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May 12, 1977

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ncil to help town's spring cleaning some spring cleaning you may the weekend of May 21. On that day will conduct a clean-up day. Voted May 2 to offer free trash A town truck will pick up he local trash contractor does not. appliances etc. Davidson noted the truck will reach all residents on Saturday, is missed on Saturday will be picked town will not pick up garbage by the local trash collecter. at the May meeting: a follow-up report from Worthy Brown on the possible costs of Run in order to make Clayton St. of council, the mayor appointed !and their councilman Ciark Wolfe as possible costs for such a he had contacted local v about the problem and tee and I don't like people to laugh at me, so that was the extent of it." Brown and Helmick said they had received estimates from Roberts Construction Co. and Marks Brothers Construction. They said Roberts could pour 230 feet of 3-inch conrete 11 feet wide with eight culverts for $6,742.50. Marks Construction told them they could pour 6-inch reinforced concrete and install two 20-inch culverts for $6,900. After some discussion Wolfe moved that the city pave Town Run. The motion died without a second. The council then passed a motion by John Jamison that the city employ a surveyor to determine the exact corporate and private boundaries along Clayton St. Jim Roten, owner of Community Super Market. again appeared before the council to seek inclusion in the city's sewer system. Roten referred to a letter from Robert Wheeler of the state Public Service Commission, in which Wheeler recommended the Town of Glenville acquire the private sewer line of Equitable Gas Co. along with necessary right-of-ways and/or easements to convert the line for public use. Roten maintained that Wheeler told him the city could be required to provide him the same service the city provides other large users in town. "You've had the use of my tax money, but I havent't had the use of your services," said Roten. Davidson, however, disagreed with Roten saying Wheeler had told him the city would not be forced to provide the service if it were economically unfeasable. Retch estimates 800 feet of pipe would have to be laid from his store to the Equitable line. "It's just simply a matter of us not having the money for such a project. You're talking about $10,0OO to $12,000 to lay that line.'" said Davidson. The mayor also pointed out that Equitable's line is a 4-inch line and would have to be replaced by a 6-inch line if it were to be converted for public use. "The only real solution out there is a new lift station for the whole VanHorn Drive area, but that costs about $50,000," added Davidson. Councilman Lowell Fredin expressed dissatisfaction with local cable reception. "The cable rates have recently gone up to $8.24 and we're not getting that in service," he said. The city entered a 25-year contract with Kanawha Cable Co. in 1961. Davidson said the contract allows the cable company use of the city streets as right-of-ways, but does not allow exclusive rights. The council voted to send a copy of the contract to the city attorney so he could determine if there are any legal ways to bring pressure on the cable company to provide better service. The council approved an ordinance on second reading which states no street or alley in town can be opened, graded, constructed or closed without the majority consent of council. Councilman Bob Reed inquired as to when the $54,000 left over in federal funds for the construction of the new water tank could be used. The council set several water-related projects for the money to be used for last fall when they found it would not cost as much to build the new tank as was anticipated. Davidson pointed out that the first project priority was the renovation of the old tank and this could not be done until an inspection official certifies the use of the new tank and the old tank is drained. The council changed their meeting time from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. until further notice. The council will continue to meet the first Monday of each month. The A Gilmer Graphics. Inc. Newspaper lenville Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] Democrat Published By And For Gilmer County People GLENVILLE, GILMER COUNTY, WV E. Arbuckle, state's oldest , buried in Stalnaker Cemetery John E. Arbuckle. 98, one of Gilmer County's most well known personal- ities, was buried in the Stalnaker Cemetery last Thursday, May 5. Arbuckle. who died at this home on North Court St. Monday, May 2. had been the chief executive officer of the Kanawha Union Bank since its founding in 1906. Before his death he was the oldest banker in the state. He was born 'in Tro Feb. 24, 1879, one, of six Skiren of Jara, Harvey Arbuokl : and, Margare! Elizabeth McClintic Arbucide. His first iob in Glenville was a deputy under Sheriff ]eke Moore in 1900. In 1901 he was hired as a bookkeeper for the Little Kanawha Valley Bank of Glenville. He was promoted to cashier in 1904 and when the bank consolidated with the First National Bank of Glenville to form Kanawha Union Bank in 1906, Arbuckle was named cashier. Union Bank continued to grow. In 1916, expanding busindss forced the directors to build a new bank structure on the lot currently occupied by the Glenville Post Office. KUB purchased Glenville Banking and Trust Co., in 1955 and built the current bank structure at the corner of Main and Conrad Court in 1961. Arbuckle was named president in 1957 He married Mildred Ruddell on Oct. 6, 1909. His wife preceeded him in death in 1975. Arbuckle was an elder in the GIBXtVI Frbyhsrlan Church and belonged to Gilmer County Lodge No. 118. AF and AM. the Scottish Rite and Nemesis Temple of the Shrine in Parkersburg. He was a 5e-year member of the West Virginia Bankers Association. He was a charter member of the Glenville Rotary Club and served as their treasurer for 50 years. Surviving is a sister. Alice Arbuckla. of Glenvflle. Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Glenville Presbyterian Church with Rev. E.B. Breitenhirt, Jr. officiating. 26351 I ABANDONED--4Ienvllle State College seniors will graduate this Friday, leaving empty classrooms like the one pictured above. [Democrat photo by Chris Brown] Thursday, May 12, 1977 I I James Butcher to address GSC graduates Dr. James L. Butcher, Shepherd College president, will deliver the commencement address at Glenville State College graduation ceremonies Friday. May 13 at 11 a.m. in the college gymnasium. Butcher, a 1953 graduate of GSC, will address 309 graduating seniors and their friends and relatives, He hold an M.A. degree from WVU and a Ph.D. from American University. " Hehas Sei/ as the chairman of the Division of Education and Director of Teacher Education at Shepherd since 1967. Dr. Butcher is a member of the National Education Association, West Virginia Education Association. Assoc- iation for Student Teaching, Kappa Delta Pi. Phi Delta Kappa. Masons. Oseris Temple Shrine Club, Rotary Club. and Shepardstown Men's Club. He has been listed in Who's Who in American Education. He is a native of Gilmer County and a brother of Robert Butcher of Gienville. across F'mk Creek to Mrs. Leta on the old Farnsworth Farm ll7-acre farm. Pierce Coal and Plans to Strip mine 96 acres on the ] Farm stripping araws comments A random sampling of people living near a proposed strip mine near Linn revealed a mixed reaction to the planned mining venture. Pierce Coal and Construction Inc. of Weston are advertising in this week's issue of the Democrat/Path- finder their intent to strip mine 96 acres on property known as the Farnsworth Farm. The historic 300-acre farm was purchased last summer by Ross and Wharton Gas Co. from the estate of Bonnie Farnsworth. At that time one of the owners, Michael Ross. told the Democrat/Path- finder that he had no intent to strip the land. "We're not going in there and start tearing things down and make an eye sore of the place. We'd like to preserve it like it is." were his words in the AUg. 12 issue of the Democrat/ Pathfinder. Ross could not be reached for comment last week. The farm had been in the Farnsworth family since 1839. At one time it served as a stage coach stop and tavern. The Farnsworth name lives on in the Linn area where Mr. and Mrs. Linn Farnsworth now reside. Mr. Farns- worth is a cousin of Bonnie Farnsworth, the last family member to own the farm. He moved from Baltimore to a farm on Fink Creek Road about three years ago. "We're going to have to have the coal, so I guess we'll .itst have to bear with the stripping. Personally it doesn't make any difference to me as long as they fix it back," said Farnsworth. "It's a shame to tear up a beautiful farm like that." added his wife. "I guess Bonnie would be rolling in her grave if she knew about it.'" Harold Scott. whose wife Beulah was also a cousin of Bonnie Farnsworth, agrees with Mrs. Linn Farnsworth. "When Bonnie was alive she and I wouldn't sell to the strippers. In fact after Ross bought the farm he wanted me to go in with him and let them strip my land. but the Farnsworth heirs are against stripping," he said. Scott lives on a small farm directly across the highway from the Farnsworth Farm. Part of his land lies adiacent to the proposed strip site. He is worried about possible damage to his water supply that may be created by explosions during the stripping process. Holmes Harvey, whose land also borders the proposed strip mine, is less worried about the possible side effects. He has sold mineral rights on his land in "Happy Hollow" to Grafton Coal Co. and is pleased by the work they've done. "That land wasn't nothing but brush and rocks. It really wasn't much good for anything. But when they get done stripping, it will be nice and flat and it will be re-seeded in good grass," he said. Harvey and others in the Linn area refer to Grafton's reclamation iob on a strip site just over the Lewis County line along Rt. 33. "Grafton's done a real good job of putting the land back over there. Why. when a sheep goes into the grass to graze you can't hardly see its back, the grass is so tall. Now when you've got a company with a good reputation doing the stripping, you can usually be sure they'll do it right. If they damage your water supply they'll usually drill you a new well,'" added Harvey. Harvey recalled a bad flood that washed through Happy Hollow about four years ago and said he thought if the ponds Craftan has now built in the hollow were in the hollow then, the flood wouldn't have been as bad. Cecil Osborn, who lives in Happy Hollow. has refused on several occasions to sell the mineral rights on his land to Grafton Coal Co. He's also opposed to stripping on the Farns- worth Farm. "They ought to leave it like it is. They're going to keep on until there's nothing left around here." he said. Mrs. Lets Osborn, whose property borders the back of the proposed mine, has lived on Fink Creek for over 40 years. "There's been mining up through here off and on for a long time. Most of the mines have been back into the bank, not strip mines. I've got 117 acres here and I wouldn't sell any of it for stripping," she said. Lilm Farnsworth, "... as long as they fix it back like it was." Coal prep plant permit expires Robert Linger. an inspector for the state Department of Natural Resources Water Resources Division. arrested Harry Boggs, president of Orlando Coal Co. on Thursday, May 5 for constructing his coal preparation plant near Stouts Mill without a valid Water Pollution Control permit. A warrant was filed in the Gilmer County Magistrates Court. Magistrate R.W. Minigh could fine Boggs from $1 to $1,000. Boggs had begun construction under a valid Water Pollution Control permit and had received an extension of the first permit. However, the extension period had run out and he failed to reapply for a new permit. The preparation plant is being built on the site of the former Crosier Lumber mill about two miles east of Stouts Mill on the Little Kanawha River. The Division of Water Resources issued the original permit on Oct. 14. despite hte objections of the Gilmer County Planning Commission. The commission had expressed concern about possible pollution and traffic problems that may result from construction of the plant. Coal that will be prepared at the plant will come from a strip mine which Orlando Coals operates on Bear Run. east of Glenville. BeRgs also plans to open a deep mine on Bear Run,