March 3, 2019

Issue 235

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Publisher: Jalon Smith Burton
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1. Do you think Miss Nutter was ever married? Yes or No and give us the reason for your answer?
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2. Do you remember SHOP CLASS or HOME EC CLASS?
Who taught the class? What projects did you make? If you still have the item, send us a picture of it.
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3. Or write on any subject!
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So many say they can’t think of anything to write about.
Each month I try to give you suggestions--Some ideas that should jog your memory.

In the February newsletter I wrote:
Write and tell us where your family shopped for groceries in Clarksburg when you were in high school there.
Were there stores in your neighborhood?
Did you mother shop at them?
Do you remember the name or location of any?
Did your family own a store in Clarksburg? What was the name of it?

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From: Bill Bryan (RW 1957)

Growing up in the 40's and 50's, our family shopped at Broadway Market in east Clarksburg. It was located at the bottom of Broadway Ave. Still many small grocery stores at that time. The owner was Patsy Guzzi (and wife Thelma). They had charge (before charge cards) and delivery. You could call in an order and pick it up or have it delivered. I grew up a block from the store, and as a youngster walked through back-yards many, many times to get bread, milk, etc. On some Saturdays, my Dad would deliver around east Clarksburg for Patsy. They were good friends. At the time, it was a school bus stop for RWHS. Winter days we waited inside the store for the bus. I can vaguely remember square tins of loose cookies from which you could choose and mix-up.
Once while playing basketball on Nutter St., I put a pretty wide one inch cut in my knee. I may have been 10 or 11. Ran home. Mom said go see Patsy. Went to the store, he looked at it, said I didn't need stitches, took me behind the meat counter, pinched it together, and taped it! Healed nicely! I'll always remember that care! And the store.

From: John Teter (WI 1961)

I remember that most of my family grocery shopping "back in the day" was done at the Garden Fresh Market. There was one on Pike Street at the corner of Pike and Chestnut Streets that was within walking distance of where we lived on Broaddus Avenue. There was also another Garden Fresh out on Pike Street, just past Minard’s, that we would also frequent. I remember that we sometimes went to Kroger’s, but I am not sure about where Kroger’s was at the time. We also went to the A & P (I think) Grocery Store located on Pike Street just around the corner from Notre Dame High School. I remember that there was a fire in the business above the A & P at some time and people were all standing out in the parking lot collecting items that were being thrown out of the building to help stop the fire. Those items were materials used to make bras.

From: Terry Shorr (WI/Elkins 1958)

I lived in Broad Oaks from 1940 into 1957, on the lower half of Point Street between Harrison Street and Vermont Avenue. There were three grocery stores within a block and a half when I was in grade school at Alta Vista. Mazzie’s, owned by my 2nd and 4th grade teacher, Loretta Mazzie, was at the corner of Point and Haymond Highway, across from the Broad Oaks Methodist Church. Barrack's was at the corner of Harrison and Point, and Jones' was on the corner of Harrison and Tyler Avenue. Between the latter two was the Broad Oaks Dairy Bar (confectionary), aka Joe's (famous for his hot dogs and as my de facto study hall).
Across from Alta Vista on Haymond Highway was another grocery, name of which escapes me. Others may recall differently, but there may have been yet another grocery at the corner of Haymond and Harrison. The building then was occupied by Wuchner's who sold grocery store equipment, I think.
I recall my Grandmother shopping at Parrack's, then Jones'. On rare occasions we might shop at the A&P at East Main and Monticello, and even rarer at a Kroger on West Main. (Or was that another A&P I'm sticking with Kroger.)
In my neighborhood, if my memory serves, Parrack's was the first to close, followed in order by Jones' and lastly Mazzie's, maybe by then under newer ownership.
Jones' corner served as the daily drop off point for Exponent, Telegram, Pittsburgh, and other papers. Sunday mornings before papers arrived, we newsboys could often be found playing hockey with crushed cans aimed for the four corner storm drains (There may have been some later rainwater overflows from the tin cans accumulated below). The second that papers were dropped, we hurried to open their wrapping wires with pliers, packed 80-100 papers in our canvas carrier bags and took off briskly, folding papers between houses. Customers would be calling the circulation manager if their paper wasn't promptly delivered.

From: David Saucer (WI 1951)

Being of a certain age, and privileged to grow up in Clarksburg in the 40’s and 50’s, I have fond memories of the neighborhoods and the small family markets.
There were eight small stores in Broad Oaks alone and in the other neighborhoods I imagine it was very much the same. They were small family businesses that carried most of the essentials that our families needed. My Grandfather Saucer owned and operated the Haymond Hwy Market right across the street from Alta Vista Elementary School. I can remember as I was going to AV, I would go there at lunch time and after school to hang out and help out if I could. Home delivery was standard operation (No FedEx, UPS or Amazon Fresh in those days) and I would go with my Grandad in his car to deliver groceries to homes. We would take the groceries into their house and put all the goods on their kitchen table. In the early forties (WW2) there were a lot of shortages and rationed items that were not available all the time. What really impacted us kids was the shortage of candies. The shops seldom had any so we kids would check the stores daily to see if there had been any candy deliveries. If we were lucky there may be some candy bars so we would run home and tell our Moms. They would usually give us some funds to buy a few bars. (Candy bars then were 5 Cents each not like $1.50 as today)
A more “elite” store in Clarksburg in those days was the Chicago Dairy uptown on 4th Street (Chicago?). It just occurred to me after all these years, why the “Chicago” Dairy? That would be a good mystery question. Not what is it, but why/how did it get its name?) It was the largest market in town and carried many more specialties than the little neighborhood stores. I was always fascinated with the large barrel of pickles in the middle of the store.
Then came the 50’s and the new big kids in town were the A&P, Kroger and other Supermarkets. The little neighborhood stores struggled on as they could but mostly faded away. And now we have the newer growth of mega
Markets: Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Costco, Amazon Prime and many more that are putting pressure on older markets. Adding on, when I was small my sister and I would play the game of “Grocery Store” with my Mother at night or in the car. I still use it to play with my young grandchildren. Maybe you know and use it yourselves with your grandkids.
My turn, “I am going to the store and buy something that starts with an “A” or you pick the letter for the item you select. They query with responses and questions until someone guesses the correct answer like “Apples.” It can be fun for littles ones and you can modify it many ways.

Note from Editor:
WHY was the CHICAGO DAIRY named for CHICAGO?

From: Ken Matheny (WI 1973)

You asked your readers for their memories of Clarksburg's grocery stores. I grew up in Stealey in the 1960s, and my father did almost all of our shopping at the old A&P Store on West Pike Street. I usually went with Dad to "help”. My father loved grocery shopping because he almost always met someone he knew from his work at Union Carbide or from the church we went to on Duff Street. Grocery shopping was very much a social event back then when you met and chatted with your friends and neighbors. My main memory of the old A&P is the smell of coffee that permeated the store. I was too young to drink coffee, but I liked the smell.
I can recall four small stores within walking distance of my house in Stealey. One was a little store across the street from Morgan Elementary School. It was at the corner of Duff and Davis. Our principal, Mr. Sheets, had an ulcer (I wonder why?), and would sometimes give me some change to go to the store across the street from Morgan and buy him some milk, which apparently helped ease his pain. Further down the street on Duff Avenue was Kelly's grocery store. My father would always go there after church to buy The Sporting News and talk sports with the folks who owned the place. There was also a little store on Joseph Street between Duff and Woodland. It was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Woods. They were on my paper route and were nice folks. It was a very tiny store and closed down decades ago. On Euclid Avenue was Wagner's Grocery Store, and this store was important to people in Stealey because they would deliver groceries to the elderly and disabled. It was pretty big for a family owned operation. I remember that Charlie Wagner was a butcher, and Wagner's store was popular for its meat. Dad often bought ground beef there. The delivery driver was named Dale, I believe. Probably every kid who grew up in Stealey in the 1960s remembers Wagner's Grocery Store because most of us walked past it on our way to Morgan School. Most of us would stop there and buy gum, coke, candy bars, and my favorite treat--candy cigarettes. Over the years I spent a lot of my parents' money on junk food at Wagner's store. None of the stuff had any nutritional value, it was loaded with sugar, and I loved it. Stopping at Wagner's store to buy some Bazooka bubble gum and candy cigarettes on my way to school is one of my fondest childhood memories. And, even though I consumed a ton of sugar, I still have my teeth! Those little neighborhood stores were an important part of a thriving, prosperous community, which Clarksburg was in the 1960s. I'd love to go back and relive just one day.

From: Frank Bush (WI 1959)

Broad Oaks had two neighborhood stores. Roseanna’s (sp) was at the corner of Haymond Hwy and Harrison St. My parents and grandparents both had tabs there and would occasionally send me there to pick up items for them. There was an IGA store on Harrison St. I think it was on the coroner of Tyler Ave. I worked there one summer delivering groceries in their station wagon. I remember the owner was also a butcher. He had slabs of beef in the refrigerator that he would keep until the meat was aged. We don’t get that today except at gourmet stores.

Also in the February issue I wrote:
I would love to read your memories of Miss Hollins, WI teacher. It’s never too late to write, let’s hear your memories about our typing teacher.

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From: Custer Burke (WI 1952)

Miss Florence Hollins was a true Southern lady. She and "Mammie", her mother, would return to Clarksburg every fall after spending the summer at their Kentucky home. Their winter home in Clarksburg was an apartment at 527 Hornor Avenue. I do not know how long they followed this routine except that Miss Hollins was teaching at Washington Irving when my father graduated in 1923 and was still teaching when my sister graduated in 1954.
Florence Hollins was an outstanding Commercial teacher as they were called in those days. I was one of her Typewriting I students in my sophomore year. The typing room was down a hallway on the first floor.
I immediately fell in love with typing and knew I wanted to become a secretary. I did that for a while and then went to school and became a typing teacher for thirty years.
Those year-long typewriting classes as we knew them are a thing of the past. They have evolved into something call Keyboarding lasting a few weeks at the most. I still love to type. In fact, to this day, my IBM Wheelwriter sits here near my computer.
My aunt, Miss Pearl Custer, School Secretary, and Miss Hollins were close friends.

Note from Editor:
Thank you for the interesting letter. It was nice of you to answer my request and show respect to one of our former teachers by sharing such interesting memories of her.
I also had Miss Hollins for Typing 1. She kept good control of a room of sophomore boys and girls. She was patient and kind. I used my typing skills in college to type out some papers but never typed again until 20 some years later when Bill and I started our business. Bill was the salesman and creator of our business and I ran the one-person office. I didn’t remember much typing and had no idea how to type a business letter. I went to a garage sale and found a typing book. I re-taught myself to type using a manual typewriter and lots of bottles of white-out. We had no copier so I used carbon paper. Oh, what a mess. When Bill decided it was time to start a company of his own, he left a good-sized company which had several ladies who would type anything and everything needed in the office. Now he was putting up with a 1st year typist (who would indeed have failed Typing1.). This caused many arguments and I left the office crying and mad to walk the mile home many times. I thought of Miss Hollins many times and wished I had gone on to take more business courses from her. But little did I know I would need any of those skills as I planned to be a teacher like my mother and daddy.

New for March: 
Did she teach anything else besides typing?
I don’t think they teach typing in schools now? Is that correct?
Nobody uses a typewriter. People teach themselves how to type on a computer or with their thumbs on an iPhone. I cannot use my thumbs to do it, can you?

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From: Ted Wolfe (WI 1974)

To get to the study hall (the boys study hall, I think they had one for the girls also, but I was never in it) you would go to the top floor of the building and then go the rear of the building down the hall on the right-hand side of the building. The person that I can remember supervising the study hall was Coach Castellana, although I would guess that other people were in charge at different times of the day. I don't know how much studying got done there although it was quiet and orderly enough. I didn't study much in High school and usually would go to the library and read something like a science fiction book there. The entrance to the library was in the study hall room.
I remember at least one time when Coach Castellana deputized one of the students to run up to Rider's market to get him some chewing tobacco, I don't know if that would happen now though.

From: Frank Bush (WI 1959)

Others have written about the location and layout of the study halls so I won’t repeat their works. My friend Parker Fulton (WI 59) came back from a Ramp Festival with some raw ramps. For those that don’t know ramps are a very pungent member of the leek family. Parker and I ate some of these ramps before going to a six-period study hall. It wasn’t very long until the study hall monitor, I think it was a new P.E. instructor, ferreted out it was Parker and myself. He threw us out of study hall and made us sit on the window sills overlooking the auditorium. Later in my senior year I was the recipient of a teaching scholarship. If Mr. Cubbins saw me in the hall, he would ask if my lessons for the next day were done. If I answered “yes”, he would give me permission to skip six period study hall. It didn’t happen too often but it was nice when it did.

From: David Bates (WI 1951)

I have. one memory in four years of study hall, probably my junior year ('49-'50). Delores, the "commander" sez I've already sent this one to you?
The faulty "supervisor" was Mr. Duckworth. Looking out the windows one could see many of the buildings along Main Street. Because of being at a higher altitude we could see the tops of several of them. The one, at this time, was the top of Saint Mary's nurses training center. Several students, knowing they were above observation (wrong), they were sunbathing to get an "all over" a tan. Three or four guys were stuck to the windows. In a teenage boy's mind, from that distance, they may think that they were seeing more than they really were. Mr. Duckworth came to the window, took a long stare, and ran the boys back to their seats. It was only after that, word spread to other boys. True? or false?
At the time I knew it was true. Now?

Note from Editor:
David: It is a good story. Was it told earlier? What does it matter? Like a good joke, the story is always good. And remember each month we get new readers so even if you told it before--a lot of our readers would never have seen it. Or a lot of us would never remember ever reading it before. LOL

From: Bryan McIntyre (WI 1965)

My main memory of study hall was from my sophomore year. Study hall was in the auditorium and Coach Al Castellana was the monitor. One day I was near the back of the auditorium listening to my transistor radio through an earpiece. Somehow, I turned my head quickly and the plug came out of the radio and “Chain Gang” by Sam Cooke blared loudly for a few seconds till I turned off the radio. Coach Al came running up the aisle as all the students in the front turned and looked at me. Dave McCue was sitting beside me and he turned and looked back at the two rows behind us. Quick thinking! I did not get caught. Thanks Dave.

Note from Editor:
Dave McCue must have watched mystery programs on TV. His reaction was perfect!

From: Linda Purnell (WI 1967)

I had study hall right before lunch. Eleanor Smith was in study hall with me. She always asked to be excused and would make a quick run to the grocery store behind WI. We all looked forward to getting our pepperoni rolls. Eleanor would collect our money and off she would go. I do not remember the teacher, but I recall she was young. She soon caught on and tried her best to stop this from happening. Those that knew Eleanor, knew she could be intimidating. The teacher was over her head, ha- Eleanor always found a way to outsmart her. Those that knew and loved Eleanor miss her. She made everything fun and exciting and she certainly had more guts then the rest of us!

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This darling little boy grew up to graduate from WI and he will be at the Clarksburg Picnic on March 9, 2019. Guess who he is? Tell us how you know him.

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From: Arreta Radcliffe Jaranko (WI 1940)

I wonder if I am the only one who remembers the Chicago Dairy on 4th street. I went to WI and during lunch time a friend and I would
go downtown and look at things in some of the stores. We rarely had any money but once in a while we might have a quarter from babysitting. Chicago Dairy had a barrel of dill pickles 5-cents each. We would take our money and head to Chicago Dairy and that barrel of dill pickles! Boy, what a treat! We would buy one and share it. Yum. It tasted so good. Kids today don’t know what they are missing. I wish I could be there for the picnic. I will be thinking of you though. Best Wishes,

Note from Editor:
There it is again, the Chicago Dairy. And I will ask again, why was it named for Chicago?
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From: Sue Selby Moats (WI 1955)

"Oh, the West Virginia Hills,
How majestic and how grand...."

Do you remember singing the words to this song?
These words come to mind often when I'm driving from the DC Metro area to our cabin near Martinsburg WV. It's still thrilling to top the South and/or North Mountains and see the scenery in the distance.
Autumn is particularly my favorite time of year in West Virginia.
This year's WIN quilt features the pencil drawings by Tina Richmond featuring Visions of West Virginia.
They were featured as a fabric panel in the WV Mountain State Quilt Quest in 2010. This is the third quilt we have made with these drawings.

This is a Sneak Peak of the 2019 WIN quilt as it is still a WIP (Work In Progress !!)

Quilters participating this year are: Carolyn Cady, Liz Carder, Barb Charles, Verna George, Mary Hulick, Sherry Keith, Joan Merrill, Gig Meredith, Sue Moats, Joyce Royse, Mary Sue Spahr and Lin Stricker. A few of our regular quilters were not able to participate this year due to hurricanes, family or personal illness, etc. 

If you have not yet donated to the WIN Scholarship fund for chances on Autumn Splendor: Visions of West Virginia, please do so before the opportunity closes.


The winning ticket will be drawn in April and announced in the May newsletter!

Write your check to:
Roleta Meredith-c/o Win Scholarship

Mail to:
Roleta Meredith
3201 Charles MacDonald Dr
Sarasota FL 34240

Tickets cost 6 for $5.00, 12 for $10.00, and 24 tickets for $20.00 and on and on and on.


Tickets for the quilt drawing will be made out for:
Capt. Frank Bush (WI 1959)
Mary Ann Bailey Donato (WI 1956)
Sandy Zickefoose Lindke (WI 1956)
Frank Muscari, Sr (WI 1957)
Elise (Leesie) Guthridge 
Beverly (WI 1958) and Larry O’Grady (Bridgeport 1955)


From: Ted Wolfe (WI 1974)

QUESTION: Was there ever a water fountain om Maim Street?
The only water fountain I can remember was built on the lot at the corner of Main and Second St., after the Sears building was torn down, so that would have been in the early 70s. It’s still there, but the water is turned off in it, as well as I can remember. When it was newer, someone loaded it up with some kind of soap or detergent on at least one occasion and it overflowed with suds.


From: Charles Ferrell (WI 1946)

In reference to the photo of the Washington National Memorial as seen above: My recent visit to the Masonic George Washington Memorial Temple in Alexandria, Va.
An interesting place to visit in the Washington DC area. I am a 32*Mason,Shriner and formal DeMolay for over 70 years. Bill Yoke and Eddie Toompas in my WI class of 1946 were also members of Hermon Lodge No 6 in Clarksburg. I helped to start the Douglas McArthur Chapter here in Gaithersburg, MD with some of my Eagle Scouts.


From: James Fragale (WI 1958)

Author James ("Lucky Jim") Hart, who was married to Carly Simon for twenty years, posted this about Clarksburg's Jim Fragale on Facebook, February 21, 2019:
"I call "Breathroughs" a "rollicking pastiche" published at the end of last year by my pal James Fragale. It is his latest work and it continues a dialogue with the reader about the Answers to Life, and how he has come to them through his journey from West Virginia to the Golden promise of the Big Apple. This joins three other works published in quick succession. Please enjoy.


From: Nancy Powers (Victory 1961)

Thank you so much for telling me about your newsletter. I stayed up late last night "going down memory lane " Absolutely love it. Great job! My husband would have been in the WI class of 1958 -- Joe Powers and his foster sister Frances (WI 1958). Both deceased so it brought back a lot of memories. It's great that you have a scholarship fund going also. Looking forward to reading more newsletters.


From: Steve Radcliff (WI 1964)

I enjoy reading the Newsletter every month. Several graduates have requested that I place this info in the newsletter with the hope some others enjoyment can come of it. After retirement I took up a Disc Jockey position at a local public radio station. I have enjoyed doing it for going on 6 years. The station is non-profit, and I do it for fun and the love of the music. I have a show on Sunday evenings from 6-9 PM EST playing rock & roll from the 50's and 60's exclusively. Music brings back the memories and good times of the past. Hopefully a few or many will get the enjoyment I get out of the music. The radio station itself plays strictly 50's, 60's & 70's music only, 24 hours a day with volunteer, live DJ's on in intermittent peak hours. We steam all over the world. Below is the web site containing info on getting connected into the music via computer/phone. We are located on the north side of Dayton Ohio. I left Clarksburg in 1966 at Uncle Sam's request and get back a couple of times a year to have my Minard's & pepperoni roll fix. You can place Dayton oldies or WSWO in your browser and get to the web site or follow the yellow brick road below. Again, this a public station nobody gets paid, no profit of any kind, all funds received are used for maintenance and to keep the lights on.


From: Frank Bush (WI 1959)

The February newsletter caused a few flashbacks for me.
Jim Ashley’s letter reminded me of working for Maxine at the Clay Street Market. She used to punch me in the arm. If I said anything she would always say “It’s just a little love tap.” The market was narrow and every bit of wall space was covered up to the ceiling. We had to use a stick with pinchers on the end to get stuff down from the top.
Kelly Miller High School had a fire slide on the side of the building. My first wife, Donna Jo Nutter (WI 61) lived on Water Street in her youth. As her mother was taking her to Towers School to start first grade, they walked past Kelly Miller and Donna asked why they were not going to that school. Her mother just said it wasn’t her school. Donna replied she wanted to go to that school so she could go down the slide. She never did get to use that slide.


From: Eann T. Hodges (WI 1971)

As an employee of the U.S. Foreign Service, I had been transferred from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Ottawa, Canada, in September 1985. Three months later, on a bitter cold winter night (-400; whether in Fahrenheit or Celsius, it is the same!), my agency hosted an official Christmas dinner party for our liaison counterparts in the Canadian government. I was seated at a table for 10; I strategically seated myself at the far-left corner to enable the couples to be seated together which left the spot on the end for the other lone guest. Having just arrived in this country three months previous to that evening, we engaged in conversation about my former assignments and I had asked numerous questions about Canada. Once the official portion of the function had concluded my dinner partner asked me to join him by the fireplace and we enjoyed an after-dinner drink. Two weeks later on New Year’s Eve, he called and invited me to attend the fireworks display at midnight on Parliament Hill. From that time onward we had a standing “date” every Friday night to play racquetball and go out to dinner. Once my tour of duty had come to an end, I resigned from the government and remained in Canada, first on a student visa; three years later I obtained my permanent resident status and eventually my Canadian citizenship. Both of us having been previously married we were hesitant to rush into marriage, but we eventually tied the knot before our friends and family in October 2001.


Okay, the picture tells what it is…but the big question is:

Tell us something about this place, 
what do you REMEMBER?

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From: Janice Waller Metzgar (WI 1968)

I attended Kelly Miller during my senior year 1968. That was when you attended school half the day and then worked half a day. My first job was with Fragale Insurance Agency on the 9th floor of the Goff Bldg. I would sit at my desk and collect payments and answer the phone. This went very well until he was short $10. out of the payment money. No, I did not take it. LOL But I went on to have a successful career in the insurance business for 35 years. I also worked the catalog desk at Sears sending orders thru on the teletype machine, which I said I knew how to work, but didn't even know what it was. I told the girl training me that it was different that the one I used, so in those days, they just showed you how to use it and done. You didn't need a 4-yr. college degree and 5 yrs. experience to get an entry level job. As far as living and growing up in Clarksburg, that is the reason I now watch the Christmas Lifetime movies. Small towns, sidewalks, snow falling downtown, music playing, all the neighbors out Christmas shopping. It was a Beaver Cleaver kind of life. One our grandchildren will never ever know and enjoy.


If you know any of these people, please contact them and tell them that their email address is no longer working for me.


Rex Zickefoose (WI 1959)
Allen Alverez (WI 1958)


Martha Lou (Morrison) LaLance (WI 1958)
Al Hoffman (WI 1962)
Nancy Shreve Powers (VHS 1961)
Karen S. Wilson (WI 1974)
Elisa DuFour Rowe-Dye Mahoney (WI 1977)
Donna Hollandsworth Williamson (WI 1965)
Steve Radcliiffe (WI 1964)
W. Thomas Myers (WI 1953)
Judith Ann (Kirkpatrick) Powell (WI 1988)

Sports Editor: Bill Meredith
(Monongah HS 1957)
please email our Sports editor with your comments, questions and especially your memories


Thanks for that link to the WV High school scores web site. I had tried to gather that information for some local teams (but was never able to set it up in a usable way like that), and it is a tedious job. A lot of the scores are not that easy to track down.

Ted Wolfe (WI 1974)

Reply to Ted:

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I've always liked to read old newspaper articles about high school games. Now, we've got a source for all of the football schedules and scores. Almost Heaven!

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You would think that any true sports fan would be excited at this time of year. The college and high school basketball seasons are winding down. It is tournament time for the preps and March Madness is right around the corner. College baseball has already started and the spring game is about a month away for the football teams. What's not to like about all of this? Nothing, really.

However, for me, something is missing and most of you can guess what it is. Our Mountaineer basketball team is not competing for anything. Their tailspin continues. Since my last comments to you, two of the most experienced members of the team have been dismissed for some sort of rule violation(s). The two best players are out for the season and a team of mostly first year players and freshmen are trying to compete in the Big 12 Conference and the results are just as expected.

So, where do we go from here? Really, no one knows. Not even Bob Huggins. Some of the remaining players have shown improvement, which could help next year. Huggs would like to see a couple more wins before wrapping up the season, but those will be hard to achieve. Regardless, it will be a long spring and summer. Expect to see more roster changes before next fall. Some Jr. College additions would not be surprising. At least two of the 2019 recruits will be welcome additions to the team and could play right away.

My prediction----Huggins' team will be competitive next year. I feel that he learned something this year. That is to pull the plug on the under-achievers earlier and go with the players who want to play team ball. If that happens, I'm sure I'll not be bored this time next year.

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1. Were you surprised to see Wes Harris and Esa Ahmad dismissed from the WVU basketball team?

2. Which, if any, current team members with eligibility remaining will leave the team after the season ends and why would they leave?

3. Will Sagaba Konate return to play for the Mountaineers next season. Please give a reason for your answer.

4. Would you prefer that Sagaba Konate return to play at WVU next season or should he move on to the pros?

5. Will Bettle Bolden return to play for the Mountaineers next season?

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Joe Malone (WI 1952) suggested that we run this contest in the newsletter.
Joe will be the single and sole judge of who wins. 
It is his game so it is his rules!

The winner will receive $200.00 worth of tickets for 
The 2019 WIN Scholarship Quilt raffle

Tickets will be in the winner’s name and will be paid for by Joe Malone

This helps you and helps the scholarship too! 
Yeah... THANKS, Joe Malone! 


From: Linda Purnell (WI 1967)

Picture of Linda, her daughters and grandchildren.

From: Janice Waller Metzgar (WI 1968) 

Picture of Linda with her grandson, Troy Washam (Bridgeport HS 2009) on a Christmas Cruise to Aruba.

From: Don Ogren (WI 1950)

Good monthly letters you’re doing. I like them.
And you asked for pictures from the season. Here’s a shot of Ron and Don Ogren, WI class of 1950. Picture was taken shortly after the New Year, in Spring Hill, Florida where I live. Ron lives in Orchard Park, NY and likes a vacation in the south every few years. Don and his wife, Rosemary, celebrated their 63rd anniversary on December 31st.  Sorry, I will not be at the picnic.

From Ron Ogren (WI 1950)

That is a good picture (Don sent) at a recent event in Spring Hill, FL. but it would be more interesting if it could be compared to the olden days of 1950. I don't think that others would offer similar pictures at our old ages. In fac, I've never seen you publish pictures of us old folks. Pictures of old folk are seldom flattering.
Sharon and I will also have to miss this last ever picnic, but I can honestly say that we have really enjoyed all of the picnics that we have attended, and there have been several. Thank you so very much for making our Florida vacations more enjoyable. We met so many old friends there!

From: Gladys Williams (WI 1970)

Pictured is the William’s Family 
Ann Williams, (Victory 1940), Anna Walsh (WI 1970), (Gladys Williams WI 1970), Bryanna Williams, Gianna, Elise Williams Back row- Matt Williams- (RCB 2002), Chuck Walsh (Victory), Tyler Williams (RCB 2006), Tom Williams (Victory 1967)


From: Catherine Custer Burke (WI 1952)

Don Marple, I am certain has contributed to the WI Newsletter. 

The back of the book "MARA'S BABY" reads: "A teen girl's sudden disappearance and her reasons for it led to a man's unexpected search for answers - and closure - twenty years later. MARA'S BABY is a surprising tale that at times will keep you on the edge of your seat." 

You can find the book on

"About the Author: Dr Donald Marple (WI 1953) is a retired business executive and a former Army Reserve officer. He lives in Charlotte North Carolina with his wife, the visual artist Nancy Marple. They have three grown children. Mara's Baby is his first novel."

The publisher is CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Charlotte North Carolina. Copyright 2017.

Nancy is the former Nancy Harper (WI 1954). She is a lifelong friend of my sister, Mary Elizabeth Custer (WI 1954).


I have never seen anything like what is pictured here, have you?

To make it easier, just pretend I am from Mars and have never seen anything like this. Now explain to me what I am looking at in the pictures.

And to tell you the truth, I am not very familiar with what is pictured.

Write to
When emailing, please always include:
Your Complete Name
Your School's Name
Your Year If and/or When You Graduated

Thank you.


In this section, I am going to tell you how to see all of the yearbooks ever printed for Washington Irving High School. All of this marvelous work was done by Tim Cork (WI 1961). He did a marvelous job. Unfortunately, Tim passed away in November. He is truly missed. He indeed left his mark with us through all the marvelous things he did on the computer for the WI Newsletter.


First Step:
Call up on your screen any WI Newsletter. In case you don't keep the web site address, here it is Save this! Anytime you want to read the newsletter, you can click on this link and the latest newsletter will appear on your screen. If you want to read any past newsletters, there is an archive on the right-side bar menu --marked “WI Newsletter Archive”. From there you can read all of the newsletter since the beginning, including choices listed at the bottom of that section “Newsletters Prior to 2/2015” (link is at bottom of right-side bar menu).

Second Step:
Across the top of each newsletter page (under the heading) you will see what looks like file tabs. Click on the tab named “WI HISTORY”. A different page will appear, read or scroll down the page until you see the link (in blue letters) titled “WASHINGTON IRVING HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY”
Click on this link.

Third Step:
On this next page, you will see the high school emblem WI and the words Washington Irving High School History. Scroll down and you will see years in parenthesis. Click on the year of the graduation you wish to see. Another page will pop up offering the yearbooks for the years that you clicked on. Scroll down and the chosen yearbooks will pass by right before your eyes. Look for the one you want, stop and enjoy. You will see the picture of the teachers, then the students, then a few activities, and etc., etc.

Please Enjoy!

Now you can look at your yearbook through the computer or try some of our other tabs! They all navigate just about the same.

Let me know how you enjoy them.


From: Gladys Williams (WI 1970)

A few years ago, some students attended a TV show in Clarksburg. The memory was captured in the paper and now shared with you. 
Remember when?


From: Martha Rice (WI 1955)

I was glad to see that you were having one more picnic, however, I cannot attend because I have season tickets to the Rep Theater for the matinee. It would have been fun to see you again.
The mystery picture this month is the Palace Furniture Store. I worked there a couple of years manning the switchboard. It was the old kind that required my putting the plug in the right hole. It was a fun job for me. I got to work with the interior director, Peter Massenberg, who was the first gay person I had ever met. His partner, Jerry, used to bring his lunch to him. I thought his decorating ideas were impressive and he was so kind to me.

From: Gladys Williams (WI 1971)

The mystery picture is of Palace furniture company. I still own the wrought iron table & chairs my mom bought from there for her back porch. They are remodeling the building & making apartments for Senior citizen

From: Terry Shorr (WI and Elkins 1958)

Sitting here in thought, it came to me. Palace Furniture Store.

From: Ted Wolfe (WI 1974)

The February picture is the Palace Furniture store. I don't really have any memories of it, I never set foot in it in my life. I hear someone is in the process of converting it into residential apartments, although I think a previous redevelopment plan a few years ago didn't get carried out. I don't recall when the furniture store closed probably the late 70's/early 80's when everything else seemed to move out of town. I was never in the little toy store in the white building either. I noticed in the picture they were featuring wringer washers in the front window. My mother had one of them when I was a kid, but I don't think they make them anymore.

From: Linda Purnell (WI 1967)

I believe the mystery picture for February is the Palace Furniture store. I just remember that they sold high quality furniture, so to buy something there was buying a piece that was expected to last a life time. I believe they had a layaway as most of the furniture was expensive. If memory serves me right – I bought the baby bed all three of my children used. It was white with one end Plexiglas so you could look in. It was very modern at the time and well-made as it lasted through 3 children.

From: Sandra Squires Beverly (WI 1956)

Palace Furniture in 1935 you could buy 3 piece living room set for $59.50.
Margaret worked there and at grand opening they gave all female employees a Shirley Temple doll, which I still have. In our time they gave each senior girl a small cedar chest, I still have mine.
Lawson's on 3rd street delivered groceries, Joe had few essentials and Mr Rosanna opened his store. We lived behind him after marrying and he would call me to the fence with veggies. What a great treat from a fine gentleman. Then came A & P with Maidenform above. Pappy Flynn, Murphy's manager, would walk up the streets singing Clarksburg My Home Town, which I am sure he wrote as it mentioned Main Street stores.
Miss Holland made stick figures on the board and we all got out fingers stuck between keys. Our daughter teaches 6 different computer classes...couple you could get a job right away. No books.
Neighborhood character was Patience Murphy corner of Harrison and Boyd.
We walked from BO to Hite Field with just enough money to get in with a quarter extra for ice cream cone at Hagan's.
I am still looking for Bunky.
We were/are a special Group.

From: Eann Hodges (WI1971)

The photo is that of the former Palace Furniture Company located on West Main Street. The store was closed in the early 1980's and I believe it has been or will be converted into affordable housing for seniors.

From: Mary Sue Clark Spahr (WI 1956)

The mystery picture for February is the Palace Furniture store. Though I was in the store dozens of times while growing up in Clarksburg, my best memories are the gorgeous Christmas displays in the windows during the Christmas season. Elves, princesses and princes, Santa, toy trains, reindeer and all things holiday moved about in the displays. It was magic and everyone in Clarksburg walked by at least once per season to enjoy the beauty. It was a time of innocence and wonder, hopes and dreams for so many children. I sometimes wish I could see today's world through such beautiful filters.

I miss the innocence….and the wonder, too.

From: Melanie Haught (WI 1973)

The Palace Furniture. I have been trying to remember what was in the little house to the right. Does anyone know?

From: Beth Twigg Devericks (WI 1959)

I think the Mystery Picture for February was Palace Furniture store. I was there many times - was really the only furniture store in town that I remembered.

From: Bill Bryan (R-W 1957)

I think the January picture is the Palace Furniture Company store. In our day, it was very popular and consisted of several floors of selections. I was married in 1964, and we bought furniture there over the years we lived in Clarksburg. The only person we knew well in the store (and would stop in and say "Hi" to) was Barbare Libicer Oliverio (R-W 1958). She worked in the first-floor office/billing as I remember. She was married to my classmate David Oliverio (R-W 1957).
She was employed at Palace for quite a few years. Many Washington Irving graduates would have dealt with her on purchases. She was a valued employee.
My wife and I were good friends with Barbara (and David) over the years. A nice memory!

From: Sharyn Cottrill McGahan (WI 1959)

I believe this mystery building is the Palace Furniture...I remember my mother took me there to get my first stroller for my first son..a deluxe model that lasted thru all 3 boys and on to a friend for children.
It was later turned into offices and now has been remodeled for 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom secure apartments for seniors. HERE is an article about it now.

From: Joe Tripper (VHS 1958)

I think it is the Palace Furniture store and the Little Palace next door. During Christmas holidays we would visit Santa in the Little Palace.

From: Chuck Wilson (WI 1967)

The February Mystery Picture, is the Old Palace Furniture Building on Main St. I bought a Magnavox Quadraphonic Stereo system from there back in the 70’s.
Great furniture store in its day. Now it has been converted to living units.

From: Bob Kramer (WI 1965)

It is the old Palace furniture building on Main St. It is now being converted into apartments. Mr. Jarvis was the manager when I was in high school. They gave a small cedar chest to all of the graduating senior girls. In its time it was the place to buy home furnishing.

From: Richard George (WI 1965)

Picture is the Palace. I bought my first lawnmower there for $99.00 and it was a Lawn Boy.
My parents bought furniture and lighting at the Palace. I always enjoyed going there. Their warehouse was at the end of Oak Street. Good to see they are saving the building.
My son is working there now and his company is converting it to 40 apartments.

From: John Teter (WI 1961)

My guess at the mystery picture in the February WI Newsletter that the building is PALACE FURNITURE. I do not remember much about it, as my family did not really buy a lot of furniture during my tenure living in Clarksburg. Palace Furniture was located on Main Street, just below James & Law, and I think that Parson-Sounders was on the corner just above Palace.

From: Judy Davis Pinti (WI 1959)

As you may recall the Class of 1958 had their 60th reunion September 29, 2018.  What a great time we had.
I just want to share some of my thoughts since the reunion. We lost two classmates who attended the reunion since that time. One was Linda Spelsberg Wolfe of Maryland who passed away in December. The other one was Melinda “Linda” Moore Pritchard of Shinnston who passed away in January. Who would have thought these two women would be gone so soon? Linda Pritchard was instrumental in forming the plans for our reunion. She became sick soon after with cancer so others gladly picked up the reins. There may be others who have died but these are the two we know for sure. The total is 60 if my count is correct.
I graduated with the Class of 59. Recently Roleta shared a list of those in our class who had passed away. Frankly I was so shocked to see how many were gone. Some of you are asking “what did you expect?” I guess when I saw it written it hit me.
A good friend of mine posted on Facebook that she had graduated 30 years ago and her daughter had graduated 2 years ago. Her daughter’s class has more deaths than the one 30 years ago. Many of these young deaths were a result of drug overdose, suicide/depression and drunk driving. The mother asked what has happened to our nation.
It is a very sad state of affairs. I won’t preach about this, but I would like to encourage parents and grandparents not to have a blind eye to the problem. Please stand up for good morals, hope and faith and of course show love to one another even if you have different political views or different faiths.
Perhaps others have some good ideas on this subject. In the meantime, love and enjoy your family and friends.


From Larry Alvaro (WI 1967)

My name is Larry....Fred Alvaro's brother. Being the baby brother, I always looked up to Freddie with the deepest respect. He taught me so much about life: dating, sports, springboard for advice and developing an early sense of maturity dealing with his personal leanings and mistakes and passing on down to me. You and your husband knew him quite well, but many others did not. Therefore, I felt compelled to pass on a little information about him that maybe you could pass on to others at your Clarksburg picnic. Freddie was a very smart man, witty, but sometimes lacked a little common sense. For example, the time he heated a boiled egg in the microwave; a time when he was in college, had his girlfriend push his stalled car since she did not have her driver's license; the smartness of having two white wall tires and two black wall tires, you put two of the same on one side as you only see one side of a time!
For his athleticism, pound for pound he was a great athlete and always excelling in form. I was one of the bat boys for their 1955 Babe Ruth star baseball team and I remember one night, in one game, he hit two home runs in the deepest part of Clearlite field. But I also remember the time they had two a day sessions of football practice and after morning session, he came home for lunch with a black eye and later that evening came home with another black eye. However, Freddie never quit anything in his life that he had started.
As I had mentioned earlier, he was not the biggest athlete, but his huge heart made up for the difference. Being of a family of hard blue-collar working parents, no matter their financial circumstances, they would see that we received our college education. Freddie was the first in our family the Alvaro families to receive a college degree. With his 1st. pay check, he purchased our parents a washer and dryer so that they wouldn't have to hurt their backs lugging clothes up and down the basement stairs. I also remember his first Christmas with his pharmacy job, he would go to the front of the court house and pass out Christmas envelops with money to those less fortunate people so that they could have a nicer Christmas with their family.
I could go on for hours with the goodness of this kind-hearted man. However, I think that many, from some of these stories can get a better understanding of this man. Freddie was quite modest about his accolades, but he would, humbly in his own quite way, accept within himself. He was deep into his faith but as with his other endeavors, would go silent to others.
We all lost a great, kind, big hearted loving man and a great brother to look up to. I know he is up there asking those that he likes, a million and one questions so that he can know them better and hanging out with Gene Donaldson, Bobby Secret and others and talk about their " Field of Dreams".


On Saturday, January 26, 2019 Rebecca “Becky” Price of Leland North Carolina (formerly of Bridgeport) passed away after a courageous battle with lymphoma. Becky was born on September 16, 1943 in Clarksburg, WV to Chilton and Mary (Pinella) Price. She was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and attended West Virginia University. She was the previous owner of Home Industry Bakery before retiring from Honeywell. She then spent 20 years in Danville, CA where she worked in Real Estate.
She is survived by daughters Johnna Harrison, CA, Gina Yoder and husband John, AL, Mia Biafore and husband Danny, Bridgeport. Grandchildren Taylor Harrison, Nella Yoder and Mark Biafore. Brother William “Bill” Price and wife Sharon, Quiet Dell and several nieces and nephews.
Becky had a passion for cooking, shopping, traveling and going to sporting events. Her most treasured times were spent showering her grandchildren with love and going to the beach.
She was known for her quick wit, her infectious smile and her kind and compassionate spirit. Becky was preceded in death by her father, mother and nephew Michael Price.


Melinda Lee “Linda” (Moore) Pritchard, 78, of Shinnston, WV, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019.
She was born October 11, 1940, to Heber M. and Narsa (Lewis) Moore in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Linda is survived by three children: her son, Bradley S. Pritchard, and his wife Sue from Shinnston, WV, her daughter, Kristy Vaughan, and her son, Brian S. Pritchard and his wife Shawna from Fredericksburg, Va.; as well as her beloved fur baby, Molly.
Linda’s sister is Narsa “Marian” (Moore) Cooke from Wilmington, NC, and brother James L. Morris and his wife Betty from Huron, OH. Sister-in-law Norene Bush and husband Michael “Mike” of Lost Creek, WV. Linda has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by her husband, Cary Randall “Randy” Pritchard, whom she married on September 29, 1959, along with her parents, Heber and Narsa (Lewis) Moore, stepmother, Gladys M. Moore, and sister-in-law, Sandra (Pritchard) Misocky.
Linda will be remembered as a kind, loving and strong woman.
Growing up, you could always find her in the water at Maple Lake, playing with her siblings and enjoying her Daddy’s Weimaraners.
As an adult, her hobbies included: spending time with her family, going to “camp” with her dear friends and family, gardening, her talented seamstress work, and her incredible knack for house repairs.
In addition to her work at Dr. Powelson’s, she provided childcare for her “adopted” children.
She spent her final days at home being cared for by her loving son Brad, spending time with her sweet Molly, and soaking up special memories with her children and grandchildren

(WI 1958)

Linda, age 78, passed away peacefully on December 8, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Richard (Dick) Wolfe.
She will be sorely missed by her daughter Victoria Wolfe-Tumas; son Gregory Wolfe; granddaughters Dr Hayley Tumas and Austin Tumas; twin brother Dr Thomas Spelsberg; and sister Marian Stevens. Siblings Dr Walter Spelsberg and Carolyn Shiben preceded her in death.

(WI 1935)

June Zinn Elsey, age 102, of Clarksburg, WV, passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. Mrs. Elsey was born on February 5, 1917, in Clarksburg, a daughter of the late Melvin “Chick” and Goldie Zinn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Elsey, on August 19, 2010; one brother, Melvin Zinn; and one niece, Joyce Judge.
Mrs. Elsey is survived by her stepson, John Thomas “Tom” Elsey and wife Donna of Bridgeport; two granddaughters: Samantha Elsey Taylor and husband Tim of Pittsburgh and Dr. Jaclyn Elsey Rominger and husband Johnnie of Bridgeport; nephew, Melvin “Buddy” Zinn of Martinsburg; two nieces: Harriett West of McKeesport, PA, and Sharon Wasiecko of Richmond, VA; as well as many other nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Elsey attended Alta Vista Grade School, Central Junior High School and was a graduate of Washington Irving High School, Class of 1935. She went on to graduate from St. Mary’s School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse.
During World War II, June was a nurse in the United States Navy, stationed in Florida. She was employed as a Registered Nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Clarksburg for many years and also a nurse at Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company for many years until her retirement in 1975.
John and June were both life-long residents of Clarksburg, having both grown up in Broad Oaks. They were active members of Broad Oaks United Methodist Church for many years. They were one of the first residents of Maplewood Retirement Facility in Bridgeport and lived there for 19 years. After moving to Bridgeport, they became members of the Bridgeport United Methodist Church.