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Volume 26, Number 1

Spring 2000 Goldenseal
Viola Swearingen Springer and daughters Naomi (left) and Lula. Photo by J.W. Arnett, circa 1900.

Published by the
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
Cecil H. Underwood, Governor

Division of Culture and History
Renay Conlin, Commissioner

John Lilly, Editor

Sheila McEntee
Production Assistant

Cornelia Crews Alexander
Circulation Manager

Anne H. Crozier
Designer

Spring 2000

3 Letters from Readers

5 GOLDENSEAL Goodbyes
6 Current Programs, Events, Publications
10 Celebrating West Virginia Women
By Sheila McEntee
12 "Lovingly, Mama":
The Letters of Viola S. Springer
By Barbara Smith
17 My Memories of Logan:
More Than Feudin' and Fightin'
By Elizabeth Thurmond Witschey
22 Elizabeth Witschey Today
By Sheila McEntee
23 A Country Girl Comes Home:
A Visit with Olive Workman Persinger
By Donna McGuire Tanner
28 "Able Courage":
The Monumental Sallie Maxwell Bennett
By L. Wayne Sheets
34 How I Came to the Thorn Street Diner
By Georgia Gordon Bryant
39 The Fiddlining Pheasants of Fairmont
By Torie Knight
44 Blacksville Pottery:
Local Hands and Native Clay
By John Lilly
52 Our Lady of the Pines
The Small Church with a Big Heart
By Carl E. Feather
53 Smaller Than the Smallest
By Carl E. Feather
58 A Pattern to Life:
Folk Dancers Rush and Ruby Butcher
Interview by John Lilly
66 1999 Liars Contest
68 Vandalia Faces
By Michael Keller