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Valley Chorus of Harmony International evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the First Baptist t. )tist Women of Greenbrier Association will meet at Church October 13. Registration begins 9:30 a.m. vited and take a bag lunch. Nulrition Site in Alderson Manor Friday, October 5 P,m. to 9 p.m. Entertainment provided by "Heaven's welcome! Anyone wanting to donate anything Sale and Pie Social can call 392-5138 or talk to at the Alderson Nutrition Site. ACre Sale October 6 at the Highland Park United Methodist Creek. Worship Service at 11 a.m. Lunch will be noon to 1:30 p.m. Adults $4, children under 12, &4ctlon at 1:30 p.m. Handmade quilts and crafts. Home- $4 per quart. Everyone is invited. Quartet, October 13. Admission $8 adults, $7 tU~d students. For reservations call, 645-7917. Children's Research Hospital Bike-A-Than October 13 9 a.m. to noon. Saint Church, Court Street, Lewlsburg. Sponsor 645-7192. Help children fight catastrophic illnesses in this Bike-A-'l~lon. Valley Chapter #671 of AARP will meet "lhesday, 9 at Lewisburg United Methodist Church. Bill Sturgill, First National Bank Ronceverte, will be guest ill will discuss "Crime arud Scandal Prevention." luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church church will held a kitchen shower at the church 5, 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to take an item or the new kitchen. Refreshments will be served. Rttritan Club shooting matches at Frank:ford Elementary School 7p.m. to 10 p.m. starting September 29 and Saturday, November 17. For more information, Retirees Chapter, quarterly luncheon meeting TIJesday, 12:30 p.m. at The Big Wheel Restaurant, Alderson. ty and Program October 5, at Brier Inn, Lewisburg, to 7 1 Invitees include Greenbrier and Monroe friends, parents of enrolled students, cam- and friends of Extension. Borromeo Catholic Church October 6 and Wednesday, October I0, 8:20 a.m. Ro- after the 8 a.m. daily Mass. r those undergoing the traumas of sorrow from divorce, loss or separation of any loved one will meet Thurs- 4 at 7 p.m., Tuke Hall, Saint Thomas Episcopal s. All are welcome. Springs Open House, Thursday, October 4, 7 p.m. Hall. Garden Club White Sulphur Library October 9 at 7:30 p.m. eer Fund fund has been set National Bank in Calvin Hizer of meet his medi- contributions appreciated. Louise Bryan Alderson Lshington St. WV ~Ouf~: 10-5 r . PRINTS PAINTINGS THE LOST LAMP ! EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA Slacks up to size 54 waist Shirts up to size 20" neck rt Coats up to size 52 chest Suits up to size 52 chest er Coats up to size 50 Pants up to 52 waist Lewtsburg, WV 24901 Phone: 645-1944 NQm lBra.nd, l'l,rckandLs ,,11 Rf~ason=b~ P~Lc$ Railroad... The Mountain Messenger,Thursaay, October 4, 1990 3A Continued From Page 1-A Ronceverte's Bill Stone and The Greenbrier Ramblers Band will conduct a square dance out- side at tile Employment Security Office near the Armory at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hayrides will be avail- able at various times both days, leaving from the Armory and traveling down Edgar Avenue. Children 12 years of age and under are invited to enter the "Best-Dressed Railroader" con- test Saturday at 2 p.m. First prize is a model C & O locomo- tive, second prize is two tickets to ride the Cass Scenic Railroad,. and third prize is a Railroad Days T-shirt. Daily admission to the armory is $1. According to Mr Clinebell, persons entering the exhibit area will have the opportunity to en- ter a drawing for a $50 savings bond, two Cass Railroad tickets, and four tickets for canoe rides from the Greenbrier River Com- pany. Mr Clinebell said 1,500 per- sons attended Railroad Days last year, and approximately 2.000 attended the first year, 1988. Visitors have come from eight states. "It's important thal local people know where their roots are, too," Mr Clinebell. =I'd say about 80 per cent of the people here worked on the railroad at one time. I believe as we get deeper into oil problems with the situation in the Middle East, we're going to have to go back to the railroad." Ronceverte's Railroad Days provides an education for many persons on the many details of railroad life. Relatively few now know about it firsthand. Not so with Alvan McCor- mack. Thirty-two years on the Chesapeake and Ohio (C & O) Railroad have given the 76-year- old Ronceverte man an extensive knowledge of the many day-to- day operations of railroading. "I started out in 1946," he said. "My daddy was an engi-, neer, and I used to walk down the tracks and take him his lunch. He'd set me up in the en- gine and show me how it ran. One day several years later I asked him, "What chance would I have to get a job on the rail- road?' He said, 'It's rough work. We cook our own meals, get up at all hours of the day and night, and we're home only every two weeks.' Still, that was his work, and I know he loved it. "I said, 'I like machinery, and I like what you're doing.' He said he'd talk to his boss in Clifton Forge. The next day my dad called me and said the road fore- man, Clifford Foster, would like to see me at one o'clock. I went over there with Robert Sams, another guy who was interested, and he talked with us a while. I was soon hired." Mr McCormack began work by learning the wide variety of jobs required of railroad work- ers. The work schedules were of- ten demanding, but the 32-year- old man caught on quickly. "I'd never know quite where I was going until that telephone rang. I started out as a fireman, a job I had my first ten years, from 1946 to 1956. My job was to make steam for the engine. In the meantime I had to learn, in the course of experience, all the physical features of the lines I traveled: the locations of the sta- tions, side tracks, yards, and how the signal system worked. I had to know the territory and all the rules that applied to the many jobs I was doing. These were things the entire crew had to know, too. "Eventually I got accustomed to the engines, and soon the en- gineer was letting me handle them about half the time. In 1956 I took an examination and got my engineer's certificate. I still had to do a lot of the firing, however. It was about ten more years before I built up enough seniority to be appointed as an engineer." A large part of Mr McCormack's railroad experience came from freight work in the coal yards of West Virginia. "We'd distribute the empty cars wherever we were told they were needed, and then we'd gather up the loads. This is very steep mountain country, and safety procedures are very important. We had to charge up and be sure all the brakes were operat- ing properly--because once you start down that mountain and realize your brakes are bad, you've had It. We had some pretty close calls ourselves. It was by extreme vigilance and being safety-minded, realizing everyone's lives were Involved, that we avoided accidents." Mr McCormack explains the purpose of the bandanas worn by many railroad workers. "The long portion, worn In the back, prevented injuries from hot cin- ders blowing back down onto the fireman's neck as he was shovel- ing coal into the engine." Before his days on the rail- road came to an end with retire- ment in 1978, Mr McCormack had worked over 75 per cent of the C & O lines, from Newport News to Richmond; from Clifton Forge to Russell, Kentucky; and from Cincinnati to Chicago. Al- though he drove some passenger trains, the majority of the trains he drove were freight. "I have to give credit to my good wife," he said. "When the telephone rang in the middle of the night and I had to go out on a job, without exception she would get up and send me off with a hot meal. She stood be- side me all the way." Mr McCormack grew up in Ronceverte and attended Ron- ceverte High School. When it burned In 1928 he attended classes In the Presbyterian and I II III I e Laser Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy ForAppointmentCall: 304.647-4571 POBOx982 DavisStuartRoad GreyrockProfessionalPark Lewlsburg, wv24901 I I I II I I' I I Alvan McCormack Methodist churches while the present building (now Greenbrier Junior IIigh School) was being constructed. His was the first class to occupy the new build- ing, opened in the fall of 1929, he said. Mr McCormack married Steila Church in 1937. They live on Teaberry Road and have two children and five grandchildren. I I John D II Longanscre I II. 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