Friday, Feb. 12, 1999
What area community was once known as "Turtletown"?
I'd like today to acknowledge Virginia "Peggy" Rogers and the History Book
Committee of the Mount Clare United Methodist Church for making a copy
of their fine paperback book available to me.
It is obvious that considerable effort and hard
work went into the compilation of the booklet, published several years
ago, for inside are scores of stories and hundreds of photographs of not
only the church, but also the surrounding community, dating back several
years. It is likely I will be able to use a few of the pictures in "A Look
Back in Time," a feature of the Telegram that appears on Page A2 daily
Monday through Friday.
I must say it was really difficult to pick out any
one item from the booklet to mention in Bob-n-Along, but I looked toward
the back of the publication, where I found "A Short History of Mt. Clare."
The small incorporated Harrison County community situated approximately
five miles south of Clarksburg along County Highway 25 is often abbreviated,
when written, to "Mt. Clare," although when referring to it, I have spelled
it out - "Mount Clare."
The item, as prepared, follows:
"Mt. Clare is located on what is known as Brown's
Creek in Grant District."
"It has had two names. It was first called "Turtletown," because of
the large number of turtles found along the stream. The turtles were of
a vast size. The shells of these turtles were displayed in front of the
Norman Tavern for travelers to see. (This tavern was located at Alpha on
the property beside the present Mt. Clare Post Office, where a church is
now located.) This was a popular stopping place for Teamsters. It was torn
down in 1969.
"John Haselden was the first settler of Mt. Clare.
He came here in 1806 with his wife and two children from Philadelphia,
Pa. He cleared a farm and operated a sawmill. His son, Sherman, brought
the first modern sawmill to the area. It was located at Alpha. The rotted
sawdust was hauled to gardens in the community, as it was an excellent
"The name Mt. Clare was adopted in January 1876
at the suggestion of John Lynch, postmaster, who wanted it named after
Mt. Clare, Maryland, a place he often visited." "The first telephone was
installed in the home of J.S. Lowe in 1887. This property was later purchased
by G.F. Rogers. The home was destroyed by fire and replaced with a brick
residence, which is now (1992) occupied by Jim and Olive (Tangeman) Benninger.
Mr. Claude E. Davisson owned the first automobile
in Mt. Clare. He built the home now occupied by Bob Starr family. He is
the grandfather of Patty (Bassel) Smith of Lost Creek.
The population of Mt. Clare in 1918 was near 1700,
due to the large number of mining employees. In 1940, the population was
estimated at 1,271 with 301 families. However with the outbreak of World
War II in 1941, Mt. Clare became once again a bustling town due to the
demand for coal. The availability of heavy, earthmoving equipment and a
ready market for coal perpetrated a "boom" in strip mining, which lasted
about 15 years.
"In 1911, the Clarksburg-Weston Electric Railway
Company constructed a trolley line to Mt. Clare and in 1913, continued
the line to Weston. Trolley service ended in August 1947."
Before I stop today, I'll pass along a quote from
noted comedienne Joan Rivers, who once said, "I knew I was an unwanted
baby when I saw my bath toys were a toaster and a radio."
Thanks for the collection of quotes, Bob DeCampli. And have a great
weekend, one and all!
Tolerance is another key to economic development
West Virginia has a hard enough time attracting
companies for investment in the state. We don't need people like Michael
Vernon Wildman making it any tougher.
Last week, Wildman was convicted in Harrison
County Circuit Court for violating the civil rights of a black family in
Quiet Dell. Wildman poured gasoline on the family's front lawn in the shape
of a cross and then lit it.
It only took the jury about 30 minutes of
deliberation to come up with the verdict. Wildman faces up to 10 years
in the state penitentiary and/or up to a $5,000 fine. He also faces up
to one year in the county jail and/or up to a $500 fine for the misdemeanor
destruction of property charge. He will be sentenced March 17.
We support cracking down on those who can't tolerate
other races or cultures. Companies look at many things when they locate
in an area. Everything from electricity prices to the crime rate can influence
their decisions. The last thing an area needs to be known for is having
people who can't tolerate other races or cultures.
Most of the private investment made in this
state in the last five years has been made by people from outside of West
Virginia and the United States. Japanese and Taiwanese have been
some of the major investors in the state.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Co., a Japan-based company, has built a
motor manufacturing plant in Putnam County. A Taiwanese-based company has
joined forces with U.S. firms to build an airplane manufacturing company
in the Eastern Panhandle. We've even attracted some companies from Canada.
The key to economic development is more than
just incentives. It's also tolerance. We need to make certain that we don't
allow intolerance in our community. Making sure those who commit civil
rights violations based on race are punished is just a first step. But
it's a step in the right direction.
Today's editorial reflects the opinion of the Exponent editorial
board, which includes William J. Sedivy, John G. Miller, Julie R. Cryser,
James Logue, Kevin Courtney and Cecil Jarvis.
Easing the burden of federal regulations:
a Republican lead we should be following
Republicans in the House of Representatives are pushing to lighten the
burden of federal regulations on Americans and American businesses.
House Republicans have their own motives for pushing
this issue. They want to put the impeachment debacle behind them and show
America they can still guide the nation. To improve their chances of doing
that, they have deliberately chosen an issue that Democrats are likely
Despite their less-than-ideal motives, Republicans
have chosen a good cause. Complying with endless federal regulations is
costing Americans, especially American businesses, a lot of money. The
billions that businesses large and small spend on jumping through the federal
rings and hoops could be put to much better uses uses that could benefit
employers and employees, not just the federal bureaucracy.
One bill being pushed by House Republicans would
extend a 1995 law the gives businesses and state and local governments
added protection against "unfunded mandates." Unfunded mandates are the
extra costs that come with complying with new regulations; the federal
government imposes new rules but offers no help with the added costs.
Under another bill, small businesses that make small
mistakes in filling out required federal paperwork could have their fines
waived. Under a third bill, small businesses could more easily file paperwork
by e-mail or telephone.
Republicans aren't trying to hide their motives
in pushing these bills. "They have bipartisan support and we can ring up
a couple of legislative victories," said Pete Jeffries, spokesman for House
Speaker Dennis Hastert.
Rep. David McIntosh, R-Ind., put it this way: Republicans
want to show "Congress is returning to work on core issues" and that "Congress
is getting back to the things that people care about."
Some may call the Republicans' motives self-serving.
But we find candor in the Capitol refreshing. And we think House Republicans
have chosen a good cause to put their shoulder into. Easing the burden
of federal regulations is something "that people care about." We wish the
Telegram Editorial Board member