Luke, Maryland and Piedmont Foundry News

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Half-Cent^ a he R o o s e v e l t n , in g r a d u a t e d 1917, v i l Service S . A r m y the in · m e n t , M r . for · " · WV the o n , K e l l y - e T e m p l e , Ri.te;.- o f r a n d AF - History Is Published By MRS. DORIS DADDYSMAN Newi Correspondent . LUKE -- The first 50 years of the history of this community w h i c h ' was incorporated on March 22, 1922, has 'been ' published. The community was named after the Luke family which brought to the area the local paper manufacturing mill, now known as Westvaco, one of the chief industries in this point of the nation. ' The history, printed in black and white with pictures in color, relates an interesting account of a period of time dating back to its earliest settlers some two centuries ago. . The site, previously ah island formed by dividing Potomac river at the point, was 1 first known as "West Piedmont" and claimed by. Piedmont, W. Va., until the course of the river changed, which reverted the ground to Maryland. The coining of the railroad in the I800 - s accelerated the development of the entire region ..and new industry thrived. Card Factory Operated - A United States postal card factory was -operated on - Cromwell Street for a number of years. The Davis saw mill produced cross ties for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. With the arrival of the Luke family from Scotland in the late 1880's, the former West Pied- mont became a station on the railroad known as Luke. The Luke brothers operated -the corporations of the Piedmont Pulp and Paper Company "and the West Virginia' Paper Company, al! occupying the" site of the old Davis Saw and Lumber Mill, using the original dam. The location for'the mill was fortunate as it provided an excellent supply o f ; clear 'mountain water and was at the .gateway of the great central lumber region of West Virginia and on the direct'line Vf the ' railroad with transportation at its very doors in addition to good, cheap fuel. At that time there was no better steam-coal in the world than the semi- bituminous coal of this region.- Thus began the LukV com- munity, and in a short time its 'expansion and the company's ... were one_ and the Hame. - Dwellings and stores were erected and what was once an open common, now began to have: streets and alley-ways. The original three streets'were Cromwell, Pratt and '/Mullen. Avenue. Drinking water -was availablefrom hand-dug wells. - Wiliiam E. Porter; 'builder ·and contractor J arid general railroad man, was 'pr'omine'nl in the rising progress of Luke as he laid out the village, which was formerly ' called' West Piedmont. ' - BRIDGE un- un- ;inrl dia- shouid gamble on slam. Six no trump is preferable 1 ; to : six dia- monds because thu opening "load will he coming up to partner's nand, not through it. Q.5--Neither vulnerable, as South you hold: '""'"·' " *K8»AJ102»AQ4*AJ106 The bidding has proceeded: West North East 'South Pass Pass 1 4 Dble. P«ss 2 * 'Pass ? What action do you take? A.--This, is ;i dose choice be- tween three ciuhs anti-two no ·trump, but our preference is for th- latliT. We would like to have. JT slightly stronger }j;tnd and a better stopper in the enemy suit for two no trumpf, but the bid docs describe our. - powerful, A hew bridge across th* Potomac River-was erected jointly by Mineral County/and .Allegany County, giving direct road to and froinjlh'e'two states. The Piedmont Foundry and Machine Company located here in 1891. The foundry sent out i r o n , b r a s s a n 1 b r o n z mouldings, and the "machine shop repaired engines and b machines of all kinds. foundry changed ownership in 18% when it was purchased Robert Smith Sr and has .operated by the Smith family ever since. The "foundry..today operates close to capacity arid is one of the-last major metal ·casting plants of this type country. ' . . · . · In the latter part of the the coal industry was king In the early days of Luke five coal mines operated^ in or the boundry lines of the com- munity. : Autos Manufactured Around the turn of the !900's. t h e M a r y l a n d A Manufacturing Company was established in Luke. Producing the automobile, the Maryland Steamer, this tar was.sold all over the nation. Three of the motors produced' by this car was ..sold all over "the nation. Three of th.e motors ·produced by this factory are still in t h e P i e d m o n t " Following the demise of this operation, : a beverage bottling company used the" 'vacated buildings. ' . , . ^ . ' [.', . .Oiye of the leadirig'industries jri 1906 was a large planing and sash ^ arid - door" factory owned by· VVjJIiam Sigler. .The .first, po^t..;pffi;ce^was located in .a" corner of a store op'erated by Henry Goetz. Miss Jessie Smith JnV.1909, was; of- ficially .appointed postmistress here. .. .....,-,..' --, . The first sch.bidls.in Lake were held' in private' homes, being -presided over.by.' Rliss Lillian Fazenbaker ' a h a .Miss AV'righi. A^'jhewV school W as constructed'and'opfened in 1913 for elementary pupils' and after "46 years the'-tbwn purchased building for a community center. lt~ "houses -the : town council and police department. The - L u k e Volunteer Company uses one rodm with vehicles housed in the garage ·adjoining./The : Fire-·Company " was organized Jn'191't:' : "--" 1 The Devon Club, a three buildingi w'a'soberied iifi9u and ·has served as a'popular, social gathering place for functions ·duringthe years'.' · : ''-' · °.'··''· ·"·· - Following the incorporation of the_ town, the election qf-'a ^rhayor and four commissioned 'was held'^Klecied/were^Harry Best, mayor and"' 1 for com- missioners/ Victor Kalbaugh. H. 0. Failing, A. Huk'hinson and Fred "Wiseman. Police protection began on October of .that year with Tally Hahna theTirst police officer. In an open letter to the citizens and friends : of Luke, M a y o r Floyd D a v Commissioners ·stated-, in part, that the physical boundaries Luke have "not c h a n g e '. much progress has been .made including- -"the ] expansion of Westvaco's Luke mill the ac- ceptance of Route 135 by.the State Highway; Administration for- maintenance;,.and many other "improvements which affect the health and safety the residents. So, for ;~fhy citizens and businesses, Luke can expect to serve an Lm"portant part as of the m a n y ' municipalities which make up the. spokes ..which turn .the wheels of the nation. · " " . ·'.:.".; :.." :

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  1. The Cumberland News,
  2. 03 Feb 1975, Mon,
  3. Page 4

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