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2A The Mountain Messenger, Thursday, November 22, 1990 Dj# ing . . Continued From Paqe 1-A Musician... near Alderson on the Summers- Monroe border: and VanBtbber's, near Lowell. Positive site locations were made by the McBrides on Fort Arbuckle on Muddy Creek; Fort Donnally near Williamsburg; Drennen's Fort near Edray In Pocahontas County: Warwick's Port at Green Bank: Days' near Mill Point; Cook's. near Green- vllle, Wood's near Llndslde, and Second Creek -- all In Monroe Counties. "There are two different types of forts," Mr McBride said. "There are the stockaded forts, mainly built by the Virginia Mill- tia, constructed in the 1770s and the settler forts -- actually block houses or strong cabins," Mr McBride added. The smaller stockaded forts encompaesed as little as I00 square feet while the larger ones may have taken in as much as an acre. "Generally the, stock- Pacific. He was In an Army ord- nance unit in the Philippines until the end of the war. When the armistice was signed, G. I. Black came home and hired on with a construction crew which worked on remodel- trig The Greenbrler Hotel. The hotel, sold to the government and used as a hospital and as a detention camp for foreign na- ades were made of split timbers, tionals, was re-converted into a However, we really are lacking posh hostelry in those early some detailed information on years after the war. their construction. Some an- Construction work didn't sat- swers may be had when we fin- isfy Mr Black's musical soul, so Ish our studies." it was off to Asbury Park, New The archaeologist looks ape- Jersey, in 1947, and the job of clfically lot artifacts which date playing in some of that area's from the period of history they best known night clubs, inclt,d- have zeroed-In on. In this case It tng Blll Green's Rustic Lodge. "I was the period 1750 to 1790. also spent nine beautiful years "On most of the sites all we playing at Charley O. llvenuto's found were Indications of occu- on Ocean Avenue In Deal, New party post-dating the period we Jersey." were Interested in. We look for everything, but especially ceram- However, the call of the ics, glass; or iron, such as mountains brought Mr Black wrought nails or other hard- back to White Sulphur Springs ware," Mr McBride said. "We go where he worked as a waiter at to the sub-soil, which is usually the old Kate's Mountain Club. yellowish-brown silty clay. High There were only four of us up 'he Mountain Messenger I|I If! Stands Tall 11' In Southeastern Ill West Virginia l!j on a ridge the sub-soll may be only a foot or less deep; in un- disturbed alluvial bottoms it may be 20 to 25 inches deep." Once the archaeologist has the land-owner's permission to enter the property they do a de- tailed map of the area. Then they start systematic small excava- tion holes and sift the earth through a quarter-lnch mesh sieve or screen. The McBrides are expected to make their final report before July 1991. The University of Kentucky will publish their find- ings. The report will be available for purchase soon thereafter. Funding for this archaeological investigation was provided by the state of West Virginia through a grant written by Stephen D. "Frail of Hllldale. there -- Adolph Blttner was the manager and head waiter; his wife was the cook, and Sue Holms was assistant to Mrs Bittner. We were open for lunch and dinner and would often serve 125 for lunch alone! You talk about salt mines . . . we learned!" Continued From Page 1-A Yet another job found Mr Black as chauffeur for Robert McVey, president of the Island Creek Coal Company. That job took him to Sea Island, Georgia, "I think that was one of the easi- est jobs I ever had. Not a bad life at all," Mr Black recalls. In 1959 Mr Black met his wife, tile former Sybil Sherman, from Bimini in tile Bahanlas. Mrs Black's brother was a waiter at The Greenbrier. It was during one of her frequent visits with her brother that the couple met and married. Mrs Black wanted to return to her island hoineland where her family has lived for generations (her grandtather was a Scottish immigranl). The Blacks spent several years in the Bahamas before re- turning once again to the Inoun- rains of West Virginia. It was about that time lhat Mr Black began his long career as the pi- anist in the Tavern restaurant, located downstairs from The Old White Club at "line Greenbrier. In addition to playing at the resort hotel and for parties in many private residences in this area, Mr Black was regularly heard at George Ziehm's Clover Club here, at Hot Springs, Vir- ginia, and at the Cabin Club. In facl, Mr Black now can be heard at the re-opened Cabin Club near Harts Run several nights a week. "You might say I really mn only senu-retired." Mr Black chuckled. "I will also play once in awhile at the hotel." From a heavy schedule of playing al The Greenbrier's Tav- ern from 7 to 11 sLx nights a week, "a few nights a week at the Cabin Club" is a welcome change for the veteran musician. "I've always thought playing the piano was having the best of two worlds -- I can tell you it sure is better than digging L~ater, Mr Black was to have what he considered the easier job of playing the piano at Kate's Mountain. He and long-time Greenbrler musician Bill Fearnley would share the re- sponsibilities. . Then, at another time, Mr Black worked for "...Doctor Hlnsdale. He was head of the medical department. We were lo- cated right over the swimming pool In those days. . ditches." National School Lunch Week Pizza was apparently on the minds of Jamey Morgan's fou students when they decorated their classroom door for School Lunch Week. 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