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Oct. 11, 2007 Edition
Pipe Organ Marks 100 Years
United Methodist Church will celebrate
Homecoming and Plaque Dedication on Sunday, Oct. 14.
The event will mark the 100th anniversary of their
historic Barckhoff pipe organ. Seated at the organ is
Charlene Sims, standing is Lois Starr. Both women are
organists at the church.
Photo by Martha
Woodsfield United Methodist Church will celebrate
Homecoming and Plaque Dedication Oct. 14. The event
will mark the 100th anniversary of their historic
Barckhoff pipe organ.
The dedication service begins at 1 p.m. with a
welcome by Pastor Bob Mitchell, a church history by
Bob Indermuhle and the unveiling of the plaque by
Delven Devore will introduce former ministers and
dignitaries. Woodsfield Mayor Bill Bolon will read the
Mayor's Proclam-ation and Herman Zerger will read the
Kerri Stollar will present the future generation of
The rededication of the church will conclude with a
tolling of the church bell, one toll for each decade
to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organ.
William E. Moore III is in charge of this part of the
An organ concert will follow at 1:30 p.m. with music
by Charlene Sims, Marcia Haren, Van W. Morris, Paula
Frank and Millard Neal.
The historical plaque, which will be installed on the
front of the church at a later date, was donated by
Rusty Atkinson and Gallagher and Sons, Rock of Ages
Memorials. Historic recognition was confirmed Aug. 9,
2006 through the efforts of John Ogden.
The Ohio History Quarterly indicates that Methodism
was introduced into Woodsfield in 1815 and Hardesty's
History of Monroe County mentions there was Methodist
preaching throughout Center Township from about 1810
until 1825 when the Methodist Episcopal Church, the
first church in Woodsfield, was built. An 1895 special
edition of The Monroe Gazette reported, "The M.E.
church is one of Woodsfield's oldest religious
organizations having been established in 1823, over 71
years ago. The first pastor was a Rev. Armstrong.
Before the availability of an actual church building,
classes were formed and meetings held in private
homes. As more settlers moved in and when circuit
riding ministers visited, the early Methodist
congregation held formal services on the second floor
of the courtroom in the log court-house located on the
public square, approximately where the current
The Woodsfield Methodists, in 1824-25, built their
first church, described as a "substantial frame
structure" on the north corner of what is today
Pioneer Cemetery on Sycamore Street. This church was
one story, 18 feet high and 40x60 feet with two doors
and one window in the front and three windows on each
side. Inside there were two aisles and two "Amen
corners." The men sat on one side and the women on the
other. It was heated with wood and lighted by candles
suspended around the walls.
In 1834, the M.E. congregation bought lot 10 on North
Main Street and in 1836, they sold their original
church and grounds in Pioneer Cemetery to the
Presbyterians and built a brick church on this lot,
which is the same site where the present day church is
located. As the congregation grew, a larger church was
needed and the third church, another brick building,
was built in 1859-60 with a second floor sanctuary and
was dedicated Sept. 2, 1860. It was described as �one
of the handsomest in the country, being finished in
the best style, and with exquisite taste. The basement
is 12 feet high, and the audience room is 18 feet high
with walls of the neatest and best finish, and a
ceiling adorned with three beautiful rosettes, of
chaste and excellent workmanship, from which it is
intended to hang the chandeliers.
By 1898, the congregation had grown to where a larger
church was needed and a committee was selected
including Col. S.L. Mooney, W.E. Mallory, E.W.
Armstrong, W.H. Jackson and Harry E. Smith. The money
was raised and a contract for the fourth church was
awarded July 30, 1898 to Woodsfield contractor George
Hubbard of Hubbard, Helbling & Co. This building
contract was estimated at $6,444 including $600 worth
of materials from the old building. On Monday, Oct.
10, 1898, the cornerstone was laid with ceremonies in
charge of Dr. D.C. Osdborne, Presiding Elder, Rev.
Alfred Walls and Rev. Camden C. Duncan. The items
placed in the cornerstone were a Book of Discipline,
Methodist Hymnal, New York Christian Advocate,
Pittsburgh Christian Advocate, Epworth Herald, a
souvenir copy of the Monroe Gazette, current issues of
The Spirit of Democracy and Monroe Journal, a complete
list of church officers and members, names of the
building committee, subscription committee, architects
and builders and a brief history of the previous M.E.
Church buildings erected in Woodsfield.
The cost of this new church exceeded $8,000 with an
interior primarily based on the Akron plan included a
pulpit platform wedged into one corner of the building
with pulpit chairs and the organ pipes rising behind.
The pews are arranged in concentric arcs radiating
outward from the chancel with stained glass windows
accentuating an already beautiful and simplistic
sanctuary with the floor sloped downward toward the
pulpit platform. The exterior of the church features
elements of the Richardsonian Romanesque style and
Late Gothic Revival architecture built of rusticated
reddish brown brick with a foundation of cut
sandstone. The crenellated battlement belltower on the
front and the side tower added in 1907, the pitched
gable slate roof and the arched windows are
architecture typical of the modified Gothic style used
during this era of church building.
The stained glass windows were brought into
Woodsfield as freight on the O.R.&W. Railroad. On the
north wall of the sanctuary is a large window financed
by little girls of the Busy Bee Sunday School class
including Edna Okey, Gertrude Mooney, Georgia Parry,
Maud Armstrong and Lucile Pope. They raised the $75
needed for this window which bears their names.
In 1907, under the ministry of Rev. R.C. Wuestenberg,
the 1898 church structure was remodeled to the church
that exists today. At that time the first floor
hallway on the south side of the building was added
with the Gothic tower and the stained glass window
donated by the Knights of Pythias, the second floor
balcony and the back Sunday School rooms. The cost of
the 1907 improvements was $25,000 of which $3,100 was
spent for the magnificent pipe organ with $1,500 from
the Andrew Carnegie Trust.
Dedication services for the newly remodeled and
enlarged church began Sunday, April 14, 1907 and
closed the following Sunday, April 21. The Rev. Camden
M. Coburn, a professor at Allegheny College, spoke at
the Sunday morning and evening rededication services.
Over the years, there have been several times when
the church has been repainted and refurbished, but the
original architectural design has been retained. On
Aug. 9, 2006, this church was placed on the National
Register of Historic Places (06000694) and recognized
as an historic structure worthy of being preserved.
This congregation has been known by a number of
different names. The first 100 years or more, they
were known as the Methodist Episcopal Church. Then in
the early part of the 20th century, they became known
as the First Methodist Episcopal Church and then the
First Methodist Church.
On April 23, 1968, the Methodist Episcopal and The
United Brethren churches joined and the church has
since been known as the Woodsfield First United
This church continues to be a vital and strong
component in the fabric and life of the village of
Woodsfield. It has provided leadership for generations
and will continue to do so well into the 21st century
and beyond. Generations the forefathers and
foremothers have provided a strong foundation in faith
to continue the good works that have long been the
heritage of the congregation. With the grace of God,
this congregation will soon celebrate its 200th
A History of the
Barckhoff Pipe Organ
On Jan. 29, 1907, Rev. Robert C. Wuestenberg
submitted an application for an Andrew Carnegie grant
to help build a pipe organ in the Woodsfield church.
On March 9, 1907, Mr. Carnegie�s personal secretary,
James Bertram, sent a letter indicating that $1,500
was approved by the Carnegie Trust for half the cost
of the pipe organ. The other half of the cost had been
raised by the congregation and was on deposit in the
Monroe Bank. An order was placed on Jan. 28, 1907 to
Carl Barckhoff Church Organ Co. of Pomeroy, Ohio. He
was one of the foremost organ builders of the early
20th century and his company built several hundred
pipe organs which were shipped by barge on the Ohio
In The Spirit of Democracy, dated March 7, 1907, it
was reported, �The Methodist Episcopal Church will be
dedicated with impressive ceremonies on Easter Sunday.
Bishop John H. Vincent, the founder of the Chautauqua,
will preach the dedicatory sermon and dedicate the
edifice. The pipe organ will be in place and ready for
use on Easter Sunday. Prof. O.E. Weaver of Baldwin
University, Cleveland, Ohio will formally dedicate the
great organ on Monday, April 1 with a concert. There
will be singers from Washington, D.C., Cleveland and
Marietta to assist in the service. The former pastors
and presiding elders of this church are expected to be
present for a service on Tuesday evening, April 2.�
In the Monroe County Republican dated Monday, April
8, 1907, there was a brief news item about the organ
reading, �The long expected pipe organ for the
Woodsfield M.E. church met with another short delay at
Bellaire yesterday, although it is believed that this
will not be very material and that the dedication will
take place Sunday as arranged. The organ was being
brought up from Pomeroy on a boat. On trying to land
at Bellaire, a wheel was broken in the boat which made
landing there impossible, so the boat went on to
Pittsburgh carrying the organ. Word was received here
that the organ would arrive here Wednesday. In the
Monroe County Republican dated Thursday, April 11,
1907, �The boat carrying the remaining parts of the
new pipe organ for the M.E. church finally made its
landing at Bellaire and was brought out to Woodsfield,
and is being put in place. Since it is here, they can
be sure of it that everything will be in readiness for
the dedication next Sunday.�
Through the generosity of the Andrew Carnegie Trust,
the WUMC organ was contracted by the Carl Barckhoff
Co. during a major remodeling of the church in 1907.
The organ was successfully installed and used in the
dedication service on April 14, 1907. Over the years,
the Barckhoff pipe organ has provided magnificent
concerts and religious music for the Methodist church
and the people of Woodsfield. The majesty of sound of
the musical instruments from Prelude to Postlude has
complimented the talented voices from the choir loft
of this church for many years. It is Monroe County�s
largest pipe organ with 17 ranks composed of 1,107
pipes. The organ is capable of amazing musical styles
of volume and expression from traditional to modern
making it eminently suitable to the order of worship
or the Saturday night concert.
The church uses this magnificent organ and is working
to find grant money and fundraisers are being held to
restore it completely so that it may raise its
magnificent tone heavenward for many generations to
Library Concerned About Monroe District Library Survey
by Arlean Selvy
Members of the Riverfront Library Association met
with county commissioners Oct. 9 to voice concern over
perceived implications of a survey distributed by
Monroe County District Library. In particular,
question number nine. In addition to the question
itself, it was noted the entire question is in bold
print as opposed to the other 19 questions.
Question #9 reads:
"We have been approached by Dally Memorial Library in
Sardis to consider making them a branch of the Monroe
County District Library. Would you be in support of
this? yes or no. Would you be willing to pass a levy
to operate this branch, if necessary? yes or no. If
the library were to accept Dally Memorial Library as a
branch, would you support eliminating the bookmobile
service to the entire county to operate this branch?
yes or no."
Kathy South, director of the District Library, spoke
to the Beacon about the controversial three-part
question, as did Janet Conn, director of Dally
Memorial Library in Sardis.
"The question was to make the public aware that we
are considering a branch in Sardis," said South. She
said the survey question has been misinterpreted.
With regard to "supporting the idea" and "passing a
levy" to operate a branch, South indicated the
district library may be able to support a branch now
but perhaps not later on. "The money may not be there
in ten to 15 years and we'd have to apply for grants,"
said South. "We wouldn't put a levy on just because we
opened a branch."
The District Library, in 2007, received $568,233.15
in Local Library Government Support Funds. South said
funding in 2008 is expected to be $572,658. She noted
the numbers could change, either up or down.
Asked about the $742,740.54, reported as library
budget by County Commissioner John Pyles at the
commissioners meeting, South said the amount may have
included other monies, such as the $107,000 carryover
from 2006. In addition she said revenue from the sale
of lost library cards and fees for faxing, copies,
laminating and other services would have been
According to Pyles, he obtained the figures from a
sheet given to him at the library noting "total of all
funds" and "available for expenditures."
Commenting on the carryover, South said the board
normally carries over $60,000 to $70,000 to get
through the first quarter, prior to receipt of
government funding. She explained the $107,000
carryover from 2006 was done in anticipation of
putting a new roof on the old portion of the library.
According to Donna Dally Day, founder of Dally
Memorial Library and member of the Riverfront Library
Association, the Dally Memorial budget for last year
was $30,000. She said they have one employee who is
paid through APPALCorps and others are volunteers. She
explained the Dally started with a $50,000 grant from
the Appalachian Regional Commission. Funding was for
equipment, furnishing the building and materials. The
money ran out in January, she said.
"The Dally functions as any library but has no
reliable funding," said Day. She told commissioners
the library operates on donations and fundraisers. "We
have to ask time and time again for people to give,"
said Day. She explained the reason Riverfront Library
Association has approached the District Library Board
to become a branch is so that the Dally can apply for
grants. "Our initial grant is gone," she reiterated.
Libraries are funded based on a percentage of the
state's general revenues. "As the state goes, so goes
the library," said Day, who was spokesperson for the
group attending the Oct. 9 meeting. She made note that
Ohio Libraries are the best funded in the country.
Concerning the question of willingness to eliminate
bookmobile service to the entire county to support
operations of the Dally, South said, "A choice made to
open a branch would not eliminate the bookmobile." She
said that isn't the District Library board's
intention. However, she noted that if money is not
there in the future, they would have to examine the
"We do not want to see the bookmobile done away
with," said Janet Conn, director at Dally Memorial.
"The Dally never intended to replace the bookmobile
and does not advocate a levy to support library
South explained Monroe County District Library shares
the cost of the bookmobile with Noble and Washington
counties. She said the District Library pays $48,000 a
year, which helps pay for maintenance, on the
road expenses and rotation of books. "It's a set fee,"
"A library uses bookmobiles to see where usage is,"
said Conn. She noted users of the riverfront library
are from up and down the river and across the river.
"We do not just serve Lee Township," said Conn. "It's
not about Sardis , it's about the riverfront. We don't
ask where people are from." She said travelers and
campers are library users. They check out books, use
computers and read the newspapers. She said travelers
find the library because there is a sign, a universal
library symbol, on Ohio 7 directing the way.
Noting library usage, Day commented that Ohio 7 is a
major connector of Interstate Routes 70 and 77. She
said travelers are delighted to find a public library
where they can check their e-mails, send a fax or use
the internet. She said many summer travelers use the
computers. The Dally has over 1,000 library card
Pyles, at the meeting, noted costs associated with
the District Library's purchase and razing of a house,
construction of a gazebo and fencing around the
property, as well as $10,000 worth of landscaping
around the library.
With regard to taxpayers money, South made note that
the District Library is frugal with its funding. She
explained they do not have book signings nor do
they invite groups in to entertain, which could run
$400 to $500. She noted the library does invite
speakers to kick off the Children's Reading programs.
Mentioning the fenced-in gazebo area, adjacent to the
library, she said it's open to the public and they are
welcome to use it. She explained the gazebo has been
used for children's reading programs, prom pictures,
and block parties.
Concerning landscaping, South explained that due to
dry weather, there had been a small fire in the
landscaping, probably caused by a cigarette. She added
that because the mulch was dry and deteriorating, and
most of the bushes were dying and out of control, the
landscape work was approved. "You have to maintain
what you have," she said.
About a proposed District Library branch, South
indicted the District would have to have control of
"We're willing to sit and have discussion about
this," Conn said during an interview. "We're willing
to negotiate an agreement." With regard to total
ownership, Conn said, "We're willing to discuss how
[the Dally becoming a branch should happen, but not
willing to say, "'ere it is.'" She noted also that the
recently donated USWA 5760 Union Hall building is in
the hands of the Riverfront Library Association.
"We can't have a fixed position and they can't
either," said Conn.
Members of the Riverfront Library Association
include: Lila Jones, president; Kay Curtis, Phyllis
Jackson, Kathy McGlone, Teresa Allen, Karen Romick,
and Donna Dally Day.
Members of the District Library board include: Rose
Ann Lee of Graysville; Mary Jo Westfall and Darlene
Carpenter of Lewisville; Sylvia Bowen, Beallsville;
Vernon Rush and Judy McIntire of Clarington and
Shirley Matz of Woodsfield.
Those attending the meeting for library discussions
with commissioners included Don and Lila Jones,
Barbara Dennis, Janet Conn and Donna Day.
Children's Run Sees Shivers Break Personal Best
participating in the 30th annual Woodsfield
Run for Kids and their support group gathered at the
Woodsfield Municipal Building Oct. 6. Getting ready
for the start of the 12 hour race are, from left,
front: Dick Sanders, kneeling; Peg Buckalew, Ayden
Russell with her parents Rick and Jaya, Austin
Buckalew, Susie Paulus, Pandora Neuhart, Lori
Michener, Sherri Wilson and Carol Bonsal. In back:
Mitch Toto, Susan Wilson, Ruta Mazelis, Ayden�s
grandparents, Richard and Alicia Cogar, Regis Shivers
Jr., Kris, Chris Benedict, Charlie Kozlesky, Tyler
Graham, Peg, Gabe Rainwater and Joyce Marple.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Kozlesky with Lori Michener, Top Woman Runner
Kozleky with Regis Shivers, Jr., Top Male
The 30th annual Children's Hospital Run also known as
Woodsfield Run for Kids or Charlie's Run had abnormal
weather conditions for the weekend. Normally, the
temperature is chilly and over 25 of the previous runs
had rain, snow or sleet. Runners this past weekend had
to deal with temperatures in the mid-90s.
The temperature was not the only hot item during the
race. Regis Shivers, Jr. completed the marathon
distance with his personal best time of 3:19:00. Regis
continued through the 50 mile point in 8:11:40 and
broke the old course record by running 68 miles.
Nineteen-year-old Gabe Rainmaker finished second with
64 miles. Local entrant Chris Benedict competing for
the second time finished with a fine total of 51
Lori Michener, 11-time finisher from Woodsfield,
retained her female crown by completing 50 miles.
Dick Sanders from Buffalo, N.Y., competed for the
23rd time and finished with 46 miles.
First time entrant Tyler Graham finished with 45
miles. Charlie Kozlesky, the only runner who has
competed in all 30 races, finished with 45 miles.
Ten-time participant Ruta Mazelis finished with 44
miles and Susie Paulus of Woodsfield walked 36 miles.
Ironman, Mitch Toto, who is 70 years old, completed 35
The runners were also joined by Beallsville High
School senior Savannah Burke, who wanted to do
community service and raise money for the charity. She
competed in two volleyball games and ran seven miles
at the race.
All runners appreciate the local community for their
hospitality. Businesses and residents not only made
their pledge and several provided overnight
accommodations for runners, provided food,
refreshments and spent many hours recording the
runners� times. The use of the city building was
appreciated and runners were shocked when a resident
on Adams Avenue hooked up their hose to cool off the
runners and another resident provided refreshments at
Runners enjoyed dinner on Friday evening, breakfast
on Saturday and dinner after the run. They were also
provided with a beautiful shirt commemorating Troy
Sowyer, Evie Sims and Regis Shivers. Many of you
remember Evie and Troy. This year the run honored
Regis Shivers, a previous Woodsfield Run for Kids
participant who passed away this past spring.
The Woodsfield Run for Kids is already planning the
31st event for Oct. 4, 2008. Remem-ber to send your
pledges to Charlie Kozlesky, 254 Brown-stone Court,
Westerville, OH 43081.
Charlie is looking forward to a healthier year and to
continue his Ultra Marathon record of competing in 31
continuous Woodsfield Runs for Kids.
Council Votes to Hire Village Administrator
by Arlean Selvy
The hiring of a village administrator was approved
at the Oct. 1 meeting of Woodsfield Village Council,
which also voted to accept a recommendation for
renovations at Monroe Memorial Pool�s bathhouse. An
ordinance revising compensation classifications was
Although there was no discussion, the last matter on
council�s agenda was a motion by Councilwoman Sheila
Stollar to hire a village administrator. The vote was
According to the ordinance to revise compensation
classifications (the pay scale), which was passed on
an emergency basis, the village administrator will
fall into a pay range from $2,083.33 to $3,000 a
Mike Cox, board of public affairs, reported the
position of utility clerk has been temporarily filled
by the hiring of Crystal Dixon, former employee. The
position was determined to be full time and will
include the duties of office manager. According to
discussion, the job will be posted in-house for seven
days and, if not filled, will be advertised for two
weeks in the Beacon. Job title will be utility
Mayor Bill Bolon reported on a letter from Mary Jo
Westfall, OSU extension, grants administrator.
Westfall said she believed the village�s bathhouse
project could be funded in its entirety. The project
cost came in under the estimate. In addition, four
other distress grant projects will have money left
over due to changes. The funding will be added to the
bathhouse project in order to do the entire scope of
work needed for renovations.
Council, on Westfall�s recommendation, accepted the
bid of Brian Jackson, Brian�s Refrig-eration, at
In a related matter, council eliminated its Oaklawn
sidewalk project and placed safety signs in that area.
The cost of signs is $3,000 and the remaining $11,900
is included in additional funding moved to the
A member of the Garden Club approached council about
hanging four flowering baskets from poles on the
square. The baskets would be 16� round and the work
would be done next spring.
During discussion, Stollar questioned the location
with regard to line-of-vision for truck traffic as
well as whether it would be permitted by the Ohio
Department of Transportation.
It was noted the flowers would be placed on the
island side of the poles.
Councilwoman Carol Hehr said she will contact the
state about possible regulations.
Residents attended the meeting concerning the change
in television cable. According to discussion several
channels have been removed from the Basic Cable
Service. Council President Vernon Henthorn called it,
�Disgusting ...� noting that the two Columbus stations
have been removed and �you can�t watch the Pittsburgh
station.� He indicated he�d like to see the village
find another provider. �It�s outrageous!� he said. We
have three shopping channels for crying out loud!�
A resident said she is paying $27 to get channels 7
Henthorn said the cable company is trying to force
people to move up a level. One level up from Basic
Service is about $50 a month.
In another matter, Henthorn reported on property on
South Main Street where there is an open basement. He
said there is a danger to children and noted it has
been two years since the owner, who lives out of town,
was told to correct the situation. According to Police
Chief Chuck Hamilton, the prosecuting attorney has
already been contacted about the unsafe property.
With regard to another property on South Main Street,
Hen-thorn said he had an employee to mow the grass
since he�d received no response from a letter mailed
to the owner. The charge will be affixed to the
property owner�s tax bill.
Our Readers Write...
I just saw on TV four people convicted of child
molestation released. Why? Because two of the
children, now adults said that they had lied and were
encouraged to do so. They were convicted by the
testimony of three children who were very young. Their
ages were 10 down to seven.
These four people were convicted on the evidence
given by their spoken word, and by witnesses such as
police, child services people, and others.
All words, no actual proof. They were sentenced two
years in prison. One man, John Stoll, spent 20 years,
another man 15 years, and a man and his wife several
All were later by appeal, found not guilty, and
I just witnessed a trial in this county so parallel
it is scary. Testimony given by them, same ages as the
kids above, words said by them, other witnesses as the
above; and this man was convicted on testimony by what
they said they saw and by one who thought he heard
Did this happen here in Monroe County? I pray not.
Did the prosecutor meet the burden of proof? Guilty
beyond a reasonable doubt by the evidence given? Not
even close, all words by witnesses. All talk.
Think on this. Put yourself in his shoes. I did. And
I marvel at how this could be.
I am writing in response to the current discussion
about the Dally Memorial Library becoming a branch of
the Monroe County District Library.
I did renovate and donate the use of a building to
the Riverfront Library Association to house the Dally
Memorial Library. I am a member of the Riverfront
Library Association Board that governs the Dally
Memorial Library. I DO NOT now and HAVE NOT funded the
library entirely by myself. It has been a joint effort
by many people in our local communities and many
interested people living outside our community.
Our Library Association and Friends of the Library
after numerous fundraiser to raise money to establish
a library here, received a matching funds grant from
the Appalachian Regional Commission. With these monies
we equipped our library, furnished it and purchased
materials. This was four years ago. Our library
continues to thrive with patron cards numbering over
one thousand, a well attended story hour and patron
visits averaging 500 per month. Most recently, the
Riverfront Library Association received the former
hall of the Employee Building Corporation of USW Local
The fundraising activities of the Friends of the
Library continue with sales of books on E-bay,
concerts on the library grounds and various functions
which are enjoyed by people in our riverfront
The Riverfront Library Association Board initiated an
effort to become a branch of the Monroe County
District Library for two reasons. Reason one is that
the Board wants to ensure that the library services we
have worked so hard for will be in place for the
community for many years to come. Reason two is we
believe that the current budget of the Monroe County
District Library is sufficient to support a branch as
well as continue the District Library's current
Donna Dally Day
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Letter should be no longer than 300 words.
(read the full obituary in the paper)
< Lloyd I.
Pittman, 78, of Scio, died Oct. 3, 2007, at
his son's home after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born Sept. 3, 1929 on the family farm in
Beallsville, a son of the late Luther V. and Ada C.
Ronald E. Kenney, 86,
38939 Cross St., Woodsfield,
Antioch Community, died Oct. 3, 2007 at Selma
Markowitz Hospice Center, Newark. He was born Sept.
13, 1921, near Graysville, a son of the late Andrew
and Beulah Brown Kenney. Online condolences may be
Clara C. Deskins, 89, of
Las Vegas, Nevada, formerly
of Sardis, died Oct. 1, 2007 at the University Medical
Center of Southern Nevada. She was born Oct. 12, 1917
in Sardis, the daughter of the late George and Mary
Helen D. Lumbatis, 63,
33381 Firehouse Rd.,
Lewisville, died Oct. 3, 2007, at Ohio Valley Medical
Center, Wheeling. She was born Nov. 2, 1943 at
Beallsville, a daughter of the late Encil G. and Verna
L. Carpenter McDougal. Online condolences may be
Ricky Gene Cline, 41, of
Seattle, Wash., formerly of
Duffy, died Sept. 28, 2007 at his home. He was born
June 7, 1966, in New Martinsville, W. Va., the son of
Luther Gene and Linda Kay (Gehring) Cline of Duffy. He
was a Protestant by faith. Sympathy expressions may be
Betty A. Davis, 73, of
11785 Center Dr., N.E.,
Magnolia, Ohio, died Thursday evening, Oct. 4, 2007,
in her residence surrounded by the love of her family
and some very close friends. She was born Nov. 4, 1933
in Rinard Mills, the daughter of the late Dorsey E.
and Ella Weckbacher Graham.
Joseph P. Reischman, 89,
Stockton, Calif., died Oct.
2, 2007, in Stockton. He was born Dec. 7, 1717 in
By Denny Easterling
Discipline your children while there is hope. If you
don't you will ruin their lives.
Short-tempered people must pay their own penalty. If
you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.
Just when you think you have seen it all, something
comes along to add something new to your list.
Last weekend we attended the Soakem Festival at
Caldwell, for the I don�t know how many years. Most
everything cooked in a big iron kettle or over a wood
fire, and is it good eating. The problem is, it�s
impossible to eat some of everything. You eat a large
cup of soup beans you�re not too hungry for anything
else. The Sheriff didn�t make enough Ethonal (home
brew) to go around, just a little finger lick. Kind of
surprising how many folks were interested in the
still. Seems as though several folks were standing
around the still most of the time. Believe me, a lot
of medicine tastes better. As the man says, �Hold the
gun on me while I take a drink.�
When I�m in a crowd, I enjoy observing people as they
are rushing around doing whatever they are rushing
around to do. It�s interesting at an event like the
�Soakem� because a good many dress as they did years
Over the years I�ve seen a number of mothers and
fathers with a sling or whatever you call it, carrying
their child in order to have their arms free to spend
I was sitting on a bench and spotted a man with
something rather large but not large enough for a
baby. When he got closer I noticed it was a small
carrier around his neck, which contained a small dog.
I could only imagine what would have happened had I
tried to carry one of our old hound dogs around like
Later on while walking through the building displays,
low and behold, a lady had the same kind of carrier
and a little dog. I�m not sure if it was the same dog
I was close enough to hear another woman telling her
what a wonderful idea it was and she couldn�t wait to
find one for her cat. It�s kind of tough to believe
any self respecting cat would allow it to be carried
around in that manner. Then a dog inherited 12 million
Sometimes you see things new, other times you learn
something new. There are also times what you learn or
see is worth very little.
For nearly as long as I can remember one kind of
candy was among my favorite. It is a chunk of carmel
with white candy in the center. I guess it looks like
an eye because they are called �Bull�s Eyes.� This is
probably high on the list of useless information. What
do you think someone would think of you if you, while
talking to them, would say, �I�d sure like to have a
bag of bull�s eyes about now?� They would probably
think your elevator didn�t quite go to the top. They
are good even if they are called eyes.
Would you like a little song for someone in your home
who likes to sing? You can even try it. The tune I�m a
Little Teapot the song, I�m a Jack-O-Lantern. I�m a
jack-o-lantern - fat and fine - They picked me off a
pumpkin vine. Halloween is coming - Don�t you know? -
Just light my candle and watch me glow. (Written by
Susan Olsen Higgens).
Ever sleep on a feather tick or maybe a straw tick? I
spent many a night sleeping on a feather tick. In
fact, we started housekeeping with one, plus I had a
feather pillow I laid my head on to sleep until the
feathers were nearly dust and I still hated to give it
I never could figure out why it was called a tick
unless someone had some ticks visit them at night. I
I remember one year, our minister didn�t like staying
in the parsonage alone in the winter. The school
teacher roomed with him during the week and you know
who was elected to do the job on the weekends. My
bedroom, a large feather tick and no heat. You could
snuggle down in the feather tick with a feather pillow
and a quilt or two and you�d be as snug as a bug in a
rug �til you had to pile out and go milk the cows. I
normally slept on an Army blanket for a sheet, so many
quilts that I had to get up on my knees to turn over,
and my trusty feather pillow. Don�t remember having
many colds but Vicks Salve took care of that. I cannot
ever remember taking Castor Oil but Syrup of Pepsin
was plentiful. Now all I have to do is operate the
thermostat to control our temperature and a blanket
and a sheet usually does the job. I really expect a
feather tick would be a bit much under these
conditions. I still think it would be cozy. We
recently purchased a new mattress and it�s almost like
a feather tick without the tick. You need something
comfortable when you sleep �til 9 a.m. I cannot
remember when, or if, we purchased our last mattress.
The River and Beallsville football teams are going
great. Let�s hope they are still going great as you
read this. Can you remember when we�ve had as good
weather for Friday night football as we�ve had this
year? I remember missing several games last year
because of the weather, call me a fair weather fan.
Unless you can look interested when you are bored you
will never be a success socially.
You could miss something by not going to church
Bible readings: (Mon.) Psalm 105:1-6; (Tues.) Psalm
105:7-11; From Genesis (Wed.) 27:41-45; (Thurs.)
27:46-28:5; (Fri.) 28:6-9; (sat.) 28:10-17; (Sun.)