Thomas Twins of Blaine's Island

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Thomas Twins of Blaine's Island
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in K. holdup. Iow| - CELEBRATE T1TH BIRTHDAY FRIDAY and ceil - Blaine's Island Farming Recalled By Thomas Twins By JOE SIGLER Of The Dally Mail Stall Way back when Charleston had man the car report was a youngster and South Charleston hardly had its eyes onen. Blaine's Island was one of l.fthc richest pieces of land in the vaney. richer still today, of buried under part of Carbide's huge South Charleston development But back before the turn of the century, part of its wealth lay in huge watermelons and canta loupes — some - « toe Diggest and best grown in this part of me country. Attesting to this are Ira and William Thomas of South Charleston who farmed the island with their father before they were 20. The twin brothers will be 77 tomorrow'. BOUGHT FROM INDIANS Lezcnd has it that the island originally was purchased from Ithe Indians for a rifle. It passed j through several hands and fi - jov ially was obtained oy the aiaine iamiiy. uisiaw rawvo ui uie Thomas family. 1871 the Thomas brewers' father, who served in the Confederate Army under Stonewall Jackson, moved from Coat River to what is now South Charles ton. The bovs were born in 1884 in the family's farm home about, mile up Joplm s Branch. All of South Charleston was farm land, and only a small REMEMBER MELONS, FLOODS — Twin brothers Ira, left, and William Thomas of 114 and 200 A Street, South Charleston, have watched their city grow from a collection of farms into an industrial center. The men, who will be 77 tomorrow, fanned Blaine's Island, which Carbide occupies now, before the tun of the century. horse wagon could haul away." It was a good business store and post office at Spring Hill cave any indication mat tne section would develop into community. The Thomas twins say their father was the first to raise cantaloupes and melons in Ka nawha County, and he shipped : them up and down the river as! well as servicing all the markets in Charleston. The only buildings on Blaine's Island were a stable, a corn crib that held about 1,500 bush els and a shanty where the boys staved to keen - people out their melon patch - - a familiar theme even today. At that time, a dozen of the biceer melons could be bought lor from 60 cents 10 si.w, De pending on the size. "We raised pumpkins, too,' I—a and William recall, "am _ney sold lor %\ for all a two - l HOSPITALIZED POLICEMAN'S RADIO STOLEN Somewhere there is music today, but not in the hospital room of Capt. Jess Workman of the Charleston Police - Dept Workman is a patient in a Charleston hospital. Last week he accidentally shot himself in the left leg while dressing to go to work. It fractured both bones of the lower leg. Under periodic heavy sedation, Workman is still bedfast after undergoing extensive surgery. Yesterday someone took advantage of his lethargic condition and stole his transistor radio from his bed, he reported. )d years, but about every olh year a flood would sweep over the island carrying melons, can taloupes and pumpkins with it. One year they lost some horses m a flood. When they were about 21, the Thomas brothers quit farming and became interested in re a estate, which has kept them oc cupied ever since. Today they hold title to much of the land they saw under cultivation more jUian a nau - ceniury ago. ISLAND HAS GROWN Blaine's Island was purchased! by Carbide in 1927 and measured 65 acres. A contractor re portedly ran 20 trucks day and night for three years hauling fill material to build the island to its present size. The Carbide real estate office says the island now measures : acres. What has proved to be Car bide's and the Kanawha Valley's 'gain is the melon lovers his assigning not ed is of l tt

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  1. The Charleston Daily Mail,
  2. 06 Apr 1961, Thu,
  3. Page 33

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