Editor: Roleta Smith Meredith Issue 170 October 2013



submitted by: Allen Alvarez (WI '58)

I was at a tradeshow for one of my German customers back in March of this year in Wiesbaden , Germany. There is a US Army base close to the city. On the Friday night the base had a big dinner at the hotel I was staying at. After the dinner was over some of them came down to the bar and I started talking to one of them and thru conversation I told him I was from Clarksburg and then he said his wife was from Buckannon and we started talking about some of our restaurants in Clarksburg. Later in the conversation he pointed out the Colonel in charge of the base and said his wife was from Elkins. He got the colonel to come over to introduce him to me. He said this is Colonel Rector and I looked at him and said is your dad named Paul. You should have seen the look on his face when I told him I went from the 1st to the 12th grade with his dad. I don't know if anyone remembers but his mother had a nursery on Route 19 just past the Clarksburg Country Club turn off.

I have found out that the six degrees of separation is really true because of my business travels and talking with total strangers I have found that to be very true.



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submitted by: Roleta

WI is turning 100 years old in 2014 and a committee headed up by President Barbara Kroll is busy making plans.

Everyone who ever attended WI is invited to come to the BIG celebration planned for June 21, 2014. The mayor of Clarksburg, Cathy Going, in honor of the WI Centennial, has declared June 21, 2014 to be known as WASHINGTON IRVING DAY! They are planning a parade, music, food and celebrations. The idea for the parade is for people to walk or ride with their classmates. Perhaps some classes will build floats for the parade, some may have cars in the parade to carry people who can't walk the distance, others may walk together and carry a banner designate their class year. Many of these things for individual classes will be up to the classes to prepare. Some of the classes who don't have reunions are planning to get together with classmates for dinner the evening before. So not only is the committee planning a coming together of all people ever involved with WI, but individual classes are getting together to celebrate the WI Centennial also. Gary Oldaker, the new principal of WI Middle School, has reported that he will be encouraging his student's involvement.

Sharon Underwood and Sara Howe have volunteered to serve as the telephone committee. Brad Underwood, Jerry Reed and Billy Childers will gather information for athletes attending. Jim Campbell will provide music for the event.

The next meeting will be held at the Clarksburg Baptist Church on October 21, 2013 at 6:30 p. m. You are invited to attend the meeting as all are encouraged to attend and give suggestions or make comments.

If you wish more information, wish to join in with the planning or have a suggestion, please contact: Barbara Kroll at WI Middle School (304) 624-3271.


JUNE 21, 2014


submitted by: Joe Malone (WI '52)

This is about Gloria (Rosenthal) Plevin - WI 1952. I was fortunate to have known Gloria throughout our 12 years at Carlisle Elementary, Central Jr. High and WI. She was and still is a very self-effacing woman with towering artistic skills who also excelled as a wife, mother and homemaker. Gloria left North-Central WV after college at Ohio University, moving to the Cleveland area with her husband. Leon Plevin, a graduate of WVU and Cleveland-Marshall Law School.

I lost track of Gloria until our 50th Class Reunion which she and Leon attended in 2002. It was then that I discovered that she had grown to become a highly acclaimed talent throughout Northeast Ohio and Western New York state. For 18 summers she owned and operated her own art gallery in Chautauqua, NY. Over the last decade Gloria has had exclusive exhibits at Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, NY; the Creative Arts Center at West Virginia University in Morgantown; the Michael Verne Gallery in the Little Italy section of Cleveland & the Cleveland Botanical Gardens.

Last month, on August 24th, Gloria was honored by ARTneo (formerly The Cleveland Art Foundation) for her overall contributions to the cultural community of Northeast Ohio. The following YouTube link - v=-iLtKxjPaR0 featuring Gloria discussing her career was part of that awards ceremony. The video, produce by her daughter Mimi Plevin-Foust, is only seven minutes long. It is a personal overview of her work. BTW - I'll bet her "brisket" is pretty good also. (See the video.)

The attached pictures are from my personal file representing two of my favorite pieces from her botanical collection. The family photo is one I took at the WVU Creative Arts Center in 2012. For those of you who remember Gloria, notice the resemblance to the daughter on the right in the picture. We should all be proud of this wonderfully talented native of Harrison County.



by: Julie Perine on September 12, 2013

Under a cloudburst, 94-year-old Zeke Trupo and his family stood under umbrellas along Lodgeville Road – at the site now officially known as the Louis J. "Zeke" Trupo Bridge.

The name may sound familiar. Bridgeport's own Trupo has been recognized in "Ripley's Believe it or Not!" – and for a noble reason. In the Battle of Tinian during World War II, Trupo was hit by a sniper bullet, which had it not been deflected by a spoon in his pocket and his dog tags, would have struck his heart.

At an outdoor ceremony preceding the unveiling of the bridge's new name, West Virginia House of Delegates member Richard Iaquinta read House Concurrent Resolution 78 stating why it is fitting and proper that Trupo's lifetime of commitment and public service be recognized in the community in which he has lived and served.

Trupo was born in Clarksburg in 1919, the second son of six children of Italian immigrants, the late Leonard J. and Dominico Michelle Trupo. In 1937, he graduated from Clarksburg's Victory High School, where he played basketball, baseball and football and was also a member of the school wrestling team.

He went on to attend Salem College until 1942, when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps., subsequently being wounded on the island of Timian and later by a mortar shell in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Trupo and his wife of 67 years, the former Ada Pinion, are the parents of Dr. Joseph and Debbie Trupo of Elkins, Mrs. Jona and Thomas Michael of Bridgeport and Louis Trupo Jr. of Columbus, Ohio. He was a maintenance foreman at Fourco Glass for 31 years and was also a public servant – being elected to serve as Harrison County Magistrate for 14 ½ years before retiring. Trupo subsequently served as a member of Bridgeport City Council.

He was a founding member and president of Harrison County Emergency Squad for two terms and a volunteer member for more than 12 years, serving as a first aid instructor and emergency medical technician.

Trupo's service has also been civic in nature, Iaquinta said. He was a member of the Central West Virginia Management Club and past president of Bridgeport Kiwanis Club, among other civic involvement.

The resolution also stated that the West Virginia Division of Highways requested that signs be placed on the bridge to reflect its new name. After Trupo and his wife were presented with replicas of those signs to serve as keepsakes, the Trupos, their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and others attending the ceremony proceeded to the bridge site on Lodgeville Road.

But before that procession, Trupo took the floor and expressed his appreciation for what was taking place today. He also expressed appreciation for his long life and the service of 70,000 of his fellow U.S. Marines. He also reflected on 26,000 lives lost - and the protection he received while serving his country 69 years ago.

Trupo closed the bridge dedication by saying, "I never dreamed this would happen." Ada Trupo also thanked the West Virginia Legislature, West Virginia Department of Highways, Senator Sam Cann, attendees of today's ceremony and all others affiliated with the honor bestowed upon her husband.


submitted by: Bryan McIntyre (WI '65)

During my 3rd and 4th grade years at Adamston Grade School, a popular game during recess was "eraser tag" where you tried to knock the eraser off the head of running classmates. At the time I had a flattop haircut, so I used Butch Wax on the middle-top of my head so the eraser would stick to my head. I seem to remember that the girls who played had an advantage because they could bury the eraser in their poofed-up "big hair."

submitted by: Sherry Ellen Hutchison Keith (WI '64)

Being a girl, I never went to the barbershop, but my dad, Lige Hutchison, went to Frank's on Saturdays because he was a traveling salesman and was gone through the week. Other salesmen would also be in there, like Joe Tomaro... (Big Joe) ... many stories there.

His routine always included errands on Saturdays also, like dry cleaning pick ups/drop offs, shoe shop in Trader's Alley, the Union Bank and finally to the Post Office to check his mailbox

BUT, I did wear Butch Wax... and Dixie Peach... on my pixie hair cut... in style in the late '50's ...

I can see many of you with your short hair, girls in short shorts or jeans with bobby socks and loafers or saddle shoes.... ladies.... LOL

submitted by: Paul "Sonny" Davis (WI '57)

Yes, I remember Frank's Barber Shop aka "Frank the Butcher". Before my first visit I was told that he would put a bowl on your head and cut any hair outside the bowl. Must have been a story started by one of his competitors or someone trying to scare me, since I never witnessed this technique myself.

Actually I enjoyed the man, although you had little time to visit. You could be in and out of his shop in ten minutes for fifty cents. I think his price at the time was fifty cents while others charged a dollar. Now, that is a deal, because my Mom would hand me a dollar and tell me to go get a haircut. This was a fast way to make fifty cents without cutting grass or delivering newspapers.

After a haircut I could go over to the Waldo Hotel and play the pinball machines in the back of the lobby. Since the concession counter employee would buy back any winnings I could increase my pocket money or in most cases I lost my fifty cents and had nothing left.

The popular hairstyle I remember was a flat top or otherwise simple short cut. I had a flat top and used a stick of Butch wax and brush to quickly get ready to face the day. I was told of another way to get a flat top to stand up was to use water and Alum, that didn't work.

Although a flat top was low maintenance my current style is much more simple to maintain, since there is little left.

submitted by: Jim Alvaro (WI '56)

I don't remember Frank's Barber Shop on South Second because I never went there. I'm not sure if that was the same owner as Frank Lacaria's (Sp?) Barber Shop now located on Pike St. near Second Street. I believe it is in the old Enrall (Sp?) Building. My father went to Frank's Barber Shop for many, many years. He was a very good friend of Frank. I think Frank passed away a couple years ago in his 90's and I believe he was still cutting hair. Frank's son is operating the barber shop located there, the last I heard.

My first barber shop that my father took us to was Doc Stalknaker's located next to the Broad Oaks / Haymond Hwy Bridge that separated Lower Broad Oaks from Upper Broad Oaks. They owned the store that was next to the barber shop. I remember Dad's hair cut was two "bits". I guess ours must have been a little less than that. Two "Bits", was the amount for a shave and a haircut. How many people remember WI's cheer. "Two Bits, Four Bits, Six Bits, a Dollar, All Out for WI Stand Up and Holler?" Now how many knew what "two bits" meant? I asked a few about our age that remembered the cheer but had no idea what they were saying.

Back to the barber shops.

It was a big thing for the WI boys to get there hair cut at Stonewall Jackson Hotel. I can't remember what it cost but I used to get my flattop cut by Dominick. After he cut the flattop, he put a comb on top to show how flat the cut was. After Dominick passed away, I went to Bob Dunn who cut hair there. Bob was a Bridgeport H.S. grad and football player. He would put the Butch Wax on my hair to make it stiff. I believe if I had accidentally banged my head against a wall, all my hair would break and fall off.

Other Barber shops I remember, Ayoob in Broadway, Jimmy's in Glen Elk, Bo's in Nutter Fort, and I believe there was one on Trader's Alley.

Not too many Red and White Barber Poles on outside of buildings anymore.

Another great newsletter. Thanks to you, Judy, Bill, and all those that have contributed.


submitted by: Buzz Floyd (VHS '56)

Portrait of the second Mrs. John W. Davis, nee Ellen G. "Nell" Bassel of Clarksburg. Painted by Philip de Laszlo in 1920 and recently offered by Bonhams in London.

Click the link for a bio.


submitted by: Janet Haney Wilkinson (WI '75)

Thanks again, for the enjoyable read of the WI Newsletter. I loved reading the genealogy piece and the Civil War history. I even used the link you provided to look up the death certificate of my dad who died before I was two years old. I'm just beginning to dabble in researching information on my ancestors, so this was a great place to start.

You asked if we could name a playground in the 50's and 60's, and the one I remember is Jackson Park on East Pike Street. We lived on Charleston Avenue, and in the late 60's, I use to walk to the park especially for the summer programs that were offered. I remember that I once made a colorful potholder using bands of cloth stretched over a grid of some sort. A few years later I would walk to the park to meet girlfriends and talk about the boys; and a short time after that, the park was the place to meet those cute boys!

submitted by: John Teter (WI '61)

I can remember the following playgrounds "back in the day" and all are still there, as of August 24th. 2013.

1. The Stealey playground
2. The Norwood playground
3. A playground on Pike Street; out close to Minard's; on the right; before you get to the Red Caboose.

I do not remember there being a playground at Veteran's Park, but I am sure that there must have been. Plus, I am sure that there are others that I just never went to - like, probably Chestnut Hills.

submitted by: Penny Fish Wolverton (WI '58)

Elm St. located off the street which was a dead end, still is. I lived on Elm many years ago. I moved back a few years ago. Don't live in the same house. It is still a nice street. The play ground is long gone.

submitted by: Barbara Warren Williams (WI '58)

The only one I went to was the Stealey playground. I probably spent everyday there in the summer time. We did crafts, played softball, etc. What a wonderful time we had with our friends.


submitted by: Terry Shorr (due to a family move, Terry, Graduated from Elkins HS 1958)

My guess is Ted Waroblak, one of the nicest guys I've known,

And Thank You for the WI Newsletter!

submitted by: Harriet Danley VanVoohis (WI '58)

It's been a very long time since I have contributed to the Newsletter, and I apologize for that. For several months I didn't get the Newsletter, but I'm happy to report that I did get the Aug. and Sept. issues.

I'm guessing that the "mystery boy" in the Sept. Newsletter is Ted Waroblak. If I'm correct, Ted was our W.I. Class of '58 Valedictorian and a really nice guy. Besides being very smart, he was an excellent dancer. I remember having great times dancing with him at Lake Floyd and The Green Parrot. If it's not Ted in the picture, he definitely has a look alike out there.

submitted by: Jean Kennedy (WI '58)

I think the picture is of Teddy Waroblak, WI ‘58. I did not know Teddy when he was in grade school; he looks like being in about the 3 or 4th grade in the picture. In high school I remember Teddy as very smart and confident. I was in a few of his classes.

submitted by: Marolyn Tustin (WI '56)

I believe that the mystery child is Ted Waroblak. The Waroblaks lived on lower Stealey Ave. I was in school with Marianna and spent time at their house. Played scrabble with Teddy and the gang. Mrs Waroblak, when we were in second or third grade started a Polly Pigtails club, since we all had pigtails. Good memories...

submitted by: Barbara Warren Williams (WI '58)

I think the picture is Ted Waroblak. He was in my class and was always so nice and very smart.


Can you identify this pretty young lady? Tell us how you know her and add a memory. Send your guesses to


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submitted by: Jim Nutter (WI '71)

Whenever I return to Clarksburg, among the got-to-do list is to get my fill of pepperoni rolls and hot dogs. When I lived in Huntington, the local natives thought their Stewart's were the best hot dogs. But for me, the sauce has to have that spicy hint of Clarksburg flavor. The only place here in Florida, that I can find a really good hot dog is at the annual Clarksburg Reunion in Sarasota. I took this picture of Ritzy's Hot Dogs this past July. The man behind the counter said that this is their 80th year in business. A lot of Clarksburg is different from what we remember from our childhood, but thankfully, not everything.



submitted by: Tim Cork (WI '62)

Hi Roleta,

Attached is my guess for the October Mystery picture.

submitted by: Bud Wheelock (WI '60)

I believe the picture is of the old Clarksburg brewery on East Pike Street. Not sure when it closed but I think it still operated in the 1950's. I also remember the Canteen on Milford Street for its superb Giovannis! I have not found anyone over here in the Berkeley County area that makes them, so when I get back to Clarksburg sometime this fall I will make a beeline to the Red Caboose where John Arco provides this delicacy.

submitted by: Jim Selario (WI '67)

I am not sure about this one, but I believe that it may be the old brewery building on East Pike Street in Clarksburg. I had cousins that lived about a block from the old brewery in the 60's. I don't believe that it was functioning as a brewery then. I think it ceased operations many years ago.


Can you identify the above picture? I won't publish incorrect answers. Write to


submitted by: Brooke Beall (NDHS '58)

Per Tom Crowley…You showed that I submitted the information on Tom Crowley's Civil War ancestor. It was submitted by me on the behalf of Tom Crowley (NDHS Class of 1961). He had no way to submit the info electronically so he sent it to me. I scanned it and sent it to you. I am sure that I explained that, but I am getting old….so maybe not. .

BELOW IS THE ORIGINAL LETTER FROM BROOKE BEALL, So sorry I overlooked it when preparing the September newsletter:

It does not relate to me. It was sent to me by Tom Crowley (NDHS Class of 61). He asked me to send it to you and ask you to post it on the WI Newsletter. I thought I included that info in the email I sent you. Must have had a senior moment. Tom's older brother Rick, graduated with me from NDHS Class of 1958. It was in response to your request about people sending Civil War info about their ancestors that fought in that war. I also have an ancestor that fought for the Confederacy, just couldn't find the info to send along to you. Anyway, Tom did not have any way to send the info to you electronically, so he sent it to me by snail mail, I scanned it and sent it along to you


submitted by: Bob Stealey (WI '64)
September 23, 2013 from Bob'n'Along with Bob Stealey

Probably most of the people reading today's Bob'n'Along column won't remember the days of standing in front of the Robinson Grand Theater or Ritz Theater in downtown Clarksburg.

Many were the days that feature films were so popular that folks wouldn't mind standing in line for an hour or more, waiting to finally step into the theater, pay for their tickets and find a good seat to view the big screen.

Sorry, but I can't rightly provide you with the year when first the Ritz and then the Robinson Grand closed their doors. Of course, the building at 440 West Pike Street that housed the Robinson Grand has stood virtually empty for well over a quarter of a century. Through the years, there have been live children's productions, dance recitals and several productions of the former Clarksburg Art Center, but hardly ever a movie.

For a while in the 1970s there was, I believe, a six-theater cinema in the Hill's Shopping Center on Bridgeport Hill, but that was outside of Clarksburg's corporate limits.

When Meadowbrook Mall opened in 1982--again outside Clarksburg--several theaters opened in the section where Marshall's Department Store now stands, but a new building that today accommodates about a dozen movie theaters was erected directly behind the mall outside its northernmost entrance.

Sure, I've left out a number of steps in the evolution of providing the most modern movie houses for cinema-goers of all ages, none of which are in Clarksburg, but I'm getting closer to the point I wish to make today.

Among the many other needs that Clarksburg has in the 21st century, I think there is a definite need to locate a complex of theaters in a part of the city that's accessible by way of bus routes and with facilities for the handicapped, such as ramps and wider aisles for wheelchairs.

If there's nowhere to build such a complex downtown, even on one of its many vacant lots on either West Main Street or West Pike Street, there are still Centra buses that regularly pass close to East Pointe and Newpointe, if that location would better suit the business community.

Few could argue that providing people, especially youngsters and senior citizens, with the ability to visit a cinema to take in a good movie wouldn't be a good thing for the city of Clarksburg.

The theaters at the mall and in surrounding cities seem to do fairly well, from an economic standpoint, so who's to say why they wouldn't work here in Clarksburg? Are the tastes of people here all that much different from those in other communities?

In addition, wouldn't having a "cinema house," even containing as few as six theaters, be another good way to help certain people stay out of trouble with the law? It could be a reasonable diversion!

No, I won't presume at this time to speculate where such a structure could be built, as there are too many factors with which I'm not all that familiar, such as what property would be available, what would work best for the buses, etc.

And who knows? Maybe one of the theaters could double some time as a stage for visiting celebrity performers. Would it be that much out of the question?


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Tell us about your first memories of recorded music. Did you have a record player? What type was it? Did you listen to music on a tape player? What type was it? What type of recorded music did you buy ? Did you buy records if so what kind? Did you buy tapes, again what kind?

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submitted by: Lucy Ropp Hornor (WI '54)

One of my favorite teachers at WI was Miss Josephine Swiger. I liked her because she was the youngest teacher there it seemed, and was always friendly to me and smiled. I had her for English and also as sponsor for B Square. I believe she also helped with the yearbook. She seemed genuinely interested in me as a person and not just as a student. After we moved back to Clarksburg in 1963, I would see her occasionally around town or at events or reunions and she remembered me and asked about our family and again, seemed more like an older friend than a teacher. I always admired her for her calmness and serenity and friendly attitude.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I guess the other readers didn't have a favorite teacher while in school.


Pictured above is a Friendship Star block made by Barb Charles for the 2014 WIN (Washington Irving Newsletter) quilt….Nice work Barb, thanks for your continued support of the WIN scholarship.


Facts about the Washington Irving Scholarship Quilt:

1999 The WI Newsletter was started.

2004 Started the Washington Irving Newsletter Scholarship Fund

2006 The first quilt was A Memories Quilt and earned $785.00

2007 The Second Quilt was Autumn Splendor $1,702.00 (the first of the 4 seasons quilt)

2008 The third quilt was Think Spring & earned $1,500.00

2009 Sizzlin Summer was the fourth seasons quilt $1,103.00

2010 West Virginia Winter Wonderland was next Earned $2,055.00

2011 Wild Wonderful West Virginia was the 6th Quilt and earned $3,370.00

2012 Visions of West Virginia was the 7th WI Scholarship quilt and earned $3,401.00

2013 There's Gold in Them There Hills earned $4,101.00

The quilts have earned $18,017.00 for the WIN Scholarship Fund.

The total given back to Clarksburg for helping R.C. Byrd graduates with their college expenses has been $44,000.00.

No money is taken out of the WIN Scholarship Fund for anything except the SCHOLARSHIPS.

The WIN Quilters led by Sue Selby Moats (WI 1955). This year 17 quilters are making blocks for the 2014 WIN quilt "Almost Heaven" . Participants are: Carolyn Layfield Cady, Liz Custer Carder, Pam Wolfe Brown, Barb Charles, Wilda Deaton Gritt Hartzog, Mary Hulick, Sherry Keith, Gig Selby Meredith, Sue Moats, Mary Nophsker, Elaine Norteman, Joyce Reed Royse, Mary Sue Spahr, Lin Stricker, Kitty Sager, Mary Virginia Duncan-Wilke, Mary Ann Hite Williams.

Sue is a master quilter (if there are degrees in quilting). Sue has taught quilting and has worked for quilting fabric companies. Sue and friends pick out the material for the selected quilt each year. This material is donated to the WN Scholarship quilters by one of the WI graduates. Then pieces of material are mailed to ladies who indicate they wish to participate in the money maker by piecing a square. There are usually discussions on what should be the main idea of the square. The squares are made by the volunteers who then mail them to Sue. Sue, Liz Carder and Gig Meredith try to get together to lay out the squares and decide what will be the borders, the background, the backing and the stitch theme. Sue has a long arm quilting machine on which she does free motion quilting on the WIN Scholarship quilt. Sue does all the finishing work and puts it all together then ships it to me in time for the Clarksburg Picnic held in Sarasota Florida the second Saturday of March.

Tickets go on sale in November 2013 for the upcoming quilt. I hope you will participate this year by buying lots of tickets for the drawing.


I received one check this month for the WI scholarship. Thank you Alan Alvarez for your continuing support of our effort to come together for the common cause of education.

submitted by: Jim Callis (WI 1950-51) (1951-1953 Greenbrier Military)

Kudos on the 15th......The Canteen beer joint was owned and operated by Jim Heitz and his wife. They lived one street over from 426 Duff and behind Marilyn Creighton's house. They had a mean chow that bit me. They had a nice son and daughter and they were best friends with Tommy Lane. The parents were tragically killed in an auto accident on the way to see their son graduate from college. The son, Jim jr was grief stricken at the Milford Street Methodist Church memorial service. Our life can change so quickly.

Ida's was the top beer joint during the 40s. She had great chili hot dogs. It was near Curry's Market. You are too young to recall but Stealy had its share of stumble bums and door to door gypsies selling bric a brac. Sonny Kade and Laura Bell and her little sister lived across from the EUB church which will be imploded soon. My 88 year old sister Virginia lives at 318 Duff St. She is still funny.

Sorry about my buddy Jud Martin. We were close at GMS and we both played on the 1953 undefeated football team. Jud had a great pair of brass knucks which we wore in Charleston on our bus layover from Clarksburg, I'll miss Juddy, a loyal friend.....this is more than you wanted to know. My biggest mistake at WI was being the cartoonist for the Hilltopper newspaper. Clay B. Hite was angry of his caricature I made of him. He was on my back till I left for my junior year at Greenbrier. Hite was the celebrated football coach. I had to go to Greenbrier to play basketball and football.

A couple of readers sent me the link below to an excellent article about WVU's athletic director, Oliver Luck. It is long, but is very interesting. It may enlighten you on why he has done and continues to do big things at WVU. west-virginia-andrew-luck-father

To watch a video tribute to Nick Saban and Alabama's victory over Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel, click on the next line.

To Bill,

Has WVU had ever gone undefeated in a season in football?

John Teter, (W I 1961)

Reply To John:

The Mountaineers were undefeated in 1988 and 1993, but lost in bowl games each year. In 1922, they were undefeated, winning a bowl game, but had a tie to mar an otherwise perfect season. WVU has the 14th best record of all of the FBS division schools and is the top-ranked program of those who have never won a national championship.

Bill (

WV Black Diamonds, Pop Warner football team. It is a true story about a man, who coached, sponsored and even transported the team on his own old school bus. I think you will recognize his name. It is worth watching.


As the Major League baseball season winds down to the post season, the college and high school football season is beginning to heat up. The Pirates finally made the post season with a bunch of good young players, excellent pitching and an above average manager. The way they kept fighting to qualify was a welcome change from previously seasons. Although my first love is still the Cardinals, who won the division, I'll be pulling for the Buccos to make a good showing. Maybe this season is the beginning of a new dynasty.

I'm writing this the day after WVU pulled one of the bigger upsets in recent years. After the disaster at Maryland, many of us wondered if the season was over. Ford Childress had been installed as the permanent quarterback, even though the offense was lacking any consistency at all. Several readers even emailed me to change their prediction on the season record and I don't blame them. Then, a very fragile looking miracle named Clint Trickett stepped up, the defense played lights out and the Mountaineers won a game against a quality opponent.

Was Childress really injured badly enough not to play? Did Holgorsen have a change of heart and finally see what thousands of fans had seen? Did Oklahoma State play so poorly that we were "given" the win? Is the defense that good? The answers are not easily found and everyone has their own opinions. Regardless of the reason(s), I'll take the win. Trickett may not be the best looking QB I've ever seen. Far from it. But, he looks like a winner and if he can stay healthy, he and an improving defense at least give the team a chance to win. That was not true a week ago.


After the games this week, Harrison County schools are led by Notre Dame, with a 4--0 record. Bridgeport and Lincoln are 4--1, R C Byrd is 3--2, South Harrison is 1--3 and Liberty is 0--4. Bridgeport's only loss was to a strong Wheeling Park squad by a 17--14 score. Fairmont Senior (West) seems to be the class of the Big Ten Conference at 4--0 and is top ranked in the state in Class AA. Morgantown was undefeated until this week, losing by 28--21 to Martinsburg.

The game of the year will be the Bridgeport/Fairmont Senior game on October 4. The winner should win the conference and have a high seed in the state playoffs. Notre Dame has at least three big tests in the coming weeks with Bishop Walsh, MD, Madonna and undefeated Clay-Battelle on the schedule.

If your team is not doing too well, don't feel too badly. Hundred High School in Wetzel County has had five scheduled games. They've lost three of them by a combined score of 171--6. They had to cancel a fourth game and forfeit a fifth game, because they didn't have enough healthy players to field a team. So, you see, things could be worse.


Please send your comments, questions, contradictions or disagreements to me on any sports subject at As always, there is no sports section with out you.


I have never seen this but thanks to Gary Robey (WI 1957) who sent this for all of you to experience.

Many of us had friends and classmates who served in Vietnam. Many of you served and we thank you. West Virginia had the highest casualty rate of any state in the nation. This is a moving presentation and a wonderful salute to the Prisoners of War who returned from Vietnam.

Vietnam POW reunion - 1973-2013


submitted by: Harriet Danley VanVoohis (WI '58)

Being a lover of Civil War History and after reading such interesting reports from your readers about their ancestors who served in the war, I thought I would add my great grandfather, Jonathan James Danley, (nicknamed J.J.) to the list. Jonathan was a farmer in Marion County, Virginia (which later became West Virginia) when he enlisted on May 17, 1861 at the age of 23. He was assigned to Company A of the 31st Virginia Regiment. Jonathan enlisted as a Private, but was later promoted to Full Corporal. During the next 4 years he fought in many battles, was hospitalized 4 times with illnesses ranging from typhoid fever to diarrhea. He was wounded on June 9, 1862 at Port Republic, VA. Jonathan was captured and listed as a P.O.W. on April 6, 1865 at Amelia Court House, VA. He was confined at City Point, VA and was released on June 26, 1865 with a Distinguished Service record. Jonathan was transported home to Fairmont, WV on July 28, 1865.

My other great-grandfather, Henry St.Clair Brown. I don't know much about him, except that he was a wagoneer for the Confederacy. One interesting fact is that his brother, John, fought for the Union--"Brother against brother."

Congratulations on completing 14 years of fabulous Newsletters! Your hard work is very much appreciated!


Western Virginia was a major area for battles during the Civil War. Here is an article to read if you are interested in the Civil War but mostly it is about biking the Allegheny Highlands. It is a very short but interesting view of West Virginia that few of us will ever experience.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Do you have ancestors who served in the Civil War? I would still like for you to write and share your information and lineage with us. Thank you. Write to:


submitted by: Roleta

Did you have any ancestors who fought in the American Revolution? I did family research way back before it became popular. I quit doing my research in 1982 when we started a business and I just didn't have the time for it. I had the interest but no time. Now I have no time due to other choices but my daughter became interested in picking up where I left off when she visited the monument erected to one of Bill's ancestor's brother. The monument is on Shaver's Mountain, one of the 3 main mountains between Elkins and Canaan Valley, WV. The monument was erected, and is very well cared for by a nearby chapter of the D.A.V.R., in honor of Peter Shaver who was in the American Revolution and was killed by Indians on his family farm land near where he is buried. Not to be outdone, I told her about Simeon Harris who is an ancestor of mine who was in the American Revolution. She gave all of this some thought but when she saw the TV show "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?" Vaneta's curiosity was aroused and she started really looking into details. She found I have other ancestors who were active in the American Revolution. I seem to have come from a long line of very patriotic Americans, one who is even a Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

NOTE: The TV show "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE" just finished the season on Tuesday night but it has become popular enough that it will probably be in reruns until next season starts.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Do you have any ancestors who fought in the American Revolution? Write and tell us about them. Write to


Bryan McIntyre (WI '65)
Margaret Cleavenger McIntyre (WI '65)
Hilda Kerns (WI '65)
Bob "Meatball" Trent
Jan E Hall McPherson (WI '64)
Tony Marchio (WI '65)
Susan Beakes Madia (WI '64)
(notice the dot between her first
and last name in her email address)
Sue Robinson Pierson (WI '65)
(notice the dot between her first
and last name in her email address)


Glass plants were probably employed the most workers in the Clarksburg area. Can you guess how many plants were in the area throughout the years? Can you name any of them. I know what they are so I don't need you to look on line to find out for me. This is just a question to get you to thinking, get you to write, get you to participate in the WI Newsletter. Write to: My information came from Freddie Layman a few years ago.


This is a quick reminder to all the grads of WI Class of 1953 and 1954 that our Joint Reunion is fast approaching. If YOU are planning to attend, please send in your reservation as quickly as possible. The date is October 11-12 and the fall foliage will be beautiful! Also, this will be the last time to visit old memories and former classmates for an organized get-together.

All activities will be held at the Bridgeport Conference Center which is attached to the Wingate Inn. Rooms can be reserved at a special rate for this event both at this hotel until Sept. 13th and at the nearby Microtel, all at Exit 124 on I-79. There will be activities both evenings and the cost is $70 per person for the weekend. Please send your money and reservation to Patty Robinette Davis, 83 Garden Circle, Bridgeport, WV 26330.

For information, email me at or phone Patty at 304-842-5582.


A small group of us in C-burg have met, discussed, and have decided that next Aug 8 & 9, 2014 will be the Class of 1964 reunion. Sat. Night will be a dinner at the Clarksburg Country Club. We felt that a date and a place needed to be determined before all else.

If you have any questions, or comments, please write to

My (OUR) request for you is to see if you can publish this in the Oct. newsletter.

Thanks for keeping the Newsletter going, and the memories that exist in our hearts.


We are now beginning preparation for our upcoming 50th Class Reunion which will be held in the summer of 2015. We have had requests from some of the classmates to have it around the Clarksburg Italian Festival, which is always on Labor Day weekend. In order not to conflict with that weekend, we have chosen the weekend prior to the festival as a possible date. We would like to hear from all of our classmates with their opinions as to the date, and some of your ideas as to a place to hold the reunion, and maybe some ideas as to the reunion itself.

Also, we are attempting to update our email list. Although we will be posting on Facebook, not everyone uses Facebook. Please send me, Marsha Golden Caplinger, an e-mail with your current email address, mailing address and phone number, at I am hoping to get current addresses so that we can begin updating everyone on our progress. It is hard to keep up with all the changes every 5 years. We are really hoping to make this big '50" very special for everyone. I'm hoping to get a page set up on Facebook just for the reunion. But will advise of that progress later. In the meantime, please send us the information requested. We had a great first meeting at Twin Oaks with Tom & Lois Garrett; Bobby & Bev Kramer; Frank "Tyke" Martino; Marsha Golden Caplinger & Roger Caplinger; Janice Hall McPherson & Jim; and Richard George. We will let you know when we plan another meeting and would love to have anyone who is able to come join us, probably in the next two months. Hope to have an update in the next Newsletter.

Roleta: Thank you so much for all your hard work in keeping this letter going for so long and allowing so many classmates and old friends keep in touch.



Leah Rae Ware Kearns Henline, 79, of Anmoore, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 1, 2013, after several months of failing health.

She was born June 11, 1934, at Big Bend, Calhoun County, a daughter of the late Roy W. and Lora I. (Phillips) Green.

On Oct. 14, 1986, she married Worder Henline, who preceded her in death on Nov. 5, 2004.

She is survived by three children, Linda (Ware) Marshall and her husband Danny, West Union, Mark Ware and his wife Tina, Clarksburg, and Lori (Kearns) Wilke and her husband Chris, Phoenix, AZ; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Donna (Ware) Critchfield and Marsha (Ware) Burrows; and a sister, Nila Sharon (Green) Wilson.

Leah was a graduate of Bridgeport High School, Class of 1952, and was a Licensed Practical Nurse. She worked at the VA Hospital and United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, Camelot Nursing Facility in Phoenix, AZ, and several other local nursing homes as an LPN. Prior to nursing school, she worked at Continental Can Glass Factory and the A&P in the Clarksburg and Bridgeport area.

She was a member of the East View Satellite of the Harrison County Senior Citizens, was a Foster Grandparent at Norwood Elementary School and a member of Bible Baptist Temple, Stonewood. Leah loved her five cats and enjoyed being outdoors, traveling, reading, gardening and swimming.


Patricia Quickle, 53, of Clarksburg, WV, went to be with the Lord and to join her beloved mother, Joanne Quickle, on Sept. 4, 2013.

Surviving are her sister, Paula Finley of Clarksburg, WV; her sister and brother-in-law, Penny and Danny Quirk of Florida; her brother, Ron Quickle of South Carolina; six nieces, two nephews, 12 grandnieces, seven grandnephews and one great-grandniece; and her two dogs, “Baby Joanne” and “Gizmo.”

One sister, Pamela Quickle, and two nephews, Boby Lynch and Jonathan Finley, preceded her to heaven. Also, her dog of 16 years “Angel.”

Patricia was a graduate of Liberty High School (Class Valedictorian 1978) and West Virginia University Pharmaceutical School (Magna Cum Laude 1984).


Leon Burr Westfall Sr., 86 years old, of Clarksburg, departed this life on Sept. 22, 2013, at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born on Dec. 27, 1926, in Clarksburg, W.Va., a son of the late Salathiel Everett and Mabel Martin Westfall Naegel.

He married Delores Jean Lamm Westfall on Jan. 17, 1948, who resides at their residence in Clarksburg.

Also surviving are his son, Leon Burr Westfall Jr. and his wife, Elaine Griffith Westfall of Lawrenceville, Ga.; grandson, Michael Burr Westfall of Philadelphia, Pa.; and step granddaughter, Heather Broadwater of Athens, Ga.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Leona Westfall Wareham Hoover and his brother, Forest J. Westfall.

Mr. Westfall graduated from Victory High School, Class of 1944. He served our country as a veteran in the United States Navy during World War II in the South Pacific Theater.

He was retired from Hazel Atlas Glass Factory, Continental Can and Newell, after 41 years of service and as a mold maker for 36 years.

Mr. Westfall was Baptist by faith. He enjoyed coaching Little League Baseball, was proud of his players, particularly the North View Athletic Club team of 1961, which were the regular season champs with a 17 win — 1 loss record. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Hermon No. 6, for 50 years.


Alan Clyde (Sirockman) Herod March 19, 1947 - September 16, 2013
Washington Irving High School - Class of 1965

Mr. Alan Clyde Herod, 66 years of age of Sherwood Road, Bridgeport, WV, died on Monday, September 16, 2013 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV.

He was born March 19, 1947, the son of the late Charles and Mary Virginia Martinez Herod.

He is survived by his wife Judy Keel Herod; two sons, Matthew Herod and his wife Kristi and their son Skylar of Mt. Clare, WV and Chad Herod and his wife Salena and their son Caden of Bridgeport, WV; ex-wife, friend and mother of two sons, Rebecca Allen Herod Ausmus; two sisters, Lisa Kay Herod and her companion Karen Gadsberry of New Whiteland, IN and Linda Anne Wilson and her husband Tom of Huntsville, AL; one aunt, Christine Snider of Florida; several nieces and nephews and special friends JoEllen and Randy Hissam, Scott Smith, Brian Schoonover, Jim Kirk and Jim Martin.

Alan worked for over thirty-five years in various technical service related positions. He previously worked for thirteen years as a customer engineer for Siemens Enterprise Networks and then worked as a dedicated full time support to the Criminal Justice Information Services Division of the FBI in Clarksburg, WV. He was recognized with an award for the design and implementation of the NICS Call Center for the FBI.

Recently, he retired as a hardware engineer with Tek Systems, a subcontractor for Lockheed Martin Corporation. He had a passion for music. Beginning in the 1960's he played with various bands and recently could be seen as the keyboard player for the band Now and Then.

Alan was a member of Simpson Creek Baptist Church.


Alta M. Smith Boyce Peet, 72 years old, also affectionately known as Pug and Peaches, passed away on Sept. 8, 2013, at the Continuous Care Center following an extended illness.

She was born in Charleroi, Pa., on Sept. 13, 1940, a daughter of the late Fred L. Smith and Alta B. Martin Smith. She graduated from Victory High School in 1958.

She married Ralph L. Boyce Sr. in June 1960. He preceded her in death in October of 1987. She married Jim Peet Sr. in December of 1993. He preceded her in death in December 2009.

She is survived by her children from her first marriage, Ralph L. Boyce Jr. (Vergie) of Washington, Elizabeth A. Wilhelm (Philip) of Columbia, S.C., Ella M. Green (Phillip) of Clarksburg, W.Va., Jennifer S. Boyce of Columbia, S.C., and James L. Boyce (Tamara) of Brennen, Germany, as well as her children from her second marriage, Diana Peet Hickman (Dean) of Hillard, Ohio, Sherry Peet Wimer of Belpre, Ohio, James F. Peet II of Fayetteville, W.Va., Joseph D. Peet (Pamela) of Clarksburg, W.Va., and Timothy D. Peet (Mary) of Clarksburg, W.Va.

She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Michael Wilhelm (Linda), David Wilhelm (Samalie), Wendy Boyce Touzeau, (Ray) Jesse Boyce, Joshua Wilhelm (Tasha), Phillip D. Green II (Shayla), William Green, Lauren Boyce, Thor Boyce, Dean Hickman Jr. Tabetha Hickman Calkin, Tiffany Hickman Blatnik, Brandee Whimer Fay, Golda Peet Kiger, Kari Peet Alford, Cassie Peet, Perri Peet, Patrick Peet, Jonathan Peet and Ashley Peet Jenkins; and numerous great grandchildren; as well as several nephews and nieces. Additionally, she leaves behind her brother, Frank Smith (Ginger) and twin brother, Fred Smith (Brenda).

She was preceded in death by her brother, Edgar Smith.

Alta was a devoted member of Duff Street Church for over 30 years where she enjoyed serving on church committees and participating in church activities and charities. She worked with CRISS-CROSS for 14 years.

Alta possessed a keen interest in the family’s genealogy and spent several years collecting information to pass on to her children as a part of their legacy. Most importantly, she valued the time she could spend with her family and grandchildren.

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