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Volume 37, Number 3

Fall 2011 Cover
On the cover: Megan Elizabeth Hartley, Queen Silvia LIX, at the 1995 Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins. Photograph by Brent Kepner. Our story begins on page 9.

Published by the
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA

Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor

Kay Goodwin, Secretary
Department of Education and the Arts

Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner
Division of Culture and History

John Lilly, Editor

Kim Johnson,
Editorial Assistant

Cornelia Crews Alexander
Circulation Manager

Karin Kercheval Design
Publication Design

Fall 2011

2 Letters from Readers
6 Current Programs • Events • Publications
7 GOLDENSEAL Good-Bye
9 Mountain State Forest Festival
By Bill Rice
20“There Was Always Music”
Vandalia Award Recipient Buddy Griffin
By John Lilly
26 “I Am Going to Tell the Story”
Al Anderson of Osage
By Norman Julian
34 Great Kanawha County Textbook War
By Trey Kay
42 Victory Loan Tour of 1945
By James Spencer
48 My First Job
By Hobart G. Everson
50 The Howes Tannery
Making Leather in Pocahontas County
By Laurie Cameron
57 DeFord’s Tannery at Berkeley Springs
By Jeanne Mozier
58 Tanning Process
Photoessay by Laurie Cameron
62 The Redhead Murder Case
An Unsolved Mystery from 1950
By John Douglas
68 West Virginia Back Roads
Harpers Ferry’s Haunted Cottage
By Carl E. Feather
70 Senate “Kidnapping” of 1911
By John Lilly

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