Catherine Venable Moore — Writer & Producer

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Regulations of the Kelly’s Creek Mining Co.

In Appalachia, Cedar Grove, Mary Lee Settle, West Virginia History on December 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

My Fayette County history hero Dale Payne comes through again! A friend of his, Danny Balser, found this document in the walls of an old coal camp house that was being torn down in Cedar Grove. It’s a list of rules for the tenants of the Kelly’s Creek company housing.

All are requested not to indulge in Intemperance, Profane, Obscene, or Boisterous language in or around Company Houses, and to not discharge Fire Arms near Company Houses or Works.

As Black As We Wish To Be

In Appalachia, Audio, Black History on December 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

Wizard radio producer Lu Olkowski has created a fascinating piece about the blurry lines of race in an Appalachian Ohio town for the show State of the Re:Union. Highly recommended!

In this episode Al Letson and guest producer Lu Olkowski visit a tiny town in the Appalachian foothills of Ohio where, for a century, residents have shared the common bond of identifying as African-American despite the fact that they look white. Racial lines have been blurred to invisibility, and people inside the same family can vehemently disagree about whether they are black or white. It can be tense and confusing. As a result, everyone’s choosing: Am I black? Am I mixed race? Or, am I white? Adding to the confusion, there’s a movement afoot to recognize their Native-American heritage.

Listen here.

A Brief History of Cedar Grove

In Cedar Grove, Current Projects, Mary Lee Settle, West Virginia History on December 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

Peggy Coleman, one of Cedar Grove’s resident historians who is involved in the Cedar Grove documentary I’m working on, recently lent me a pamphlet: Cedar Grove Salutes the Kanawha County Bicentennial (1788 to 1988). It’s full of historical photos and text outlining the history of the town and includes several pages titled, “Do You Remember?”

The Miners March on Logan in the early 1920’s?

When all the streets of Cedar Grove were dirt?

When bacon was 15 cents a pound?

When steamboats named the Cotton Blossom, the Majestic, the Princess and the Water Queen tied up at the lower end of town and put on shows?

When the rag, a bone and a hank of hair was found in the Old Brick Church yard?

When all the girls went down to the train depot on Sunday afternoons to meet train number 36?

When the Kanawha and Hocking Coal and Coke Co. dumped “buck jimmies” over the middle tipple in Cedar Grove?

The list goes on and on.