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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 66

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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5F -June 20,1976 · Sunday Gazette-Nail " Charleston.. West Virginia DISCOVERY --Cuddinglon Sludio Photo Pearisburg, Va. Small Falls Where New River Breaks Through Peters Mountain This Is Point Batts and Fallam Expedition Reached THANKS, WE SALUTE YOU! The assistance and cooperation of the following individuals and groups mad e possible the successful completion of the Bicentennial Flag Project. The Charleston Gazette Daily Mail Publishing Company Phaiips Enterprises, Inc. Central Distributing Company Electric Supply Company, Inc; The Bank of West Virginia The National Bank of Commerce Carbon Industries Ray Resources American Legion John Brawley Post No. 20 Fas-Chek Supermarkets Holiday Inns of Charleston Chesapeake Potomac Telephone Company Sears Monument Company Representative John Slack Vincent V.Chaney Mountaineer Euclid, Inc. Star Super Markets, Inc. Hooten Equipment Company A. James Manchin Kanawha County Automobile Dealers Assn. John D. Rockefeller IV Anne K. Dawson (memory of D. Boone Dawson) Mr.andMrs.F.G.Bannerat,Jr. The Charleston Civitan Club Coca Cola Bottling Works Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation American Airlines Buzz Products, Inc. Boulevard Recreation Center, Inc. H.B:Agsten4Sons,lnc. The Charleston Gazette Patterson, Befl Crane Company The Pioneer Company , Beck's Home Improvement David Borsteii Property Protection Company, Inc. Shoney's Big Boy Restaurants Drive-Ins A l Supply Company MrsJuanitaBoH M.F.AmoM Isadore P. Borsteki Londeree Music Company . Woodlands Unit - So. Charleston Area Girl Scouts SamBorstein Charleston Tile Marble Works, Inc. McJunkin Corporation Boll Furniture Tincher Dental Laboratories, Inc. Cleveland Plant Flower Company Woman's Club of Charleston, Junior Dept Miller Associates Bache Company Incorporated A. S.Thomas Memorial Fund St. Albans American Legion, Post 73 Cook Gifts Diana's Fashion Palace Clark Filter and Equipment Company The Guaranty Bank R.H.Kyle Furniture Company Bonwell Corporation CordaLonderee Mr. and Mrs. James M.Massey Arnett Foster, CPA's FMC Corporation Mrs. Mary King Mrs. Minna Meyer Padlibsky Kanawha Bankings Trust Company The Strand Risk Key Market Bernard HJacobson The Quality Shop Mr.Mrs.E.J.Cassab Mr.andMrs.AlvinH.Ostrin Mr. and Mrs. Louis W.Cohen C.Judson Pearson Southern Kitchen Ida Catherine Williams Mr. and Mrs. Russell Fogtesong Mr.andMrs.T.S.Hickerson Dr. Walters. Ramsey Philips Animal Hospital Mrs. Rachel Kantor Mr. and Mrs. Harold Burdette MrsJ.A.DeGniyter Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Elaine Mrs. Max Lew is Mrs. Helen LSaylor Mrs. Mary Richardson Curious River Beyond Mountains Found; Land Claimed for Britain By John G. Morgan FORT HENRY, Va., Oct. 1, 1671-Discovery of a curious river beyond the western mountains by British explorers was reported here today. Robert Fallarn, a member of the successful expedition that returned today, said the land drained by the river was claimed in the name of the British Crown. He said a special ceremony to take possession of the land was held two weeks ago beside falls on the river. In a journal kept during the trip. Fallam said the taking of territory was proclaimed in these words: "Long live Charles the Second by the grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland and Virginia and all of the territories thereto belonging . . . The exploring party then "fired some guns and went to the first tree which we marked there with a pair of marking irons . . . for his Sacred Majesty." Fallam said initials were marked on trees for Sir William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia, Maj. Gen. Abraham Wood who commissioned the expedition; and Pere- cute, an Indian member of the party "who said he would turn Englishman." The expedition, under the leadership of Thomas Batts, was sent from here by Gen. Wood on Sept. 1. Members of the party included Batts, Fallam, Perecute, a servant and a Mr. Thomas Wood, not the colonel. An Indian guide and seven additional Indians joined the group during early days of the trip. The official mission was to engage in "finding out the ebbing and flowing of the water on the other side of the mountains in order to the discovery of the South Seas." Mountain Road to Independence--3 During the early going, the party moved along the Appomattox River and twice crossed a tributary of the Roanoke River. On Sept. 6, Thomas Wood became "dangerously sick of the flux" and his horse was "likewise taken the staggers and a falling in his hinder parts." The horse and rider were left at a town called Flanakaskies. Batts, Fallam and others in the expedition traveled to the headwaters of the Roanoke River, crossed the Blue Ridge Mountains and found a "great river" on the other side. This they named "Wood River" in honor of their colonel and followed it for three days. On Sept. 13, when the party was well into the mountains, Fallam wrote: "It was a pleasing, tho dreadful sight to see the mountains and hills as if piled one upon another." The next iiay, when the party reached a clear place on top of a hill, Fallam saw a "curious prospect of hills like waves raised by a gentle breeze of wind rising one after another. Mr. Batts supposed he saw houses, but I rather think them to be white cliffs." Indians traveling with the party had difficulty in finding deer meat, but on Sept.. 16 they "brought us some exceeding good grapes and killed two turkeys, which were very welcome ..." On this same date the travelers sighted a "curious river like the Apamatack River." The tree-marking ceremony was held the next morning beside the falls, described by Fallam as somewhat like falls in the James River. He gave this report on what happened after the ceremony: ".. .we went ourselves down to the river side, but not without great difficulty, it being a piece of very rich ground" on which Indians formerfy lived. The place had "grown up so with weeds and small prickly locusts and thickets to a very great height that it was almost impossible to pass." The river was found to be "better and broader than we expected . . . We set up a stick by the water side, but found it ebbs very slowly." Leaders of the expedition apparently would have stayed longer, but "Our Indians kept up such a hallowing that we durst not stay . . ." The expedition turned back Sept. 17 and stopped on the way at an Indian village called Toteras Town. There an Indian visitor to the town engaged expedition members in friendly conversation. Fallam reported this interesting information about a salt supply available to the visitor's people: "He told us by an interpreter that we had from the mountains half way to the place they now lived at. That the next town beyond them lived upon plain level, from whence came an abundance of salt." Upon returning to Fianakaskies, Sept. 24, the party learned that Thomas Wood and his horse were dead and buried. Fal- lam reported the end of the expedition here today: "Being Sunday morning, we arrived safely at Fort Henry. God's holy name be praised for our preservation." Next: Knights of the Golden Horseshoe. The Real John Henry The legend of John Henry pits man against machine. The story sprang from the construction of the Big Bend Tunnel on the Chesapeake Ohio Railway near Hinton in 1873 (another was built in 1934). There was a real John Henry, a muscular black man who "drove steel"-used a giant sledge to drive a steel drill into rock. The hole from the process was later packed with explosives for blasting. John Henry or his foreman, according to the legend, made a bet that he could drive more steel than a steam drill which had been brought to the site. With a 20-pound hammer in each hand, Henry drilled two holes seven feet deep in 35 minutes. The steam drill made only one hole nine feet deep. But, John Henry, bursting a blood vessel, fell over dead. The real John Henry probably died under a rock fall in the tunnel but his legend lives on, especially in the ballad sung by mountain musicians. The Pilot Club of Charleston, Inc, We think rhe old ways ore best. That's why we're doing business rhe way Henry Ford meanr ir ro be. Quiet and simple. We don't scream abour sensational offers. We don'r misrepresent facts. We just offer plain old fair dealings to our customers and friends. Oh, occasionally, we may feature a special bonus. But that won't make our prices any higher, or our trades any lower. You can bet on that. Yes, a lot of people today say the Ford Store is conservative. And, you know, they're right. The only thing liberal about us is our good trades, our reasonable prices and the service we provide long after the sale is over. But, then, that's the way Henry meant it to be. And Henry did all right. The Font Store. Harvey Stireve Ford 4-ACRES OF FORDS · RT. 60, WEST · 727-4306 Where selling you o cor is just the feginning of rhe deol.

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