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Robert Lee 'Sam' Huff (1934- )
Robert Lee "Sam" Huff (1934- )
Robert Lee "Sam" Huff (1934- ), one of the best-known athletes to attend WVU, helped lead the team to a combined four-year mark of 31-7 and a berth in the 1954 Sugar Bowl. Huff played eight years with the New York Giants and his last four seasons with the Washington Redskins. In 1982, Huff became the only WVU player besides Joe Stydahar to be inducted into both the college and pro football Halls of Fame. He was born in Number 9, a small coal mining town near Farmington. He attended Farmington High School. In a 2003 Sports Illustrated article, Huff wrote:

I was raised in a West Virginia coal mining camp called Number Nine, near Farmington. My dad worked in the mines, and so did the dads of every kid I went to school with. In those camps you rented your house from the mining company and bought your food and clothes at company stores. You know that Tennessee Ernie Ford song: "You load 16 tons, what do you get/Another day older and deeper in debt"? That was my dad's life. We had to go to a community pump to get water. We didn't have any heat. Can you imagine? Miners would go on strike for weeks and weeks and still find a way to live. I think I did well in football because I was raised to be like them. If you were a boy, you played football. At my high school we played on a field cut into a valley and people sat on the hillside to watch. My hero, besides my dad, was Frank Gatski, who also came from Number Nine. He went to Marshall, played offensive line for the Cleveland Browns and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I never imagined I would play in the NFL, but I knew I didn't want to work in the mines. My father had gone to work there when he was 13, and my older brother, Don, did the same when he was 16. I imagined I could become a coach or a teacher. 
 
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Silver Bridge Collaspe
Silver Bridge Collaspe
Click here to see article an excellent article about the "Collapse of the Silver Bridge" This is a very good site recounting the collaspe of the Silver Bridge at Point Pleasant, WV on 15 Dec 1967.  
 
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The History of APRONS !!
The History of APRONS !!
This was sent to me by Maxine. Do you remember your grandmother's apron? I remember my grandma's apron, Zona Donohew's apron, Aunt Dora Roseberry's apron and a dozen more just like this. They were used just as it is described in this little poem. 
 
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The Mothman
The Mothman
There are a lot of superstitions and strange sightings around the TNT Area. One of them is about "The Mothman"  
 
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TNT Area
TNT Area
Another Link from Nancy regarding the TNT Area in Mason County. TNT
Area of Mason County
This article in from the Charleston Gazette.

 
 
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Turning the Church Around
Turning the Church Around
Loggerhead Church 
 
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William Anderson (Devil Anse) Hatfield (1839-1921)
William Anderson (Devil Anse) Hatfield (1839-1921)
William Anderson (Devil Anse) Hatfield (1839-1921) was the leader of the Hatfield clan during the famous feud with the McCoys.  
 
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William Milfred Batten (1909-1999)
William Milfred Batten (1909-1999)
William Milfred Batten (1909-1999) was President of the J. C. Penny Corporation from 1958 to 1964 and Chairman of the Board of the New York Stock Exchange from 1976 to 1984. He was born at Reedy in Roane county, although an obituary at the Ohio State College of Business website says, "He started as a stock room employee in 1926 in his hometown of Parkersburg, W. Va., and worked his way up to chairman of the board and CEO, retiring in 1974. He is widely credited as the architect for that company. Among his achievements there were significantly expanding the merchandising line, introducing the J. C. Penney credit card and launching the company's catalog business."  
 
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Woodrow Wilson Barr (1918-1942
Woodrow Wilson Barr (1918-1942
Woodrow Wilson Barr (1918-1942), a Marine killed in action during World War II, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal for his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepedity in action” during the action at Tulagi in the Solomon Islands. The U. S. S. Barr, a Navy Buckley-class destroyer escort, was named for him. He was born in Keyser.  
 

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