The Marriage of the Bluefields

Chasing The Powhatan Arrow Find other articles in this series here Bluefield, Virginia wasn’t much different from Bluefield, West Virginia, seemingly more of a continuation of the same strip of aged...

We Watch Forever

  They had a party at our prison last night and they thought we couldn’t see. This rotten stone hell where we walk in darkness forever is not as it was when I faced the hangman in 1932 or as it was when...

Sam Mason: Wheeling’s Deadliest Outlaw

When that boy grows enough ass to break his neck, they ought to hang the bastard.” Those words, once spoken about the late Col. Charles Askins in his youth, might have been better saved for Sam Mason,...

A Very Special Christmas Remembered

Leaving Harrisonburg, Virginia after attending a three-day meeting, rather than go to Lynchburg where I had been working, I decided I would drive home to Alabama to spend two days with my wife. The last year...

The Mabel Files: Japan Casts the Die

Wheeling’s Centre Market, and the shops nearby like Tom and Lizzie Minns’ Confectionary on Market Street, were at rest on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 7, 1941, while the USS West Virginia and USS Tennessee...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 5

WARNING: This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. It is the equivalent of Rated R.(Writer’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of stories that will...

The Wheeling Mob: Part 4

This article contains explicit language and subject matter that is not suitable for children. It is the equivalent of Rated R.(Writer’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of stories that will...

“The Bunker” at the Greenbrier

From Top Secret to Tourist Stop --"The Bunker" at the Greenbrier Between 1961 and 1992, if an enemy bomber looked like it was headed for the Nation’s Capital with intent to drop a nuclear device, all 435...

The Whores, The Help, and the Hooligans

It seem truly strange to me today to put myself back in the early 1940s, when I was barely in my teens.  The attitudes and mores that made up the culture of those times seem unreal in today’s world, but...

County Lines: Facts from the 55

  While everyone probably knows a little something about most of West Virginia’s 55 counties, we wanted to increase the type of knowledge people have about our great state. It is with that goal in...