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Volume 42, Number 2


On the cover: Songwriter, musician, author, painter, and raconteur Billy Edd Wheeler, 2016. Photo by Kim Johnson.

Published by the
STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA

Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor

Kay Goodwin, Secretary
Department of Education and the Arts

Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner
Division of Culture and History

Stan Bumgardner, Editor

Kim Johnson,
Editorial Assistant

Karin Kercheval Design
Publication Design

Summer 2016

2 Letters from Readers
4 Announcements
6 The State Folklorist's Notebook
By Emily Hilliard
8    The Many Faces of West Virginia
By Kim Weitkamp
12 “You write songs like people breathe”:
Billy Edd Wheeler, Renaissance Man
By Michael M. Meador
24 Remembering “Aunt Jennie” Wilson
By Billy Edd Wheeler
26 The Culture Center:
West Virginia’s “Treasure House”
By Stan Bumgardner
39 Fair Minded
By Anna Dickson James
44 The Roots Run Deep:
Berry Farming in West Virginia
By Steven Keith
50 Johnse Hatfield:
Violence and Mayhem after the Vendetta
By F. Keith Davis
56 City Kids on the Farm
By Kate Quinn
62 Rentals, Radios, and Resurgence:
The State Police in the 1930s
By Merle T. Cole
67 Another Mystery:
How Did Samuel D. Brady Die?
By Merle T. Cole
68 West Virginia Back Roads
A Tale of Two Centuries
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