's enjoyed a short tour of the Liz, and then went on my way. Now t know what teas abouL Basically all they consist sitting or standing around, ha refreshments, and talking. No lem--I can do all those things. My first tea was indeed able. I feel my horizons have broadened by taking in yet new experience. No longer will kind of social function be a m to me. rm glad I was invited! then who? Now it is our turn to save the working man, because Gaston- heroics has not worked. Please be assured, we will not fail, if we receive the support of the working people in the November election. Stephen W. Snuffer Beckley Dear Editor: Lewisburg Foundation is most grateful for the extraordinary support given by the area for the Reenact- ment of the Battle of Lewisburg. Our volunteers --- and there were many -- raised enough money to pay for the event (which cost about $10,000) with some $9,000 left to help build a shelter for the Conestoga wagon we are restoring. Contributors were legion. Some 28 firms and individuals gave $300 each as "Sponsors of the Reenact- ment," including for instance, Green- brier Valley National Bank, First Na- tlonal of Ronceverte, Bank of White Sulphur Springs, and One Valley. Lewisburg Rotary gave $500. The Daughters of the American Revolu- tion gave generously from its medal sales. Several couples held cocktail parties with the proceeds donated to our effort. And scores of contribu- tions came in, ranging from $5 to $100. Also, there were supplies of goods and services for which there was no charge. The Greenbrier Val- ley was its usual generous self. The Reenactment itself went well. Considering the overall scope of the event, it was amazing how few errors were made. All this was largely due to the efforts of Hal Walls, chairman of the Steering Committee and in charge of techni- cal matters, and John Mcllhenny, who took charge of administrative matters. Individual and institutional sup- port was also outstanding, with the general attitude being: "what can we do?" There were so many involved that I dare mention only one. Joe Tudey and his explosives expert, Tiff Hylton, on very short notice, rigged the combination of dynamite, electric caps and limestone dust which simulated the detonation of artillery shells. It required skill and nerve and both paid the price later that day with nitroglycerin-induced head- aches. Mr Turley also paid the con- siderable cost of the explosives per- sonally. (In response to many ques- tions, the second delay between the firing of the cannon and the explo- sion of the shell was to allow for travel from the cannon to the point of impact). The re~nactors (some of whom appeared in the movie "Glory") were uniformly enthusiastic, saying never had they been so well treated as they were here. They were also complimentary of the organization of the event, expressing great pleasure how smoothly such a complex op- eration was conducted. They are willing to return soon! We regret we could not back the cannon captured 44th Ohio at the original battle is now in Springfield, Ohio. quirements of the people in of that cannon were simply sive: $1600 for a bonded travel and other expenses for curators, and insurance. They asked for a $50,000 bond (at But still, thanks to Hinkle, we had horse-drawn on the streets of Lewisburg first time in some 125 years. I heard three criticisms to fect we were glorifying war. sorry they aJIowed the mask the tragedy. The event about living and dying 128 ago. We were re-living our Will we do this again? Yes 1993. A small Steering Committe( been appointed and will be panded as the need arises, look forward to full community'! ticipation again. John O. Lewisburg Dear Editor: The guest on TV's said it doesn't hurt anybody. Flag burning doesn't hurt body! I believe that it does someone, someone who has hurt enough. A young fellow life has been shattered cared enough about the flag his life to protect it. The flag is the symbol of for which this brave hero came back home to an America who spat upon hir~ cause he was "a loser." A our country which bestows love' and glory on the sports ners. We don't know how this and forgotten Vietnam veteran as he watches the burning hospital bed of the symbol country, our freedom and the and women who made it so. honored veterans who have lives and those who are still as they still suffer the pain of on earth that is caused by how do they feel? Those, to whom we much, are symbols too, serving of America's spect and honor. For the pain it ma1 eran who lies in his VA and wipes a tear from his burning and desec America's flag must be unacceptable. Sincerely,