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Volume 30, Number 1

Spring 2004 cover
On the cover: Mack Samples steps into the spotlight at the 1997 Vandalia Gathering. Our story about Mack Samples begins on page 10. Our annual Vandalia coverage begins on page 62. Photograph by Michael Keller.

Published by the
Bob Wise, Governor

Division of Culture and History
Nancy Herholdt, Commissioner

John Lilly, Editor

Cornelia Crews Alexander
Circulation Manager

A.C. Designs
Publication Design

Spring 2004

2 From the Editor
3 Letters from Readers
6 Current Programs*Events*Publications
10 “A Neat Way to Live”:
Vandalia Award Winner Mack Samples
By John Lilly
18 “Satisfaction in My Heart”:
Lester and Linda McCumbers of Calhoun County
By Kim Johnson
26 An Easter Tragedy:
The Weirton Bus Crash of 1951
By Mary Zwierzchowski
30 “Thankful to Be Alive”:
Survivor Chris Valenti Barker
Interview by Mary Zwierzchowski
34 The Coal and the Call:
The Life of Homer Dale Hacker
By Stacy G. Hacker
38 “I’ve Enjoyed It All”:
Bonnie Cadle Hartley Recalls 103 Years
Interview by Olive Smith Stone
42 My Mother’s Apron
By Alice Brown Juergens
44 Mother and the Drunken Chickens
By Lud Freeman
46 Thursday Night at the Wetzel Republican
By Borgon Tanner
52 Hearth & Fair:
Don Page and the Roots of GOLDENSEAL
Interview by John Lilly
60 West Virginia Back Roads
Johnson’s Corner:
Wisdom, Inspiration, and Bargains at a Wide Spot in the Road
By Carl E. Feather
62 2003 Liars Contest
First place
Second place
Third place
66 Vandalia is for Kids!
Photoessay by Michael Keller
70 Back Issues Available
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