Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 17, 1975 · Page 26
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 26

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 17, 1975
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August 17, " A*M Farmer Riggs McFann Takes a Hot Dog Break He Waits for Someone to Buy His Produce at Farmer's Market -APWirephoto PRODUCE Farmers at Roadside Stands, Markets Become Common Sights By Strat Douthat HUNTINGTON. W.Va. ( A P ) - Riggs McFann was seated on the tailgate of his red, 1964 Studebaker pickup. He was eating a hot dog and watching the housewives walk past. "Hey, take a look at these tomatoes. 111 make you a good price if you buy them all," he said as a burly man walked past : his baskets of large, pink beefsteaks. "How much?" asks the man. "Seven dollars for the lot." The man stares down at the tomatoes a moment, rubs his chin and walks on. , "Some days they just wont move," Mc- Fann said as he wiped a glob of mustard from his mouth. "Up until today a half peck of tomatoes brought a dollar, but it's Tuesday and the farmers all pick their produce on Monday and bring it in today. They've glutted the market." A short man with a weathered face and white hair. McFann was dressed in bib overalls and a ball cap. He looked much the same as many of the other men seated on the backs of their trucks at the farmers' market here. "You'll notice most of these fellas are retired," he said. "Myself, I'm 76." * * * MCFANN AND others like him are a State Police Discrimination Suit Trial Set for Sept. 4 The Associated Press Trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 4 in U.S: Mason Murder Suspect's Name Still Withheld POINT PLEASANT - Mason County sheriff's deputies continued Saturday to withhold the identity of a 14-year-old youth who was charged Friday in the knife murder of a Mason County groundhog hunter. Danny Richard Cornell, 26, of Glenwood was found dead Thursday below an embankment near his home. He had suffered 18 stab wounds. The body was discovered by searchers who were summoned to the area when Cornell failed to return from a day of groundhog hunting. Deputies Saturday did reveal that the youth was also from the Glenwood area of Mason County, and that the knife allegedly used in the slaying had been recovered. Cornell's .222 caliber hunting rifle has not been found, deputies added. Sheriff's deputies said they were told not to identify the youth accused in the slaying "until the judge issues orders saying we can." District Court here in a discrimination suit against the West Virginia Department of Public Safely. James Johnson, the first black trooper to be enlisted in the department, filed the class action suit against Supt. R. L. Bonar challenging alleged racial discrimination in employment practices of .the state police agency. The case was filed several years ago by Johnson but was delayed in reaching the trial stage due to the illness and death last year of U.S. District Judge Sidney Christie. The suit will be heard before Judge Dennis R. Knapp. common sight these summer days as they peddle their produce at roadside stands or at markets across the state. He's one of the thousands of elderly West Virginians who raise and sell vegetables for a little extra cash and for something to do. "I thought this would be a $50 load today," he said, gestering toward the tomatoes, cucumbers and apples at his feet. "But I'll be lucky to get $30 before I go home. I've got to take what I can get or just haul it back home." Home to the retired construction worker, who also served as a justice of the peace and once was a Cabell County deputy sheriff, is 10 miles north of Huntington in the little community of Cox's Landing. "I've lived in that area more than 40 years," he said, putting a small plug of tobacco into his jaw. "And I've been farming all my life." Although he sells from a small produce stand in his back yard, McFann comes to the market about twice a week. "Whenever I get a surplus I come into town," he said. "I picked these tomatoes yesterday and got up at five this morning and loaded the truck. Some days you'll run into a hauler who's taking produce to Charleston or to the coalfields and who'll sell out early. But some days things just don't move and this is one of them." Over-all, he says sales have been good this summer. "Prices have been good. People always want what's scarce, you know. They want peaches, and beans would have brought $9 a bushel here this morning. That fellow over there is getting a dollar for a dozen ears of corn. I've made $100 a day when my corn was in, but that just lasts a couple of days." Del. Given Won't Name ^Armtwister' The Aitociated Preu Del. Phyliss Given says she will not identify a legislator who harassed her about her pension reform stand, but only revealed the incident to stop such ·'armtwisting." Del. Walter Rollins. D-Wayne, asked Mrs. Given to name a telephone caller, a fellow legislator, whom she said this week threatened her with political reprisal unless she dropped her pension reform effort. "If you feel any compassion at all for other Democratic members of the legislature, you will reveal the name immediately," Rollins said. "I beg you to identify him or her." Mrs. Given said Friday she sympathized with Rollins' belief "that it does tend to cast blame on all the legislators. But that certainly was not my intent. However, I am hopeful that in exposing this that it will alleviate further harassment. "I would hope my action does not jeopardize my effectiveness in the legislature. But I hope it does put an end to the armtwisting that has been going on," she said. Mrs. Given is sponsoring legislation to take back state pensions of state officials convicted of crimes committed while in office. 18-Month Term Given Protester The Associated Preii A 31-year-old Kanawha County textbook protester was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his participation in a bridge bombing attempt last fall. William Lee Hammons had pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court last March after he was indicted with five others in connection with an unsuccessful plot to blow up a Campbells Creek bridge.' Of the others indicted, Delbert Lee Rose PRICES GOOD AUGUST 17,18,19 BUDGET PAK FRYER PARTS COUNTRY STYLE SLICED BACON .... ICHUCK 2% MILK $149 1 99 LB. $129 I GAL. GUNNOE'S, 1 LB. PKG. pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months. Larry Elmer Stevens was acquitted in June by a federal jury. Both also have been sentenced on charges related to a school bombing conspiracy at the height of the textbook protest. Trials for Jesse Downey, David Stevens- and Stephen Stone are pending in federal court. Press Association Elects Welch MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Herbert Welch, publisher of the Republican Delta in Buckhannon, was elected president of the West Virginia Press Assn. Saturday. Welch's election to succeed Harry Hamm of the Wheeling News-Register took place at the organization's annual convention. Also elected were: John F. McGee of the Charleston Daily Mail, vice president for dailies; Phoebe Fisher of the Moorefield Examiner, vice president for weeklies; and William E. Blake of the Kanawha Valley Leader in Nitro, treasurer. Elected to fill two vacancies on the board of governors for one-year terms were N. S. "Buddy" Hayden of the Huntington Publishing Co. and Eugene M. Brewer of the the Lincoln Journal at Hamlin. Sheltered Workshops Contract Completed IBANANAS . . . 1 5 * ONIONS. 3 .-.. 59 CANTALOUPES 3 S 1°° PEPSI COLA 8-16 oz. BOTTLES GOLDEN ISLE PLUS DEPOSIT ICE CREAM .T. 89 KING SIZE 20 oz. LOAVES A legal advertisement appeared in newspapers last week inviting others who were discriminated against to join in the suit. The notice requested that any blacks who were employes of the department or who were denied employment or who were forced to resign since Dec. 1, 1969, could become party to the action. Johnson, who was discharged from the force, is now a correctional officer at the Bland (Va.) Correctional Farm. He crossed his legs and watched as the burly man who had walked by earlier con- sumated a sale a couple of trucks down the line. "I don't depend on this for a living," McFann said, after telling a woman shopper about the virtues of his apples. "It gives me something to do. If I sit down too long I won't be able to get back up. "I've got to have something to do." The Associated Press Low-income handicapped West Virginians will learn skills to prepare them for the job market under a state contract. 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