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] F 12 The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder to co-auth, WEST VIRGINIA USA a hard- backed volume containing a collection of pictures and true short stories about the Mountain State, will be published in mid-1976, according to Harry Seawall of Harry Seawall Communica- tions, Parkersburg, the hook's publish~ er. The book will follow a journalistic, rather than academic approach, with an emphasis on the human aspects of the stories. "The book is a blending of prose and graphics designed to capture the flavor of West Virginia's past and present." Seawall said. Actual publication date is set for June 20, 1976, the anniversary at West Virginia's statehood. Orders can be made through any member of the West Virginia Federation of Women's Clubs. October 9, 1975 After June 20. the book will be available at retail outlets. It will be bound in blue and gold. the state's colors, and printed on high-quality, coated paper. In addition, only 1,776 copies of a special edition will be printed. Co-authoring the book are Jerry Ash. editor and publisher of the Preston county News and a former professor of Journalism at West Virginia Univer- sity, and Strat Douthat, Huntington, currently the Associated Press' Southern West Virginia correspon- dent. According to Publisher Seawall. the two authors will create a series of short stories based on actual events or persons in the state's past and present. TO THE CITIZENS OF GILMER COUNTY: Now and then we hear about, or see, a wrong being done by people to other people, a wrong so despicable that it becomes revolting to ones sense of decency. At this very hour a case of this sort is going ea right here in Gllmer County. The wronged one is an elderly man, nearing eighty, a lifo4ong resident of (]timer County and a descendant from a pioneer family. He owns and lives in a cottage on a piece of hill-lend at the bend of the river in DeKalb He's poor but he's the salt of the earth. His name is Vlrgll .Daniey, but many call him "Dick." The story of the wrong being done to Virgil Danley goes like this: Through the years he saved, scraped and put together enough money to have a water well drilled beside his house. It came in a good one; the was sweet and pure, and Virgil Daniey was really proud of it. Now, in prior years his land had been leased to an oil and gas company :an the basis that he would receive 1/8 of the output from a producing well. A good gas well was brought in, better than average, end his royalty checks are proof of that. But, as Virgil Danley says, the 8as company soon realized that they had made a BAD deal by giving him 1/8 of the Gas, because at that time all the neighboring lands were leased by ell and gas companies for a straight $200 or $200 per gem well, regardless of how much the well produced. One neighbor's lend was for $400 per producing gas well. The Millionaire, Lewis Bennett's i lund was leased, but the price paid to him seemed to be a big secret. Remember, this Danley well was a good producing well. But soddenly oil and gas company made excuses - stating the well wasn't productive enough, so they plugged the well - just like that. And this was twenty-four years ago. The result of the plugging of this good gas well showed up almost immediately in Virgil Danley's water well, though it- was several hundred feet away from the gas well. But the gas well was :not plugged correctly, and so was powerful enough to force some of its gas through the seams of mountains of stone, thereby seeping into end ~poiluting Virgil Daniey's water well to the point where-the water was unfit for human consumption, or any kind of use in a home. And this happened twenty-four years ago and the water well has remained = polluted ever since. So Virgil Danley - get this - through no fault of his own, was not only without the income from the producing gas well, but worse still, he has bean deprived,of the use of his good water well i throughout all these years. Certainly, Virgil Danley cried out for water but no one wanted to hear him. Not even lawyers in Glenville or Grantsville would take his case, though the lawyers knew him; knew he was honest and decent. But they also knew that two kinds of justice was dealt out here: One Jar the oil end gas companies, and the other for the likes of Virgil Daniey. Twenty-four years is a long time to be deprived of enes water wdlf Bette Jane Spiller Mrs. Bette Jane Spitler, 49, of Canton, O., died September 27 after an extended illness. Burial services were held in Canton on September 30. Besides her husband. Roy, Mrs. Spitler, is survived by four children, William. Edward, Randall, and Mrs. Carol Fleming, all of Canton. O. Mrs. Spitler was the daughter of the late Thomas and Maude (Snider) Carla. Other survivors include Mrs. Ruth Hardman. Mrs. Greek Wolfe. and A.P. Snider. all of Gilmer County. Okay H. Messenger Okey H. Messenger, 81 of Baldwin. died Monday, at his home after a sudden illness. Born in Gilmer County, he was the son of the late Warner and Emma Rollins Messenger. He was a retired boiler maker, merchant, and mechan- ic. and a member of VFW Post 5469 of Glenville. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Reed. of Baldwin; a brother. Hayward Messenger. of Clarksburg: and two grand-children. He was preceded in death by his wife, Oleta Davis Messenger, and by a daughter, Ruby Goldsmith. Services were Wednesday, October 1. at the Spurgeon Mortuary here with the Rev. Glenn Kirkpatrick officiating. Burial was in the Stalnaker Cemetery. HEATERS, WV ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17 & SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, STARTING 9:.30 AM. EACH DAY. Refripraters; Washers; Wash tubs; Tables; dehumidifyer; Electric sewing machine; Toasters, Irons, Mixers, Hedge trimm, Typewriters, Fans, Meat Slicer; Adding machine; Sweepers, Electrk & gas heaters; Radios; Coronet; Guitar; Beds & mattressoa: Foot locker, Chests, Wheel chair; Metal closet, Luggage, Variety of Tables; Display & Store type counters; Recliners; Other chairs; Lamps, Clocks, Books, Breakfast set; Filing cabinet, C~Ids wagon, Sleds. ANTIQUES [partial listing] Clocks: Love Seat set, Rockm, Hall seat, Pla~ rocker, Curved door china cabinet; Secy., Childs Kneehole desk, Variety of Tables; Ice Chest, Farm bell; Lanterns; Oil Lamps, 3 pc. Pewter Set; Big corn shellers; Walnut machine; Wire wheels; Poster bed; Dressers, Chiffarobe; Cramer wapm; Wooden planes; Barrels & Kegs; quilting frames; Wooden swing churn; OxTeke & bows; Grind stones; Iron & Brass kettles; Stone ware & many other primitives. If not sold before sale we will offer 1974 long bed Ford pick-up truck & 1969 GMC. LIVESTOCK - 17 cows; 1 Bull, 17 Claves, 7 Yearling Heifers, all W/ short horn breeding, 3000 bales hay. FARM MACHINERY: Trailers, Farm all Tractor; Slip Grader, Manure Spreader; Disc, Sled, Plow, Chain Saw, Drill Press, Motors, Gas Tank W/pump, Ladders, Wheel Barrow, Ladders, Many hand tools, Chains, Lambing instruement, etc. NOTE: The livestock, tools, motorized vehicles & farm machinery will be mid on Saturday, lath. OWNERS: ML AND MRS. BD. MARPLE AUCTIONEER: ROBERT J. BUTCHER And through all those ,years Virgil Denley carried water a great J distance from a neighbor s house - up-and-down-hilL And, tlda happened ! P~ht here ~ C~hner Couaty. * Be assured that Virgil Daniey appealed to many, over and over, for water; to the politicans, to other officials, .to the oil and gas companies, but he was ignored. Can you believe that he would be denied the use of his own water well for twenty-four years? In Greek mythuloay a Kin8 ~once denied one of his subjects the use of his own water well as punishment for some petty crime. But soon afterwards the citizenry roee i up in arms and with spears and clubs invaded the King's palace, bound him, then hung him ; gad down from the limb of a tree and cut his throat. It seemed to be rather severe punishmon for the King to suffer, but 1 believe the citizenry -vented convey a message to the other Ktnp who would follow as to how important water was to one's life. ~ Danley could tell the Greeks something about that. . No doubt many so called powerful politicans could have done ! something for Virgil Daniey, but they dared not, "for the oil end gu companies had a strangle hold on them. But the immoral spider's web that these oil and gas companies have spun to insulate themselves ~agalnst prosecution, against complaints, against all dissent, will, no doubt, eventually strangle them. Because, where there is no dimumt, democracy, only dictatorship. And the off and gas companies have establish a little dictatorship in West Virginia for the past seventy-five years. Virgil Daniey's water well is proof of that. Proof that these companies are not comprised of people trying to help people. Viral Danley's twenty-four years of pain and strain, s~g denial of the use of his own water well is proof beyond any doubt, of the oil and gas companies dictatorial high-handedness. The oil and gas companies want to have it one-way: Pump the gas wealth out of the state and return nothing, They have practiced little, if any, sense of civic pride. Look around you and seat In fact, morally, Virgil Danley is worth more to Gilmer County than all the large gas companies operating in the county - the whole kit and caboodle of them.' Senator Schweiker of Pennsylvania, a man of undisputed integrity has this to say about them; "The oil end gas companies are chasing the 8hnighty dollar at the expense of the American consumer. The oil end gas companies are now running our government, therefore, the time has come that the government must place regulations on them." To those of you who do not know Virgil Daniey, I can testh%y that he is a good men, a man anyone would be proud to have as neighbor. And though his plight is tragic, he still has his sense of humor, manages a cheerful smile and laughs a little. Sometimes, so it seems, God puts a song in one's heart to compensate for that which has been denied him, but even so, Virgil Daniey can't sing the song much longer without pure water, lie's nearin8 eighty, and the up-and-down-hill patch over which he has been carrying the water for all these years has become too treacherous for him; he's no longer up-twit. SO, for the first time through all these years, he's now using this polluted water for his own use. The immoral indecency of the oil and gas Companies cannot be printed hero; these despoilers of the good earth; these bribers of officials, help no ene but themselves, then mostly at the expense of others - like Virgil Danley. And this is America! Can you believe this is happening here? If you feel this is a distortion, Virgil Danley invites you to look at the well; the pollution; even light the torch if you wish. Recently - and for the first time - a feeble attempt was made to correct the pollution in Virgil Danley's water well. It fizzled. His well is now as bad as ever, if not worse. SO man's inhumanity to man goes an. Now ! do not propose that we emulate the Greeks, however, may I suggest that we become aroused Americans and get damned mad about this terrible injustice that's being done to a neighbor and citizen, Virgil Danley, and demand that his water well be restored to him - unpolluted. You, and you, and you can help. Write, write today to Governor Moore, and attach this article to your note. If Governor Moore is net indebted to the oil and gas companies, then he'll see to Jt that Virgil Danley has pure water again before Christmas arrives. What a presout that would be for a good man who has been so wrongly mistreated! W.Wm. Bartlett Daid Advertisement Early Shoppers Discount Expires October , I Wait Disney ProductiOnS $ on any or more S Call or stop by the catalog order desk. Offer expires October |3 Use Your Sears Charge Aceount Satis/action Gtmrcnteed or "t our A4oney Back shoe and harness repair ,.m~aiD*,~. Jack Bolen repairing a boot at new Gilmer Shoe and A second shoe repair shop has opened for business in Gilmer County. Gilmer Shoe and Harness Repair, located at 215 s. Lewis St.-in the old I.O.O.F. Lodge-is owned and operated by Jack and Peg Bolen. a young couple from New Jersey, wbo also recently moved into their home on College St. The shop is open six days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features shoe and boot rebuilding, patching uppers. heel plates, shines, leather repair, and harness patching. Fern Rollysoa to Fern Rollyson Mrs. Fern Rollyson, a 1923 graduate of GlenviUe State College, will serve as Parade Marshal for the GSC Homecoming Parade, which begins Saturday at "10 a.m. The shop is machinery grandfather, shoe repairman retirement in machines is stitcher. for only $35. Mr. Bolen his trade uncles, all of business. Pailey radio, Beautiful fan back mahogony 5 Morris oak chair, high back fan chair, leather rocking chairs, school desks, kelP, 1886 pump organ with stool, Vlctre/s records, farm dinner bell, cider mill, mounting, side saddle, picture frameO, metal churns, 8old watch case, var ,tY other lamps, wicker rocker - strallht other pieces, two Burnside stoves. and cook stoves, round oak dining [outstanding], WILLIAM AND MARY waln and other tables, ca front and sides, corner cubboard, chestnut handmade bed. iron baby dresser and chest, chest of drawerS, back trunks, baby carriages. Owned and Operated by Janet Deal AT THE END OF THE I Agriculture Douglass today that available on 24-hour a Commissioner past few weeD, I persons have Department up-to-date prices, information number of price are their home news well as to sell." livestock collects and S rs] Authorized CATALOG SALES MERCHANT ea M~ st., Glenville, W.V. OWNER OF MERCHANDISE Phone 462-7939 or 462-8483 FREE COFFEE AND WILL GIVE AwAY to receive the and national 348-8833 any days a week. connected ~o a; device whiC three-minute price z Commissioner those persons area who a long 348-8833 one of cooperate daffy." Clarksburg ELI AUCT/ON GASSAWAY, W]/A. SATURDAY, OCTOBER | items.