Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 71
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 71

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
Page 71
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I OF -June 20,1976 Postal Service Designation Ends 100-Year Fight New U.S. Postal Service state designations have ended a West Virginia controversy begun in June 1863. Then, only six days after West Virginia received its statehood, the Wheeling Intel- ligencer proposed that West Virginia be abbreviated W. V.-, as opposed to W. Va., Wst. V., or West Va. "Nothing will be more convenient than W. V.," the newspaper contended. The State Commerce Department still was trying to have W. V. accepted in 1963, the state's Centennial year, but it took until 1976, and the postal service, to make headway toward breaking the W. Va. habit. Sum/ay Charleston. West Virginia State Teacher Missed History A West Virginia teacher just missed immortality as the inventor of the telephone and radio. Dr. Amos E. Dolbear, a Connecticut native, was professor of physics and natural history at Bethany College from 1867 to 1874. In 1864 he made a talking machine, called the opeidoscope, similar to the one patented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1877. Dolbear insisted the idea was his but after a long court fight Bell was declared the inventor. In 1882 Dolbear produced radio waves but the discovery is usually credited to the German scientist Heinrich R. Hertz in 1888. Great Paint! Only 'S^/gal. (Interior) JAXSAN the richman's paint with the poor-man's price now^available. .. BUY QUALITY PAINT DIRECT FROMTHEMANUFACTURERSAVE! (Contractors Prices Available) · Thick, ricH no drip pant h ranbox of colors ' · Pleasant crage Wesson scsntwlie paint is »et ^DCM u c - ·biterior-£it»ior-Conin«rcial OPEN Mon.-Fr,. 8:00-4:30 PLASTIC COATINGS CORP. 7300MocCorkle Av'e. S.E. One Mile Down From Turnpike locolly owned operated-- parking in front 925-3502 --Sketch From Virginia State Library Harpers Ferry Scene Shows Potomac (Left) Meeting the Shenandoah Beyond Mountain on Right Thomas Jefferson Said: "This Scene Is Worth a Voyage Across the Atlantic" 'THE HOLE' By John G. Morgan : HARPERS FERRY, Va., Jan. 1,1764 - tyhen Robert Harper stopped here in 1747, this rugged and lonely place was known as i'TheHole." ; Harper became so enthralled with the riotous beauty of the area that he decided to claim it for himself. As he roamed the V-shaped land, where the Shenandoah meets the Potomac River in a setting of mountain splendor, he found a squatter's cabin. In the cabin lived Peter Stevens, a 13-year resident of the area. Somewhere on the premises also was Stevens' Indian friend named Gutterman Tom. Harper immediately started bargaining talks with Stevens for purchase of squatter's rights in The Hole. Stevens sold out for 50 British guineas. With the sale went his cabin and cornfield on 125 acres of land, and a canoe. Harper later purchased full legal title to the Hole from Lord Fairfax, proprietor of the northern neck of Virginia. The price ·was 60 guineas, or about $315. .' It may be said that this financial deal lit- Rugged, Lonely Place Sold By Squatter to Robert Harper Mountain Road to Independence--7 erally put Harper in The Hole to stay. The purchase opened a new way of life for Harper, about 32, a native of Oxford, .England, and a resident of Philadelphia. Earlier, he had been somewhat down on his financial luck as an architect, carpenter and millwright. He was on his way to build a meeting house for a Quaker Society of Friends somewhere in the general area when a suggestion was made that he stop by The Hole to witness its natural beauty. The suggestion reportedly was made at a wayside inn by a man identified as Peter Hoffman, an itinerant trader with a special appreciation for stupendous scenery. After completion of all business deals, Harper and his wife moved into the Stevens cabin. They were driven to higher ground by deep snows and a terrific flood during the winter of 1747-48. (In March of 1748, a surveying party for Lord Fairfax moved through the area. Among members was a 16-year old sur- veyor named George Washington.) Harper has continued to live in the area and prosper generally as new settlers have arrived. During a 12-year period ending about 1759, he acquired three grants totaling 401 acres from the English lord. For several years he continued to improve a small ferry service started by Stevens for wayfarers. A village around the ferry became known as Shenandoah Falls. In March of 1761, he established his own ferry service across the Potomac to the Maryland shore. Last year the Virginia Assembly at Williamsburg formally incorporated this area and gave it the official name of Harpers Ferry. There is speculation that this area was the first seen by white men west of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Louis Michel, a resident of Switzerland, came here in 1707 and made a map of the area. There are reports of earlier visitors. Next: Lord Fairfax and His Lands. You have always been Saving with safety at Empire Federal. At Empire Federal Savings and Loan, you have always been saving with safety because no one has ever .lost a penny in a savings account insured by an agency of the Federal Governmment. And, at Empire Federal, no one has ever missed a dividend. Plus, at Empire Federal Savings and Loan, your money earns the highest rate of return allowed by law. We offer a variety of savings plans to fit your investment needs. You can't beat safety plus income. See the friendly people at Empire Federal today, or send in the coupon below. For Safety Plus Income, Send in this coupon. 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