Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 20, 1972 · Page 25
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August 20, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 25

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PRIMARY FOES NOW COMRADES IN ARMS Lee M. Kemna (left) Chats With John D. Rockefeller IV Staff Photos By FerrelL Friend EX-CHAIRMAN AND CHAIRMAN OBSERVE Rudolph DiTrapano (left) and William E. Watson Democrat Delegates Back Panel's Stripping Stand THEY CAME FROM ALL OVER Barbcur County Was Well Represented On Floor. Bulldozers Found McNutt Always on Sunday by Terry Marchal Su Interstate 79 got McNutt. Technically, McNutt is still there--nestled along U.S. 19 a couple miles north of Sutton. But highway progress wiped out th£ only dwelling in this Braxton County area. Two weeks ago, I reported that McNutt . was gone and, perhaps, had never been there in the first place, even though it appears on most West Virginia highway maps. Residents and former residents of Braxton County have arisen. And they've set me straight about McNutt. » FOR INSTANCE, James R. Berry, a resident of Sutton for 65 years, called'. He said 1 McNutt was a railroad stop between Sutton and Flatwoods (rember ' the Braxton County Monster at Flatwoods?) and was known as McNutt Siding.. It was named, the Sutton resident said, after B. C. McNutt, who lived there. Berry said the siding was located a half mile from Laurel Court, which was once called Laurel Fork. I also received a call from the grandson of B. C. McNutt. Dr. Steve McNeill, a Sutton physician, said his late grandfather's land is now owned by Sutton businessman Marvin M. Rose. Rose lived there, Dr. McNeill said, until the interstate got the house. »· ROD STEORTS, a former Braxton Countian, wrote from Dearborn Heights, Mich., to say that McNutt is a half mile or so further north on U.S. 19 from the turn onto Morrison Ridge Road. That's where I abandoned the search for McNutt. Steorts suggested a drive on the dirt roads of Braxton County. "See if you can find a place called Thrash or Fairbanks or Arnett or Cleveland or Milrpy," he wrote. '"There names make my visits ' to Braxton more than pleasing." Mrs. Marie Geary of Exchange wrote to tell me the reason I couldn't find McNutt was because I insisted I was on U.S. 119. U.S. 119, she wrote, is not in Bfaxton County. She's right. It was a slip of the typewriter. She also pointed! out that Morrison Ridge Road comes out on W. Va. 20 at Diana, Webster County, and not Hacker Valley as I reported. Right again, Mrs. Geary. I did see Hacker Valley somewhere, however. Glen C. Morrison of Clendenin wrote and enclosed a map of the railroad lines between Gassaway, Exchange, Flat- voods and Sutton, including McNutt Siding. "TO GET TO Clarksburg and Weston back in 1924," he wrote, "from Gassaway you rode the train in the early moring --about 5 a.m.--to Sutton and walked across the river bridge to Sutton proper and then to the crossroad railroad station. About 6:90 a.m., the train left for Flatwoods. At Fiatwoods the Richwood train arrived about 7:45 a.m. You rode this train to Weston and rode the streetcar to Clarksburg." Morrison said the McNutt Siding station was a busy one. "This was the center of the Negro community that was left from the freeing of the slaves," he said, "from both the McNutt and Fisher farms." 0. L. Hoteomb of Sutton wrote to say that Rand McNally is not the only one who knows where McNutt is. "Besides myself," he said, "Bob Kelly of the law firm of Jackson, Kelly, Holt and O'Farrell of Charleston will remember McNutt. We attended' a Sunday school picnic at McNutt about the year 1907 or 1908." »· J. G. ADKINS of Sissonville is a former resident of Webster County who also said I made a wrong turn if I took the Morrison Ridge Road and arrived at Hacker Valley instead of Diana. Maybe I was thinking of that song--you know, the one about the Hacker Valley PTA. Don Oreskovich of Bancroft wrote to say he had a railroad map printed by Rand McNally with a 1900 census of West Virginia. It included McNutt, he said, but listed no population. He said the map shows a populatin of 864 for Sutton and 189 for Flatwoods. I also heard from an honest-to-goodness native of McNutt. Felix S. Watkins of Diamond wrote to say, "I'm sure by now you've learned why you couldn't locate McNutt--because it's never been closer than 75 miles to U. S. 119. Sue Rand McNally if they say differently," he said. "By the way," he added, "how did you find Sutton?" Well, I found it very friendly. C. Donee Cook, who worked for the Braxton Democrat in 1908 and now lives in Richwood, said, "After Sunday school, church and dinner we went down there (McNutt Siding) to play. One Sunday," he wrote, "I picked up what I didn't know were mower blades and drove them into a tree. Now my conscience hurts. I'd like to send someone $10 to relieve the brain...." anyone been looking for mower blades the last 64 years? · WILLIAM E. GROSE, a resident of Kanawha City and a Braxton County native, wrote that B. C. McNutt was a sheriff toward the turn of the century. The sheriff and his wife were congenial people, Grose said. "They had 1 several attractive daughters and the McNutt home was a favorite gathering place." Grose also said that "many years ago, when the BO pulled the tracks between like numerous other landmarks in Braxton, began to fade away. More continue to fade and oldtime Braxtonians...hardly recognize the old familiar haunts. "The new stretch of i n t e r s t ate...between Frametown and Sutton wiped out Twistville and disturbed the Middle Run section of the County... "While it's perhaps all for the best in the long-range scheme of things," he said, "the converging interstates near Sutton and Flatwoods, McNutt Siding, face of the county to the extent that it won't be possible for Rand McNaU to keep abreast of the bulldozer. Bonnie, Hattie, Dessie, Wilsie and Caress, all on the map, are in jeopardy and Polemic the map, are in jeopardy and Polemic may have to raise its voice to stay alive..." Grose suggested that the next time I go hunting for a place in Braxton County, I ask Sports editor Stop Johnson, a Braxton native. Before I wrote about McNutt two weeks ago, I ask«d the sports editor. "There's no such place," Johnson said. CharK \ginia IB--August 20, 1972 By Fanny Seiler The State Democratic Convention backed its platform committee Saturday on the touchy subject of strip mining verses abolition after brief floor scur- mishes over two extremes outlined in minority reports. The convention, however, adopted one minority report which puts the Democratic party on record in West Virginia as opposing mass amministy. The minority report, submitted by Paul Lister, former House of Delegates member from Harrison County, calls for the property authority to pass judgment on individual cases. ' . . ' . . ' . ' . . ** MINORITY REPORTS to legalize gambling, abortion, and the sale of ma- ifjuana were shouted down by voice vote. A minority report on hardships put upon blacks by the present laws and society also lost. There were two minority reports on the subject of strip, mining. One ybT. J. Scott, House of .Delegates mameber of McDowell County, said adoption of the platform committee's plank would have a detrimental effect on the many candidates who do not favor abolition. The platform committee calls for the next Democratic governor to propose to the legislature abolition of the strip method of extracting coal. Scott, hozever pointed out, "We're going to support Mr. Rockefeller." After a brief period of shouting back and forth between delegates on the floor, a motion was made by an employe of a strip operator in Barbour County to table the minority report. That was rejected, and Scott's minority report was shouted to defeat. Another minrotiy report would have committed the party to "complete and total abolition in West Virginia." Robert Hamilton from Ohio County called for adoption because "Jay Rockefeller is an abolitionist and doesn't have a platformto stand on." But it too was rejected, and the convention then adopted the plaform committee's platform which had been amended from the original draft written by a subcommittee of the platform committee. One amendment made changes in a plank calling for the surfacing of all secondary dirt roads in the next four years. The change pledges either to surface or improve all dirt secondary roads and to repair and upgrade all bridges by the end of the next Democratic administration. A PLANK by secretary of state nominee Tom Winner that pledged to offer legislation to make the secretary of state the chief elections officer with power to fight corruption and fraud at the polls also was approved. A plank was inserted calling for revocation of the 3 per cent sales tax on food, and one to establish qualifications for the office of justice of peace. Both were approved with adoption of the platform committee report. In addition, the platform was amended to urge that coal slate dumps be established as land fills with proportionate layers of dirt and slate so as to lessen the chance of combustion and formation of poisonous fumes. Emotional debates were offered on the minority reports dealing with abortion, and legalized gambling. Larry Barker, a delegate from Kanawha County, opposed the abortion plank for "purely political reasons." Barker said this wasn't the year for abortion to be in the platform because the party was facing a tought fight. The black plank, offered by the Black Political League, came before the convention because.it was submitted late Friday night at a meeting of the platform rommittee and Sen. Robert Nelson, a delegate to the convention from Cabell County, said there wasn't enough time to consider it but the committee agreed to put it on the agenda. THE STRIKERS' VOICE Holly Brown, Wife Await Cue. DEBBIE PHILLIPS Opposed Minority Report State Fair Events Today 2 P.M. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show 3 P.M. Six Classes Pony Show (Blue Grass Bowl) 3 P.M. Jr. ^H Dog Show--Youth Exhibits Open 6 P.M. Championship Pony Show (Blue Grass Bowl) 7 P.M. Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show--Second Performance OLD CAMPAIGNER TELLS HOW ITS DONE James Sprouse (left) Listens to Sen. Jenning-a Randolph, D-W. Va.

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