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4A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, November 8, 1990 Jonathan Wright got the assignment to write about the old Kellison Mountain School (see page l-A) in the northern part of Greenbrier County. Poor ,Jonathan, he thought he was going to the ends of the earth when he travelled the rutted mountain roads to the old school site the other day. Be sure to read Jonathan's personal account of the trip to KeUison Mountain in his Wright To The Point" today, ff you haven't done so already. We first learned of the school from the February 1937 edition of The West Virginia School Journal --- "Official or- gan of the West Virginia State Education Association." In that 1937 publication, an unknown writer said that there were 1376 log school buildings in West Virginia in 1882. The writer went on to say the State Superintendent of Schools issued a report saying the last log school was aban- doned in 1908 --- he wanted to make sure the public knew we were on the road to modernism. Well, Herbert M. Harr, assistant superintendent of Green- brier County Schools in 1937 blew the State Super's story -- Mr Harr was quoted as saying tile Kellison Mountain School (which Incidentally carried his name) was "...erected only four years ago [1933] and is modern in design and equip- ment." Mr Harr said "rhe construction of this building furnishes a fine example of co6peration. The patrons cut the logs, hewed [stet] them, and did the construction work." The Board of Education got off rather easy by furnishing part of the materials and paying for the labor. One of the most telling statements in the Journal was this short paragraph: "The assistant superintendent reports that good work is being done in this school. For the third month this year, tile school led the county in percentage of atten- dance with a record of I00 percent." Now, I wonder. What ff a couple of families lived in a re- mote part of Greenbrier County today and decided the travel time was too long for their children to attend a more popu-" lated area's school? Perhaps they might determine the win- ter travel would be too dangerous? Could there be such an agreement today with the Board of Education? Could/would the parents build a school for their children? Would our state laws now permit such action to take place? Mountain people throughout the world are known for their fierce independent spirit and West Virginians certainly are no exception. Independence. I think, is one of our great- est treasures -- only ff it is used to benefit the commonweal. Do you think we'll ever see .the day of the one-room log school, and everything It implies, again? -- Chas A. Goddard \ I Remember Our Veterans The Mountain Messenger STAFF Chas. A. Goddard, Editor Dotty Brackcnrich, Office Manager * 122 N. Court Street Troy Forrcn, Advertising Lewisburg, WV 24901 Tcrri Boone, Advertising tlelcn Scark:, Advertising 304/64%5724 Betty Morgan, Ad I)csign Published c','c~ Thursday Matt L,m'ldcrs, Ad i)esign Jonathan Wright, Staff Writer Lou [turroughs, Typesetting 13rcnda Ghcrman, Production If you would like to submit material for publication: Articles submitted to The Mountain Messenger should be typewritten or clearly written Jn order Io be considered for publication. Please include your name and a phone number where you may be reached during business hours. The Mountain Messenger reserves the right to edit any material and regrets articles cannot be returned. Letters to the editor must include a full signature and address. If you would like a photograph returned, please provide a self-addressed, stamped en- velope. Material must be received in our office by: News Items: Fridays, Noon Display Advertising: Mondays, 2 p.m. Classified Advertising: Fridays, 10 a.m. SUBSCRII~rlON RATES: In State, $14.84 In State Senior Citizens $13.78 In State Students $11.13 (9 mos.> Out-of-State, $15.00 $1 discount t(, Senior Citizen~ Big issues, some age-old, face us today. The Mountain Messenger Encourages you to Let us know how you feel about: Schools Taxes Abortion Politics Econom y Religion Ethics Morality Ecology Health Communication s Your opinion is as important as ours. It is through sensible discussion that we grow and learn. To the point By This job takes me to some inter- csting places, but absolutely no- where like where I went last Friday. What 1 had expected would require only a couple of hours ended up tak- ing over five. It was a rare opportu- nity I'm glad I didn't pass up, though. Several weeks ago a 1937 edition of The West Virginia School Journal found its way to the Mountain Messenger offices, and inside was a provocative story about a one-room log schoolhouse on Kellison Moun- tain in northern Greenbrier County. My research at the Board of Educa- tion offices began--and ended--with administrative secretary Chris Al- tizer. When I asked her if she had any records on the history of the school, she said she believed one of her aunts taught them. As it turns out, both of them did, ,and the photo accompanying the story pictured Chris' Aunt Pansy and the Hart School student body--all 12 of them. It was a happy coincidence which made tracking down the history of the school much easier. Eventually Chris and I were able . to co6rdinate a time when she, her aunts, and l could ride up the moun- tain to the school in her uncle Joe tlarrison's truck. Pansy was unable to go, but Mrs buell, Chris, and the Harrisons and I piled into the truck at Renick and took off on one of the trips of a lifetime for me. I have been to remote places, but nothing prepared me for the isolation of this place. A growing feeling of in- credulity crept over me the farther we traveled from tured the place not tool from Auto. The paved: ally gave way to gravel, yet on and on we an hour we finally side road, which was ruts at least a foot dee the mud had dried, and skillfully kept the tires It was only Mrs trip to the school since there 50 years ago, and brother had a old landmarks. lived in houses we where certain roads how tall the trees had countless other showed their love of thisfl When we finall mountaintop and quieting experience old schoolhouse for traveling 90 n-dnutes wealth of detail "ally there, looking at eyes. I felt fortunate. one of very few persons ~ made the difficult trip mountain to visit the made me appreciate of Mrs Fuell. her sister, ers who taught ther lengths they went to share their knowledge these children. I doubt I'll have riences which can visit to the old llal-r Journalism may the rewards are Past-due real estate loans Map shows real estate loans held by banks that are 90 days past due as a percent of all real estate loans. As of June 30, El 2%or El a-/.otn r Mont. Alaska Hawaii Value of past-due real estate loans Held by banks, at the end of each calendar year. In bilUuns. $16.7 $16.1 $9.4 $8.1 $8.2 '82 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 SOURCE: FDtC \ By U.S. Senator Robert Region of odgin for the over l milUon irmrtigrants admilt to lhe Untted States in 1989. North America Asia , Includes 346,000 resident [ ] 312,200 Mexicans legalized under Central America 1986 Immigration Act I ,o ,ooo ....... ..... Europe "" ", ' " -'- i" ",-,-. /qL-V Lf, u ..... ..-..., N. A erica'2a : urope Asia SS,soo c. ( " !(:)ceania Oceania '-/ 4,400 Map tI1ow where legal kmlltgrants to the U.SJleUi in 1988, El under .ooo OI ,00o'3,o0o IJ Alaska Hawaii SOURCE: U.S. Immigration and Naturalization ,~r wee Dear Editor: Cold nights and cool sunny days signal the coming of the Holiday Season and the joys it brings. It also signals the ap- pearance of the familiar Bell Ringers Salvation Army Kettle Program at our local malls and shopping centers. This once-a- year fund raising eH'ort provides the resources to keep the Spirit of Chrishnas of helping our friends and neighbors through tough times going throughout the year. The Greenbrier Valley Chapter of the Salvation Army is asking for members of local civic groups, clubs and organizations to vohmtcc~ to ring the bell this season. We will be ringing this year at Aides (Red Oaks Shop- ping Center} and at LA Joes (Greenbrier Valley Mall) on Fri- day evenings and Saturdays. The scheduled dates are November 30 and December 1. December 7 and 8 and December 14 and 15. AIW groups or individuals wish- ing to participate should call Al- lan Clower, Linda Perslnger or Frank Lewis at 647-7476, If not available, please leave your name and telephone number. Lets all pitch in to make this years Bell Ringing a great suc- cess. Frank Lewis Rupert Dear Editor: Please find enclosed a check to cover postage and your trouble to send me the Old Hillsboro Store article in the 10/ 18/90 issue. Archle.Walker, pictured in the article, is my father. I grew up next door and helped him and my grandfather in the store. Now. I want to send these ar- ticles to my children for a heri- tage scrapbook. My compliments to Jonathan Wright for the article. We'll also consider a subscription to your paper, even lhough we don't know too many people there. We do love the town however, so much that my daughter had her wedding there this summer at the Old Stone church and recep- tion at the General Lewis Inn. "Fake care. Sincerely. Tom Walker Huntington Other voices... "State Sen. J, D. Brackenrich. D-Greenbrier, who's ruiming for re-election, says there's nothing wrong with having a voting pre- clnct in his mother's home. with his mother serving as one of the poll workers. Well, it probably meets the election fairness stan- dards of several counties -- Mingo. for instance." -- The Charlestnn Gazette November 4, 1990 Civil War Sidelights in West With millions of other Americans. [ viewed with interest the recent presentation of The t_i , l War by the Public Broad- casting Service (PBS). Unfortunately, time limits permitted little treatment of the Civil War battles that occurred in Wc ,t Virginia. In fact, West Virginia was a ,,,.,. th :ater of Civil War activi- and boasts an often ..recognized Civil War heritage. In recognition of the impor- tance of John Brown's Raid as a herald of the Civil War, I have made the preservation and restora- ti