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Volume 35, Number 3

Fall 2009 issue
On the cover: Emilio Fernández Alvarez and family in Clarksburg, circa 1923, photographer unknown. Our stories about Spanish West Virginia begin on page 13.

Published by the
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA

Joe Manchin III, 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

A.C. Designs
Publication Design

Fall 2009

2 Letters from Readers
5 Current Programs * Events * Publications
8 Parade of Progress
10 State Museum Reopens
Photoessay by Michael Keller
13 Spanish Mountaineers
14 Asturian West Virginia
By Luis Argeo
19 La Familia Fernández
Recalling a Spanish Family in Clarksburg
By Raymond Alvarez
24 The Spanish Picnic
By Raymond Alvarez
26 Sunday Dinner in Ritchie County
By Katherine Roberts
34 Circus!
Life Under the Big Top
By Mort Gamble
42 Mort Gamble’s Private Circus
Photoessay by Michael Keller
44 Hard Work and Music
Fiddler Elmer Rich
By Mark Crabtree
50 Elmer Rich and “Colored Aristocracy”
By Mike Seeger
52 “Bad Luck Hit Us Again”
Josie Walton’s Journal
By Betty Jo Giudice
58 The Big Burn of ‘52
By Robert Beanblossom
64 Confessions of a West Virginia Forest Ranger
By Robert Beanblossom
66 West Virginia Back Roads
Chain-Saw Art in Horner
By Carl E. Feather
68 2009 Films on West Virginia and Appalachia
By Steve Fesenmaier

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