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Letter... Continued from Page 4-A Dear Editor: Dr John F. Montgomery and I went visiting in Alderson with Dr Earl Berkley and Mrs Virginia Buster Crawford recently. Mrs Crawford very graciously l~hared with me many interesting z-,,~'~ieces of lore. ld When the Yankees came ar .11. ~Ook over the Blue Sulphur Springs .IFtetel, the Buster family had placed ..~heir best china in a barrel and hid- Le~den it. Somehow or other a Yankee IIBOldier found the china and shared it ?ngl~ith many of his fellow soldiers for o d$OUvenirs. One of the ladies of the ar~uster family complained to the aud$Ommanding officer. About a fourth , 6~f the china was returned which Mrs late~.~ rawford now has on display in her 11 00hOme. pace She also managed to keep and wa#eta~n ~n her possession the p~ano M~rom the "old Hotel." It originally set qs i~n the lobby. ]-oday this beautiful pi- undone won't stay =n tune. -thi! Another very interesting piece aud~as a bookcase with wooden doors. idbt'[he bookcase beionged to the jdit~Olel's physician, Dr Alexis Martin, a :~t allFrenchman It is tilled with many of firQhis medical books -- all in French. ~cuS The next Ltem which fascinated :ts ~rne was the hotel register for the Years 1840 to 1859. os~ Andrew Jackson visited the hotel $8.~hile he was President of the United 3os~tates. Henry Clay checked in Au- wa~gust 20, 1845. Jerome Bonaparte clu~as also a guest. qen Several years ago the register f thi~as borrowed. When it was returned orl#omeone had taken perhaps a razor )ein~iade, and cut out Robert E. Lee's her's and her sister's bedroom and they had never seen a ghost there. I hope Charley;has seen no more lights cr heard any more ghosts Another doctor, a Dr DeShon or Deshon, practiced at the hotel w~tt~ Dr Martin. After the demise of the hotel. Dr DeShon had now grown old. He had no family, no money and few friends but one: Joseph Creigh. He spent his last years and died at the Creigh home at Spnngdale. Last but not least, Mrs Crawford has a Chillon Bible published in 1871, with several of my relatives names in it. The Chillon and Grigsbys They came here after the Revolutionary War from Fauquier County, Virginia. It was a pleasant surprise to me that Mrs Crawfords Chillon grandmother came back to Greenbrier from Kanawha. I recently ran ~nto Mr Hubert Buster, grandson of Captain A!ex~s Buster We had an ~nterestm, g con versatJon about the hotel and rail roading. His brother Guy started working for the C&O Railroad a year after my father did --- 1915 Guy and Paul P. Lilly railroaded logethef out of [hurmond. Dad ran a