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Volume 36, Number 2

Spring 2010 cover
On the cover: “Tweety,” a banty rooster in Calhoun County, belongs to Tim McCumbers. Photograph by Kim Johnson; our story about chickens starts on page 18.

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

Summer 2010

2 Letters from Readers
4 GOLDENSEAL Good-Byes
8 Current Programs • Events • Publications
10 Visiting the Balli Sisters of Helvetia
By Alan Byer
18 I Remember Chickens
By Charles M. Morrison, Sr.
24 A Horse Called Fred
By Hobart Everson
26 Rise and Fall of the Newell Park Zoo
By Bob Barnett
34 We Lived Along the Railroad Tracks
My Early Years in Mingo County
By Willard Mounts
37 The Vulcan Bridge
39 Grandma’s First TV Show
By Phoebe Whittaker
40 On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers
By By Bill Archer
47 A Haven of Rest
Morris Memorial Hospital for Crippled Children
By Bonnie G. Lewis
54 Harsh Reunion
“A Friendly Bunch of Customers”
By Carl E. Feather
60 “The Most Busiest Man in the County”
Tom Knotts of Fellowsville
By Carl E. Feather
66 West Virginia Back Roads
Motoring Memories in Kingwood
By Carl E. Feather
68 New Books Available
By Kim Johnson

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