Wardens, Historical Preservation Article

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Wardens, Historical Preservation Article - Mrs. Ralsten Want* To Rebuild Berkley '$ 1st...
Mrs. Ralsten Want* To Rebuild Berkley '$ 1st Put Offitt Dream To Preserve Past Goes Up In Smoke By BETTY BAKU Register Stuff Writer The dream of a local resident to rebuild Urn first post · office has gone up in In Beckley smoke! Mrs. M. Muri (Lucille) RalsLen hoped to use the materials from the two-story log cabin, situated on the grounds of the Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, and relocate it on its original site at the rear of "Wildwood" at 121 Laurel Terrace. Mrs. llalsten's mother is Mrs. Betty Beckley Campbell. Her grandfather and the first postmaster, was General Alfred Beckley, who named the city of Beckley after his father, John J. Beckley. THE CABIN was being dismantled by the B B Excavating Company to make room for a driveway and parking area fbr the new Southern West Virginia Clinic. With the co - operation of James Bland, director of the clinic, Mrs. Ralsten planned to use the logs in rebuilding the one-room log cabin to serve as a museum. This, along with the restoration of "Wildwood," would result in another tourist attraction for Raleigh County. The contractor, Sergio Bettina, was requested by Mrs. * * * Ralsten to notify her when the house was .pulled down. She would see that trucks were there immediately to haul the logs away so that the post-office could be rebuilt at a later date. THE KALSTENS managed to get two truckloads of logs hauled away the Saturday before Easter, but something went When Dr. Ralsten appeared at the site one morning of the fol- lowing week, he found workmen pouring gasoline, or some other flammable liquid, over the logs. Workmen were in the process of burning them. Mrs, Ralsten, visibly upset when she spoke to The Regis- MRS. M. M. RALSTEN * * * * loads which were salvaged would be only one fourth of what would be needed to complete the project. Thus, the hope of Mrs. Ralsten and other historically- minded citizens has vanished, unless other old logs can be found to use as substitutes in the rebuilding of the post-office. A Thomas Warden was the original owner of the cabin and the surrounding land. According to the 1950 Centennial editions of papers on file in the Beckley Newspapers library, Warden, who migrated from Virginia about 1832, "had one of the finest farms in early Raleigh County". ACCORDING to descriptions which have been handed down, the original Warden farm covered the old Beckley-Mt. Hope airport, crossing Route 19-21, extending as far as Skelton and including the surrounding areas. Warden's granddaughter, Mrs. Annie Laurie Warden . Guy of Rural Acres Drive, in an interview with The Register, said that her grandfather wa« a large land-holder who gave large tracts U his children. Mrs. Guy, widow of Benjamin Guy, ,Sr., and a sprightly "almost 92 years old", said her grandfather built the house for one of his children, Hughes Warden. He was the first to live in the house, which was built before the beginning of the Civil War. Jourdan Warden, another son, lived there next, and his daughter, M^s, Robert Thurman was born there. Her children, Noel Thurman of Prosperity and Mrs. Charlotte Ash of Beckley still live here. ALL THE Wardens were farmers in those early days. Thomas Warden died in February, 18(81, and his wife, Martha, soon afterwards. They are buried in the family cemetery near Skelton. Mrs. Annie Laurie Warden Guy and Mrs. Daisy Warden Ferguson, both of Beckley, are the only living grandchildren of this pioneer couple. Mrs. Guy and her daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Hunt, deplore the fact that the old buildings in Beckley and Raleigh County--even the old covered bridge at Prince--have been torn down. They said that our history is being destroyed to make way for progress! Mrs. Hunt mentioned that in her trips to Florida, things of interest to tourists were being preserved by that state and said more should be done to preserve Beckley and West Virginia's past. "This ole house," once a great part of the history of Raleigh County, is no more. Mrs. Annie Laurie Warden Guy (left), and her daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Hunt of Calloway Heights, recall adven- Appalachian Volunteer Project Expands Here Twenty-five college students ·will arrive in Raleigh County on June 25 to live and work with disadvantaged families as participants in the Appalachian Volunteer Summer Project. The eight-week program, sponsored by the Council of Southern Mountains, Inc., Berea, Ky., began in 1965, when about 150 college students worked in communities in Eastern Kentucky. This summer the program is being expanded into Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Some 75 volunteers are being assigned to West Virginia. . 24. This session will include an introduction, to the history, Appalachian South and some nstruction in techniques use- ill in their classroom and community work. Kramer said volunteers hope Horse Show Is Planned to develop recreation programs in the communities and to establish classes in various subjects. Kramer said the volunteers also hope to obtain the 4-E Camp for the last four days of the program. The Dry Hill-Prosperity] Country Life Association and the Land-0-HiUs Fire Department will present a spring warm-up horse show at the Grounds, May 8, at 1 p.m. English pleasure, walk trot juvenile English pleasure plan tation type; English pleasure adult; western trail, barre race, key hole race, bundle race, juvenile walking horse tores and experiences of her pioneer family. The antique pitcher on the table in the background is over 100 years old and has been passed down through the family and now belongs to Mrs. Hunt. Pre-Enrollmenl Is This Week For Raleigh Pre-enrollment tfor children jntering the first grade next chool term will be held at two Raleigh County Schools this week. Students will be enrolled at he Old Crab Orchard School on Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Children entering the Central Jchool will be enrolled at the school on Thursday from 9 a. m. to 3 p.m. Parents are asked to bring immunization cards and birth certificates of the children. A child beginning school next fall must be six years old on or before Oct. 31, 1966. Children meeting requirements for the Project Head Start program may also be enrolled at this time. Personnel for the 1966-67 school term are expected to be approved at the regular meeting of the Raleigh County Board of Education, to be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Courthouse, according to School Supt. Sherman C. Trail. REALLY A RIVER Florida's Everglades National Park is not really a swampy region, but a'great, shallow river stretching across the southern end of the state. Add Finishing Touch Answer to Previous Puzil* ACROSS 1-- the roast 5 _ your hands 9 My pen needs a 6 The 20 Diadem 22 Demolishes 28 30 Singing voice 31 Poems ostiich 15 Sweet liqueurs f(ii ^ L) 17 Force; vigor 160ce lius 18--- quarrel 19 Rags 21 Withered 23 Courtesy title 2 5 Mountain 24 Trim branches (comb {orm) nr ,TM°TM a t j e , e . , 26Sycophantic 27Rendered fat.of 33 ----potatoes pork 29 Large pulpit 32 Expunges 34Foray 36 Cylindrical 37- as sand 38 Fly aloft 39 Noah's eldest 33Fine line of * 47 Opponents of letter the Bianchi 35 Arabs, for 48 Interpret instance 50 A of cotor 40 Carpenter's tool 51 Cry of 43 Sea skeleton bacchanals 45 Spars 52 Selections (ab.) 46 Distinct part 55 Chemical suffix

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  1. The Raleigh Register,
  2. 24 Apr 1966, Sun,
  3. Page 11

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