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Volume 44, Number 1

On the cover: Frank George, ca. 1970. Photographer unknown, courtesy of Kim Johnson.

Published by the

Jim Justice, Governor

Gayle C. Manchin, Secretary
Office of Education and the Arts

Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner
Division of Culture and History

Stan Bumgardner, Editor

Kim Johnson,
Editorial Assistant

Jacob Hall Design
Publication Design

Spring 2018

2 From the Editor
6 76 Years Later. . .A Purple Heart
By Patricia Richards McClure
7 The Miracle of Hominy Falls
By Stan Bumgardner
8 A Visit with Frank and Jane George
By Emily Hilliard
10 William Franklin George (1928-2017)
By Kim Johnson
13 Frank George: In His Own Words
21 Tributes to Frank George
34 Willow Island 40 Years Later
A Lingering Cloud
By Carl E Feather
44 Going in the Hole with Hogs
By Clarence "Junior" Knotts
48 "From cattle to cats"
Rural Veterinarians
By Barbara Smith
54 Rocky Cornfields, a Watch, Confederate
Money, and a Couple of Millstones
By James C. Clark
57 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Charleston
By Stan Bumgardner
60 "Mary, come home!" My Trip Back
to Wenonah
By Mary Catherine Bones
64 The Daffodils Will Remember
By Deb Austin Brown
66 The Penicillin Kids and an Improbable
Basketball Title
By Dan Kincaid
72 2017 Vandalia Award Recipient Jim Good
By Adam Booth
76 2017 Vandalia Winners
78 2017 Vandalia Liars Contest
80 West Virginia Back Roads:
A Monument to the Victims
By Carl E. Feather
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